For the past six years, the C.A.T.C.H. Foundation has hosted its annual charity weekend. This weekend brings out families from all walks of life for three days of complete fun. Events during the weekend include the Crossover Charity Basketball Game that will include celebrity coaches and an unforgettable half-time show, Strike Out! Autism Bowling Fundraiser. This year adults can relive their high school prom with the Second Time Around Adult Prom. Proceeds from the weekend allow the C.A.T.C.H. Foundation to raise money for its efforts of helping families who live with autism and generate awareness. Tuesday, January 6, 2015
The Florence Athletic Hall of Fame inducted the Class of 2015 during its annual banquet and ceremony on Saturday, Jan.17, at the Florence Civic Center. Eight individuals were named to the Hall of Fame for 2015. They are golfer Jonathan Burnette; former Air Force Academy Coach Fisher DeBerry; track athlete Nathan Fields; baseball player Larry Jewell; baseball player Donnie Lloyd, basketball player Sam Muldrow; basketball player Carlos Powell; and basketball, football and track athlete Bob Schuster. Tuesday, January 20, 2015
MYRTLE BEACH – All levels of the Florence Gymnastics team competed in “The Myrtle Beach Cup” meet on Dec. 19-21. LEVEL 2: Mary Chellis Ellington placed fourth on bars, fifth on vault and beam, sixth on floor and fifth AA with a score of 34.775. Trae Ann Proell placed fourth on beam and floor, sixth on vault and bars, sixth AA 34.650. Sophia Stevenson placed first (9.150) on floor, second (8.950) on bars, third (8.650) on beam, fourth on vault and second AA with a score of 35.800. Savannah Temple placed first (9.475) on vault, second (8.800) on beam, fifth on bars and floor, and third with AA score of 35.700. LEVEL 3: Mia Anderson placed third (9.500) on vault, fifth on beam, seventh on bars, finishing sixth with an AA score of 35.775. Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Central United Methodist Church will host its annual 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m. at Camp Sexton. This year’s event will benefit youth missions. Entry fee is $20 per person before Jan. 17 and $25 after. The fee includes a long-sleeved t-shirt and a chili lunch after the race. Extra lunch tickets are available for $5 per person. Late registration begins at 9 a.m. The run begins at 10 a.m. and the walk begins at 10:05 a.m. Lunch and the awards ceremony follow at 11 a.m. Camp Sexton is located at 404 Freight Road, less than five minutes from I-95. The race course winds through 135 acres of natural beauty over packed dirt trails and newly graveled roads and takes participants alongside Black Creek. Florence Radiological Associates is the title sponsor and King Cadillac is Polar Angel sponsor. Entry forms are available at the church office. For more information, call Linda Segers at Central at 843-662-3218.
MYRTLE BEACH – The Florence Track Club (FTC), sponsored by the City of Florence Parks and Recreation, had its largest number of cross country athletes to qualify and attend a national cross country meet. On Dec. 13, at Whispering Pines golf course, the FTC athletes faced some stiff competition, with over 3,500 of the top cross country athletes from around the nation competing for the top 30 ‘All American’ status. Opening ceremonies were held at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center the night prior to the main event. Tuesday, January 6, 2015
Upcoming tennis tournaments: Wendy’s Adult Tennis Open on a Jan. 30 - Feb. 1 at Hartsville Country Club. Registration deadline, Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 12:01 p.m. Florence Junior Open, Feb. 20-22 at Florence Country Club. 10 and Under Camden Country Club Championships, March 7 at Camden Country Club. SC State Open Hardcourt Championships, March 27-29, at the Dr Eddie Floyd Tennis Center. Registration deadline is Sunday, March 22 at 11:59 p.m.
