Archive for July, 2008

Good sports

July 28, 2008

According to the Dixie Softball Web site, which is clearly updated by carrier pigeon, Hope Mills won some sportsmanship awards during the recent state tournaments over in Vale.

Congrats to the Darlings, Ponytails and Belles for being such good representatives on their trip.


What’s new in Spring Lake?

July 28, 2008

Well, click here to find out.

British invasion?

July 28, 2008

Kim Hasty, our community news editor, visited a British Soccer Camp in Laurinburg recently.

Check out the story here.

Scrimmage day

July 26, 2008

The NFL Junior Player Development Camp wrapped up its week at Fayetteville State with a scrimmage Saturday morning at Jeralds Stadium.

I know you read this story in the Observer.

Anyway, here are a few pictures.

And here’s the gallery.

Finally, some video:

Football camp

July 25, 2008

I paid a visit to the NFL Junior Player Development Camp, going on this week at Jeralds Stadium on the campus of Fayetteville State University.

Look for a story this weekend in the Observer.

Until then, here are some photos:

And here’s the gallery.¬†

And, a bit of youtube magic…

Stedman soccer

July 25, 2008

Have I mentioned lately how cool Debbie Martinez is?

She sent us some more great pictures from the soccer camp going on over at Stedman.

Want to see? Click here.

Can you believe it?

July 24, 2008

We have photographic proof that the state softball tournament was going on over in Vale.

Thanks to Beth Bosley for sending us the pictures. Want to see? Click here.

The news from Southport

July 24, 2008

UPDATED (1:10 p.m.)

Hope Mills’ run though the Dixie Boys and Dixie Junior Boys tournaments has come to an end.

The junior boys knocked off Brunswick, 8-4, on Wednesday, setting up another game today. Brunswick County won that game, 13-7, and will face Columbus County for the state title.

The Hope Mills Dixie Boys lost in the Bracket A title game on Wednesday, 11-4, to Columbus County.

Live from Southport

July 23, 2008

Maxie Dove called this morning with the latest from the Dixie Boys and Dixie Junior Boys events in Southport.

Brandon Quick tossed a complete-game shutout in a 1-0 win for Hope Mills over Stanley. The win avenges an earlier loss.

It also sets up a game at 5 against either Columbus or Clinton for the bracket championship.

The Junior Boys face Brunswick at 2:30 today, hoping to fare better than they did in a 21-7 defeat earlier in the tournament.

Recognizing the winners

July 22, 2008

I took a trip today over to B&B Bowling for an awards ceremony.

It wasn’t any ordinary celebration, either. It was far more special.

The Special Populations Adult Bowling League honored its recent Special Olympians, who competed in the Midsummer Tournament in Raleigh on July 18-20, awarded medals to each league members and passed out a few season-ending awards as well.

It was the kind of scene that’s the perfect cure for anything that ails you. Feeling a little blue? Watch as Melissa Durocher walks so fast that she has to be¬†encouraged to slow down on her way to get her trophy for High Handicap Game.

And that was after she slipped a few minutes earlier as she was speeding up front to get her league medal.

If you could bottle the smiles, high-fives, hugs and cheers from that room and sell it world-wide, there’d be peace on earth in less time than it takes to bowl a perfect game.

It’s hard to sit in a room with such unmitigated joy and not be affected by it. In all, 81 bowlers were honored. The ones in attendance walked to the front, one-by-one, to receive their medals, beaming with the pride normally associated with the ordinary Olympics.

I particularly liked the camouflage T-shirts that said: “Special Olympics of North Carolina, Cumberland County, We support our troops and our troops support us.”

That was cool.

I took a few pictures:

And some video:

Click below to check out the award winners.