High School Sports

Notebook: Cam Newton 7-on-7 tournament coming to Providence Day in June

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton takes a selfie with Southern Guilford’s football players during his 7-on-7 tournament last June.
Panthers quarterback Cam Newton takes a selfie with Southern Guilford’s football players during his 7-on-7 tournament last June. ddeaton@charlotteobserver.com

The fourth Cam Newton 7-on-7 football tournament will be June 17-18 at Providence Day.

The participating high school teams will play five to seven games the first day in a round-robin format, followed by a bracket playoff format the next day.

Newton, the Carolina Panthers quarterback and the NFL Most Valuable Player, regularly attends and interacts with players and coaches.

The top three teams will receive prizes: $2,500 for first place, $1,500 for second and $1,000 for third, with the funds going toward purchasing football gear. The top three teams also will advance to regional tournaments, all expenses paid.

Dutch Fork (S.C.) High, led by former Independence coach Tom Knotts, won the local 7-on-7 event last year at Olympic High.

Basketball

The Charlotte ACES’ AAU organization will celebrate its 25th anniversary March 31 at Friendship Baptist Church. Tickets are $50, tax deductible and proceeds will support the organization. The event is nearly sold out, and tickets won’t be sold at the door.

ACES President Kevin Ligon, 49, began the organization in 1990 when it was the Mecklenburg Knights. He changed the name to the ACES one year later. Among the players he has coached: Ray Henderson (East Mecklenburg High/Clemson); Vincent Grier (South Mecklenburg/Minnesota/Miami Heat); Jeff McInnis (West Charlotte/Oak Hill (Va.) Academy/North Carolina/NBA); and Jerry Stackhouse (Kinston/Oak Hill/North Carolina/NBA).

For more information, contact Omega Aupry: 704-351-5476 or email mypeaceltd@aol.com

Girls’ Soccer

Covenant Day junior Alina McCue scored her 100th goal last week in a 2-0 win against Clinton High. She is five goals shy of the girls’ school record of 105, set by Sara Stiles in 2008.

McCue, who committed to play for Mercer, has a shot to break the overall scoring record of 136, set by John Varol in 2006-10.

Wertz: 704-358-5133; @langstonwertzjr

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