Fort Mill Times

Sports briefs -- May 5, 2009

Wylie businessman named to Sports Hall of Fame

Jay Killen, a prolific offensive lineman at the University of South Carolina and member of the 1986 York Comprehensive High School state championship football team, was selected for induction into the York County Sports Hall of Fame during tonight's ceremony at the Baxter Hood Center in Rock Hill.

Killen, who was a Shrine Bowl participant in '86, was one of the most decorated players ever to wear a York uniform.

The son of Jim and Vicki Killen was an all-state selection for the Cougars and captained the 1991 University of South Carolina football team, earning All Independent, All-South and All-Atlantic honors.

After playing two years at Appalachian State University, Killen transferred to U. S. C., where his father Jim was an outstanding tailback in the mid to late '60s.

Jay Killen followed his dad's footsteps as a successful State Farm agents, too, with Jim at the York office and Jay in Lake Wylie.

Jay and his wife, Heidi, have four children, Madison, 12; Jordan, 11; J. T., 9 and Cross, 3.

Killen is joined by fellow inductees Don Arrants, Sam Foster, John Godbold and Hank Hammond.

Arrants was a well known dirt track driver in the Carolinas and Foster was a three-sport athlete at Northwestern High School. Godbold was all-state in football and basketball at Winthrop Training School and Hammond was a major contributor to the success of wrestling in Rock Hill.

-- Enquirer-Herald


Lions tourney Saturday

River Hills Lions Charities Golf Tournament & Business Expo will begin with a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at River Hills Country Club. Cost: RHCC golf members, $100; non-members, $145. Proceeds benefit River Hills Lions Charities. Call the River Hills Country Club Pro-Shop at 803-831-2249 or Lion Anita Rounds at 803-831-8683 for an entry form.

Three sponsorships available are: Diamond ($500) with canopy, a business representative on tee box, one player in the tournament, attend the awards dinner, showcase product or services at the clubhouse and receive recognition for contribution; gold ($250) with business representative on the tee box of choice, signage on the tee box, one representative attend the awards dinner, showcase product or services at the clubhouse and receive recognition for contribution; and silver ($125) with signage at the clubhouse and recognition at the awards dinner.

For information, call Lion Lee Kehler at 803-371-8083.

Swing in to help AAL May 16

York County-based Animal Adoption League's second annual Wishes for Whiskers Golf Classic will be held May 16 at Glen Oaks Golf Club, 245 Golf Course Road, Maiden, N.C. Cost is $75 per golfer. All proceeds benefit AAL. Sponsor levels begin at $20. For information, call 704-879-4157 or visit

Sign up for summer program

River Hills Country Club's summer program will consist of eight weeks of junior golf instruction that will cover all facets of the game, along with a program to get children ready for the golf course.

Programs will be held from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. for ages 10 and older beginning June 10 and ages 9 and younger beginning June 11.

The summer series costs $100 for members or $150 for non-members. Individual sessions cost $20 per week for members or $25 per week for non-members. To sign up or for more information, e-mail or


Sharks ready for new season

The River Hills Sharks have new team suits, a new assistant coach and a first season with a new league -- the Greater Charlotte Swim League. The Sharks will compete in the third division, with six regular season dual meets (three home and three away), as well as an All-Star meet July 12.

Practice begins Monday at the following times: 4-4:45 p.m. ages 6 and younger, 4:30-5:30 p.m. ages 7 to 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m. ages 11 to18, and 6:30-7 p.m. ages 11 to 18 who want additional practice.

On the calendar:

• May 15: Make-up practice

• May 16: Turn Clinic 8-9:30 a.m. (ages 11-12) and 9:30-11 a.m. (13-18)

• May 22 : Make-up practice

For more information, call Coach Joan Epping or Ashley Goehring 803-831-8060.

- submitted by Jan Bailey Sowell


Fun Run/Walk May 30

The Tega Cay Military Memorial 5K and 1-mile Family Fun Run/Walk will be held at 8 a.m. May 30 at Tega Cay Golf Club, 1 Molokai Drive.

Registration divisions include male and female in six age groups, with top three finishers overall and top three in each division receiving medals. The 1-mile fun run/walk is a non-competitive and will begin at 8:15 a.m.

A portion of the proceeds go to Tega Cay Parks and Recreation. For more information or to register, call 803-322-2488 or visit