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South Charlotte Sports Report “HOMETOWN TEAMS ... HOMETOWN KIDS” Volume 8, Issue 6 July 18, 2013 - FREE www.southcharlottesports.com GOLF SKILLS CAMP Super Fun SNAG Golf $45.00 August 1 & 2 9:00am-12:00pm Elon Park Elementary School www.southcharlottesportscamps.com Only 15 years old, Ardrey Kell High School soph- omore basketball player Erin Whalen is a rising star on the courts and inside the classroom. The daugh- ter of Joe and Jackie Whalen brings a wealth of bas- ketball talent, determination and knowledge every time she steps on the court. Erin has a very high desire to achieve success and to earn a well-deserved basketball scholarship once she completes the next three years of high school basketball Erin started playing basketball at a very early age thanks to the encouragement of her older siblings. “I first began playing with Yes I Can Basketball and MARA, at age five. Having older siblings who encouraged me to continue working on my game helped me to improve my game, whether it was practicing on the side lines of their practices or playing in older leagues in order to play along side of them. Both leagues opened my awareness of the game and inspired me to work hard to get to where I am now.” Advancing through middle school at Jay M. Rob- inson, Erin was a multi-sport standout, playing bas- ketball, soccer, track and volleyball for the Chargers. She was also very active in the Charlotte Soccer Academy until the age of 13. Erin entered high school at Ardrey Kell with high hopes of being an asset for the Lady Knights Bas- ketball Team. She certainly met and exceeded those hopes, earning all-conference honors as a freshman. She also found time in the spring to run on the track team and help her 4x400 relay team make it to the state championship. Now with her freshman year complete, Erin has jumped full speed into her basketball training. “I have dedicated this summer to basketball training. I have been working out 7 days a week, sev- eral time a day. My usual routine begins with going to Ardrey Kell for school workouts when we are able to practice. Usually I am either the first one to the gym or last one to leave, in order to get extra shots in.” “Then I go to my second home, Carolina Courts. I’ve been going to Carolina Courts for the past 5 years and recently have started training with Antho- ny and Executive Basketball Training. Since work- ing with Coach Anthony, I have noticed an overall improvement in my entire game especially in the post. Following this workout I would go to an eve- ning practice with my club team, CBC. My coach, Steve Watts, holds a very high paced and skill ori- ented practice, pushing you to improve every step. Coach Steve Watts also allows me to work out with his son’s club team several nights a week. Compet- ing against high school boys is helping improve the speed of my game. “I can call Coach Watts anytime I want to work out and he will stop what he is doing and find a place to workout with me and his daugh- ter Stephanie. Coach Watts has been instrumental in getting my game to the level it is today.” Erin incorporates game situation drills and skill training into her workouts. “My most typical workout involves high speed, game situation drills, which is what Executive Bas- ketball thrives at. In addition to my club team, high school, and Ex- ecutive training, I have been training with Acceler- ate basketball to increase strength this summer.” All of that hard work is beginning to pay off as Erin received her first two verbal offers a couple of weeks ago. Furman and Clemson made the call to the Whalen house to let the family know how inter- ested they were in Erin. “That was an exciting week for me and my fam- ily. Since I first began playing, my goal for basket- ball is to play at a top school and make a difference to their team. I don’t want to be another player that just passes by, I want to be someone they remember years later. Also I would like to go to a school that will be academically challenging.” Erin certainly has proven that she likes to be challenged in the classroom. She earned a 4.0 grade point average her freshman year at Ardrey Kell. She also became active in the Friends Club that works to develop friendships with special needs students. Erin is also giving of her time to helping young girls learn to play basketball through the Yes I Can pro- gram. “I think it is important for young girls to see you can be really competitive on the court and leave the gym and still be a girly.” Erin Whalen is certainly a student-athlete to watch over the next three years. The South Char- lotte Sports Report salutes Erin for her commitment to the books and the game of basketball. The sky is the limit for this young lady. Good luck Erin! HARD WORK ACROSS THE BOARD LEADS TO SUCCESS FOR ERIN WHALEN We can help you reach the active families of our community. Let us design a full court marketing plan! South Charlotte Sports Report Youth Sports Camps Youth Sports Events Multiple Websites Plus more! We connect with Active Families! [email protected] 704-906-5466

