Chapel Hill: Sports

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Soccer versus cancer

Rob Jones, former student body president and basketball player at East Chapel Hill High School has created a website at to help raise money for the extensive medical bills of a friend’s mother.

UNC women’s soccer player Paige Nielsen received the dreaded news about a month ago that her mom, Kathy Nielsen, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lymphoma for the second time.

“She is an incredible woman and a fighter who will beat cancer again,” said Jones, who serves as a student manager for the soccer team. “Her blood levels are almost where they need to be for the stem cell transplant surgery she needs to have.”

Jones is working with the family to raise money for the necessary surgery, with a goal of $50,00 to meet the cost not covered by insurance. The effort has raised $27,964 in four weeks.

Parson wins HJGT Major

Emma Parson, a 16-year-old junior golfer out of Old Chatham Golf Club, placed first in the girls 15- to 18-year-old division at the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Major Championship last month in Statesville.

With Old Chatham’s own Brian Fitch as her caddy, Parsons was tied for the lead after one round and pulled ahead over the final eight holes to stand all alone in first at 2-under par as she reached the 18th green. Her closest competitor sank a successful 30-foot putt on the 18th to tie briefly, but Parson answered by sinking her own 15-footer to win.

Parson credited Old Chatham PGA instructor Patrick Kelley for helping make her win possible. Since April, the two have worked together to improve her chipping and putting skills.

“Patrick and I have really focused on my short game,” said Parson. “And we’ve worked a lot on my mental toughness so that I don’t get frustrated in a tight game or after a bad hole.”

The event Oct. 18-19 at Larkin Golf Club in Statesville was the only stop in North Carolina for the 2014 Hurricane Junior Golf Tour Major tour.

Fisher does well in Four-Ball

Chapel Hill golfer Michael Fisher and playing partner Kirk Pelland of Hillsborough combined to shoot a 74 last Monday at the Old North State Club in New London, good enough for a piece of 13th place in a Carolinas Golf Association Senior Four-Ball Tournament.

Doug and Donnie Owens of Stanly County won the event with a 69.

Orange winter sports

Registration is underway at the Orange County Recreation Department for co-ed volleyball and men’s basketball.

Orange basketball will comprise a maximum of 10 teams, each paying a fee of $415. Depending on the number of signups, at least nine regular-season games will be played on Sundays, from 4:30 to 10:30 p.m., Jan. 11 through April 12.

The co-rec volleyball league will feature two games a week at the Central Recreation Center in downtown Hillsborough. The schedule will include 10 weeks of regular season play, Jan. 11-May 3, and a post-season tournament. Registration is limited to 14 teams, with a fee of $130 per team.

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