CHS track star Sparrow surges to front of pack
CLOVER Emily Sparrow from Clover High School continues to win big in cross country.
On Oct. 19, Sparrow came in first out of 49 runners in the York County meet hosted at Northwestern High School. She was 22 seconds in front of the second-place runner.
Sparrow’s teammates Alex Peeler, Cassie Caldwell, Ericka Pence, Hannah Holcombe, Rachel Capps and Brittany Traw also ran a strong race.
Clover JV girls Valerie Glankler, Caitie Bowman, Anne Marie White, Jewell McBee, Jude Currence, Esmeralda Albarran and Emily Horton were all able to make their best times yet at the meet.
Austin Highfill made a statement for the boys’ team coming in fourth place with a time of 16:43.
Other Clover varsity boys running well were Johnathan Bruney, Eli Allen, David Cole, Cameron Marvin, Ben Clark and Alex Wilson. Highfill, Allen and Marvin set new personal best times helping the boys team to finish third in the county.
The JV boys who also set new records for themselves at the York County meet were Leland Capps, Clay Rollins, Harrison Brooks, Will Brown, Robert Hicks and Harrison Pratt. Other JV runners who competed well were Brady Leatherwood, Brody Green and Brandon Parker.
Runners prepared for the region held Thursday at Northwestern and The State Qualifying meet scheduled Saturday, Nov. 2, at Dorman High School.
Tournament Wednesday in Rock Hill
ROCK HILL The third annual Clifton Carter Memorial Golf Tournament, hosted by Discoveries Soccer Club, will be at noon Wednesday, Oct. 30, at Rock Hill Country Club.
The tournament is four-man Captain’s Choice with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.
LWAA registration runs through Thursday
LAKE WYLIE Lake Wylie Athletic Association is registering for its upcoming basketball season for ages 4-12.
Register at the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce, River Hills Community Church, Anytime Fitness or online at lwsports.org through Thursday, Oct. 31. Anyone wanting to coach should fill out a form online.
Belmont league registration
BELMONT Belmont Parks & Recreation Department is holding registration for youth basketball for ages 3-15 through Nov. 9.
The registration fee costs $50 in the city limits of Belmont, $75 out of city. Signups will be online at cityofbelmont.org or at the recreation department at 37 E. Woodrow Ave. In-person registration ends at 5 p.m. Nov. 8.
Championship coming to Rock Hill
ROCK HILL The Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Rock Hill Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department will host the International Quidditch Southern US Regional Championship Feb. 15-16 at Manchester Meadows Soccer Complex.
Rock Hill will host about 25 colleges throughout the south for this championship, including Rock Hill’s Winthrop University.
Nearly 3,000 people are expected to come to the area for this International Quidditch Association event.
Quidditch was founded in 2005 at Middlebury College by then-freshman Xander Manshel. For more information, call 803-329-5200.
Colombian wins Rock Hill Rocks Open
ROCK HILL Mariana Duque-Marino, 24, of Colombia won the fifth annual Rock Hill Rocks Open professional women’s tennis tournament Oct. 20 at the Rock Hill Tennis Center.
Duque-Marino, the event’s first seed, defeated fifth seed Anna Tatishvili, 23, of the nation of Georgia 6-3 6-4 in the final singles match of the $25,000 United States Tennis Association Pro Circuit event.
It was the third Pro Circuit singles win this year for Duque-Marino, currently ranked 101 in women’s singles. The right-hander’s other wins came at the $50,000 event at Osprey, Fla., in March and the $25,000 event at Pelham, Ala., in April.
Duque-Marino also teamed with Maria Irigoyen, 26, of Argentina to win the doubles event Sunday after the singles match. The pair defeated American players Allie Kiick and Asia Muhammad 4-6 7-6 (5) [12-10] in a third-set tie-breaker.
It was Duque-Marino’s second doubles victory in Rock Hill. She teamed with Maria-Fernanda Alves of Brazil to win in 2010. It was Duque-Marino’s second doubles win this year.
Players on the Pro Circuit compete for prize money and ranking points. The circuit is the pathway to tour-level tournaments, including the US Open, for aspiring tennis players.
Many of today’s top stars, including Maria Sharapova, played on the Pro Circuit. Several of these top-ranked players, including USA players Jamie Hampton and Varvara Lepchenko, played in Rock Hill.
For more information, call 803-326-3842.
USA Football camp coming to Rock Hill
ROCK HILL The Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Rock Hill schools will welcome the USA Football Regional Development Camp to South Pointe High School on April 12-13.
The USA Football Regional Development Camp is for athletes in grades 7-11 and focuses on development on and off the field. Participating athletes will have the opportunity to train with current NFL and NCAA coaches, listen and learn from former NFL players and receive an evaluation from an NFL or college scout.
All athletes will be evaluated for the U.S. National Team program. Athletes selected to participate in the USA National Team program will represent Team USA in the international competition.
USA Football officials expect to have nearly 300 attend the camp. Register online at usafootball.com. Spectators are welcome to attend the event for free.
For more information, call 317-614-7764.
Giants fans meet in Fort Mill
If you’re a fan of the New York Giants and want to get together with other local fans for games the Blue Room is reserved for game day at Madison’s on The Corner in Crossroads Plaza at the corner of Highway160 West and Gold Hill Road in Fort Mill.
Fans can watch the game on a projection screen and on several flat screens. Enjoy a hot buffet for less than $10, or order from an extensive menu.
Bills fans gather at Towne Tavern
Buffalo Bills fans are invited to Towne Tavern at Fort Mill, home of the York County Buffalo Bills Backers Fan Club. Join your fellow Bills fans in suite 160 and view all Buffalo Bills games on a 10-foot HD projection with theater sound.
Jets fans cheer at Skyline Grill
Jets fans who want to watch the game with other local fans can stop in at the Skyline Grill at Regent Park Golf Club in Fort Mill. Fans can keep track of all of the games aired on the NFL Package and enjoy $1.50 domestic beers on game day.
For details, call 803-548-3777.