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Creedmoor Crazies tennis team just misses nationals trip

The Creedmoor Crazies, a team from the Triangle, reached the championship final, but it was the Acekickers of Palmyra, Pa., who went home with the 3.5 Division championship at the World TeamTennis Rec League National Qualifier played Saturday and Sunday at the Hempfield Sports Complex in Lancaster, Pa.

The Acekickers defeated the Crazies 26-24 in the championshp final to became one of seven regional champions from Pennsylvania, Maryland and South Carolina to advance to the WTT National Finals.
 
Thirty-four teams competed in seven divisions to win spots in the national finals, which will be played Nov. 5-7 at the Indian Wells (Calif.) Tennis Garden, according to a news release from WTT.  Results are below.

Thursday's carnival will help Miracle League help kids play baseball

If you love baseball or if you just like the idea of helping give  kids a chance to play, then you won't want to miss Thursday's launch of Midweek Miracles.

Backyard Bistro and Pepsi Bottling Ventures will co-host a carnival from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday - rain or shine - in the restaurant parking lot to start the Midweek Miracles fundraising campaign for the Miracle League of the Triangle.

The Miracle League of the Triangle is celebrating its fifth season of helping children with special needs play baseball.

Bowl-A-Thon on Saturday will benefit 4-H scholarship program

Have fun and support a great cause tonight by heading to AMF Capital Lanes in Raleigh.

From 6:30 to 9 p.m., the nonprofit Raleigh Jaycees Community Impact Fund will conduct the sixth annual Bowl-A-Thon to raise money for the Wake County 4-H Camp Scholarship Program. Bowlers and spectators are welcome.

Raleigh's Anudeep Kodali ranked No. 1 in nation

Anudeep Kodali of Raleigh has climbed to No. 1 in the U.S. Tennis Association Boys 12s rankings, which include 1,445 players.

Among this season's accomplishments, the homeschooled athlete won the July 18-25 USTA Clay Court Super Nationals Championships in Winston-Salem, and he was third in the Aug. 7-13 USTA Hard Court Super Nationals in Little Rock, Ark.

Raleigh player helps Southern Smashers win team tennis title

The Southern Smashers won the World TeamTennis Junior Nationals for the fourth time in the past six years, defeating Texas TNT 37-35 in overtime on Aug. 5 at the George E. Barnes Tennis Center in San Diego, Calif.

Roberto Hennis of Raleigh helped the Smashers take their victory, teaming with Chase Baker of Suwannee, Ga., for a boys doubles victory for the U.S. Tennis Association Southern Section team.

Clayton's Germann finishes second in TYGA Championship

David Germann of Clayton shot a tournament-best 70 in the final round and tied for second overall in the 10th annual Tarheel Youth Golf Association Tour Championship played Aug. 11 at the Sapona Country Club in Lexington.

Andrew London of Monroe took a two-stroke overall victory, shooting a final-round 75 for a 147 total, according to a TYGA news release.

Hoke wins playoff for Jack Ratz Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament title

David Hoke of Jamestown won a playoff against Andrew Furr of Clayton to take first place in the boys 16-18 division at the 21st annual Jack Ratz Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament on Aug. 9 at the Wildwood Green Golf Club in North Raleigh.

Each year, the tournament produces a $1,000 donation to the Cardinal Gibbons High School Scholarship Fund in honor of the winners and in memory of Ratz, who was a club member and a Gibbons freshman when he died in a 1988 car accident at age 15.

Virginias team rallies past Carolinas team for junior golf title

The Carolinas narrowly won the final-day singles competition, but the Virginias rallied late and took a two-point overall victory on Sunday at the 28th Virginias-Carolinas Junior Matches.

The eight-golfer Virginias team won three of the final four singles matches to win the championship at the Country Club of Landfall’s Pete Dye course in Wilmington.

Reidsville teen takes N.C. Amateur Match Play title

Grant Houser of Holly Springs, Thomas Bass of Holly Springs and Jordan Walor of Wake Forest reached the quarterfinals of the inaugural N.C. Amateur Match Play Championship, but it was a player from outside the Triangle who took the title.

Payne McLeod, 19, of Reidsville defeated Ryan Heisey of Greensboro 1-up in the final match on Sunday at The Country Club of Salisbury.

The finalists combined for 13 birdies and an eagle in their 18-hole match, the Carolinas Golf Association, which conducted the competition, said in a news release. (More results are below.)

Triangle teams dominate Tar Heel States Swim Meet

Led by the North Carolina Aquatic Club, teams from the Triangle swept the top six places at the Tar Heel States Swim Meet held July 30 through Aug. 1 at the Triangle Aquatic Club in Cary. NCAC, the host team, took first place with 3,070.50 points. Second place went to the Raleigh Swimming Association (2,808). Duke Aquatics (2,712.50) was third, followed by YMCA of the Triangle Area (2,280), the Marlins of Raleigh Swim Team (2,337) and Wake County's New Wave Swim Team (1,439). More than 600 athletes from 20 teams from across the state competed, assistant meet director Jack O'Donnell reported. (Team scores and high-points scorers are below.)

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