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March 21, 2014 

The Carrboro Spurs, champions of the Rec Department's Pee Wee Division, left to right: (bottom row) Jacob McDowell, Blake Montero, William Staats, James Staats; (middle row) Will Thompson, Keaton Kmiec, John McDowell, Declan Bassett, Chris LoFrese; (top row) Coach Brad Staats, Coach Ben Bassett, Coach Gretchen LoFrese. (Not shown: Andrew Wolf.)

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Spurs win Carrboro Basketball’s Pee Wee Division

The undefeated Spurs won the Carrboro Recreation and Parks Department Basketball League’s Pee Wee Division earlier this month by finishing 10-0, clinching the championship with a 35-11 victory over the Knicks.

With the Suns (9-1) keeping pace with them down the stretch, the Spurs didn’t lock up the title until the last game of the year.

Hoffer heads to NCAA national swimming championships

Navy swimmer Luke Hoffer, a 2010 graduate of East Chapel Hill Hill High School, will be in Austin, Texas, this week to take part in the NCAA men’s national swimming championships.

He will be competing in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke.

Hoffer is a four-year letter winner at the USNA in Annapolis, where he holds the school, pool, and Patriot League record in the 200-yard breaststroke.

Only 2 percent of all college swimmers make the cuts to attend the meet, and Hoffer is the highest seed ever from the U.S. Naval Academy to qualify for the NCAAs in an individual event. His posting of 1:54.31 in the 200 makes him the No. 11 seed in that event.

Hoffer also is eligible to compete in the 100 breaststroke, in which his qualifying time of 54.05 places him 40th out of all competitors.

As a swimmer for the N.C. Aquatic Club before heading to Annapolis, Hoffer won the 200 breast long course state crown and garnered All-America honors in the 100 breast in his final two years of high school.

Tar Heel crew ends break with wins over George Washington

The UNC rowing team wrapped up its spring break training camp last weekend with a morning of racing against George Mason on Lake Lure. Carolina took first in each race.

That included the varsity-8 and varsity-4 crews that featured local rowers Erika Clary and Sarah Priest.

Clary, a sophomore who previously attended East Chapel Hill, was coxswain for the varsity-four that finished the 2,000-meter race in 8:20.73 and beat George Mason by almost 15 seconds.

Priest, a junior from Chapel Hill in her second year with the UNC crew, rowed for the top varsity-eight and later on a varsity-four, both of which finished more than 25 seconds ahead of any GMU crew.

With no classes to keep them in Chapel Hill, the Tar Heels had spent the previous week at training camp in the western part of the state.

“We had a really, really good week,” UNC coach Sarah Haney said. “We got a lot of productive water time and progressed with each practice.”

Carolina and George Mason will meet again at both the Occoquan Sprints and the Knecht Cup. This weekend, the Tar Heels are on a trip to face Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va.

Carrboro Co-Rec Softball almost ready to begin spring season

Registration ends soon for the Carrboro Co-Rec Softball spring season.

This adult co-ed league plays on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at Hank Anderson Community Park, from late March through June. The regular-season is followed by a double-elimination championship tournament.

Players participating on teams must be at least 16 years of age by April 1, and a team's league representatives must be at least 18 years of age.

Registration costs $625 per team, with a surcharge of $37.82 for each player residing out of Orange County.

For more information, contact the Carrboro Recreation Department at 919-918-7364.

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