Archive for November, 2008

Rhinos ready for rookie rumble

November 26, 2008

OK, that’s hokey.

But we did get this message from the Rhino Wrestling Club’s Marty Bartram…

The Rhinos are hosting the second of five rookie events this Sunday, Nov. 30. There are currently more than 105 entries.

Coaches must contact Marty Bartram at prior to 6 p.m. on Saturday to insure participation slots. We accept a limited number of entries. NO WALK INS!!! Check in is from 1 to 1:30 p.m. Wrestling is from 2-5 p.m. We try and get every wrestler a minimum of three matches. Every wrestler leaves with a participation award. Please do not show up prior to 1 p.m. as the doors will be locked!

The suggested donation for participation in the scrimmage is $5.

Hooping it up in Hope Mills

November 26, 2008

There’s still time to sign up to play youth basketball in Hope Mills.

Don’t believe me? Click here.

Junior Fireantz notch wins in Charleston

November 24, 2008

Thanks to my colleague, Rhonda Graham, for sending me this: 

The Jr. Fireantz Bantam Hockey Team from Fayetteville traveled to Charleston, S.C., the weekend of Nov 1 to play the Jr. Stingrays in their first CHL games of the season. They walked away with two wins. Way to go ANTZ!!!

The Jr. Fireantz teams are based here in Fayetteville and practice at the Cleland Rink on Fort Bragg. They are travel hockey teams that typically travel as far as Nashville to Pittsburgh and South to Charleston and Greenville, S.C. Currently, the Jr. Fireantz have five teams based on age level – Mites (5-8), Squirt (9-10), PeeWee (11-12), Bantam (13-14) and Midget (15 -18).

The Cape Fear Youth Hockey Association, of which the Jr. Fireantz are a part, also periodically offer learn-to-play sessions. Check them out at Look for more hockey action as our teams take the ice for the 2008–2009 seasons!

Since my Flickr preview code is still not working, here are the photos.

Rhinos in action

November 24, 2008

Our good friend Marty Bartram sent us the following information from the Middle School National Duals. It’s a little lengthy, so click below for more…


Championship Saturday

November 24, 2008

Hats off to the Gray’s Creek Headhunters and the Westover Colts for winning county football championships Saturday at Daskal Stadium.

The Headhunters clipped the Myers Lions, 19-12, while the Colts topped the Lake Rim Panthers, 14-6.

I had another appointment Saturday, so I had to leave after the first game between the Headhunters and Lions. So, as a result, the video I have is all from the first game.

I moved that appointment back so I could watch the Gray’s Creek game. Maybe you read this story back on Nov. 14. I’ve had plenty of e-mails and phone calls that were less than supportive of Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation’s stance on this.

As a reporter, I tried very hard to stay neutral.

Seeing a 12-year-old boy stand in his jersey and watch his teammates collect trophies while he didn’t get one made it pretty hard.

Watching him cry a few minutes later made it impossible.

This was handled wrong. Period.

If the folks at Fayetteville-Cumberland say that they don’t allow non-county residents to play, that’s fine. But it’s not as if the Wrights lied about their address on their preseason paperwork. It says they live in St. Pauls. Just like it did last year. And the year before.

Unless I’m missing part of the story, and that’s entirely possible, someone lost to the Headhunters this season with Gabriel Wright playing quarterback, got angry about it and complained to the recreation department.

That’s when they came up with the innovative decision to allow the team to keep its five regular-season wins, of which Wright was a part, but bump him from the playoffs.

I wish that person could have seen that young man, his mother and his father standing around crying 10 minutes after winning a county title. It bothered me all weekend. I can only imagine what that scene might have done to someone with a guilty consciousness

Here’s what I’d like to see happen:

1. I’d like to see a rule written and clearly displayed on all registration forms and the Web site. If the rule is no non-county residents, spell it out. If exceptions can be made, spell them out, too.

2. I’d like to see a non-recreation affiliated option for parents to appeal decisions made by the department. During the Wrights’ appeal, the Advisory Board met and ruled against the Wrights. And Janine Wright heard about it from me. I’m sorry, but that just won’t do.

