Chapel Hill: Sports

Briefly: varsity teams plan summer workouts and camps

Chapel Hill baseball alum Patrick Currin, left, hits peppers to a group of young players at Tiger Baseball Camp at Chapel Hill High School.
Chapel Hill baseball alum Patrick Currin, left, hits peppers to a group of young players at Tiger Baseball Camp at Chapel Hill High School.

Tiger football workouts

Chapel Hill High School will begin summer football workouts on June 13, going from 5 to 7 p.m. Athletes should report to the weight room at 5 p.m. with both training shoes and cleats. The workouts, emphasizing fitness, are open to any student rising to grades 9-12 in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school system.

Tiger Mini-Camp will be held July 25-29, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each day.

East Chapel Hill tennis

Try-outs and practice for East Chapel Hill’s fall varsity and junior varsity teams will begin on Monday Aug. 8 from 8 to 10 a.m. at Wildcat Tennis Stadium. Practice will continue through each weekday at the same times until school starts.

Aug. 4 and Aug. 5 will be optional practice days to prepare for tryouts. All returning and potentially new players are welcome.

All players rising into grades 9-12 should report with physicals, permission forms and all required documents, which can be found on the East Chapel Hill High School or the CHCCS district website.

For more information, contact Coach Nick Walker at 919-270-2548 or Coach Kristen Lahey at 847-341-4776.

Co-Rec softball

League-leading Hickory Tavern defeated the Dingos 14-1 last Tuesday to drop them into third place in Carrboro’s Spring Co-Rec Softball standings. Hickory Tavern then downed Fighting’ Squids 18-2 to improve to 9-2, maintaining a two-game lead on Ghost Riders (7-4).

With the league trying to make up a series of rainouts, Bread & Butter played four times last week. B&B (5-6) defeated Squids twice 20-7 and 17-5, but failed to make up any ground on Dingos (6-5) after losing back-to-back games to Ghost Riders, 18-5 and then 8-7.

Tiger Baseball Camp

The 2016 Tiger Baseball Camp will be offered June 13-17 at Chapel Hill High School – with daily sessions from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Early drop-off will be available at 8:30 a.m.) Camp staff will work with boys and girls of all skill levels, from age 6 through those rising to the ninth grade, on the fundamentals of throwing, catching, fielding, hitting and baserunning.

Tiger Camp is the primary fundraiser for the Chapel Hill High School baseball team. The fee of $130 includes a camp T-shirt. Register at

Coach Patrick Currin and Tiger baseball head coach Lee Land will once again be directing the camp. Patrick is a Tiger baseball alum who went on to play collegiately at UNC Greensboro and professionally with the Oakland A’s and Atlanta Braves. Coach Land played college baseball at Wake Forest University and the University of Arkansas before hee, too, played professionally with the Oakland A’s. Instructors for the camp will include current Tiger coaches, former and current professional and college players, and current and past players of the CHHS baseball program.

YMCA Camp Clearwater

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA still had a few sports open last week for its first session of day camp at Clearwater Lake. The camp is for kids rising this summer to grades 1-8.

Two-week camp sessions will be held from June 13 through Aug. 5, and a one-week session will be Aug. 8-12, running from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

Camp costs $378 for YMCA members and $454 for others. Financial assistance is avalable.

For more information, contact or 919-442-9622 .

Coaching changes

Some major changes will be coming next year in the coaching ranks of Chapel Hill Carrboro high schools.

Here’s a partial list of the job openings posted on the N.C. Department of Public instruction web site.

Carrboro: head football coach, head field hockey coach, head boys basketball coach.

Chapel Hill: head volleyball coach, head boys basketball coach.

East Chapel Hill: head baseball coach, head girls lacrosse coach, head swim coach.

And though it’s not listed on that DPI page, East Chapel Hill is hiring a new athletics director now that Ray Hartsfield has announced his retirement. East principal Eileen Tully already has lined up some top A.D. candidates for interviews.

Hartsfield will continue as the Wildcats’ head basketball coach, and that includes manging this summer’s Hoops at East. (See below.)

Basketball camps

The Edge: Will host two camps again this summer for boys and girls rising to grades 3 through 9. The Edge Basketball Camp runs July 18-22. The Edge’s “Nothing But Net” runs July 25-29. Both camps run daily from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. each day at Smith Middle School. For a registration form or more information, see or contact Coach Paul Kieckbusch at or 919-452-0444.

