Area briefs: Gealy in pro-am

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 18, 2011

From staff reports
Elliot Gealy (Salisbury, Clemson) will be playing this week in the four-round BMW Charity Pro-Am Tournament that will be televised on the Golf Channel.
The field includes 168 pros. They’ll compete on three courses in the Greenville, S.C., area.
College golf
Will Collins (Salisbury) and his Virginia teammates begin regional play today in the NCAA tournament.
The Cavaliers are seeded fourth in the regional held at Blacksburg, Va.
Collins is second on the team this season with a stroke average of 72.80. He’s had three top-10 finishes this season. His best round was a 65.
College track and field
Livingstone’s Bryan Aycoth (West Rowan) was named to the D-II All-Atlantic Region team for his performance in the javelin.
Aycoth’s top performance came in the CIAA Championships, where he threw 60.27 meters for the conference record and provisionally qualified for the National Championships.
East Carolina’s Rebecca Cooper (East Rowan) placed sixth in the javelin (134 feet, 7 inches) in the Conference USA Meet held in Houston.
Pro baseball
The Kannapolis Intimidators were tied 1-1 in the third inning at Hagerstown on Tuesday when weather conditions stopped the game.
The teams plan to complete the suspended game this morning at 10:35 and then play the scheduled game.
Los Angeles’ Jerry Sands (Catawba) entered Tuesday’s game with a .194 batting average but he does have nine RBIs in 22 games.
The Dodgers envision a platoon in left field for now, with veteran lefty hitter Jay Gibbons facing right-handers and Sands hitting against the southpaws.
Sands started against Milwaukee left-hander Randy Wolf on Tuesday night on the West Coast.
College softball
Catawba outfielder Khourtni Hester and utility player Kayla Myers were named to the All-Southeast Region second team.
Hester led Catawba with 11 home runs and 38 RBIs.
Myers batted .368 with eight homers.
College baseball
Catawba’s baseball games at the Southeast Regional will be aired by WSAT-1280. Games will also be available on the internet through the Catawba website or at
No. 5 seed Catawba plays No. 2 seed Francis Marion on Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m.
The pregame show begins 30 minutes before the first pitch. Buddy Poole, Jim Lewis and Dennis Davidson will broadcast the action.
Appalachian State lost 7-2 at UNC on Tuesday.
Preston Troutman (East Rowan) drew two walks and had one RBI for the Mountaineers.
North Carolina shortstop Levi Michael (North Davidson) projects as a first-round pick in the June draft.
Local golf
The 9th annual Rowan County Masters is set for Warrior on June 24-26.
Qualifying is on June 18. The low 31 scores in stroke play join defending champ Keith Dorsett in a match-play tournament.
Entry is $30 for members and $60 for non-members and is open to Rowan residents or members of Rowan clubs who have amateur status.
Entry includes green fee, cart and range balls for qualifying round. Fees for tournament rounds will be $15 for members and $20 for non-members. There will also be a practice round available to non-members for $20 the week before qualifying and the week prior to the tournament.
First prize includes a one-year bronze membership, a $300 gift certificate and a trophy.
Prep football
In the Southern Showcase held in Flowery Branch, Ga., Bradley Pinion (NW Cabarrus) had a kickoff that traveled 100 yards in the air with a hangtime of 4.4 seconds.
No one at the camp had seen anything like it before.
Pinion, 6-foot-6, 220 pounds, is on the ESPNU 150 Watch List. Some analysts believe he has the strongest leg in the prep Class of 2012. In Georgia, Pinion was competing against 75 of the best kickers and punters from the Southeast, and no one else approached that kickoff.
Pinion also was credited with a 71-yard punt at the camp.
Basketball camps
Sacred Heart wil hold its annual summer basketball camp at the school facility on June 13-17.
The camp is for rising 4th-8th graders. Girls will attend morning sessions from 8:30-noon, with boys attending from 1-4:30.
