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MOR-Wolfpack Aquatics eighth at UltraSwim

Marlins Of Raleigh-Wolfpack Aquatics swimmers produced 148 points and finished eighth out of more than 200 teams at the May 12-15 Charlotte UltraSwim Grand Prix Meet at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center, MOR coach Paul Silver said.

The USA Swimming event, with prize money of surpassing $50,000, drew Olympians including Michael Phelps, Cullen Jones, Ryan Lochte and Natalie Coughlin.

Playoffs determine Keith Hills Amateur golf champions

Zak Drescher of Landisville, Pa., won a three-hole playoff and took home title at the Keith Hills Amateur Golf Championship played Saturday and Sunday at the Keith Hills Golf Club in Buies Creek.

Drescher won the playoff against Roy Dixon of Salisbury and James Harris of Lillington. Each finished two rounds at 1-under-par 143.

It came down to Drescher and Dixon on the final two playoff holes. (Complete results below.)

Raleigh gymnast tumbles way to seventh place at nationals

Raleigh gymnast Sydney Snead placed seventh in the nation this past weekend and earned a chance to work with one of the legends of gymnastics.

Snead competed in the Junior A all-around competition at the Level 10 Junior Olympic National Championships in Long Beach, Calif.

Level 10 is the highest level before Elite (Olympic) competition in gymnastics.

North Raleigh RedHawks win youth rugby championships

Two North Raleigh Youth Rugby RedHawks teams took home Carolina Cup championships on Saturday.

The RedHawks' U12 Tackle and U12 Touch teams, part of the North Carolina Youth Rugby Union, won their divisions during the rugby 7's tournament hosted by the Raleigh Rugby Football Club at the Raleigh Rugby Football Complex on Poole Road.

Raleigh School of Gymnastics brings home medals

Competitors from the Raleigh School of Gymnastics spent a lot of time on the podium, building a collection of gold, silver and bronze medals at the Region 8 Prep Optional Gymnastics Championship held April 29-May 1 in Palmetto, Fla.    
One Raleigh School gymnast, Nhyla Bryant, 9, of Raleigh also represented the state on the North Carolina State Platinum Team. She earned individual first-place honors on bars (9.700) and second place all-around.

Raleigh School’s Platinum Level team took first-place honors in the all-around, on vault (28.350), on beam (28.500) and on floor (29.150).

Triangle Tarheels fifth-grade girls raising funds for nationals

The Triangle Tarheels Basketball Club fifth-grade girls basketball team completed its AAU season with 30 wins and three losses and earned a place in the Amateur Athletic Union Division 1 National Tournament to be played June 26-July 1 in Hampton, Va.

"We're really excited about that," coach Amad Smalls said Monday night.

To help pay for trip expenses, the team, which place third in the state tournament to take one of four qualifying spots for nationals, is conducting fundraising activities, including mother-daughter and father-daughter tournaments this weekend, and accepting donations, Smalls said.

Volleyball players taking their game to the sand

Volleyball no longer is just an indoor, hard-court game in the Triangle. The players have taken the game to the sand.

Beach volleyball has developed a strong following, and this past weekend nearly 200 players on 88 teams from across North Carolina and as far away as Georgia took to the sand courts at Raleigh's Jaycee Park and North Cary Park.

Long Ball Program teams start play Monday at the DAP

The first pitch of the Long Ball Program youth league will be thrown at 6 p.m. Monday at Durham Athletic Park.

The league, part of a Minor League Baseball pilot program, fields teams for ages 13-18 and welcomes sponsors and donors.

The league is free for the players but is a lot of hard work for the coaches, who scramble to find donations for everything from uniforms and snacks to dirt for the infield.

Youth rugby tournament Saturday in Raleigh

Young rugby enthusiasts in the Under-10 through Under-14 age groups will hit the pitch for a tournament this weekend in the Triangle.

The Raleigh Rattlesnakes, part of the Raleigh Rugby Football Club and the N.C. Youth Rugby Union, will host the Carolina Cup on Saturday at the Raleigh Rugby Complex at 7414 Poole Road, about four miles east of the beltline.

Three Triangle rugby teams finish national tournament play

A women's rugby team from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and two men's teams from the Raleigh Rugby Football Club bowed out of their respective national tournaments over the weekend.

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