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South Charlotte Sports Report“HOMETOWN TEAMS ... HOMETOWN KIDS”

Volume 8, Issue 6 July 18, 2013 - FREEwww.southcharlottesports.com

GOLF SKILLS CAMP

Super Fun SNAG Golf

$45.00

August 1 & 2

9:00am-12:00pm

Elon Park Elementary School

www.southcharlottesportscamps.com

Only 15 years old, Ardrey Kell High School soph-omore basketball player Erin Whalen is a rising star on the courts and inside the classroom. The daugh-ter of Joe and Jackie Whalen brings a wealth of bas-ketball talent, determination and knowledge every time she steps on the court. Erin has a very high desire to achieve success and to earn a well-deserved basketball scholarship once she completes the next three years of high school basketball

Erin started playing basketball at a very early age thanks to the encouragement of her older siblings.

“I first began playing with Yes I Can Basketball

and MARA, at age five. Having older siblings who encouraged me to continue working on my game helped me to improve my game, whether it was practicing on the side lines of their practices or playing in older leagues in order to play along side of them. Both leagues opened my awareness of the game and inspired me to work hard to get to where I am now.”

Advancing through middle school at Jay M. Rob-inson, Erin was a multi-sport standout, playing bas-ketball, soccer, track and volleyball for the Chargers. She was also very active in the Charlotte Soccer Academy until the age of 13.

Erin entered high school at Ardrey Kell with high hopes of being an asset for the Lady Knights Bas-ketball Team. She certainly met and exceeded those hopes, earning all-conference honors as a freshman. She also found time in the spring to run on the track team and help her 4x400 relay team make it to the state championship.

Now with her freshman year complete, Erin has jumped full speed into her basketball training.

“I have dedicated this summer to basketball training. I have been working out 7 days a week, sev-eral time a day. My usual routine begins with going to Ardrey Kell for school workouts when we are able to practice. Usually I am either the first one to the gym or last one to leave, in order to get extra shots in.”

“Then I go to my second home, Carolina Courts. I’ve been going to Carolina Courts for the past 5 years and recently have started training with Antho-ny and Executive Basketball Training. Since work-ing with Coach Anthony, I have noticed an overall improvement in my entire game especially in the post. Following this workout I would go to an eve-ning practice with my club team, CBC. My coach, Steve Watts, holds a very high paced and skill ori-ented practice, pushing you to improve every step. Coach Steve Watts also allows me to work out with his son’s club team several nights a week. Compet-ing against high school boys is helping improve the

speed of my game. “I can call Coach Watts anytime I want to work out and he will stop what he is doing and find a place to workout with me and his daugh-ter Stephanie. Coach Watts has been instrumental in getting my game to the level it is today.”

Erin incorporates game situation drills and skill training into her workouts.

“My most typical workout involves high speed, game situation drills, which is what Executive Bas-ketball thrives at.

In addition to my club team, high school, and Ex-ecutive training, I have been training with Acceler-ate basketball to increase strength this summer.”

All of that hard work is beginning to pay off as Erin received her first two verbal offers a couple of weeks ago. Furman and Clemson made the call to the Whalen house to let the family know how inter-ested they were in Erin.

“That was an exciting week for me and my fam-ily. Since I first began playing, my goal for basket-ball is to play at a top school and make a difference to their team. I don’t want to be another player that just passes by, I want to be someone they remember years later. Also I would like to go to a school that will be academically challenging.”

Erin certainly has proven that she likes to be challenged in the classroom. She earned a 4.0 grade point average her freshman year at Ardrey Kell. She also became active in the Friends Club that works to develop friendships with special needs students. Erin is also giving of her time to helping young girls learn to play basketball through the Yes I Can pro-gram.

“I think it is important for young girls to see you can be really competitive on the court and leave the gym and still be a girly.”

Erin Whalen is certainly a student-athlete to watch over the next three years. The South Char-lotte Sports Report salutes Erin for her commitment to the books and the game of basketball. The sky is the limit for this young lady. Good luck Erin!

