State wiffle ball tournament returns to Smithfield
Smithfield Community Park will again be the host for the 26th Annual North Carolina Wiffle Ball Tournament, July 19-20.
Nash County's "G-Nats" will attempt to defend their title in the slow pitch event, which annually draws 16-25 teams. The G-Nats defeated three-time defending champions The Hand Picked J's last year to break their hold on the title. The two teams have each won three of the last six tournaments.
The entry fee for the four-on-four event is $60. Bats and balls will be provided, as well as umpires. Individual trophies for first and second place will be given, as well as an MVP and an All-Tournament team.
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The tournament began in 1982 as the Kenly Wiffle Ball Tournament, and became the State Tourney in 1989. It is the second oldest Wiffle Ball Tournament in the world, trailing only the World Wiffle Ball Championship of Skokie, Illinois, which began in 1980.
For infor or to enter, visit www.ncwiffleball.weebly.com or contact Jeff Davis at 919-915-2280.
Pineville sweeps Edgebrook
The Pineville Piranhas and the Edgebrook Eels split the team wins in a Southern Metro Swim League meet on Tuesday. The Piranhas’ girls team won, 149-131, and the boys from Edgebrook took a 149-137 win.
Sharks top Hammerheads
The Smithfield Sharks swept a Southern Metro Swimming Association meet against the HealthQuest Hammerheads on Thursday. The Sharks’ girls team won 230-64, while the boys were 181-93 winners.
The Sharks claimed 13 relay race wins, while the Hammerheads took the other three relays.
Winners for the Smithfield girls were Sajidah Aqrabowi, Kendall Williams, Sydney Johns, Katherine Rucci, Callie Lancaster, Whitley Kate Moore, Shelby Crocker, Sophie Torres, Brittany Bucker, Gabriele Trasti, Gabriele Glover, Lily McLamb,
Alyssa Gomes and Alexis Juarez.
SRAC boys winners were Gates Hale, Joshua Waldon, Zachary Waldon, Sam Holder, Grayson Hale and Jared Glover.
Wins for HeathQuest went to Christopher Hopson, Jacob Gibbons, Walter Karstens, Gage Capps, Holden Foy and Bradley Barefoot on the boys’ side.
On the girls’ side for the Hammerheads, Megan Beasley and Heather Choate were event winners.
Manta Rays stand out
The McGee’s Manta Rays had a solid outing in a meet against the Smithfield Sharks on Tuesday. Standouts for the Manta Rays were Rett Adams, Wyatt Langston, Reece Braswell, Brayden Martin, Amelia Broadwell, Ava Wood and Julia McConnell. Middle school-aged swimmers turning in solid times were Jeff Salhoff, Mitchell Langston, Cara Davis and Leah Jackson.