Sports briefs

Harrisburg youth coach honored by Panthers

Harrisburg Cowboys coach Vance Pender was one of nine youth football coaches recognized through the Carolina Panthers Youth Football Coach of the Week program earlier this month.

Pender and the other honorees will receive a framed certificate, complimentary tickets and field passes as well as recognition during a preseason Panthers game.

Soccer coach holds winter academy

Hickory Ridge soccer coach Scott Wolfe will hold pre-season soccer training for boys and girls ages 7-12 through February. Sessions are limited to the first 30 registered for each session and cost $45. For info: or call Harrisburg's recreation office at 704-455-7275.