HARD WORK ACROSS THE BOARD LEADS TO SUCCESS FOR ERIN WHALEN

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PARTNERSHIP TO PROVIDE TEST TAKING STRATEGIES AND TIPS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

… ETC Prep will offer monthly information in the South Charlotte Sports Report

Educational Testing Consultants (ETC Test Prep), a Charlotte-based test prepa-ration company, introduces a new partnership with South Charlotte Sports Report to provide exclusive test taking strategies and tips to area high school students who want to excel on their upcoming college entrance exams.

Each month, South Charlotte Sports Report will include an exclusive article fea-turing beneficial study strategies and tips written by ETC Test Prep’s expert instruc-tors. In addition, ETC will feature upcoming courses available in South Charlotte and online to help better prepare students for the SAT. Students will receive special discounts only published in the South Charlotte Sports Report to enroll in these courses.

“We are very excited about our newly formed partnership with the South Char-lotte Sports Report,” stated Steven Shotts, CEO at ETC Test Prep. “We are always looking for ways to help students achieve their academic goals, and the South Char-lotte Sports Report provides the perfect avenue to help high school students suc-ceed.”

ETC’s test preparation courses are designed by a team of former exam question writers and test preparation experts. In addition, the courses include comprehen-sive classroom instruction, experienced and expert instructors, preparation mate-rials, easy-to-follow presentations and explanations, practice test opportunities, actual questions from previous exams, computer-adaptive software, and access to instructors beyond the classroom experience.

In addition to providing test preparation services to South Charlotte, ETC part-ners with colleges and universities across the country to offer test prep programs for college and graduate school entrance exams. ETC’s curriculum and instruction cover the most commonly administered entrance examinations for pre-college and post-graduate study; including the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, and LSAT. ETC’s select staff of dedicated professionals has unparalleled experience working with students to ensure that each individual achieves his or her testing goals.

Readers will begin seeing ETC’s articles in August and can find them by visiting www.prepcharlotte.com or on Facebook and Twitter (@prepcharlotte).

BEYOND THE GAME WITH BAILEY COLSON

All sports don’t involve a stick or a ball. Let’s take a look at the recent accomplishment of Weddington Middle School student-athlete Bailey Colson. The son of Chuck and Tracy Colson recently won the Super Regional Championship for NAGA, the Super Bowl of jujitsu tournaments, in the 13 year old age division and under 114lbs. NAGA has been a leader of the grappling revolution for many years and has pushed the sport forward by providing a fun and fair environment for athletes and schools to engage in competition to increase their skills and to foster positive and social family-oriented behavior. NAGA in building a grassroots fan base and a pool of MMA-ready grapplers. Let’s go Beyond The Game with an up and coming grappler, Bailey Colson.

Can you share your sport with our readers? “North American Grappling Association or ‘NAGA’ is an association that hosts events allowing me to incorporate all styles of mar-tial arts into my match. During my competi-

tions, I have to always think ahead to the next move so that I can always stay in a better physical position over my opponent, or what we call it ‘grappling.’ Matches are decided by submission (tapping people out) or by points.”

I understand you just won a big championship, can you tell us more?“It felt really good because I have been training for over a year for this competition, but I have been training in martial arts since I was 4 years old. There were three people in my division and it was so exciting to use the moves I have trained so hard for on them to win the samari sword.”

How often do you practice your sport?“I train muay thai and jiu jitsu 2-3 times a week ..but I also keep active and cross-train with football and basketball.”

What are your future goals in sports?“I want to play college football and win the world championship for jui-jitsu.”

What led you to start martial arts?“I started Tang Soo Do when I was four because I wanted to learn how to defend myself. Little did I know, mixed material arts was more than self-de-fense... it has taught me discipline and boosted my self-esteem.”

What are your top memories in sports?“Winning NAGA earlier this month, making the Weddington Middle School football team, and helping my special needs buddy at WCWAA Challenger Sports Program play and enjoy football.”

What is your favorite subject in school?“Math is my favorite subject. I like being able to solve equations and prob-lems quickly. I am a straight A student in school.”

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LINDSAY PERILLOMarvin Ridge Middle School 8th grader Lindsay Perillo has been named the Quimby and Collins Orthodontics “Wired For Excellence” Award winner. The 13 year old daughter of Tom and Mary Jo Perillo enjoys playing softball for the Weddington Outlaws and for her Marvin Ridge Middle School team. Lindsay also plays basketball for the Mavericks.

