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Column: Summer sports picking up

June 7, 2013 

The four local teams competing in the Tarheel Swimming Association will begin the six-week summer season this Tuesday.

The teams from Riverwood at Mingo Creek and Planter’s Walk will compete in Division 5 this season, while the Wendell team will compete in Division 9 and the Zebulon/Zebulon Country Club team in Division 10. All local teams compete in the Northern League of the swimming association, and all swim meets start at 6 p.m.

The swim meet schedule is as follows:

•  June 11: Mingo Creek at Summerfield North; Planter’s Walk at Meredith Townes; Wendell at Zebulon.

•  June 18: North Hills at Mingo Creek; Black Horse Run at Planter’s Walk; Wendell at Raleigh Racquet; Zebulon at Carlyle & Chatsworth.

•  June 25: Coachman’s Trail at Mingo Creek; Planter’s Walk at Manchester; Hawthorne at Wendell; Zebulon at Crabtree.

•  July 2: Mingo Creek at Durant Trails; Planter’s Walk at Wood Valley; Hedingham at Wendell; Granite Falls at Zebulon.

•  July 9: Mingo Creek at Planter’s Walk; Crabtree at Wendell; Zebulon at Banbury Woods & Hunters Landing.

•  July 16: Manchester at Mingo Creek; Coachman’s Trail at Planter’s Walk; Wendell at Banbury Woods & Hunters Landing; Raleigh Racquet at Zebulon.

Junior golf: The local division of the Eastern North Carolina Junior Golf League is scheduled to begin this year’s summer season with a round at Willow Springs Country Club in Wilson on June 18.

Wendell and Zebulon country clubs each have a team in the local league and each host one of the five, nine-hole matches during the regular season. All matches are slated for Tuesdays and begin at 9 a.m.

Other matches are planned for Birchwood Country Club in Nashville on June 25, Wendell on July 16, Southern Wayne Country Club in Nashville on July 23, and Zebulon on July 30.

League finals will be held at Birchwood on Aug. 5 for teams and individuals who qualify.

Athletic camps: The Wendell Parks and Recreation Department plans to offer a variety of youth camps and clinics this summer.

East Wake High School wrestling coach Brian Staples and members of his team will instruct a wresting camp for youth grades K-8 at the Wendell Community Center June 17–21 from 9 a.m.-noon each day.

The cost of that camp is $50 per participant. Staples can be reached by email at

The East Wake Soccer Association plans to host a British Soccer Camp June 24-28 for youth ages 3-16. The cost of the camp ranges from $79-120 depending on age, and different age groups will meet at different times on those dates. Online registration can be completed at

A volleyball camp for girls ages 9-12 will be held July 8-11 from 9-11 a.m. at the Wendell Community Center. The cost of the camp, led by Amber Bradshaw, is $50 per participant.

Heritage High School coach Tony Piercy will lead a baseball camp for ages 7-14 at Wendell Park July 15-18 from 9 a.m.-noon. The deadline to register is July 12. The camp costs $60 per player.

The deadline to register for an upcoming cheerleading and tumbling camp for ages 5-15 is June 17. The camp, instructed by Gene Steidl, Beverly Driver, Regan Steidl and Jenni Carlton, will run July 16-18 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The camps costs $70.

Kim Vardy and staff will conduct a second round of fast pitch softball clinics beginning in July. Participants have the choice of six Tuesday sessions, which will run from July 16-Aug. 13, or six Thursday sessions, to run July 18-Aug. 15.

The cost of those clinics vary based on the areas of the game participants choose to focus on. The topics include fielding, beginning pitching, catching, hitting, intermediate/advance pitching and conditioning. Vardy can be reached by email at, or by phone at 919-279-7892.

For more information on any of the camps, call the Wendell Parks and Recreation Department at 919-366-2266.

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