Enquirer Herald

Sports briefs: York and Clover roundup

York Parks and Rec reaches all age groups

The York Parks and Recreation Department’s spring sports season reaches a wide range of youth participants, said recreation director Carolyn Leake.

“Spring is the busiest of our sports seasons,” said Leake. “We’ve been real busy. We’ve have different leagues playing at one time, from ages 3 to 18.”

With league play winding down and youth baseball and softball tournaments on tap, the York Parks and Rec staff is preparing to host a district tournament.

“We will be hosting a Minor League All-Star Tournament, beginning June 20 at the York Recreation Complex,” said Leake. “It’s an opportunity for our Minor League All-Star team to play locally. There will be other participating teams from out of town.”

Leake said York Parks and Rec has hosted many weekend baseball tournaments. “We’ve had teams playing on weekends from out of town, bringing players and their families to York,” she said.

Leake said the York Rec Complex ball fields continue to be a source of pride. “Our field maintenance crews do a good job treating the fields year-round,” she said.

Leake and the rec staff will soon be thinking about the fall activities. “The next season is always right around the corner,” she said.

Clover Rec keeping up with growth

The Clover Parks and Recreation Department continues to cope with rapid growth of its programs.

With a new soccer complex at New Centre Park, the Clover recreation program has received the blessings of the Town Council, for which recreation director Greg Holmes is grateful.

“Our numbers are up, especially youth soccer and girls’ softball as we continue to expand as a department,” said Holmes.

Holmes said the constant growth is a challenge. “With participation from the town of Clover, the school district and the county, we have a lot of kids involved,” he said.

The numbers for spring sports are 332 in soccer, 257 in baseball and 84 in softball.

Last year, Clover Parks and Rec reached 1,449 kids. The breakdown by sport is: spring soccer, 305; baseball, 272; softball, 67; fall soccer, 275; baseball, 155; softball, 114; and winter basketball, 261.

Holmes says the size of the program is challenge. “You’ve got to be a people person and get out in the community,” he said. “You roll up your sleeves and show the kids how to play sports.”

Clover’s Justin White makes mark in state AAA/AAAA singles

Justin White, the No. 1 singles player for the two-time Region 3-AAAA champion Blue Eagle tennis team, made a strong showing in the state AAA/AAAA singles tournament last week at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center near Columbia.

White, competing in the state event for the second straight year, faced a first-round opponent from recent AAA state champion Chapin. White lost the first set 6-2 but won the second 6-0, forcing a third set tie-breaker.

With the heat in the mid-90s, the Chapin player put White in an 0-5 hole.

But White chipped away at the lead and got the score at 7-8. Chapin won the next point, forcing White to defend a match point.

“With a great shot, Justin defended the match point and went on to win the next three points to win the third set,” said boys’ tennis head coach Phil Wingard. “This set Justin up for a chance to win his second round and achieve our goal of making him all-state as a CHS tennis player.

“Our only problem was that he had to beat the No. 4 seed from Spartanburg.”

With 30 minutes of rest after a three-set match, White took the court and played well, battling the Spartanburg player every point and exchanging winners.

White began to frustrate his opponent, moving to a 5-3 lead in the first set.

“At this point, the match turned and Justin began to make more errors tying to go for winners to close out the match,” said Wingard. “The Spartanburg player regained his focus and took control of the match, winning 7-5, 6-1. Spartanburg realized they had dodged a bullet.”

Said Wingard: “I am very proud of Justin’s effort. He played three tough matches in very hot conditions, not getting off the courts until 4 p.m. He gave 110 percent on the court and showed he belongs among the best players in the state.”

Edwards, Castro added to YCHS spring awards list

In last week’s story listing York Comprehensive High School spring sports awards recipients, Patch Edwards should have been included as the Cougar baseball team’s MVP and Itzel Castro received the coach’s award for girls’ track.

CHS All-Girls Basketball Camp nearing

The Clover Lady Blue Eagles’ second annual all girls basketball camp will be 5 to 7:30 p.m. June 15 to 18 at Clover High School.

The girls’ basketball staff will direct the camp, with instruction by the Lady Blue Eagle coaching staff, players and former players.

Registration in advance is recommended. Final registration will be at 4:30 p.m. June 15. The cost is $55, and multi-child discount is $10 per child.

The camp will focus on fundamentals, to include dribbling, footwork, shooting, defense and ball-handling. Send applications to: All Girls Basketball Camp, attention: Shakkia Walker, 1625 S.C. 55 East, Clover, S.C. 29710

Clover volleyball camp set

The Clover High School Volleyball Camp will be June 22-25. Second to fourth grades will be from 10 a.m to noon, with fifth through grades eighth from 2 to 5 p.m. The cost is $65 per participant.

Camp instructors will include CHS head volleyball coach Tamara Jacobus, assistant coaches and players.

Send registration and payments to: Clover High Volleyball Camp, 1825 S.C. 55 East, Clover, S.C. 29710. For details, call 803-448-0970 or email Tamara.Jacobus@clover.k12.sc.us.

Paula Blackwell basketball camp planned in York

The Paula Blackwell Basketball Camp will be July 6-9 at the York Recreation Canter, 21 White Rose Lane.

The camp, for ages 5-15, will be from 9 to 11 a.m. and the cost is $50 per participant. Instruction will be provided by Blackwell and current and former high school and college basketball players.

Participants will receive a T-shirt. For details, call 803-684-3742.

Blue Eagle football spring game to be May 30

The Clover High School football team’s spring game will be at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 30 at the newly-turfed practice field behind the high school.

“We’ve been pleased with the participation numbers at spring practices,” said CHS head football coach Chad Smith. “The players are working hard and look forward to Saturday’s spring game to close out spring practice.”