Lindsay has kept busy on the softball field this summer with twice a week practices and tournaments. Next week she will travel to Tennessee to play in the 12U Fastpitch Na-tional Championship Tournament with teams from all-around the country. Earlier this season, Lindsay hit her first over the fence home run to help the Outlaws win the Battle of the Bats Tournament. On defense Lindsay plays shortstop, third base and centerfield.

Lindsay is an A Honor Roll student and was recently inducted to the Junior Beta Club. Congratulations Lindsay Perillo for being named the Quimby and Collins Orthodontics “Wired For Excellence” Award winner.

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HANNAH STOKES SELECTED FOR CROSSFIT KIDS TEEN GAUNTLET

Weddington High School junior softball and basketball player Hannah Stokes has found a new way to chase athletic success. She has taken up the sport of Crossfit and found quick success. Through her work in the gym, Han-nah, the daughter of Stephen and Pam Stokes has been chosen to compete in the Crossfit Kids Teen Gauntlet, an invitational only event that coincides with the Crossfit Games in Car-son, CA on July 26, 2�, and 28. Only 12 female Varsity athletes were invited from across the world.

Hannah became interested in Crossfit training when she began to pay attention to her Dad’s efforts in the Crossfit gym. She de-cided to take up the challenge to test her ath-letic skills.

“I enjoy competing in the gym and wanted to take it to the next level. I have always been

athletic and have participated in sports from the age of three,” said Hannah.Hannah has enjoyed the challenges presented by Crossfit.“It pushes you farther than you think you can go. I have accomplished things

I never thought I could do.”The Crossfit challenge fit nicely into her work as a softball and basketball

player at Weddington High School. Hannah really enjoys softball and her fa-vorite memory was making it to the 2012 State Playoffs fourth round and also knocking Central Cabarrus out of the playoffs.

Challenging herself is nothing new for Hannah Stokes. She has always pushed herself inside the classroom. Hannah carries a 4.83 grade point average and has always been on the A Honor Roll at Weddington. The South Charlotte Sports Report extends our well wishes to Hannah as she travels to the Crossfit National Event! Good Luck!

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The Weddington High School Lady Warriors Basketball Team won the Powerade State Games last week.

(L-R) Coach Cassie Sloop, Coach Jessica Sengkhamphong, Remi Roberts, Molly Mann, Bailee Carter, Taylor Schuster, Stephanie Watts, Coach Lindsay Jones, Jada Craig, Coach Ryun Cook, Carrigen Manns, Amarianne Mitchell, Olivia Odle

The South Charlotte Recreation Association won the 10U Char-Meck Softball Championship.

Front Row: (L-R) Kara Bowman, Sydney Carson, Caroline Gommel, Lexi Markle, Lindsay BattenSecond Row: (L-R) Ali Tyler, Hannah Barker, Elizabeth Race, Sydney Bowman, Lauren CriminCoaches: Rusty Carson, Tony Spittle, Derek Crimin

The Lady Blues Trull 14U softball team has won ASA and NSA tournaments this season. With their ASA State Championship, the Lady Blues earned a trip to Nationals in Illinois.

Front Row: (L-R) Makenzie Pennell, Sam Russ, Darby Trull, Sophie Ivie, Sierra Ghorley, Coryn SoulBack Row: (L-R) Lauryn Whitted, Julianna Roupas, McKenzie Lewis, Danielle Chapman

The South Charlotte Recreation Association 8U Softball Team won the Char-Meck Softball Championship.

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In recent weeks thousands of grade school, middle school and high school athletes descended upon South Charlotte with helmets, mouth guards, shoul-der pads to play the game they love. No, it’s not football or hockey, it is Lacrosse. Lacrosse is one of the fastest growing sport in South Charlotte. In or-der to get the best advice and learn more about the sport in this area, we sat down with Mike Desmond, Founder and Director of Stick With Us, a long time lacrosse organization here in Charlotte, to learn more about the game.