Former college players and current Sacred Heart coaches Toni Barrios and Bob Burges are camp directors. College and high School area players will be camp councilors, and area coaches will conduct mini clinics daily.
Each camper will receive a T- shirt. Concessions will be sold. The cost is $60 for the week or $15 per day for those who cannot attend the entire week. Sessions are limited to 40 campers. Contact Bob Burges at or Sacred Heart AD Katie Meseroll at SHCS 704-633-2841.
Catawba summer basketball camps are for boys and girls ages 5-15 and will be held in Concord and Charlotte as well as Salisbury.
Go to for information or to register.
The 5th annual Carson Basketball Camp for rising 2nd-6th graders will be held July 11-14 from 9-12.
Cost is $60 and includes instruction, camp T-shirt and camp insurance.
The 2nd annual Carson Little Dribbler Camp will be held July 18-20 and is for 4-year-olds through rising first-graders. Camp is from 9-11 daily.
Cost is $30 and includes instruction, T-short and insurance.
For either of the Carson camps, contact boys basketball coach Brian Perry at 704-855-5039.
Applications are still being accepted for the 18th annual Hoops Unlimited Basketball Camp at East Rowan.
The camp is open to boys and girls from all area schools.
The camp on June 13-16 is for rising 2nd-5th graders. The camp on June 20-23 is for rising 6th-9th graders. The cost of the all-day camp is $95 and includes a camp shirt and an all-you-can-eat lunch every day.
Sessions are limited to 50 applicants. Go to or call camp director Rick Roseman at 704-279-7334.
Baseball camp
The Kannapolis Police Department will once again host the Wendy’s Summer Classic baseball and softball camp at Northwest Cabarrus.
The camp is free but is limited to the first 100 players who register at the Kannapolis Police Department.
Camp dates are June 20-22 from 8:30-1:30 daily. Camp is for ages 8-13.
Instruction will be conducted by some of the top high school and college coaches in the area, including Catawba’s s Jim Gantt, Pfeiffer’s Mark Hayes, Northwest’s Joe Hubbard, A.L. Brown’s Empsy Thompson, East Rowan’s Brian Hightower, Mooresville’s Jeff Burchett, South Rowan Legion’s Michael Lowman and Robinson’s Jason Sarvis.
Officer from many local and state agencies will also be assisting Kannapolis Officers with the camp.
The camp features a daily speaker who is not only a great athlete but a leader within the community. Last year’s speakers including a World Series champion, a Super Bowl champion, and a NASCAR champion.
The camp will focus on more than baseball. Coaches, speakers, and police officers will also talk with the players about making positive life-choices and the consequences of making poor choices.
If you have questions about the camp contact Lt. Bret Johnson at the Kannapolis Police Department (707-920-4016).
Lacrosse camp
Catawba lacrosse coach Peter Bourque has announced dates for instructional lacrosse clinics this summer. Each clinic will run from 6-8 p.m. at Frock Field. The four dates are May 25 and 26 and June 1 and 2.
The cost of a one-day clinic is $40 or $135 for all four days.
Those attending sessions will need to bring a lacrosse stick. The instructional clinic will cover the fundamentals of stickwork, shooting, offensive and defensive techniques, as well as rules and game concepts.
Those interested in learning the fundamentals of the “fastest growing sport in the country” should contact Coach Bourque at 704-267-5975 or
Youth basketball
The Lady Phenoms basketball team took second place in a tournament in Charlotte on Saturday, losing in the championship game to the Greensboro Gaters. Members of the Lady Phenoms are Aundrea Godfrey, Niah Spratt, Roni Boss, Taylor Wiggins, Janiya Downs, Bryanna Troutman, Priscilla Oglesby, Tyzarea Alexander and Niki Lyerly.
Celebrity softball
The Kannapolis Intimidators are planning a celebrity softball game to benefit AARP at 3 p.m.on Sunday, May 22. The exhibition will include racing celebrities.