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Sports briefs, July 31: Cougar cookout, golf ball drop

Cookout, golf ball drop Thursday at YCHS

York Comprehensive High School football will host a players/parents cookout Thursday at the YCHS cafeteria.

The annual event will begin at 6 p.m. Cougar head football coach Bobby Carroll will address the gathering.

At 7:30 p.m., activities will shift to the YCHS football practice field area, where a golf ball drop will be held.

“Tickets are $20, with the closest to the pin to take home $2,500,” Carroll said.

Carroll said there were 50 tickets remaining as of Monday. He said all proceeds go to the YCHS football program.

Cougars begin preseason football practice Friday

The York Comprehensive High School football team begins preseason practice Friday, Aug. 1.

Varsity and JV participants will begin practice at 9 a.m., said head football coach Bobby Carroll. “We will continue the 9 a.m. practices until school starts.”

With three consecutive 10-win seasons and frequent top-10 appearances, Carroll said the bar has been raised for Cougar football.

“Our goal is to compete for a championship every year,” he said.

Carroll likes the work ethic of this year’s Cougar team.

“The players have worked hard in the offseason,” he said. “They are excited about a new season. We play an extremely tough schedule.”

The Cougars get into the thick of battle early this season, hosting the Spartanburg Vikings in the Aug. 16 Bank of York Scrimmage.

The regular season opener is slated for Aug. 22 against the Sumter Gamecocks at home, followed by a road game Aug. 29 at Irmo. All regular season games start at 7:30 p.m.

Cougar kickoff dinner, auction to be Aug. 14

The Cougar kickoff dinner, a major fundraiser for YCHS football, is slated for 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14 at the Garden Café in York.

Tickets, priced at $100 per couple, include dinner, a $1,000 door prize and DJ. There will be a cash bar.

“There are great auction items, including an autographed Michigan helmet worn during THE hit,” said Cougar head football coach Bobby Carroll.

He also said there is a framed “Big Hit” photo.

Other auction items include autographed Gamecock jerseys and helmets, a football autographed by Dabo Swinney and a football autographed by the Panthers football team the year Carolina advanced to the NFC Championship Game.

Also to be auctioned are Panthers tickets, Charlotte Hornets tickets, golf bags, a deer mount, a four-hour fishing trip with Jason Quinn, theme baskets, gift certificates and more.

There also will be an opportunity to serve as a sideline coach at a Cougar football game, calling the first play of the game.

Clover Touchdown Club’s dinner, auction planned

The Clover Touchdown Club steak dinner and auction will be Saturday, Aug. 9.

The event will be in the Clover High School cafeteria, with doors to open at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Organizers decided to go with individual ticket sales.

“Last year, we sold tickets in pairs,” said Touchdown Club President Jamie McMackin. “Some requested single tickets, so we decided to go with single ticket sales at $38.”

“Each ticket includes a steak dinner catered by Christopher’s in Lake Wylie and door prize drawings.”

The guest speaker will be Chris Howell, a 1989 graduate of Clover High School and former Blue Eagle football player. Howell is pastor of a church in Gastonia, N.C., and a member of the Gaston County School Board.

McMackin said the money generated by the club provides funding beyond the amount the Clover School District budgets for football.

McMackin said the athletic booster club, which generates funds from football concessions, provides funding for all sports at CHS.

Tickets are available at clovertouchdownclub; click on the ticket order link. Tickets will be mailed or can be picked up at the door. Blue Eagle players and touchdown club members will sell tickets.

Blue Eagle season ticket holders urged to renew

Clover High School athletic director Carroll Hester expects Blue Eagle football season ticket sales to continue on the upswing.

“Due to the increase in demand, season ticket holders have until Aug. 1 to renew or upgrade last year’s tickets,” noted Hester. “After this date, we cannot guarantee the season ticket holders will receive the same seats as last year.

“For club memberships, the order form must be received by Aug. 1 for season ticket holder’s name to appear in the football program.”

Hester said season parking passes are available by club membership packages only.

The CHS football season ticket categories begin with the Eagle Club membership, which is $90, including one reserved parking pass and program listing.

The Gray Eagle Club membership fee is $150. This includes four reserved season tickets, a reserved parking pass and program listing

The Blue Eagle Club membership fee is a $210 package that includes six reserved season tickets, two reserved parking passes and a Blue Eagle football program listing.

All membership packages include admission to JV and ninth grade football games. Optional season tickets, priced at $30, are for all homes games, varsity only.

Other packages include employee/staff reserved seat upgrade, one per employee, $10.

Senior citizen upgraded passes are $10 each. An upgrade requires a current Clover School District senior citizen’s pass. The applicant may include a copy of the senior citizen’s pass with the ticket form or present the pass to Mary Gattis at the Clover High School office.

To renew or upgrade via mail, make checks payable to Clover High School, Attn: Mary Gattis, 1625 Highway 55 East, Clover, S. C. 29710.

For details, call the Clover High School main office at 803-810-8200.

Clover youth athletics registration

Registration for Clover Recreation youth baseball, softball and soccer concludes Thursday, July 31.

Registration is at the Clover Community Center, 120 Bethel St., Clover, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Registration hours will be extended on Mondays until 8 p.m. All registrations are taken on a first come, first serve basis. Online registration is available at www.cloversc.org.

Registration will be for boys and girls ages 3 to 15. The registration fee will be $50 per child, or $40 for children age 6 and younger.

For more information call 803-222-9493, email djohnson@cloversc.org for soccer or akaser@cloversc.org for baseball and softball.

Student season pass available at YCHS

York Comprehensive High School athletic director Steve Boyd said $50 student season passes, include all sports events.

Contact the athletic office at 803-818-6244 to purchase a student pass.