Sports Shorts for July 27
CHARLOTTE – Denver native Nick “The Vanilla Gorilla” Smith won the FightLab 26 mixed martial arts Main Event fight on July 19 at Coyote Joe’s in Charlotte.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Smith defeated Robert Kirkpatrick by technical knockout four minutes and six seconds into the first round. Kirkpatrick was unable to continue because of a cut on his face.
The fight was Smith’s professional debut after he went 8-2 as an amateur.
Discounted physicals for HYAA families
HUNTERSVILLE – Vista Health & Wellness, a family medical practice at 16600 Birkdale Commons Pkwy.,, Suite E, is offering sports physicals at a discounted rate of $20 through Labor Day for families participating in the Huntersville Youth Athletic Association. Heather Stamey, a nurse practitioner, will offer physicals from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays, by appointment. Call 704-896-8680.
Parks department to hold softball meetings
DENVER – The Lincoln County Parks and Recreation department will hold Women’s Softball League and Co-Ed Softball League informational meetings for coaches and managers at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Aug. 2 at the East Lincoln Community Center.
The women’s league information session begins at 7 p.m. followed by the Co-Ed league session at 8 p.m. The community center is located at 8160 Optimist Club Road in Denver.
Women’s league games will be held at East Lincoln Park this year. Co-Ed games will be held at the Lincolnton Optimist fields in Lincolnton.
Call Shane Huss at 704-748-1518 for more details.
North Lincoln soccer camps coming up
LINCOLNTON – North Lincoln High’s trio of youth soccer camps, conducted by Knights coaches Tim Harris, Kelly Barney and Angie Wilson, are coming up.
All campers receive a camp shirt and demonstrations from staff. Attendees are also eligible to win prizes by completing skill challenges.
The Knights’ junior soccer camp for children aged 4-9 runs from July 30-Aug. 3. Sessions are 9-11 a.m. at North Lincoln High. The camp costs $40.
The goalkeeper camp is from 6 to 8:30 p.m. July 30-Aug. 3 at the high school’s field. It’s for kids ages 10 and up. Cost is $75.
The primary youth camp is for kids ages 10-14 and is the same time and date as the goalkeeper camp. The camp costs $75.
The evening camps include skill stations, skill challenges and small-sided games.
Bring shin guards, water bottles, sunscreen and a ball.
Download an application at nlhs.lincoln.k12.nc.us or email Tim Harris at Harris@cataler-na.com or Kelly Barney at email@example.com.
Applications should be mailed to the high school’s address, 2737 Lee Lawing Road in Lincolnton.
Comets offer softball tryouts, camp
MOORESVILLE – Tryouts for the Carolina Comets softball organization will be Aug. 4 at Lake Norman High School. The rain date will be Aug. 5. The Comets are adding a 16-under Elite team and a 23-under team for players attending college in 2012 and 2013.
The tryout schedule, with team contacts:
• Comets 14-under: 8-10 a.m. John Sherill at firstname.lastname@example.org or Chris Nozet at email@example.com
• Comets 12-under: 10 a.m.-noon. Chuck Landis at firstname.lastname@example.org or Ashley Kelly at email@example.com
• Comets 10-under: Noon-2 p.m. Chris Warren at firstname.lastname@example.org or Barry McDonald at email@example.com
• Comets 8-under: Noon-2 p.m. Barry McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Comets 16-under Elite: 2-4 p.m. Roger McGuffey at email@example.com
• Comets 16-under and Comets 18-under: 2-4 p.m. Roger McGuffey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, the Carolina Comets Summer Camp for rising first- through 10th-graders will be July 30-Aug. 3. Players in grades 1-5 will participate from 8 a.m. to noon, and players in grades 6-10 will compete from 1-5 p.m. daily. All campers will receive a T-shirt. The camp will be hosted by the Comets Gold 18-under coaching staff and players. The camp costs $85. Register online at mooresvillerecreation.org or call Roger McGuffey at 704-236-7428.
Copperheads eliminated from playoffs
HUNTERSVILLE – The Lake Norman Copperheads lost 4-3 to the Carolina Chaos in the first round of the Southern Collegiate Baseball League playoffs on July 23 and were eliminated from the postseason.
The Copperheads finished with a 17-21 record after rallying from a midseason 11-game losing streak.
Daniel Whitecavage, a Hopewell High alum who signed to play at St. Andrews University in Laurinburg was the Copperheads’ top hitter. He was second in the league in batting average (.374), tied for second in home runs (five) and tied for the lead in RBIs (33).
– Compiled by Aaron Burns and Cliff Mehrtens