Sports briefs. June 19: 16 honored as Pop Warner scholars

June 17, 2014 

Sixteen honored at Pop Warner scholar tribute

Sixteen Clover-area students were recently recognized at the annual Pop Warner Scholars Tribute at the Disney Yacht Club Resort in in Orlando.

Each year, more than 325,000 student athletes participate in the Pop Warner organization in football and cheer/dance, and the most academically accomplished participants compete for Academic All-American status.

This process begins at the association level and proceeds up through each of the eight Pop Warner regions to the national level.

In 2013-14, more than 8,700 students achieved regional pre-qualifying status for national recognition, which required at least a 96 percent average in academic courses.

After an application process, which considers activities and achievements in areas other than sports, Pop Warner determines National First Team All-Americans, who are the top 35 football players and cheerleaders in each grade level, as well as National Second Team All-Americans and National Honorable Mentions.

Clover-area students who were recognized include:

• First team: Josh Marr, Bethany Elementary.

• Second team: Austin Clark, Kyle Musae, Andrew Stevens and Sydnee Taylor, all of Clover Middle; John Robert Good and Ross Lewi, both of Crowders Creek Elementary; Aryana Johansen and Harper Love, both of Griggs Road Elementary; Hayden Johnson, Oakridge Middle; Jeremy Ogle, Bethany Elementary; and Reagan Wood, Kinard Elementary.

• Honorable mention: Matthew Courtwright, Alyssa Grana and Matthew Thoroughman, all of Clover Middle; and Ali Simon, Kinard Elementary.

YCHS boys’ shootout ends Thursday

The York Comprehensive High School Boys’ Basketball Shootout ends Thursday, with the varsity games in the YCHS main gym and JV action at the auxiliary gym.

“We are happy to be hosting the boys’ basketball shootout,” said Cougar head basketball coach Michael Dalton. “There are outstanding teams participating in the shootout this year.”

• The schedule for Thursday’s varsity games in the main gym: 10 a.m., Union vs. Clover; 11 a.m., Spartanburg vs. Rock Hill; noon, York vs. Union; 1 p.m., East Gaston vs. Clover; 2 p.m., Rock Hill vs. Union; 3 p.m., York vs. Spartanburg; 4 p.m., Rock Hill vs. East Gaston; 5 p.m., Spartanburg vs. Clover.

• JV games, in auxiliary gym: 10 a.m., Union vs. Clover; 11 a.m., Spartanburg vs. York 9th grade; noon, York vs. Union; 1 p.m., York vs. Clover; 2 p.m, East Gaston vs. Union; 3 p.m., York vs. Spartanburg; 4 p.m., York 9th grade vs. East Gaston; 5 p.m., Spartanburg vs. Clover.

A full slate of shootout games were played Wednesday at the YCHS main gym and auxiliary gym.

Lady Blue Eagles’ basketball camp begins July 14

The first Clover High School all girls basketball camps will be 5 to 7:30 p.m. July 14 to 17.

The camp director is Shakkia Walker, assistant girls’ basketball coach at CHS. The Lady Blue Eagle coaching staff, players and former players will provide instruction.

Early registration is recommended, with final registration to be at 4:30 p.m. July 14. A cost of $55 per participant includes a camp T-shirt. Multi-child discount is $10 per child.

Camp day activities will focus on the fundamentals of the game, including dribbling, footwork, shooting, defense and ball-handling. Contact Shakkia Walker at 803-810-8062 or email her at

Clover’s Thompson signs with Belmont Abbey

Clover High School basketball standout Alex Thompson has signed a national letter of intent to play for the Belmont Abbey College team in Belmont, N.C.

Thompson, one of the premier players in Region 3-AAAA during his Blue Eagle career at CHS, showcased his skills to Belmont Abbey coaches on several occasions.

“He has worked hard this spring to get to this point and impressed the coaches at Belmont Abbey during several workouts,” said Blue Eagle head basketball coach Bailey Jackson.

Jackson added: “We are very proud of our Blue Eagle basketball product and look forward to seeing him play so close to home.”

Cougar baseball camp slated for July 21-23

The York Comprehensive High School Cougar baseball camp will be 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. July 21 to 23 at the York Recreation Complex.

This camp is for ages 7 to 13 and conducted by YCHS varsity coaches and players. The fee is $35 per child or $60 for two.

Each participant will receive a camp T-shirt. Registration is at the York Recreation Center, 21 White Rose Lane. The deadline to register is July 17. For details, call 803-684-3742.

YCHS Cougar basketball camp July 7-10

The York Comprehensive High School Cougar basketball camp will be 9 to 11 a.m. July 7 to 10 at the York Recreation Center.

The camp is for boys and girls ages 5-15 and is conducted by YCHS girls’ basketball coaches and players. The camp fee of $50 per child includes a camp T-shirt.

Registration is at the York Recreation Center, 21 White Rose Lane. The deadline to register is July 3. Call 803-684-3742 for more information.

Registration continues at Clover Rec

Registration for youth sports is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Fridays at the Clover Parks and Recreation Department on Bethel Street.

Registration for fall soccer, softball and baseball continues weekly and will conclude Aug. 1. Registration for winter basketball is set for Sept. 29 to Oct. 31.

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants who sign up after the deadline are not guaranteed a spot on a specific team, regardless of prior participation and may, if appropriate, have to go through the draft.

For details, contact the Clover Parks and Recreation Department, 803-222-9493.

Sara Ann Comer run to be Saturday

The first Sara Ann Comer Run for Agriculture will be held Saturday.

The 9 a.m. 5K run/walk is hosted by York’s Inman Farms and is being held in conjunction with the Ag + Art Tour of York County.

The York County Young Farmers and Ranchers have established a memorial scholarship in her name, and the run will benefit that.

For more information, email event coordinator Caci Nance at

Free play times listed at York Parks and Rec gym

Free play is a popular activity at the York Parks and Recreation Department.

Various age groups are taking advantage of the opportunities each week, according to the York parks and rec staff.

Gym hours for ages 18 and over are 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Other free play hours include: Monday, 3 to 5 p.m., ages 17 and younger; Tuesday, 3 to 4 p.m., 17 and younger; Wednesday, 3 to 7 p.m., all ages; Thursday, 3 to 5 p.m., 17 and younger; Friday, 3 to 5 p.m., 17 and younger; and Sunday, 2 to 6 p.m., all ages.

The number to call for more information is 803-684-3742.

YCHS coaches host basketball camp

For the first time, the boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball coaches will team up to host the 15th annual summer basketball camp.

The camp will be 9 to 11:30 a.m. June 23 to 26 at the YCHS gyms. It is open to ages 5 to 15.

The Cougar and Lady Cougar coaching staffs and varsity players will provide instruction.

The camp is $60 per child, which includes a T-shirt and lunch. Multi-child discount is $10 per child and there is a $10 discount for York school district employees’ children. Only one discount can be used.

Camp day activities will focus on the fundamentals of the game, including dribbling, footwork, shooting, defense and ball-handling. Campers can pick up a form at York Recreation Center or at any of the schools or register on June 23.

Paula Blackwell will serve as the camp director and you can contact her at or 803-684-1505.

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