Douglas Byrd’s J. Hoyt Warren-Wayne Edwards Invitational, probably Cumberland County’s oldest Easter baseball tournament, continues its annual run this weekend. The Hoyt-Warren tournament annually draws a mix of local and Cape Fear region teams.
This year’s event opens Saturday at 10 a.m. with Gray’s Creek facing Freedom Christian. Scotland and Seventy-First meet at 1 p.m., followed at 4 p.m. by East Bladen and E.E. Smith. The 7 p.m. game has Douglas Byrd facing Cape Fear.
Play continues Monday at the same times, winners advancing against winners and losers against losers. The final round of games will be Tuesday, again at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
• Fayetteville Academy senior Natalie Saunders recently scored a season high competing in the uneven bars, vault and all-around in the USA Gymnastics regional competition. Saunders now advances to the Region 8 competition the second weekend in May.
• Village Christian Academy has named former NFL player Emerson Martin as its new head football coach. Martin, a native of Elizabethtown, replaces Russell Stone, who recently left Village to become head coach at Hickory High School. Martin, 46, attended college at Hampton and played briefly for the Carolina Panthers in the NFL. He heads an organization called Players2Pro, which helps high school athletes get recruited and signed by colleges. He’s also a former assistant coach at Raleigh Athens Drive, East Bladen and St. Augustine’s. This will be his first high school head coaching job. “He’s a great leader and great Christian man,’’ said Village athletic director Harold Morrison. “We’re excited about him taking over the next chapter of Village football.’’
• Terry Sanford High School will hold the fourth annual Al Munoz Memorial 5K on Saturday, May 13, at 8 a.m. The entry fee is $25. For entry information and other general race questions, contact Donna Johnson at (910) 728-3702 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The annual Region Four Coaches and Officials golf tournament is scheduled Sunday, April 23, at Gates Four Golf and Country Club. The tournament benefits the emergency fund sponsored by the coaches and officials which gives money to people facing a variety of personal crises. Check-in is at 11 a.m. with lunch at 11:45 a.m. and play starting at 1 p.m. The fee is $75 per person before April 18 and $85 after. You can also sponsor a hole or tee box for $100. For full information on entry or sponsorship, email Bill Henderson at email@example.com or call (910) 964-0056.