‘Red Express’ makes a splash at Jordan
The Stämpfli Express – a 24-seat racing shell that’s almost 150 feet long – made its American debut this weekend on Jordan Lake. Members of the University of North Carolina men’s rowing club practiced rowing the Stampfli on Friday afternoon and then Saturday morning raced in eight-man shells against another crew in the leviathan as part of the first “CHAOS Challenge.”
The event featured rowing clubs from across the Carolinas to take part in informal races over a 1,000 meter course on Jordan Lake.
“We are delighted that Stämpfli decided on Jordan Lake for the debut of the Stämpfli Express,” said Felix Muhlebach, president of the Triangle-based CHAOS Rowing Club. “It’s unique in rowing to have a rowing shell that can seat 24 rowers and a coxswain.”
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Constructed originally in Switzerland, the “Red Express” will be around Jordan through Sept. 24. People interested in training in or against the Stämpfli can sign up at chaosrowing.org/.
Hickory, Scott Grading still 1-2
Hickory Tavern and Jeff Scott Grading both won twice last week to maintain their pace in Carrboro’s Co-Rec Softball League. Hickory Taven (7-1) stayed in first place with a 15-2 win against Dingo Dog Brewery (4-4) and a 20-12 win against Ghost Riders (4-5). Jeff Scott downed Ghost Riders 12-5 and the winless Fightin’ Squids 18-4 to improve to 6-2. Bread & Butter (4-4) moved into a tie for third by beating Dingo Dog 9-6 on Thursday after defeating the Squids 14-2 on Tuesday.
East undefeated in PAC-6 tennis
East Chapel Hill dropped a 5-4 decision in a tough nonconference tennis match Thursday against Cary Academy, with the Chargers winning third-set tiebreakers to take four of the top six singles.
But that had no effect on the PAC-6 standings, where East Chapel Hill was firmly in first place after winning 7-2 Monday at Riverside. East locked up the team victory with singles wins in straight sets by Savannah Bright, Victoria Jones, Jocelyn Reckford, Maddie Lewis and Isabel Green.
Riverside (9-2 overall) fell to 3-2 in PAC-6 matches with Monday’s loss.
East remained undefeated in conference matches by sweeping Hillside 9-0 on Wednesday. East got straight sets wins from Jones at No. 1, Reckford at No. 2, Green at No. 3, Cassidy Bright at No. 4, Jenny Liu at No. 5 and Isabella Li at No. 6 singles. East won all the doubles 8-0.
SOOC golfers win in invitational
Two athletes with Special Olympics Orange County came away with awards from the 2015 Special Olympics National Invitational Golf Tournament held on Sept. 11-13 in Hilton Head, S.C. Justin Jarmusz, with his partner and dad Leo Jarmusz, won the gold medal in the Level 2, nine-hole alternate shot division. Joey Kessler earned a fourth place ribbon in Level 4, nine-hole individual stroke play, with coach Craig Stopa serving as Joey's caddie.
SOOC hosts golf practice at Occoneechee Golf Course 5:45-7 p.m. every Wednesday in October.
All of Friday’s high school football games were played too late for Sunday’s print edition of the Chapel Hill News. For all scores and a look at most local teams in action this week, see www.newsobserver.com.