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Cliff Skakle, left, helped the United States keep a hold on the Gordon Trophy.
Cliff Skakle, left, helped the United States keep a hold on the Gordon Trophy. Courtesy of Sybil Skakle

CHHS to host parent/athlete meeting

Chapel Hill High School will host its annual fall sports preseason meeting for parents and athletes at 7 p.m. Monday (Aug. 10) in the school’s main gym.

The meeting will include an overall informational session followed by team breakout meetings with individual head coaches.

Chapel Hill noted as great for soccer fans

The town of Chapel Hill ranks in the top 20 of’s “2015 Best & Worst Cities for Soccer Fans.”

Chapel Hill ranked 18th on a list of 172 cities. WalletHub used measurements such as “teams and performance” and “costs and fan engagement” among 18 weighted metrics to form the list.

Chapel Hill made the Top 20 despite the fact that the quality of post-game gathering spots and the amount of great beer available counted only half as much as factors like “Average Ticket Price for an MLS Game.”

Carolina’s success in soccer played a strong role in the positive ranking for the town.

UNC’s men won national championships in 2001 and 2011. The Tar Heel women’s soccer team is the winningest program in NCAA history with 22 of the sport’s 36 national championships. Six members of the 2015 U.S. National team at the Women’s World Cup were former Tar Heels.

Warriors Rugby gearing up for 2015 season

The Chapel Hill Warriors Rugby Club will host a meeting next week that will be open to anyone who wants to play or support rugby this year.

The group will meet at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13 in Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub on West Franklin Street.

No experience is necessary, and the Warriors coaching staff will be happy to work with players of all skill levels.

Practices, which will be held 7:30-9:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursday at Scroggs Elementary Field through the season, begin Aug. 18.

The season’s first match will be Aug. 29 against the Duke Grad club on the Warriors’ home field at Culbreth Middle School.

For more information, email Trevor Caterson at or visit

Skakle wins twice to help USA retain Gordon Trophy

Cliff Skakle, who played at Chapel Hill High School and North Carolina before turning pro, teamed with two different partners July 24-25 in Cleveland and won both times to help the United States retain control of the Gordon Trophy.

Skakle and Tom Lucci teamed up to defeat Canadians Kerry Mitchell and Marc Pepin 6-3, 7-5, and then Skakle paired with Mike Jones to top Owen Pellew and Frasier MacDonald 6-3, 6-3.

Established in 1949, the Gordon Trophy goes to the winner of an annual tennis competition between Canada and the United States. It features the highest caliber of tennis for players 45 and older.

The annual matches make for the world’s second longest tennis competition for nations, bested only by the Davis Cup.

Skakle currently is the Director of Tennis at the New Haven Lawn Club in Connecticut.

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