The seventh annual Clash of the Carolinas, featuring the top senior soccer players from South Carolina vs. their counterparts from North Carolina, will be held Saturday at Blackbaud Stadium.
The event, sponsored by South Carolina United FC, will begin at 1 p.m. with the girls’ game, while the boys match is set for 3 p.m.
Local players on the South Carolina girls roster include Melissa McCool and Rachel Torlay of Wando, and Baker Walls of Academic Magnet.
Academic Magnet’s Kallie Peurifoy was also selected but has already left for Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, where she will play soccer.
Peter Heusinger of Stratford is co-coach of the Sandlapper team.
Local players on the South Carolina boys roster include Wyatt Ball of Academic Magnet and Erik Clark and Andrew Davis of Wando.
Stephen Jackson of West Ashley is co-coach of the South Carolina boys team.
The Clash of the Carolinas is the only interstate all-star soccer contest of its kind in the nation. The Tar Heels own a 5-1 advantage in the girls series and captured a 2-1 victory in 2012.
North Carolina holds a 2-1-3 lead in the boys series after blanking the Sandlappers, 1-0, last summer.
The all-star match is hosted by the High School Soccer Coaches Associations of North Carolina and South Carolina, respectively, and the official equipment supplier is NIKE through Lloyd’s Soccer of Mount Pleasant and Greer.
For the first time, the all-star matches will feature a live video streaming broadcast via Tourbeau Sports Group of Charleston. DVDs will also be available from TSG after the event.
Admission is $10.
Harvin to Clemson
Wando track and field standout Hampton Harvin signed a national letter of intent to Clemson.
Harvin set a Wando record with a high jump of 6 feet, 8 inches this spring, which erased the old record that was set in 1976.
Harvin’s jump of 6-8 was second best in the Lowcountry this spring. He finished fourth at the Class AAAA state meet by clearing 6-4.
Harvin is ranked No. 1 in his age group in the high jump and will compete in the USTA regionals later this week in Orlando with a chance to advance to the nationals.
West Ashley High School and the Charleston Braves will honor Randy Hardy this weekend with the first Randy C. Hardy Memorial Wood Bat Tournament.
Hardy was a fixture at West Ashley games and was known as the team’s “Mr. Do It All.” He served as the PA man at the ballpark and also served as the groundskeeper. He also served as the cook in the concession stand.
The 55-year-old Hardy died June 6 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
“His Dedication will be missed dearly and we want to reward him for his hard works by naming the Randy C. Hardy Scholarship to be awarded at West Ashley High School,” said Mike Rentz, an assistant coach for the Wildcats.