Lee, Merritt bring home Mudcats’ team awards
Left-handed pitcher Ryan Merritt received the Willie Duke Award from the Carolina Mudcats for his accomplishments on the mound during the 2014 campaign and right-handed pitcher Jacob Lee earned the Ed Hales Award for his selfless involvement in community service.
The Willie Duke award is presented annually by the Mudcats to the player who best symbolizes the spirit and dedication to baseball exhibited by Willie Duke. Known as “Mr. Baseball” for his tireless efforts promoting the game, Willie played and managed in professional baseball for nearly 20 years. He has been instrumental in organizing, promoting, and developing youth baseball programs in the Raleigh area since the 1940s.
Merritt, 22, posted 13 wins and a 2.58 ERA across 25 starts in 2014. The wins were the most by a Mudcats hurler since 2000 and he was only the second pitcher in the Carolina League to reach the achievement since 2007.
The Ed Hales award is presented by the Mudcats in recognition of the player(s) who best exemplifies unselfish spirit, dedication and commitment to the community. While a member of the Mudcats in 2014, Lee always made time to participate in various community service projects. He assisted with youth camps, attended hospital and school visits and worked with the Miracle League, a baseball league for children with disabilities.
Golf tournaments for ages 6-11
The Tarheel Youth Golf Association will offer a new TYGA Tots tournament program for ages 6-11. These nine-hole tournaments will use a modified Stableford scoring system. Courses will be between 1,000-1,200 yards for ages 6-7, 1,400-1,600 for ages 8-9 and 1,800-2,000 for ages 10-11. Each player must have an adult caddy. Entry fees are $20-35 per event. Visit tygajuniorgolf.org for a schedule of tournaments.
Free wildlife event at Lake Wheeler
Learn about fishing, hunting and wildlife conservation during a Sept. 27 event at Lake Wheeler in Raleigh. It is one of eight free events the N.C. Wildlife Resources is hosting or supporting in celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day 2014. Coordinated by the Commission’s Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education, this free event is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. A drawing will be held at 2 p.m. for two three-hour fishing trips with Greggofish Guide Service, as well as other prizes donated by the Wake County Wildlife Club. Info: Beth Gunn at 919-707-0205.
The N.C. Track and Cross Country Coaches Association is polling members through a survey on nc.milesplit.com on how the N.C. High School Athletic Association should score meets in which wheelchair and adaptive athletes participate.
Coaches are being asked to select from one of three options: the current method that scores all points together; a separate division for wheelchair and adaptive athletes; awarding two state titles if the points earned by wheelchair and adaptive athletes determine the state title.
There is a survey for coaches and one for the public.
Winston-Salem Mount Tabor defeated Apex by six points in the 4A boys finals this spring and scored eight points from events for wheelchair athletes.
The NCTCCCA is expected to make a recommendation to the N.C. High School Athletic Association.
More than 200,000 courses were taken in August by high school coaches through the National Federation of State High School Associations. It was the most coaching certifications ever given in one month by the federation.
The NCHSAA is moving toward requiring all coaches to have a national certification.
Compiled by staff writers D. Clay Best and Tim Stevens.