Seasons come to end across the Queen City

Playing the Field

As the year comes to a close and the holiday season gets into full gear, almost all sports leagues have shut down for the winter.  So, here is a quick year-end wrap up to get you caught up on this exciting past year of LGBT sports.

Kickball

The Charlotte Stonewall Kickball League wrapped up their season with a dinner banquet/awards ceremony on Dec. 4 at The Bar at 316, 316 Rensselaer Ave. The STEPPford Wives won the league by going undefeated throughout the season and at press time was considered a sure bet to most likely go home with a slew of awards. The league, which raised several thousands of dollars for Time Out youth, will be firing back up this spring. If you would like more information about the league and/or would like to join, check out their page on Facebook.  All news and signup information will be posted there.

Teams are: Kick Fo’ Your Liiiiiife, Kick Teasers, Pitch, Please!, STEPPford Wives, The Growlers and The Kicki Longstockings.

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To learn more, visit facebook.com/stonewallkickballcharlotte.

Rugby

The Charlotte Royals capture the ball during game play against Guilford College Photo Credit: Alex Aguilar

The Charlotte Royals capture the ball during game play against Guilford College
Photo Credit: Alex Aguilar

The Charlotte Royals finished up their season with a home match against Guilford College on Nov. 8. The Royals were coming off a tough loss on the road versus the Columbus Coyotes and were looking to beat Guilford for the first time in team history. And they had to do it without two starting forwards and their starting flyhalf that were all out with injuries.

Guilford set the tone early with a score in the first two minutes of the game, but the Royals were able to hold steadfast and eventually leveled the game 20 minutes in. However, that tie was short-lived when Guilford scored on the very next play of the game to renew their one score lead. Then the same thing happened again right before half. Charlotte was able to score, followed by another score from Guilford, which took that lead into halftime. Both teams showed tons of grit and determination throughout the game, but Charlotte was never able to score on back-to-back possessions and Guilford was able to maintain their slight lead the rest of the game. The final score, 28-22.

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The Royals will start back up again in February 2015. For more information, go to charlotteroyals.org.

Softball

The Carolina Softball Alliance has been beset with some troublesome weather this season and has had to delay their end-of-the-year Championship tournament to Dec. 7. The tournament starts at 2 p.m. at Revolution Park, 1225 Remount Rd., with five teams vying for the league’s crown. Here is the schedule of games so you can catch your favorite team in action:

2 p.m.:  Warriors vs Come Backs

3 p.m.:  2 p.m. Winner vs Carolina Showtime

4 p.m.:  Angry Sticks vs Swingers

5 p.m.:  4 p.m. winner vs 3 p.m. winner

Visit leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=carolinasoftball to learn more.

That is it for now sports fans. We at qnotes hope everyone has a great holiday season. And we hope to see you out supporting your local teams in the spring! : :

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