Charlotte 49ers provide skills to Mint Hill players

U-7 Mint Hill soccer players scrimmage at the MHAA fields. Photo courtesy of Colleen Moss.

The Mint Hill Athletic Association has partnered with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte to provide skill sessions and summer camps for young soccer players. Keenan Harward, known to MHAA players and parents at Coach K, is the soccer coordinator and a UNCC alumnus. He contacted the Charlotte soccer team for a partnership last spring.

The soccer coaches at MHAA are volunteers and usually parents. They are able to coach children, but may not have the skill set to show players how to maneuver the ball. The UNCC men’s soccer team can provide professional demonstrations and instruction, and the kids love it.

“These kids light up when they see it,” said Coach K. It is exciting for them to learn from advanced players.

Sessions are broken up into age groups. Players rotate stations to learn a variety of skills, and then they scrimmage each other.

“We’re getting the kids to use those skills. Now you’ve learned them, lets use them in a game,” said Coach K.

Kyle Gookins, assistant head coach for the Charlotte 49ers, said he and his team enjoy providing skill sessions for the Mint Hill community. Athletic teams at UNCC are expected to provide a minimum number of community service hours.

“Almost all of our guys surpass that. Our guys are active in the community almost every week,” said Gookins. “We usually donate the most community service hours for athletics.”

The Charlotte soccer team’s philosophy is that discipline in all areas of life will maintain a discipline on the field. Not only are the players active in their community, but they have a team GPA of 3.3 and they played in the NCAA championship game, coming in second to UNC Chapel Hill 0-1.

Mint Hill’s green and white colors match UNCC’s, making trips to Charlotte games fun for MHAA players. Coach K organizes game nights for Mint Hill players and families.

The 49ers are offering a summer soccer camp the last week of July. Players of all ages are invited to sign up. For more information visit www.mhaa.us.

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SonFest: Mint Hill’s summer carnival

St. John Neumann Catholic Church is kicking off summer by hosting its second-annual SonFest starting this Friday.  The church invites Mint Hill to celebrate summer and the community for this two-day festival.  It will run Friday from 5-10 pm and Saturday from noon to 10 pm.

The parking lot will hold about 10 carnival game tents, a dunking booth, a 40-foot ferris wheel, inflatables, and a bungee trampoline, among other attractions.

And it wouldn’t be a fair without food.  International foods representing the diversity of the parish and the community will be available: look for Italian, Hispanic, Vietnamese, Eritrean, Polish, and American foods and a desert tent.

To continue the international festivities, various cultural dancers will perform.  Come watch the Mexican ballet, Irish dancers, Polish dancers, and Middle Eastern belly dancers.  There will also be performances from contemporary Christian bands.

SonFest-goers will have the opportunity to enter the I’m Feeling Lucky Raffle.  Tickets are five dollars each or 25 dollars for a book of six tickets, and prizes include 200, 500, or 2500 dollars in cash.  The drawing will be held at the outside stage Saturday at 9 pm.  Prizes are also available through the silent auction, and include a beach and mountain getaway.

SonFest tickets are 20 dollars for 25 tickets when purchased in advance.  Games, rides, and food require one-dollar tickets.  Patrons can show their support for SonFest by purchasing an event t-shirt for 12 dollars.  Money raised supports the church’s efforts, but event chairman Anthony Morlando says the event is more than that.

“The main reason is to pull together for our community and to create a tradition for Mint Hill,” said Morlando.  “We want to go beyond our church boundaries.”

For more information visit 4sjnc.org/sonfest_2012.

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June Tunes spotlights local band

Horsefly – Jack Dunne, Paul Miller, Kevin Scruggs, and Fuzzy – brought the blues and classic rock to June Tunes last Saturday. Photo courtesy of Horsefly.

Mint Hill’s own Horsefly played at the Town Hall last Saturday for June Tunes, and pulled in quite a crowd.  The blues and classic rock n roll band was formed last August through the monthly jam sessions at local Forty Rod Roadhouse on Lawyers Road.  June Tunes visitors enjoyed a taste of their classic sound.

Horsefly is a foursome: Paul Miller on vocals and rhythm guitar, Kevin Scruggs on lead guitar and vocals, Fuzzy on bass, and Jack Dunne on drums.  They list Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, The Rolling Stones, and Jimi Hendrix as influences, which is evident in their sound and song selection.

Horsefly took listeners back to an innovative time of blues rock.  It was the perfect music for an evening’s lawn concert.

In their short existence, Horsefly has managed to become the house band for Forty Rod’s monthly Charlotte Blues Jams.  They placed second in a battle of the bands at the 2011 Stumptown Skirmish, and third place in the Charlotte Blue’s Society’s 2011 annual band competition at the Double Door Inn.

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Bi-Lo car show raises $1,300

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The Bi-Lo car show last Saturday was a success, raising 1,300 dollars for the Lions Club.  Vendors donated prizes like grills, coolers, and a tent, which were auctioned off.  The car show was broken up into classes.  Roger Kerns came in first place in the hot rod class with a 1947 Plymouth Club Coupe; Tim Tollo came in second with a 1953 Chevrolet pick-up.  Gene Veese came in first place in the classic class with a 1957 Chevrolet Nomad; Paul Cochrane came in second with a 1968 Chevrolet pick-up.  Ron Stokes won first place in the antique class with a 1936 Buick Special Coupe; Mike Cescon won second with a 1935 Ford Deluxe Tudor Sedan.  Richard Garland won first place in the muscle class with a 1967 Dodge R/T Convertible; Phillip Winston won second with a 1970 Chevrolet Corvette.  C.W. Adcock won first place in the motorcycle class with a 2003 Suzuki motorcycle.  Roger Kerns also won Best of Show.  Mayor Ted Biggers, Chief of Police Tim Ledford, and Action Auto’s Ken Kuehl were the show’s judges.

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