Friday, October 18, 2013

Charlotte 49ers news, notes

Some 49ers news and notes on a football bye weekend:

-- The 49ers' two major preseason basketball events are set for Halton Arena. Fan Day is scheduled for Saturday at 3 p.m., with Basketball Madness next Thursday (Oct. 24)

Fan day will include scrimmages by the 49ers men's and women's teams. There will also be autographs and a free youth clinic for kids from kindergarten through sixth grade.

Basketball Madness, which starts at 9 p.m., will include team intros, a slam dunk contest among other things. Garrett Bedenbaugh, a Charlotte alum and TV meteorologist in Columbia, will be the emcee.

-- Charlotte's volleyball team plays its annual Dig Pink match Friday at 7 p.m. against Tulsa. The 49ers, who have led the nation in fund raising for the breast cancer awareness organization, raised more than $2,000 on Wednesday in their "Jail and Bail" fundraiser.

-- The 49ers men's soccer team will wear gold jerseys in honor of the fight against childhood cancer for Saturday's game against Kentucky at Transamerica Field. The jerseys will be auctioned off during the game, with proceeds going to the  Levine's Children's Hospital.

The 49ers (4-5-3, 0-3-2), in ninth place in Conference USA with two points, have four more league games to climb out of ninth place in Conference USA and into the top seven, which would qualify them for the league tournament at Transamerica Field.

-- Charlotte's women's soccer team plays three straight home games, beginning with a Conference USA contest Friday against UAB. Charlotte (7-5-2, 2-2-2) and the Blazers (9-4-1, 2-2-1) trail Florida International (7-6, 3-2) in the Eastern Conference standings. The 49ers are host to Marshall on Oct. 25 and Florida Atlantic on Oct. 27 before finishing the regular season at Old Dominion on Oct. 31.