3. Someone owes the Wrights an apology. I’m not really expecting this one to happen, but it really, really should.

I know that there are good, hard-working decent people that work long hours at the recreation department. They care deeply about the children of Cumberland County and strive hard year-round to make sure that there are dozens of programs for them available.

I know some of them personally, and they’re good people.

But that doesn’t mean much to the Wrights right now. This was an unfair and cruel lesson for a 12-year-old to endure.

And, on a happier note, here’s some video:

Rhinos collect honors at Warrior Open

November 19, 2008

Thanks to Marty Bartram for sending this in…

Eleven wrestlers competed in the Warrior Open Saturday, Nov. 15 in Lexington, S.C. Bradley Wanovich and Shades Stigall placed first in their respective divisions, while Andrew Wanovich, Kevin Wanovich, David Hargitt and Greg Hargitt all placed third or fourth. Full team results are available here. Video will be posted here.

On Nov. 9, the Rhinos hosted over 60 rookie wrestlers from Camp Lejeune, Lumberton, Fort Bragg and Fayetteville for a free scrimmage. Video is available here. Each of these wrestlers were in their first or second year of wrestling.

Please join us Saturday at the Crown Arena for the National Duals to see some of the best wrestlers in our state as well as from Georgia, Virginia, Ohio, South Carolina and Florida. Wrestling will begin at 9 a.m.

If you are interested in joining the Rhinos, contact Marty at We currently have over 45 members and have room for more!

Football Night in Fayetteville (EDITED with schedule change)

November 18, 2008

It was chilly, but Fayetteville still had its own version of Monday Night Football last night at Westover.

I do know that Gray’s Creek blanked Fort Bragg, 33-0, in one Midget League game, and I’m trying to chase down the other scores.

I did manage to get a bit of video…

Here’s the schedule for the rest of the week:

11-12 football championship:
Nov. 22, 10 a.m. at Reid Ross
Gray’s Creek Headhunters vs. Myers Lions

9-10 football championship:
Nov. 22, noon at Reid Ross
Westover Colts vs. Lake Rim Panthers

9-10 soccer championship:
Nov. 22, 10 a.m. at Arnette Park
Stoney Point Tar Heels vs. Stedman Sharks

11-12 soccer championship:
Nov. 22, 11:30 a.m. at Arnette Park
teams TBA (make-up games being played all this week)

Pounding the pavement

November 17, 2008

Our good friend Bill Dubois sent us this note:

On Nov 9, 2008, my wife Julia, John Combs and John Somerindyke ran the OBX Marathon (their 1st). My son Cody (14) ran his first 1/2 marathon. The web sit for the official results is:<

I checked the registration and believe there were 30 marathon runners from Fayetteville and 22 more runners in the 1/2.

They all trained very hard and did a wonderful job. Cody was second youngest in his race. They did not have an age group for him so they scored him with the 15-19 year olds. He finished 13 out of 38. Overall ,he came in 298 out of 2771 runners.

FYI, Cody said he wants to train to hopefully run the full OBX marathon in 09.  All I can say is “I’m blessed.”

He also passed along some pictures, which can been seen here.

Putting a racket to autism

November 13, 2008

I never paid too much attention to autism when I was young. I didn’t care much about it as a young adult, either.

Now, I think about it all the time.

My six-year-old son, Ethan, deals with the disorder on a daily basis, which means I also do.

That’s why I think it’s so cool that Meagan Cain, a senior at St. Paul’s High School, organized the Serving for Autism Tennis Tournament this past weekend.

The event, which served as her senior project, helped raise awareness for autism while raising a little money for an organization I’ve gotten to know pretty well – the Autism Society of North Carolina.

The bad weather last Saturday condensed the schedule a bit, causing an aging reporter to have to play two matches in sucession on a Sunday afternoon.

I’m happy to report that mind won out over body, and at the risk of using a newspaper no-no, a good time was had by all.

Here’s the link for some pitcures from the event.


November 6, 2008

The latest from Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation, from our good friend Michael Seals…