Sports Shorts: June 22

by Andrew Stark

Butler taps Mueller as new boys soccer coach

Illinois product Jim Mueller has been hired as the new boys soccer coach at Butler.

Mueller replaces Roshan Varghese, who coached Butler to a 10-10-1 overall record and a 6-8 mark in the Southwestern 4A conference last year.

Mueller comes to Butler after being the boys soccer coach at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora, Ill., a suburb of Chicago. Before taking over as head coach, Mueller was an assistant for three seasons at the school.

Ex-Bulldog Hodge a Freshman All-American

Ryan Hodge, a former Butler baseball star and current Gardner-Webb player, has been named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American team.

The team is selected by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, and Hodge, along with teammate Mitch Warner, are the first Runnin’ Bulldogs to be honored since Jay McConnell in 2005.

Hodge, a 6-foot-1, 165-pound shortstop, hit .310 on the season and scored a team-high 44 runs. He recorded 10 doubles, two triples and a home run. He also drove in 23 runs, stole 14 bases and had the conference’s longest hitting streak (17 games). During his hitting streak, he went 33-for-66 (.500).

Earlier in the season, Hodge was named to the All-Big South Conference second team, marking the first time since Gardner-Webb moved to Division I play 11 seasons ago that a Runnin’ Bulldog earned all-league honors.

Bogues conducts basketball camps

Former Charlotte Hornets star Muggsy Bogues will host his annual Fundamental Basketball Camp Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29.

The camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Crews Road Recreation in Matthews for boys and girls ages 6 to 14.
For those interested in a later date, the Muggsy Bogues Back to School Basketball Camp will be held Aug. 13-17.

The Fundamental Basketball Camp is designed to develop the player on and off the court. The camp focuses on three things: fundamentals, the importance of practice and team play, and ensuring all campers enjoy themselves.

The cost is $215 for Matthews residents and $225 for non-Matthews residents. To register or receive more information, visit

Meck Special Olympics hosts golf tournament
Special Olympics Mecklenburg County will host its inaugural golf tournament on Aug. 27 at The Golf Club at Ballantyne.

The tournament will feature two flights: one beginning at 7:30 a.m. and another at 1:30 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided, depending on each player’s selected tee time. Auction prizes and giveaways will be provided throughout the tournament, and each player will receive a goodie bag and an event T-shirt.

The tournament will have a Captian’s Choice format, and players will pick their balls up after reaching bogey on any hole. The cost to enter is $150 per person or $600 per foursome, and the event is open to golfers of all ages.

For more information, call Susan Doggett at 704-358-1935.

Annual Links for Lupus golf tournament returns for 12th year

The 12th annual Links for Lupus charity golf tournament will take place on Aug. 27 at Cedarwood Country Club.

Individuals can register for a fee of $200 per person, and the cost for foursomes is $700. The shotgun-style start is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., and there will be an awards banquet and reception following the tournament at 5:30 p.m. Each participant will receive lunch and dinner, beverages during play and a team picture. Prizes will be awarded to the top three scorers.

In its 12 years, the tournament has raised more than $341,000 for LFA Piedmont Chapter, an organization that provides local education and support services to 15,000 people in the Charlotte area who are living with lupus.
For more information, call 704-716-5640 or send an e-mail to info@­

MARA raises $5,100 for Drew Van Dyke

Matthews Athletic and Recreation Association raised more than $5,000 for Drew Van Dyke and the Duke University Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center during a June 16-17 baseball tournament at the MARA fields in Matthews.

Drew, an 8-year-old second-grader at Providence Springs Elementary School, was recently diagnosed with two brain tumors. Before being diagnosed, Drew was an 8-under MARA baseball all-star.

Drew threw out the ceremonial first pitch, and players wore his uniform number and donned MARA’s traditional orange and blue colors in his honor.

Teams from Matthews, Charlotte and Union County raised $5,108 for Van Dyke’s medical expenses and further research at the Duke University’s brain tumor center.

Donations still are being accepted. To make a donation, or to get more information on Van Dyke, MARA or the Duke University Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center, visit or

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