by Andrew Stark
Local track standout McGrew qualifies for Junior Olympics
Shad McGrew, a rising freshman at Butler High School, has qualified for the AAU Junior Olympics.
McGrew, who previously attended Mint Hill Middle School, will compete in the 1,500- and 3,000-meter running events when the Junior Olympics are held in Humble, Texas, July 27-Aug. 3.
McGrew earned a spot at the highly regarded track and field meet by taking second place in the Intermediate 1,500 with a personal-best time of four minutes, 33.11 seconds at the AAU National Qualifier at UNC Charlotte on June 30. He also was second in the 3,000 in 10:10.84.
The top five finishers at the UNC Charlotte meet qualified for the Junior Olympics.
Also this summer, while competing in the famed Jim Law Invitational meet at UNC Charlotte, McGrew set a meet record in the Intermediate (ages 15-16) 3,000 meters with a time of 9:40.56 and finished third in the 1,500 (4:37.89).
McGrew will compete in track and field and cross country for the Bulldogs during the upcoming school year.
Butler’s Kalambayi competes in The Opening
Butler rising senior linebacker Peter Kalambayi competed in The Opening, an elite, invitation-only showcase of 149 of the top football recruits from around the country. The Opening was held July 5-8 in Beaverton, Ore., at Nike’s world headquarters. ESPN televised the event.
Kalambayi, a 6-foot-3, 245-pounder, was one of five players from North Carolina who participated in The Opening.
Vance linebacker/running back Larenz Bryant, a South Carolina commit, was the only other player invited from the Charlotte region.
Area baseball players make all-state team
The N.C. Coaches Association recently voted on its all-state baseball team, and several players from area schools made the squad.
Class 4A representatives included Providence’s Ty Buttrey, Mike Herbert and Jackson Campana, and Ardrey Kell’s Trent Thornton and Brad Stone.
Thornton and Herbert were Southwestern 4A conference Co-Players of the Year, and Buttrey was a fourth-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox last month.
Charlotte Catholic’s Eddie Hull, the ME-GA 7 3A/4A Player of the Year, was honored on the coaches’ Class 3A squad.
Other area 3A team members included Weddington High School’s Alex Bostic and Jeremy Schellhorn, and Waxhaw Marvin Ridge’s Tyler Chadwick. Waxhaw Cuthbertson’s Cameron Tekker and John Mangum were named to the Class 2A team.
Tennis camp for Independence students
Independence High School will host a free tennis camp for boys and girls at the campus courts through July 27. The camps are open to Independence students who are interested in playing for the Patriot tennis teams in the upcoming school year.
The camps will run from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. each day and focus on advanced tennis strokes and rigorous conditioning.
Interested Independence students should contact coach Janus Spence at 980-343-6900 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Providence Day hosts Sean May camp
Providence Day School will host the sixth annual Sean May Basketball Camp July 23-July 27.
The camp, which runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will teach boys ages 7 to 15 offensive and defensive techniques, strength and conditioning, and a variety of drills. There will be playoff and championship games throughout the week, and campers will be taught how to read game film.
In addition, May, a former University of North Carolina and Charlotte Bobcats player, will stress the importance of life skills, including good sportsmanship, discipline, dedication and citizenship.
Guest speakers will include former Tar Heels and current NBA players Marvin Williams and Brendan Haywood in addition to local athletes and coaches.
Campers will receive lunch, drinks and snacks each day and will be given T-shirts, wristbands, backpacks, pictures and other basketball giveaways. The cost per camper is $310.
Grand Slam USA baseball camps under way
Grand Slam USA, an indoor baseball and softball teaching facility, is hosting a series of summer baseball camps at the Matthews Athletic Recreation Association fields.
The camps are open to boys of any skill level ages 5-12, and there are two remaining sessions: July 30-Aug. 3 and Aug. 6-10. Each session runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The camp is designed to be an instructional day camp in which players are grouped based on skill and age levels. Every aspect of the game will be covered. During morning sessions, individual instruction will be the focus, while afternoon sessions will feature instructional scrimmages to develop team-oriented skills.
The coaching staff features former Major League Baseball players as well as collegiate and high school players and coaches.
The cost per camper is $190, which includes a camp T-shirt and a camper evaluation.
For more information, visit www.grandslamusa.org or call 704-847-5333.
Covenant Day offers cheerleading camp
Covenant Day School will host a cheerleading camp July 23-26 from 9 a.m. to noon.
The camp is open to TK through eighth-graders and will be held at the Covenant Day lower school gym. The Lions’ varsity cheerleaders and coaches will lead the exercises, and campers will practice cheers, jumps, tumbling, dance and skill-level-appropriate stunts. Each day will feature a spirited theme, and every camper will receive a T-shirt and participate in the end-of-the-week pep rally.
Grand Slam USA will host fast-pitch softball camps
Grand Slam USA, an indoor baseball and softball teaching facility, is offering two fast-pitch softball camps for girls ages 8 to 14. The sessions are designed to be fun and informative and will be held July 23-25 and Aug. 6-8.
Each session takes place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Grand Slam USA facility in Matthews and features half-hour softball skill mini camps that will focus on slap-hitting, pitching, fielding and throwing.
Other areas covered include power hitting, short-game hitting, making solid contact and slap, drag and suicide bunt work. Fielding instruction will focus on attacking the ball, squaring up and throwing balance and groundball work. Pitching instruction will concentrate on grip, balance, drive, velocity, power line and finish.
High school and college coaches and area college players run the camp, and each session costs $125. To register, visit www.grandslamusa.org/FPsummercamps.html or call 704-847-5333.
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 email@example.com.