Hoops at East: The 21st annual “Hoops at East” Summer Basketball Academy will host a single session this summer: July 11-15, running 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day. Held annually on the campus of at East Chapel Hill High School, “Hoops” basketball camp is open to rising third-graders through rising ninth-graders. For more information, or to have a camp application mailed or emailed to your home, please see or phone Coach Ray Hartsfield at 919-308-1350 or email Please leave you phone number and/or email address.

Youth Hoops: will hold camps at two area schools this summer – at Woods Charter School in southern Chapel Hill and at St. Mary’s School in Raleigh. Woods Charter will host seven-week AAU camps (one for boys and one for girls), starting in the last week of June. Woods will also be the site for one-week skills camps that start July 11 and July 25 , 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday each week. St. Mary’s will host an all-girls camp June 27-July 1, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. each day. Camps will cover ball handling, shooting, offensive and defensive movement, and inside play/rebounding. For more information, see

Orange High School Camps

Orange head coaches are offering a variety of skills camps this summer. They include:

Baseball: Youth Camp for ages 6-10 years old, 9 a.m. to noon, June 20-22. Advanced Skills Camp – for ages 11-14 years old, 9 a.m. to noon, June 27-29. For either camp, contact: OHS Coach Dean Dease at 919-732-6133, ext. 20200, or

Basketball: for boys & girls, grades 3-10, from 8 a.m. -noon, June 27-30, at the OHS Gymnasium. Contact OHS Coach Greg Motley at 919-732-6133, ext. 20602, or coach B.J. Condron at 919-732-6133, ext. 20701,

Soccer: for ages 6-14 years old, 6-8:15 p.m., July 11-14. Contact: Coach Palmer Bowman: at 919-732-6133, ext. 20205, or

Softball: 5-8 p.m., June 20-23, for rising third- through ninth-graders. Contact: Coach Eddie Davidson at 919-636-0423 or

Volleyball: Middle School Camp: for ages 9-14 (including rising ninth-graders), 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., July 13-15. Contact: Christina Schmelzer Carinci at 919-308-2011 ~ E-mail Address:

Wrestling: 8 a.m. to noon, June 13-16, for rising kindergartners through ninth-graders. Contact: OHS coach Bobby Shriner at 919-732-6133, ext. 20702) or

Cedar Ridge High School Camps

Baseball: separate sessions for ages 6-10 years old and ages 11-14. From 9 a.m. to noon, July 11-13, at CRHS. Contact: Coach Jamie Athas at 919-245-4000, ext. 21702, or

Boys Basketball: 9 a.m. to noon, June 20-23, for grades 4 through 9. Contact: Coach Clay Jones at 919-245-4000, ext. 21703, or

Girl’s Basketball: for grades 1 through 9. from 5 to 8 p.m., July 11-14, in the CRHS Gymnasium. Contact: Coach Felton Page at 919-949-7847, or

Lacrosse: from 9 a.m. to noon, June 27-30, for rising 3rd- through 9th-graders. Contact: Coach Patrick Kavanaugh at 919-245-4000, ext. 21402,

Soccer: (ages 5-10 years old) – June 13-17. (Ages 11-14) June 20-23. All sessions 8-11:30 a.m. at the CRHS Practice Field. Contact: Coach Chris Walker at 919-732-6137, ext. 43700, or (cell) 336-266-6192, or at or

Softball: for age 6 years up through rising ninth-graders. Sign-up available for one-day Pitching/Catching Camp on July 25, three-day All Skills Camp on July 26-28, or both camps July 25-28. Contact: Coach Jeff Gravitte at 919-407-1653, or Pam Scism at 919-245-4000, ext. 21757, or at

Wrestling: for rising 6th- through 9th-graders, 9 a.m. to noon, June 20-23. Contact: Coach Scott Metcalf 919-245-4000, ext. 21700,

Guardians of the Hill 5K

The Chapel Hill Police Department will host this year’s annual Guardians of the Hill 5K on Sept. 25, starting off at 2 p.m. in Southern Community Park. (This event was previously scheduled for June 4.) The 5K will be followed by a Kid’s Fun Run. Proceeds from the untimed events will benefit Special Olympics of North Carolina. For more information, see and search for Guardians of the Hill. A printable registration form is available at

Personal athletics & fitness training

Jon Beyle, assistant track and field coach at East Chapel Hill High School, is offering speed, agility, strength and power training sessions this summer. All age groups are welcome and the sessions are appropriate for all sports. Beyle is certified by multiple sport and fitness agencies, and he has coached several different sports in Chapel Hill for 25 years. For more information, email Jon at

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