Recreation Report

July 2, 2013 

Stingrays escape Piranhas in Summer League meet

The Southern Village-Governors Club team seems to have a win streak going in the Chapel Hill Summer Swim League. The Stingrays followed up a recent win at the Chapel Hill Country Club with last weekend’s victory at home against Hollow Rock.

The Piranha boys had a 231-109 edge on SVGC, but the Stingray girls won 245-95 for a 354-326 overall margin.

Swimmers who won two or more events for Southern Village-Governors’ Club included: Leah Abrams (13-14) 100 IM, 50 Back; Audrey Costley (11-12) 50 Butterfly, 50 Breaststroke, 100 IM; Ava Grace Knott (6-and-under) 25 Backstroke, 25 Free; Ava Grace Knott (6U) 25 Back, 25 Free; Justin Laatz (15-18) 50 Free, 50 Back, 100 IM; Elizabeth Tanner (13-14) 50 Free, 50 Breast; Scarlett Simmons (8-under) 25 Breast, 25 Back 7-8, 25 Free 7-8; Olivia Weigle (11-12) 50 Free, 50 Back.

Swimmers for Hollow Rock who won two or more events included: Gabriella Battaglini (10-under) 50 Free, 50 Back; Lucca Battaglini (7-8) 25 Free, 25 Fly, 25 Back; Emile Charles (11-12) 100 IM, 50 Free, 50 Fly; Claire Heetderks (9-10) 25 Free, 25 Fly; Alex Rios (13-14) 100 IM 50 Free 13-14, 50 Fly; and Kristen Wade (15-18) 50 Free, 50 Fly, 100 IM.

Chapel Hill Rec softball delayed by rain

Last week’s rains pushed back the finish of the Chapel Hill Rec Department’s summer tournament for men’s softball. Only one round got finished before the weather wreaked havoc with the rest of the schedule.

In the tournament’s opening games, No. 6-seeded Fuzzy Ducks got past 11th-seeded Auto Logic by an 11-6 score that would delight numerologists, No. 10 Jersey Mike’s downed seventh-seeded McCauley Street 10-8 in a mild upset, and the No. 8 Journeymen flattened the ninth-seeded Pancake Batters 22-0.

The tournament’s semifinals and finals were planned for last Monday, but that was dependent on Sunday games that were affected by heavy rains and power outages in Chapel Hill. See this Sunday’s News for more.

Tarwheels’ BikeFest Tour set for Aug. 10

The Carolina Tarwheels Bicycle Club will host its 18th annual BikeFest Rural Heritage Tour around Hillsborough on Aug. 10.

The tour begins at the Superior Courthouse in downtown Hillsborough, and offers a choice of rides: a 35-mile half metric, a 62-mile metric century, and a 100-mile English century.

This is a fully-supported ride with refreshments, snacks and restroom breaks. Routes will be clearly marked and patrolled by support vehicles.

For those who want a much shorter ride, there is a free Fun Ride, a seven-mile tour of historic sites in and around Hillsborough. All riders will be provided with directions, and can ride the route at their own pace.

All proceeds, in excess of expenses, will go to bicycling related activities in the local community. Since 2006, Tarwheels have donated more than $50,000 to charities.

Advance registration is required. For more information, please visit

Bolin Creek, Umstead Park, Finley flooded

The same rain that affected the weekend’s softball games caused extensive flooding along Bolin Creek and Booker Creek, forcing closure of Umstead Drive west of the Martin Luther King Blvd. and of Estes Drive near University Mall. Playgrounds at Umstead Park, 399 Umstead Drive, and the Chapel Hill Community Center at 120 S. Estes Drive were closed to clean up debris from the heavy rains.

Bolin Creek poured into the Exchange Pool, dragging dirt and debris with it, and swept across the new sand volleyball courts that volunteers had recently constructed at Umstead Park’s former softball field.

UNC’s Finley Golf Course was closed Sunday and Monday after water from Chapel and Morgan Creeks overflowed Finley Road and soaked several holes. Workers were trying to clear debris to get the course opened within 24 hours. To check on Finley’s status, call 919-963-2349.

More information on the town’s roads will be available at

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