Wilson High School Girls’ Soccer Team was recognized by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. A total of 329 soccer teams (135 boys, 194 girls) from throughout the United States have earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for exemplary performance in the classroom as a team during the 2012-13 academic year. Among these programs are 51 schools receiving honors for both their boys and girls teams. The Wilson Girls’ Soccer Team is one of 11 teams in South Carolina to earn this award, and the team also had the second highest team GPA in the state. To qualify for the award, the team must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 for the entire academic year. The team GPA is determined by adding every player's GPA, then dividing by the number of players.
Florence Duplicate Bridge Club winners for the Dec. 30 game were Jack Gurley and Happy Powell, first place; Bill and Bobbie Stricklin, second place. Winners of the club’s Club Championship Game & Christmas Party on Dec. 16 were Jack Gurley and Happy Powell with Ted Rodgers and LuEtta Harris, second place.
DARLINGTON – The Darlington Area Recreation Department Basketball Jamboree will be held Saturday, Jan. 10, at Darlington High School gym. During the Darlington vs. South Florence varsity basketball game on Tuesday, Jan. 6, all recreation players will get in for free and be recognized at halftime of the boys’ game for Recreation Night. All 5-6 year-old instructional league players will be contacted this week.
DARLINGTON – The Darlington Little League baseball registration on is underway for ages 3-15 as of April 1, 2015. The price of registration for 3-5 years is $25, and $30 for ages 6 and older. For more information, contact the Darlington Area Recreation Department at 843-398-4030. The Darlington Dixie Youth Baseball League started registration on Jan. 5 for boys aged 5-14 as of April 1, 2015. The price of registration is $45. For more information, contact the Darlington Area Recreation Department at 843-398-4030.
The Francis Marion University men’s soccer program will hold a Winter Identification (ID) Camp, on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The camp is for advanced players who are sophomores, juniors, and seniors playing at the high school and select levels who are interested in playing college soccer. The cost is $55. Walk-up participants will be accepted. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the soccer training fields behind the Smith University Center. The camp will include training sessions, small-sided games, and full-sided games under the direction of the Francis Marion coaching staff. Make checks out to Francis Marion University Men’s Soccer. For more information, contact FMU men’s soccer coach John Campbell at 843-661-1241, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.fmupatriots.com.
The West Florence’s Tennis Club presented the Florence County Humane Society with a check for $2,300 on Dec. 3. The Florence County Humane Society was the recipient of the December 2014 service project from the Tennis Club, in which 234 students participated. The Tennis Club is a service-oriented club at West Florence High School with 300 plus members. It is sponsored by Coach Charlie Nelson, Dare Morris, Darlin Jordan, David Littlefield, Gabriel Morris, Jamie Magee, Abby Sullivan and Chrystal Kelly. The club participates in several projects throughout the year, such as the Special Olympics, Mr. West Florence, Relay for Life and Wear it Pink in February for breast cancer awareness. Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Registration for the Florence Soccer Association’s Recreation League Spring Soccer season continues through Friday, Jan. 9. Late registration will be held Jan.10-16. Registration may be done online or at the City of Florence Recreation Administrative Offices at 513 Barnes Street. The online registration link is: http://recreation.cityofflorence. com/ParksRec_Live/Home The fee is $40 during the registration period and $50 during late registration. This fee includes the cost of insurance, jersey, and socks. The cost for all out-of-county participants is $60. A birth certificate is required at the time of signup for anyone that has not played a sport with the City of Florence. Soccer age groups are: U6 (4-5 year olds), U8 (6-7 year olds), U10 (8-9 year olds), U12 (10-11 year olds), U14 (12-13 year olds), U16 (14-15 year olds), and U19 (16-18 year olds). For more information, call Matthew Watts at (843) 665-3253. www.cityofflorenceathletics.com.