What is it about Lacrosse that has caught the attention of so many kids & parents?“Simply, it combines the best aspect of every other sport. It is a fast paced running game like basket-ball, requires the endurance of soccer, promotes the hand eye coordination of baseball and tennis; and, is available to both men and women ( boys & girls). It is purely a team sport - every player and position matters.”

Is it a no contact or contact sport?“Men’s lacrosse is a contact sport requiring boys to wear full helmets, shoulder pads, elbow pads and gloves, much like hockey and football. Men’s lacrosse players are permitted to hit one another on the body and the games can be very physical. In women’s lacrosse there is no contact, therefore players are only required to wear protective eye goggles and mouth guards.”

Are there other differences or similarities between Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse?“In men’s lacrosse there are 10 players on the field: three attackers, three middies, three defenders and a goalie. Men’s players use two different types of sticks. The attack men play with short sticks to allow a wide range of motion and flexibility. Some defensemen use long pole sticks to help extend their area of coverage.”

“Women’s lacrosse has 12 players on the field: three attackers, five middies, three defenders and a goalie. Women are allowed to check (hit) one

another’s sticks to force the ball loose, but body contact and hitting is not permitted. In women’s lacrosse all players use the same sticks, regardless of whether they play attack or defense.”

“Importantly, both men’s and women’s youth and high school lacrosse games are on the same full size field, 110 yards long and 60 yards wide. Of course, youth and recreation programs do not start out playing on a full field. Like in soccer and basketball, most start out on half the size and work up to full field size with age and skill develop-ment.”

Q: How have you seen the sport grow in our area?“Our program started with 83 elementary age players participating in a “skill development “ camp like atmosphere. Now, we serve over 3,000 families in over 26 programs across a variety of ages ranging from second grade to graduating seniors. We literally have a program for every age and every player level.”

“My focus has always been and will continue to be to teach kids the correct skills and fundamentals of the game. We encourage kids to play multiple sports because it increases a player’s creativity and athleticism. The fan base of the sport has grown tremendously and the best testament to it is the addition of a Major League Lacrosse team here, the Charlotte Hounds.”

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WHAT KIND OF SHADOW WILL YOU CAST THIS YEAR?

A special message to all students in our community.

Imagine yourself as a big tree out in the middle of an open field. The sun is beating down on you every day, creating a shadow.

My question to you is what kind of shadow are you going to cast? A tree with no limbs cast a small shadow, yet a tree full of limbs cast a wide shadow and appears to be so much stronger. So how do you get these limbs which will allow you to cast a wide shadow? Your limbs come from many different areas of life and are all available to you. You can grow many limbs and make yourself more well-rounded for the fu-ture by working hard to earn good grades in the classroom. At your age, those are some of the most valuable limbs you can create.

You can also reach out into your community to perform service proj-ects that help others. These limbs are very valuable to others and make the community a better place. Solid opportunities are also easy to find and readily available as most charities cherish good help.

Another way to gain more limbs, which allow you to cast a bigger shadow is by being a good citizen and not causing trouble for yourself, your family or your school. Rules are in place and they aren’t hard to follow. When you choose to follow them, you make yourself a more desirable person and you in turn grow more limbs.

Under the idea that all of these above can allow you to grow more limbs and make yourself more attractive and valuable, it’s important to work hard to cast a large shadow. A tree with a lot of limbs and a solid foundation will stand for much longer. It can handle the stresses of wind, rain, extreme heat and cold and other challenges from nature. In much the same way if you as a student have cast a larger shadow, you can be a stronger person and find much more success in life. You can make yourself much more attractive as you pursue success in the future.

In closing, I ask to each of you. What kind of shadow will you cast this year?

Tripp RoakesPublisherSouth Charlotte Sports [email protected]

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Moving to a new city is never easy, especially when it is right before you en-ter your first year of high school. Kevin Lynch traveled over one thousand miles from Omaha, Nebraska to his new home in Charlotte, North Carolina just before his freshman year in high school two years ago. Now a rising junior at Char-lotte Catholic, Kevin found comfort in a once foreign land through the game he loves, soccer. Kevin, the 16-year- old son of Mike and Krisanne Lynch, made all of his friends and grew familiar with his new home by the relationships he made through playing soccer.

