Enquirer Herald

Spring sports roundup

Blue Eagles continue surge

CLOVER -- The Clover Blue Eagles continued their mid-season surge with a 5-4 win over Region 3-AAAA foe Fort Mill Friday night.

Chaztin Venezia was a force for the visiting Clover team on the mound and at the plate, picking up his second win of the season and finishing with three hits in three at-bats.

Venezia raised his batting average to .436, while teammate Hayden Hendry was batting .395 entering this week.

Hendry and Travis Heffner each had two hits for the Blue Eagles.

"Our team has continued to improve since the season began," head coach Darrell VanDyke said. "We're hitting the ball with runners on base and have improved to 3-2 in the region."

Earlier in the week, the Blue Eagles defeated rival York 3-2, with Ethan Jackson picking up win number three on the season and improving his ERA to 2.86.

Kris Thompson, who is batting .310 for the season, hit home runs No. 4 and 5 for the visiting Blue Eagles.

"I wasn't trying to hit a home run the first time," Thompson said after the game. "I knew a curve ball was coming when I hit the second home run.

"This was a big team win for us in the region."

VanDyke praised Jackson's mound work.

"Evan pitched well and had good support tonight," observed the CHS coach. "We turned two double plays and hit the ball.

"It was a big win for us in the region."

The Blue Eagles play at Nation Ford Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Lady Blue Eagles win Hillcrest Tournament

CLOVER -- There's nothing like winning a prestigious tournament to build momentum for a stretch run in Region 3-AAAA softball.

The Lady Blue Eagles won the weekend Hillcrest Tournament by defeating Clinton 17-10 in the championship game.

The tournament success was especially gratifying when the CHS girls defeated host Hillcrest, a team they had lost to in the playoffs the last two years.

Clover defeated Hillcrest 12-3, Laurens 6-5 and Union 7-0 prior to the title clinching win over Clinton.

"Winning the tournament was good for the team's confidence," commented head coach Shea Hall. "We hope to carry the momentum into a busy week, playing everyday."

In earlier action last week, the Lady Blue Eagles defeated York 7-0 as ace hurler Shay Jackson picked up the win in her first start since suffering a fractured elbow in an auto accident.

"I felt good throwing the ball tonight," Jackson said after the game. "My collarbone still hurts some, but I can play through it like I did last year."

Said Jackson with a wide grin, "I am ready to go."

A starter since the seventh-grade, the senior pitcher's return to the mound in a starting role was a boost to the team.

"I am pleased the way Shay is pitching, considering everything she's been through," Hall said.

Jackson's presence was felt at the plate, too. She was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Samantha Peters, who was praised for her mound duty while Jackson was recovering, also had two hits as did teammate Paige Ferguson.

Jackson, Peters, Jaclin Poole, Tanya Pettus and GeorgeAnna Westmoreland made the all-tournament team.

CHS soccer team defeats York

CLOVER -- The Clover High School boys soccer team defeated York 3-0 last week.

David Robinson scored the only first-half goal on a placekick.

Joey Varalli scored on assists from Robinson and Austin Schlirf as the Blue Eagles improved to 7-4 for the season.

York golf team wins three-way match

YORK -- The York Comprehensive High School boys golf team defeated Nation Ford and Union in a three-way match last week.

The Cougars finished with a cumulative total of 156, with Nation Ford second at 161 and Union completing the 9-hole event at 172.

Ryan Brandenburg shot 38 for the Cougars, with Daley Ballard and Luke Lancaster finishing at 39. Will Vogel shot 40.

Clover girls soccer team prevails

CLOVER -- The CHS girls soccer team defeated York 8-0 as Diana Eaton led the scoring with two goals.

Also booting goals for the Lady Blue Eagles were Alissa Pantuosco, Jordan Kelly, Kelsey Hamilton, Mariah Dailey, Hanna Moore and Samantha Satterlee.

The Lady Blue Eagles improved to 3-0 in the region.

Clover rec league soccer

CLOVER -- Twenty-two recreation league soccer teams played games last Saturday in Clover.

U10 Girls: Pirates def. Hornets 3-1; Stallions def. Comets 4-1; Fury tied Lightning 1-1

U10 Boys: Vipers def. Rovers 5-2; Destroyers def. Sharks 4-2; Outlaws def. Thunder 3-2

U13 Girls: Panthers tied Bears 1-1; Intimidators def. Hurricanes 2-1; Challengers def. Dominators 3-0

U13 Boys:Mutiny def. Revolution 3-1; Clash def. Outlaws 6-0

Body Makeover Aerobics

YORK -- York Parks and Recreation Department will begin a new exercise and fitness program in April. Body Makeover Aerobics is a combination of flexibility, strength, balance, aerobic conditioning, and lifestyle integration. Make your body stronger, leaner and healthier by learning to utilize all of your physical aspects of physical fitness. The program is for men, women, and children with adult supervision.

Classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6 - 7 p.m., at the York Recreation Center on White Rose Lane. Classes began Tuesday, April 7. The cost is $30 per month.

Classes will be instructed by Lisa Bolin, licensed fitness specialist with the American Council on Exercise. Lisa is also York County's first professional female boxer.

For more information, please contact York Parks and Recreation Department at 684-3742 or Lisa Bolin at 417-7985 or e-mail at williams7126@bellsouth.net.

LWAA Little League accepting registrations

LAKE WYLIE -- LWAA is now accepting registrations for all boys ages 13 to 16 (as of May 1, 2009) for junior and senior league baseball teams. Practices will begin in mid April, and games will begin in early May. We will be practicing at the Clover school facilities, and games will be played against the top teams from South Carolina. We will culminate the season in July with all-star series games, which could lead to national competition.

You may register online by following the link www.lwsports.org or contact us at 803-389-8176 during the day.

Discoveries Soccer Club

ROCK HILL -- Discoveries Soccer Club is pleased to offer a new Pre-Academy Program for 5-7 year olds. The program will focus on teaching fundamental skills and preparing players for the next level. The program instructor has more than 15 years of coaching, training and refereeing experience. The program will be held 5:30 - 7 p.m., Wednesdays at India Hook Elementary school in Rock Hill for eight consecutive weeks (April 8 - May 27). The cost for the program is $100 and each participant will receive a DSC Pre-Academy Program t-shirt. For additional information, contact Richard Stutts at 326-3848. To register, please visit www.discoveriessoccerclub.org

Pop Warner coaches needed

Pop Warner is starting an association in York and is in need of football and cheerleading coaches for the upcoming 2009 season. The program serves boys and girls ages 5 - 13, and will be working closely with high school staff to develop players. Training will be provided and background checks are required. Those interested in the positions should contact Jack at yorkpw@gmail.com, or call 803-389-8176.

Future Cougar Basketball Camp dates set

YORK -- The 2009 Future Cougar Basketball Camp (boys and girls) will be held June 15-18 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Boys and girls ages 5 to 9 will camp at the York Junior High School gym and boys and girls 10 to 15 at the York Comprehensive High School gym.

Instructors will include the York girls basketball coaching staff and members of the varsity team.

Each participant will receive a T-shirt and daily instruction stressing the importance of fundamentals, teamwork and a good attitude.

An awards ceremony will be held June 18 at each site before participants, parents and family.

The cost is $50 per participant. Mail application, check or money order by June 10 or pay at the door June 15.

Send applications and registration fee to: York Comprehensive High School, 1010 Devinney Road, York, S. C. 29745. Make checks payable to YCHS girls basketball.

E-mail coach Paula Blackwell for more information, pblackwell@york.k12.sc.us, or call 684-2336.

-- Send sports items to news@enquirerherald.com.