PEMBROKE — Purnell Swett High School will be hosting a basketball tournament this weekend in honor of referee Van Sampson. The tournament starts tonight at 6:30 and continues Saturday at 9 a.m.
Sampson spent more then 30 years as a basketball official in the county and the main purpose of the tournament is to remember his life and begin the process of endowing an athletic scholarship in his honor for a local student.
Entry is $150 per team and admission is free, though donations are requested for a scholarship fund.
For information, call Ricky McKinnon at 910-671-3090 or email email@example.com.
UNCP mens track stays put in rankings
NEW ORLEANS — After competing at the fourth-annual Wofford College Terrier Relays last weekend, the UNCP track and field team held steady at fifth in the lastest regional rankings announced by United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The Braves stayed behind Wingate in first, Mount Olive in second, Lenoir-Rhyne in third and Queens (N.C.) in fourth, while Carson Newman, King, GRU Augusta, North Greenville and Columbus State followed in order.
Senior Matthew Thompson sits first in the region in the javelin with a mark of 53.50 meters set at the UNCW Seahawk Invitational on March 14.
In the discus throw, Dillan Perry leads the Braves as he ranks sixth with a distance of 39.20m, while Tyshon Ray, 38.66m, follows behind in eighth. Perry is also eighth in the shot put with a mark of 13.25m. Freshman Brock McKirgan leads UNCP in the hammer throw with a fourth place ranking (42.47m) and sophomore Darryl Barnes is fifth in the hammer throw with a distance of 42.00m.
Freshman Elijah Boyce ranks sixth in the 400m hurdles (57.38 seconds) after dropping less than half a second at the Wofford College Terrier Relays.
Womens track drops in ranking
NEW ORLEANS — After sending more than 20 athletes to compete at the Wofford College Terrier Relays, the UNCP womens track and field team fell one spot to seventh in the 2014 regional rankings announced by United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The Braves trail Queens (N.C.) in first, Columbus State in second, Wingate in third, Mount Olive in fourth, Limestone in fifth and Montevallo in sixth, while Clayton State, Anderson (S.C.) and Barton round out the rankings in order.
Junior Hana Metzinger is first in the region and 26th nationally in the javelin with a school record throw of 39.74 meters set at the UNCW Seahawk Invitational. She also ranks third in the discus throw with a distance of 39.65m and is third in the region in the hammer throw with a mark of 42.68m.
Newcomer Jaynell Brown registered a throw of 12.58m in the shot put at the Wofford College Terrier Relays to rank third regionally, and is seventh in the discus throw with a distance of 37.70m collected at the CCU Shamrock Invitational.
UNCP soccer holding camp this summer
PEMBROKE — The UNCP men’s soccer coaching staff announced it will host its 2014 Summper ID Camp on July 26 for ages 14-18. The cost of the camp is $60 if registered by July 1 and $75 if registered later with the camp lasting from 9 a.m. through 2 p.m.
The ID Camp is a chance for soccer players to develop their talents and abilities while under the training of the UNCP coaching staff. The coaching staff will also hold a seminar to review the collegiate recruiting process. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the introduction starting at 9 a.m. and training beginning at 9:15 a.m. For information call assistant coach Sean Brennan at 910-775-4115 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.