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Sports Shorts 2-6-19

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A weekly listing of area sports news and events

Register now for Palmetto Challenge
The Palmetto Challenge inspires teams of two, three or four to hike or bike as many miles as possible between March 11 and April 28 on the state’s trails,   greenways and sidewalks.
Palmetto Conservation Foundation invites teams across the state to register through Feb. 25 for the challenge.
Teams will submit weekly mileage, which will be visible on the PCF website so teams can keep up with their competitors.
Team registration is free for PCF members and $20 for non-member teams that wish to participate. And your dog can be on your team.
The teams with the most miles logged will win the 2019 Challenge.
All participants are invited to PCF’s annual member and volunteer cookout, where winners in each category will be awarded prizes.

PCF encourages teams to use the Palmetto Trail, but any trail or sidewalk is acceptable. The Palmetto Trail, which PCF is building, is South Carolina’s premier hiking and biking trail. From mountains to sea, the trail winds from Walhalla to Awendaw through 14 counties. About 360 (of 500) trail miles are open along 28 passages. One of the many trailheads is at most a two-hour drive from any part of the state. The Palmetto Trail is a free public resource for state residents and visitors.
Register online at Eventbrite.com or at www.palmettoconservation.org.
Register soon for youth ball sports
Registration for the following Lancaster County Parks and Recreation youth ball sports opens Feb. 25.
• T-ball for boys ages 4-5, as of May 1, 2019, costs $50. This group hits strictly off the tee.
• Swing league for boys ages 5-6, as of May 1, 2019, costs $50. This is coach pitch for the first three balls, then two off the tee if the batter fails to hit pitched balls.
• New Sweetee softball for girls ages 4-6, as of Aug. 31, 2019, costs $50. This league combines the girls T-ball and swing leagues. They will play with a 10-inch softcore softball. The girls will be allowed to hit off a tee and/or a coach pitch.
Call (803) 285-5545 for details. Register online at www.mylancastersc.org/park or at one of these sites:
• Springdale Recreation Center, 260 S. Plantation Road, Lancaster, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays Feb. 25- March 15
• Walnut Creek Facility, 10521 Walnut Creek Parkway off U.S. 521 North, Indian Land, 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 28, March 7, 12 and 14
Celebrity Basketball Classic Fundraiser set for March 1
The Lancaster Fatherhood Project and Nutramax Laboratories will sponsor the annual Celebrity Basketball Classic Fundraiser featuring the return of the Harlem MagicMasters and the Fatherhood Trailblazers at 7 p.m. March 1 at the Lancaster High School gymnasium, 325 Woodland Drive, Lancaster.
The event will feature a special halftime show with tricks, dunks, giveaways and autographs. Advanced prices are $6 for students and seniors and $8 for the public. Prices at the gate are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for the public. For details, call (803) 283-3444 or (803) 289-9042.

Editor’s note: We welcome your submissions. Send sports information to Carolina Gateway, P.O. Box 640, Lancaster, SC 29721; fax it to (803) 283-8969; or email it to cgnews@thelancasternews.com. Deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday for the next week’s paper.