Falcons break school record
The Nation Ford High School golf team continued a successful season Saturday by finishing second out of 10 teams at the Braves Invitational played at Cheraw Country Club. The Falcons broke the school record for an 18-hole event by 14 shots with their 308 total, which put them four shots back of Blythewood, one of the top teams in the state.
Brett Snyder led the way with a 73, which was just shot behind the low individual score in the event. Other scores for the varsity were Garrett Bruce with a 77, A.J. Rosengarth a 78, Corey VerHage an 80 and Evan Mathis an 87.
The JV team played in the tournament as well and finished tied for fifth with a 345 score. Preston Dabney had the low JV score with an 82.
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The team also played two matches earlier in the week. The Falcons defeated Northwestern and tied previously unbeaten and untied South Pointe in a match at Springfield Golf Club. VerHage's 36 and Mathis's 38 paced the team in that match.
On Wednesday, the traveled to Spring Lake CC, where they defeated Union County but lost to York. Snyder shot a 38 and Bruce, Rosengarth and VerHage all shot a 41. The Falcons, now 6-4-1 on the season, travel to Pageland this week for the Hartman Invitational and to Lancaster for a dual match with the Bruins.
- By staff reports
Hammond tosses no-hitter
The Nation Ford girls softball team defeated South Aiken March 28 to win the Gold Bracket Championship at the Triple Crown Invitational in Aiken.
Freshman Bradlee Holeman and senior Heather Hammond combined for four shutouts. Hammond pitched a no-hitter against Dutch Fork in a 10-0, five-inning win.
The team gave up only one run and seven hits in five games.
"We have a great combination in pitching from Heather Hammond and Bradlee Holeman," coach Michael Kidd said. "Both are so different in style, but both share the same desire to win."
Despite a busy schedule last week, playing everyday, with two games on Friday and three on Saturday, the Lady Falcons didn't lose focus.
On Monday, March 30, the Falcons took on Northwestern, winning 2-0, followed by another win Tuesday night against Fort Mill with a blowout 16-1 win. On Wednesday, the Falcons continued their winning streak with a 7-2 win over York. The team did lose one, 3-2 to undefeated Mauldin, bringing their record to 5-1 in the region.
"Mauldin has only given up five runs all year," Kidd said.
"Three of those are to Nation Ford."
Kidd said all facets of the girls' play was clicking.
"This weekend was a perfect demonstration of team work. Our Pitchers pitched well, they were backed up by a solid defense that was as close to perfect as they could be. We took several JV players that also joined in to help in very key situations," he said.
This week will be the toughest yet for the Falcons. On Thursday they travel to defending region champ Clover.
- By Tracy McGinnis
Middle school Jackets win 2
The Fort Mill Middle School baseball team won two of three games, including a sweep of AR Rucker in a double header.
The Jackets trounced the Rams 9-0 in the first game. The second game was a little more of a struggle but Hunter Hice knocked in the go-ahead run in extra innings.
The pitching depleted Jackets fell the next morning to Northwestern to put their record at 5-4.
Golf tournaments coming soon
The Young Adult Group at Unity Presbyterian Church is sponsoring a captain's choice golf tournament to benefit Unity's Living Waters for the World mission. This mission will take the gift of clean, sustainable water to a Presbyterian church in Mexico.
The tournament begins at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, at the Tega Cay Golf Club and is open to all. The cost is $65 and includes a cart, 18 holes of golf and a barbecue dinner with all proceeds going to the Living Waters for the World mission.
The teams will consist of four players. Register by Sunday, April 12.
To register, call the church office at 547-5543 or visit www.unityfortmill.org.
Also, the third annual Beta Sigma Phi Charity Golf Tournament to benefit local Fort Mill charities will be Monday, May 4, at the Springfield Golf Club. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a Shotgun Start at 9:30.
Entry is $75 per player, which includes cart fee, greens fee, bucket of range balls and a boxed lunch. To register, call 547-7084 or 547-7564.
To learn more about Beta Sigma Phi,visit www.betasigmaphi.org.
Mustangs nip Jackets
Springfield Middle School played a tough game against Fort Mill Middle last Tuesday night, winning 2-1.
The Lady Mustangs' Alexis Pattinson scored first with assist from Caitlin Smith. The second goal came in the final seconds of the game. Jillian Willard scored with assist from Pattinson.
Springfield's defense was led by Suzanne Blais, Smith and Laura Fadeley.
GOTR road race
Girls on the Run of the Tri County will host its fifth annual race Sunday, April 26, at the Baxter Community Center in Fort Mill.
This year kicks off the start of a new national race series called the New Balance Girls on the Run 5K.
Participants can register online by going to the GOTR-Tri County Web site at www.gotrtricountysc.org or register in person at the Leroy Springs Recreation Complex.
Lax clinics offered
Sign-ups for Lacrosse Clinics are going on now at the Fort Mill YMCA. Clinics will be taught by Planet Lacrosse and are open to children between the ages of 5 to 10.
Clinics will be held 9 a.m.-10:15 a.m. Saturdays from April 25 to May 30. Cost is $75 for members/$95 for non-members. To register, call 548-8020, ext. 259.
Kids program offered
Discoveries Soccer Club is offering a new Pre-Academy Program for kids aged 5 to 7. The program will focus on teaching fundamental skills 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesdays at India Hook Elementary school in Rock Hill for eight consecutive weeks, April 8-May 27.
The cost is $100. For more information, call 326-3848 or visit www.discoveries soccerclub.org.
--compiled by staff
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