The Fred H. Sexton American Legion Post 1 held a special awards ceremony for their two state championship baseball teams on Nov. 25 at First Presbyterian Church. The junior and senior Legion teams won their respective state championships for the 2014 season. Both teams received championship rings in recognition of their accomplishments. Master of ceremonies Mike Richey, Post 1 Athletic Officer, opened the meeting with a big thank you to all of the teams’ supporters, families, coaches and players. Junior Legion Coach Josh Brown and Senior Legion Coach Derrick Urquhart spoke about the accomplishments of their teams in glowing terms. Josh Brown, a nine year veteran coach led the junior team to a 30 win, three-loss season. He has been to eight state championship games and won six. Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Florence Gymnastics hosted the Candy Cane Classic Gymnastic Meet on Dec.6 at Freedom Florence. Over 140 gymnasts competed in the one day meet. Our Florence Gymnasts had a great meet. Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Florence Area Swim Team (FAST) competed in the Palmetto Thanksgiving Invite at USC in Columbia Nov. 21-Nov. 23 with 26 swimmers competing. It was a fantastic competition for the swim team with many swimmers attaining personal best times. Tuesday, December 23, 2014
MYRTLE BEACH – The rolling hills of Whispering Pines Golf Course was the setting for the USATF Jr. Olympic Regional Cross Country Championships. Fifty athletes from the Florence Track Club, a club sponsored through the City of Florence Parks and Recreation division, competed in the USATF Jr. Olympic Regional Cross Country championships to try to qualify for the Nationals – going after the top 30 spots in the region or finishing with the top five teams. Forty-two of the 50 qualified to compete on Dec. 13 in Myrtle Beach at the USATF Jr. Olympic National Cross Country Championships. Thirty-nine have chosen to take on the challenge, competing with the best in the nation. Several teams from the Florence Track Club qualified for the nationals, placing in the top five in the region. The sub-bantam 8 and under team ran a 2K race, and the boys team placed second in the region. Tuesday, December 16, 2014
TKA Class of 2012 Alumnus, Daniel Miele, made history when he and a fellow Columbia International University (CIU) soccer team member, Tyler Smith, were named to the 2014 NCCAA 1st Team All-Region for the South. This is the first time CIU had a player named to this award, which is voted on by all region coaches. There are only 14 players chosen from the South Region’s 11 teams to play for the All-Region Team. Daniel is credited with helping to lead CIU to their best record in school history with a season final of 11-5-2. As a junior, he served as the “playmaker in the midfield” with a team lead of 6 assists and 3 goals. CIU Coach Whitaker commented “I’m so proud of all of our players for an outstanding year. Tuesday, December 16, 2014
The pairings for the 29th Annual Pepsi Carolina Classic were announced last Wednesday at a press conference held at the Florence Boys & Girls Club. The Pepsi Carolina Classic, presented by McDonald’s local owners/operators, will be held Dec. 26, 27, 29 and 30 in the West Florence High School gym. Mike Woods, tournament director, announced the pairings. Tuesday, December 9, 2014
The 2015 Class of Inductees for the Florence Athletic Hall of Fame were announced at a press conference on Dec. 4 at the “Wall of Fame” located on the second floor of the Florence Civic Center. There will be eight individuals named to the Hall of Fame for 2015. They are golfer Jonathan Burnette; former Air Force Academy Coach Fisher DeBerry; track athlete Nathan Fields; baseball player Larry Jewell; baseball player Donnie Lloyd, basketball player Sam Muldrow; basketball player Carlos Powell; and basketball, football and track athlete Bob Schuster. The induction ceremony will be held on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015 at the Florence Civic Center, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $25 in advance and $35 at the door. They may be purchased at the Florence Civic Center or from a Athletic Hall of Fame Board of Directors member.