Soccer is ingrained in Kevin’s DNA. His dad, the head coach of Belmont Abbey’s women’s soccer team and former college player, got Kevin started at the earliest age possible. Guided by his older brother who played soccer as well, Kevin

played whenever and wherever he could.“I loved soccer from the beginning. By the time I was playing Micro (about

1st grade) I knew it was the thing for me.”Kevin was part of Charlotte Catholic’s Varsity Team last year and would

have been moved up to it freshman year has it not been for a lacerated liver. Now, this left- footer has made the decision to play for Charlotte Soccer Acad-emy’s Academy Team, a year- long program which means Kevin cannot play school soccer.

“It was a really tough decision between Academy and school soccer, but I decided that Academy was the step I had to take if I wanted to play in college. High School is great, but Academy looks better for colleges. I wish I could play for my school, but in the end Academy will be better for me to play at the next level.”

Even before making CSA’s Academy Team, Kevin had found success in soc-cer in both cities he has called home. Back in Omaha, Kevin’s club team won back-to-back Nebraska state titles. In Charlotte, Kevin’s school team, Char-lotte Catholic, made it to the State finals in his freshman year and lost in the semis last year after losing ten starters from the year before.

Geography is not the only thing that differentiates Omaha and Charlotte, The playing styles of both cities are also very different.

“In Nebraska, you would play soccer against a lot of ex- football players, so your opponents would be bigger and more physical. In Charlotte, the players are a lot more technical and better on the ball. I have definitely gotten better playing in Charlotte because the teams are better than in Nebraska.”

Kevin’s love for soccer is innate given the way he was raised. His dad has guided him through all levels of soccer and has been a major help in the re-cruiting process for colleges. His brother also gave Kevin someone he could always play with.

“What I love about soccer is that you can play almost anywhere. You don’t need a lot of people to play. You can get two pairs of shoes, place them 20 yards apart and you’ve got a game. You can make a lot of friends through soccer, which is why it really helped in my move to Charlotte.”

In school, Kevin specializes in the area of math. Though he is strong in all academic areas (a solid 4.18 GPA), Kevin says that math is by far his favorite and best subject. He got a perfect score on the math section of the PSAT, and is awaiting his chance to repeat perfection on the real SAT. Because of his strong math background, Kevin wants to major in engineering in the college he goes to.

In his free time, Kevin enjoys going to the U.S Whitewater Center in Char-lotte. While there, he mountain bikes and does other things that help him stay in shape for soccer season. He also plays basketball and indoor soccer in the winter with his friends.

“I just want to thank my dad and brother for always playing with me as I grew up. I also want to thank my school coaches Oscar Del Pino and Bill Lau-rie, as well as my CSA coaches, Phil Hufstader and Brad Wylde. My coaches back in Omaha were also a huge help.”

Congratulations to Kevin on all his athletic and academic accomplishments and we hope you continue to find success in both areas in the future.

SOCCER CONNECTS KEVIN LYNCH WITH HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS

Written by Ryan Scott, Marvin Ridge High School

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The BallanTyne School of eTiqueTTe will offer a one week SeSSion auguST 5 - auguST 9, 2013 for The following claSSeS:

Beginning Social Skills - This class is for middle school girls. The class focuses on general social skills, social media, how to be a friend, clothing, skin care, and dining. Dining class will include an 8 course meal. Mon - Fri 11:00am - 12:30pm

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First Impressions Are Lasting Impressions - This class is for high school girls and boys. The class focuses on general social skills, grooming, clothing, speaking, interviewing skills, theatre protocol and dining. Class will attend a performance of the Lion King and dining class is held at Ruth Chris Steakhouse. Mon - Fri 3:30PM - 5:00PM

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Cash, checks, and major credit cards accepted. A $50 non refundable deposit is required to hold spot for all new students, returning students do not have to submit deposit. Class sizes are limited.

Erin Powers is a force to be reckoned with on the diamond. Erin’s competitive drive and athleticism have earned her the opportunity to attend The University of North Carolina at Charlotte after high school graduation next spring. The future Forty-Niner has been a major asset to the Ardrey Kell varsity team starting her freshman year and is looking to go out with a bang her senior season. Let’s go Beyond The Game to learn more about Erin.

