Abington Journal sports calendar for week of July 11, 2018


Future Stars Track Meet, registration 2 to 2:40 p.m., races begin at 3 p.m. July 12 and August 24 at the Abington Heights High School track. The free event, sponsored by the Abington Heights Track & Field and Cross Country Booster Club, is open to children, ages 4 to 10, in the school district. Info: https://www.ahtrackxc.com/kids/.

Newton Recreation Center Golf Tournament, 12:30 p.m. shotgun start July 14 at Stonehedge Golf Course, 55 Stonehedge Dr., Tunkhannock. Cost: $90 per golfer (must have team of 4). Optional $20 skins game. Pre-register through July 7 for $10 off per golfer. Info/register: 570-586-7808 or newtonreccenter@gmail.com. All proceeds go to the maintenance and operation of the Newton Recreation Center.

Future Comets Football Camp, 1 to 4 p.m. July 15 at Comets Stadium (The Pit). Cost: $20 for the first child and $15 for any additional child from the same family. Participants may register the day of the camp but advanced registration is encouraged. Forms can be downloaded and printed at https://bit.ly/2m8p0Xg. Info: JDRep17@aol.com.

Abington Junior Comets 25th annual Golf Tournament, July 16 at the Country Club of Scranton, 1001 Morgan Hwy., Clarks Summit. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. There will be a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Dinner will follow the tournament. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of the captain and crew format tournament. Entry fee: $150 per person, which includes lunch, golf, dinner and prizes. All proceeds benefit the Abington Junior Comets Football and Cheer Organization. Info/register: www.abingtonjuniorcomets.com or Paul Merkel at 570-343-6597.

Protect and Defend 5K Run/Walk, July 22 at Courthouse Square in downtown Scranton. Pre-registration cost: $25; $30 the day of the event. Register online at runsignup.com/protectdefend5k. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the race will start at 9:30 a.m. There will also be a Fun Run for children under age 12 and additional children’s activities. Proceeds from the annual event benefit the Ptlm. John J. Wilding Memorial Scholarship Fund, which supports cadets at the Lackawanna College Police Academy. A pre-race day Happy Hour will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. July 20 at Backyard Alehouse on Linden Street in Scranton. Cost: $20, which includes a limited open bar and food. Proceeds will also benefit the scholarship fund. Those who register for the Run/Walk prior to or at the Happy Hour will receive a $5 discount on admission. Basket raffles will be available at both events. To donate a basket or gift card, or sponsor the event, contact Denise Boyle at 570-961-7842 or email boyled@lackawanna.edu.

Pheasants Forever’s Field Gun Challenge, 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. shotgun start July 29 at the Factoryville Sportsmen’s Club, Lithia Valley Road, Factoryville. Info/sponsorship: Chris Traver 570-477-4668 or traverpf@frontier.com.

Seventh annual “Swing Into Fall Camp, July 31 to Aug. 18 at the Sandlot Baseball Academy and area fields. Baseball and softball classes will be held. Two sessions will be held per week: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturdays. The camp is for boys and girls ages six to 18 and groups will be divided by age. Cost: $125 per player for six sessions. Info/register: 570-445-1155 OR cdd027@aol.com.

Competitive Swimming Skills Clinic, Aug. 18 and 19 at Marywood University’s Competitive Swimming Skills Clinic. Morning sessions, for ages 7-11, will run from 9 a.m. to noon and the afternoon sessions, for ages 12-18, will run from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost for a single day is $50, or $90 for both days, and includes a T-shirt and swim cap. The clinic is geared toward swimmers with some competitive experience. Sessions on Aug. 18 will focus on freestyle and backstroke. On Aug. 19, the focus will be on butterfly and breaststroke. All sessions will include technique development, stroke drills, video analysis, and challenges/games. Info/register: https://bit.ly/2zd1sd9.

3rd annual Newton Ransom Elementary 5K & Fun Run, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 23 at Abington Heights Middle School. The fundraiser will help the Parent Teacher Organization support a wide variety of items to the students of the elementary school such as field trip admission fees, classroom parties, PSSA snacks, playground equipment, school programs and events, and school supplies. Registration: 8 to 8:45 a.m., Fun Run (kids 4th grade and younger) 9 a.m., 5K Run/Walk 9:30 a.m. Early registration (by Sept. 20): $20 for 5K ($15 N-R student), $10 for Fun Run. After Sept. 20/day of event: $25 for 5K ($20 N-R student), $15 for Fun Run. Register online: https://bit.ly/2dSxeSv.