Hartsville, SC – Ali Williams, pitcher in the Kansas City Royals system, is hosting a baseball skills clinic Saturday, December 20 from 1-3pm at Byerly Park. Ali and his teammates are bringing their talents to Darlington County to help develop the baseball skills of players ages 8 to 18. Ali is well-qualified to instruct players on proper pitching forms and techniques; he boasts a 97 mph fastball, as well as excellent stats in the Arizona Fall League. Ali will be joined by USC standout pitcher Matt Price, now affiliated with the Baltimore Orioles. Both Matt and Ali have found great success with their pitching techniques, and they are excited to pass their knowledge and skill to Darlington County’s developing players. Ali and Matt will be accompanied by other Kansas City Royals players that will serve to round out the clinic with batting and fielding instruction. Tuesday, December 9, 2014
All levels of the Florence Gymnastics team competed in Rock Hill at “The Crown of the Carolinas” meet Nov 21-23, hosted by Thomas Gymnastic Training Center. LEVEL 2: Mary Chellis Ellington placed fifth on bars, sixth on vault, eighth on floor, and seventh in AA with a score of 34.025. Trae Ann Proell finished second on bars (9.200), sixth on vault, seventh on floor, and sixth AA with 35.225. Sophia Stevenson placed second on bars (9.075), fifth on floor, seventh on vault and beam and fifth AA with 34.975. Savannah Temple placed third on floor (9.250), fifth on beam, seventh on bars and eighth on vault, finishing fourth AA with 35.425. LEVEL 3: Mia Anderson placed second on floor (8.950), third on vault (9.200), fourth on beam, fifth on bars and fourth AA with 36.125. Carson Arthur placed third on floor (8.800), fourth on beam, fifth on vault, eighth on bars, and third AA with 35.575. Carleigh Byers finished fourth on beam, eighth on bars and floor, finishing eighth AA with a score of 33.675. Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Paul Pittman has accrued a long list of tennis accomplishments during the past 20 years. He has helped lead tennis programs for at-risk youth in Florence that have introduced the lifetime sport to dozens of youngsters. He also has secured thousands of dollars of funding for tennis programs in and around Florence. But Pittman will be honored next month by USTA South Carolina not for what he’s done throughout his career, but for how he’s continued to grow tennis during the past year despite personal health problems. Pittman, 70, has been named the 2014 USTA South Carolina recipient of the USTA Southern State Volunteer Service Award. He will receive the award at the USTA South Carolina Annual Meeting on Dec. 6 on Isle of Palms. Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Florence Area Swim Team, FAST, held its first home swim meet for swimmers 12 and under at Francis Marion University on Saturday, Nov.8. It was the first meet the team has hosted in several years. Thirty-two swimmers competed in four different events. Twenty-nine swimmers finished with a spot in the top 5. Tuesday, November 18, 2014
The City of Florence Recreation Department will host the 2014 SCAP/SCRPA Eastern District Youth Football All Star Tournament at Freedom Florence during the month of November. Forty teams from across the eastern part of South Carolina will play for the opportunity to advance and host the Lower State Playoffs on Saturday, Dec. 6. The winning teams from the Lower State will advance to play the Upper State Champion in Myrtle Beach on Saturday, Dec. 13 for the State Championship in one of four divisions. The public is invited to attend and the daily charge will be $3 for 13 and older; $2 for 7 thru 12 year olds; while 6 and under youth are free. First round games were played on Saturday, Nov, 8 and winners were: 8-10 year olds in Division 1: Dillon County and Conway. Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Youth Softball USSSA/CSA will host a youth softball tournament on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 and 23. For more information, contact Larry McElroy at 843-601-6884 or Rob Weiland at 843-260-1105. You can also visit their website at www. southcarolinausssa.com Adult Softball The Adult Softball organization of SSAA, Southern Softball Association of America, will hold their tournament on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 22 and 23. For more information, please contact Beckie Smith at 910-850-8679 or e-mail her at email@example.com. Youth Softball Under Armour and the Softball Factory will host a Futures ASA Tournament Showcase for youth softball teams on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13 and 14. For more information, contact Ty Rietkovich at Ty@softballfactory.com or go their web site at www.softballfactory.com. For more information about the Freedom Florence Recreational Complex, call 843-669-4597.