Names & Notes
Gardner makes top 100 list
Former East Chapel Hill player Hanna Gardner has been selected by Top Drawer Soccer as one of the preseason Women’s Top 100 players. Now a sophomore defender for North Carolina, she’s one of five Tar Heels named to the list announced last week.
UNC senior midfielder Crystal Dunn was ranked No. 1 and forward Kealia Ohai ranked No. 7. Sophomore forward Summer Green is ranked No. 49, Gardner is ranked No. 59 and sophomore midfielder Katie Bowen is ranked No. 61.
Gardner started in 22 games last year for Carolina’s national champions.
Former East teammate Caitlan Ball, now a junior defender for the Tar Heels, started in 13 games last year, including the 4-1 win over Penn State in the NCAA championship game.
Ball won the NCAA Elite 89 Award last year as a sophomore.
The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.
Highlanders have touch for teaching
The Highlanders’ Touch Rugby Camp, Aug. 20-22 at Smith Middle School, is an opportunity for boys and girls to learn the game.
Few communities offer rugby, and even fewer offer the sport to females. Chapel Hill not only has the Highlanders, a team that has won multiple state and regional championships, but also a fine women’s rugby club at UNC.
For more about the Touch Rugby camp, go to www.highlandersrfc.org.
Kadlecik refs international match
Carrboro soccer coach Mark Kadlecik, who doubles as an official in professional soccer, was ultra-busy last week during the inaugural International Champions Cup in Florida.
Kadlecik served as referee in the match Aug. 4 between Valencia (Spain) and Inter Milan (Italy), and was fourth official in the Aug. 6 match between Italy’s Inter and Juventus.
He was fourth official again for the finals matches on Aug. 7, which featured the Los Angeles Galaxy and then the championship match between Spain’s Real Madrid and England’s Chelsea. Real Madrid won the cup with a 3-1 victory, sparked by behind two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo.
Horton now with Bowie Baysox
Former Orange High School all-star baseball player Josh Horton was traded from the Oakland A’s triple-A team in Sacramento to Baltimore earlier this year.
The Orioles placed him with its double-A Bowie franchise, and so far that’s worked out for Horton. Both his batting average (.277) and on-base percentage (.319) are more that 50 points better with the Bowie Baysox than they were with Sacramento.
Horton, who played at UNC before being drafted by Oakland in the 2007 MLB draft’s second round, has seen action at both second base and shortstop for Bowie.
More rain in Rougemont
In what has been an extraordinary string of bad luck with weather, the Orange County Speedway had to postpone Saturday’s auto races due to rain.
Saturday’s rainout was the sixth for 10 OCS dates this summer – the third in a row for attempts to run the Paul Ring Memorial 100. The Late Model Stock Car division hasn’t been able to complete a race in Rougemont since June 29.
Ever hopeful, OCS officials have races scheduled for Aug. 24 – weather permitting. The front gate is set to open at 5 p.m., and the green flag at 7 p.m.
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