Sports briefs for April 16

April 16, 2013 


Nationals beat Braves 12-5

The Lake Wylie Athletic Association Minors Nationals relied on strong performances April 9 to beat a tough Braves team 12-5. They had strong pitching performances from Chad Callaway (four innings with 8 Ks) and Caleb Cox (two innings with 4 Ks).

As a team, the Nationals had 12 hits and were led offensively by Taylor Sprinkle (3 run homerun and 4 RBIs), Jack Killelea (solo homerun and 2 RBIs), Caleb Cox (single, double and triple and 2 RBIs) and Ryan Long (double). Great defensive efforts by Ethan Duckwall, Rhys Sansom and Sean McMahon helped the Nationals keep the Braves from establishing any momentum.

Braves received good pitching efforts from Gabe Carroll, Braden Peters and Dallas Bradshaw. On defense, the Braves were led by Jake Ferguson, who made great plays in the field. While on offense, the Braves were led by Drew Galloway, who had 2 hits and 2 runs scored.


Markolf Memorial Classic Friday

The Bill Markolf Memorial Lake Wylie Golf Classic to benefit Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville will be held Friday, April 19, at River Hills Country Club.

Markolf, who died in 2010, was committed to a tournament for the Shriners Hospital. This year, the event also will recognize the life and support of Frank Shields, a longtime tournament organizer and supporter, and a former Shriners Hospital patient in his youth. Shields died in March.

“I think Bill would be gratified at how this event has progressed into an annual tradition. Over the years, Frank, along with our many volunteers, have embraced the enthusiasm and commitment that Bill brought to the event on behalf of the children,” said Alex Covington, 2013 Lake Wylie Classic event chair.

As one of 20 Shriners Hospitals devoted exclusively to the care of children, the Greenville hospital specializes in orthopedic treatment. Other facilities focus specifically on burn care, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate treatment. All children are cared for free of charge.

The cost to play in the Bill Markolf Memorial Lake Wylie Golf Classic is $500 per foursome.

An opening reception and live auction will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. April 18 at T-Bones on the Lake. The cover charge for the reception and auction is $20 and is free to registered tournament golfers. A buffet will feature “A Taste of the Lake” with hors d’oeuvres and light fare provided by area restaurants along with a discounted cash bar. Tournament and sponsorship information is available by calling 980-721-5644.


Swim with Piranhas

The Palisades Piranhas swim team is holding registration through May 6. Swimmers must be 18 or younger as of June 1 and be able to swim the length of the pool to be eligible. The team’s new head coach is Cynthia Roeth. Costs is $100 for club members, and $75 for each additional sibling; or $125 for non-club members, and $100 for each sibling. Team caps at 100 swimmers.

Sponsorships are available by calling 803-322-4759. Visit for more information.


Join Fun 4 Four tourney

Registration is open for the Fun 4 Four tennis tournament at River Hills Country Club being held May 31-June 2. You do not have to be a member of River Hills Country Club to play. Format is team of four players (two men and two women).

Play men’s doubles, ladies doubles and two mixed doubles matches. Play each team in your flight - 6.0, 6.5, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0 or 8.5/9.0. Each doubles will be a regular set with a tiebreaker at 5-5.

Cost is $55 per person and includes complimentary lunch each day, beverages, tournament T-shirt and prizes for top team in each flight. Applications are available at Call 803-831-1493 for more information.


Doughnut Dash May 11 in Charlotte

24 Hours of Booty Inc. will be the beneficiary of the inaugural Krispy Kreme Doughnut Dash starting at 7:30 a.m. May 11 in Charlotte.

The 4.8-mile race starts and ends on Greenwich Drive in Cotswold, near the Krispy Kreme on 119 N. Sharon Amity Road.

During this non-sanctioned 4.8-mile run/walk, participants have the option of signing up as a competitive or recreational runner. All runners will run the first 2.26 miles. At this point, the competitive runners will eat a dozen doughnuts, and then continue the final 2.54 miles to the finish. The recreational runners may eat as many or few doughnuts as they want, take the rest home to enjoy or elect, at the time of registration, to donate their doughnuts to the cancer centers.

Registration costs $35 through May 8. There is no event-day registration. Visit Proceeds support the 24 Hours of Booty charity cycling event to fight cancer.

Cannoli Run May 18 in Fort Mill

The first Cannoli Run will begin at 8:30 a.m. May 18 at St. Philip Neri Church during the 18th annual Italian Festival. Half of the proceeds will go to Fort Mill Care Center.

Trophied divisions are senior 60 and older, adult 16 to 59 and junior 7 to 15.

Cost is $25 for adults, $15 for seniors. Advance registration includes T-shirt and gift bag.

The 1-mile family fun run is a $5 donation.

The 100-yard dash is free with prizes for children ages 6 and younger.

Register online at

Register for Fort Mill’s Thread Twilight

The second annual Carolina Thread Trail’s Thread The Thread Twilight 5K Trail Race & Fun Run will be held at 6 p.m. May 18 at Anne Springs Close Greenway.

This trail run event includes a 5K race or 1-mile fun run for all ages, along with an after party of local food, local beer and local live music.

There are 250 spots for the 5K. Cost is $25 through April 11, $30 April 12-May 16, or $35 race day.

The 1-mile run/walk costs $10 through April 11, $15 April 12-May 11, or $20 race day.

Registration online at

Splash Dash June 8 at Wylie

The Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce’s Splash Dash 10K and 5K will be held June 8 at River Hills Plantation.

The races begin at 8 a.m. CMC-Steele Creek is the premiere sponsor.

Registration costs $20 for either race, or $10 for the walk. Visit to register.

Call 803-831-2827 for more information.

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