What is your history with softball?“I started playing travel ball when I was ten, and I played for the Outlaws. Then I played for the Charlotte Blaze for a few years. When I knew I wanted to play in college, I started playing for the Lady Blues, a showcase team. It has been my favorite and most talented team. I have met girls I know I will be friends with

forever. I have traveled many places for softball, but my favorite place I went was last summer when I went to Colorado. It was one week long, and I got to see and do many things with my best friends there. For high school, I have played for Ardrey Kell’s varsity team since freshman year.”

What are your top three biggest accomplishments throughout your career?“My sophomore year of high school I was awarded the Southwest 4A Confer-ence Tournament MVP. This year I was awarded Co-District Player of the Year for District 6. As a freshman I was awarded Rookie of the Year. I was also a part of winning the fourth consecutive conference tournament champi-onship for Ardrey Kell this past spring.”

What is one of your favorite memories playing softball?“I cannot really think of any specific memories from softball. By playing so long with most of the same girls I have made some of my best friends through softball. Every tournament is a blast because of the girls I play with. The most fun was Colorado because although it was a tournament, we had so much time to just enjoy and explore Colorado.”

What led you to decide to commit to UNCC?“UNCC has been my number one choice since I can remember. I really love the school and couldn’t imagine myself anywhere else. I had other options, but there were no other schools I was interested in more so than Charlotte.”

What are your goals for your senior year at Ardrey Kell?“My goals for my senior year are to, again, improve all of my stats for the season, which I have done since I was a freshman. I also want to improve my skills enough to be prepared to play at the next level.”

How are you spending your summer?“As you can assume, I am spending most of my summer traveling with my team to play in tournaments. Although I also have a job and do a lot of volun-teer work, I find time to hang out with my friends and family.”

How do you perform in the classroom?“In school I am in both the National Honor Society and National Spanish Honor Society. I have also made the A/B Honor Roll every year.”

What is the best advice you’ve ever received from a coach? How has this helped you in the long run?“The best advice I have ever gotten from a coach is to play with no limits. This means to believe in everything you do and to not set a limit on what you think you can do. If you play by this saying then you should go all out on ev-ery single play, which is all that can be asked of you. In the long run, this has showed me to leave everything on the field and to play with all of my heart, which is what the game is about.”

BEYOND THE GAME WITH ERIN POWERSWritten by Stephanie Wood, University Of Georgia

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Charlotte Christian School Vs.

Sun Valley High School

Independence High School Vs.

South Mecklenburg High School

To Purchase tickets or for more information, visit Charlottepreps.TV/kickoff

celebrate the official start of the high school football season

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SEASON TO KICKOFF ON THURSDAY AUGUST 22nd

Scholastic Sports Marketing is proud to announce the creation of the first ever high school football kickoff celebration event in Charlotte. The “CharlottePreps.TV Kickoff Night, powered by OrthoCarolina” will be played as a doubleheader at American Legion Memorial Stadium on August 22nd.

“OrthoCarolina is extremely proud to partner with Scholastic Sports Marketing, Charlot-tepreps.TV and the Charlotte area schools to make this event possible. We have been a longtime supporter of our local schools and their sports teams. The Kickoff Night is a logical next step in that partnership,” said Blair Primis, Director of Marketing for OrthoCarolina.

The Charlotte Christian Knights, coming off their NCISAA State Football Championship last season, will take on the Spartans of Sun Valley High School at 5:30pm. Charlotte Christian has three rising seniors already committed to BCS schools. Sun Valley finished out last season as Southern Carolina Conference Co-Champions and with a strong run in the state playoffs.

For the second game of the night, Independence High School who will enter the season with high expectations and a very talented roster, will take on fellow CMS foe South Mecklenburg High School approximately 30-minutes after the conclusion of game one. South Meck will look to upset the Patriots and get their season off to a strong start.

“We’re excited to introduce CharlottePreps.TV Kickoff Night to Charlotte. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate the official start of the football season! We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from OrthoCarolina, CMS and all of the participating schools. This event will raise money for the participating schools, CMS middle school athletics and provide a new positive experience for the youth of our community,” said James Companion of Scholastic Sports Market-ing.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools Middle School Athletics.

A play-by-play radio broadcast of the games will air live on a WFNZ 610AM, The Fan. The event will be televised through Time Warner Cable and News 14 Carolina as well, on a tape-delay, airing Thursday night at 11:30PM and Friday morning on-demand.

Fans will be able to access both games by purchasing one ticket. Tickets are available online by visiting www.charlottepreps.tv/kickoff and will be available at the gate. Kids who wear their youth football league jerseys will be given one free admission to enter at the gate.

Jay M. Robinson Middle School baseball player Ray Torres won the Most Outstanding Player Award in the 2018 Battle of the Border All Star Showcase Game. Torres was one of the leading hitters for his team and scored the game tying run in the ninth inning.

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STUDENT-ATHLETES OF THE WEEK

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STERLING STICKLANDArdrey Kell High School rising junior Sterling Strickland has been named the Architech Sports and Physical Therapy Student-Athlete of the Week. The daughter of Freeman and Garianna Strickland plays pitcher, middle infield and outfield for the Knights Softball Team. Sterling also plays travel softball for the Charlotte Blue Jays. She is an All-Conference and All-District player in high school.

Sterling has played a key role helping the Knights to win the confer-ence tournament in both of her years on the team. Looking ahead to the spring, Sterling wants to increase her strikeouts and lower her earned run average as well as raise her batting average. She also would like to help the Knights advance deep in the state play-offs this season. Sterling is very thankful to have the support of her parents and coaches as she strives to reach these goals.

Inside the classroom, Sterling carries a 3.85 grade point average and she is a mem-ber of the National Junior Honor Society and the Latin Club. Sterling is also an active member of the Girl Scouts and has already earned her Bronze and Silver Star Awards. She is working on her Gold Star now, the highest award for Girls Scouts. Congratulations to Sterling Strickland for being names the Architech Sports and Physical Therapy Student-Athlete of the Week.

TRISTAN WOODSUnited Faith Christian Academy senior Tristan Woods has been named the Architect Sports and Physical Therapy Student-Athlete of the Week. The son of Scott and Amy Woods is an all state swim-mer and cross country runner for United Faith. This past weekend he competed in the Morrison YMCA Tri Ballantyne, his first, and finished second in his age group with a time of 1:14:14.

Tristan won the 400 and 100 Freestyle races in his state cham-pionship meet this past winter. He competes year round for the Stingray Aquatics Club. Now he hopes to build on the experience of the triathlon and improve his time next event. Tristan also hopes to defend his state titles this season and finish top five in the state cross country meet.

Inside the classroom, Tristan carries a 4.4 grade point average and he is a member of the National Honor Society. He also plays lead guitar in the school praise band and is an active member of his youth group at Reach Church. Congratulations to Tristan Woods for being named the Architech Sports and Physical Therapy Student Athlete of the Week.

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BEYOND THE GAME WITH LUKE WORKLEY

Written by Brittany Zavatsky, Charlotte Catholic High School

Luke Workley is a rising freshman at Charlotte Catholic High School. He plays baseball for the HQ4 Clippers. Luke is the son of Rik and Susan Workley. Let’s go Beyond the Game with Luke.

How long have you been playing baseball?“I have been playing baseball since I was 5 years old. I started at Park Sharon playing t-ball and kid pitch from five to nine. I then went to the Lynx and started traveling to places outside of Charlotte until I was ten. I have been playing with HQ4 Clippers from age ten to the present.

What is your favorite position to play?“My favorite position is pitcher or first base. I like pitcher because I can be in control of the

game, which I like. I enjoy first base because it’s fun to catch the ball. I like when I have to dive or stretch to catch the ball.”

Who is the one person that has helped you the most?“My coach Spencer Stecher has helped me the most. He has coached me from the time I was ten to now. He has helped me grow as a player and become better. He is very intelligent about the game and it makes him a great coach.”

What are your plans for the future in regards to baseball?“I would like to play for my high school team. I would love to make varsity as a freshman or sophomore. After high school, I want to go to UNC Chapel Hill and play baseball for the Tar Heels.”

How did you do in school at Holy Trinity Middle School?“I am a straight A student. I received A’s all year long. My favorite subject is math because there is always a right answer. I will be taking honors classes next year.”