Archive for January, 2009

Postseason basketball tournament

January 30, 2009

In true March Madness style, there’s a postseason youth basketball tournament on the horizon…

Generation X-Cellence presents the 8th Annual HOOP-N IT UP Postseason Recreation Basketball Tournament. The tournament is for official rec teams only, and you must present your rosters with entry. The age groups are 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17.

Tournament dates are Feb. 28-March 1. The entry fee is $125, which includes a minimum of two games.

There will be first, second and third-place team trophies and first-place individual trophies. In addition, there will be all-tournament teams and MVPs for each age group. Other activities include a three-point and slam dunk contest.

For more information, call 910-527-2909.

Any young men ages 10-17 (4th-11th grade) who are interested in playing USSSA and AAU basketball should call as well. We are also looking for coaches for the aforementioned age groups.

Fayetteville USSSA Basketball will be hosting seven basketball tournaments running from March through May. All interested teams must register at for a team membership fee of $25. For a complete schedule of tournament dates, visit us at or call 910-482-4494.


Take a tilt at fencing

January 29, 2009

Yes, I know, another really bad pun…

This came in from our good friends at the All-American Fencing Academy:

Two Opportunities to See Fayetteville’s Fencers Compete

Fayetteville and the surrounding community will have two opportunities to watch Fayetteville’s All-American Fencing Academy’s fencers in action. The All-American Fencing Academy is hosting two local tournaments in their facility in Downtown Fayetteville over the next two weekends.

On Saturday, Jan. 31, the All-American Fencing Academy is hosting an intramural tournament between fencing clubs. Fencers from Fayetteville, Durham, Greensboro, Raleigh and even Savannah, Ga., are expected to attend. Events start at 9 a.m. for adults, which includes a mixed epee tournament. After midday, events start for the youth which include foil events for children as young as seven.

On Sunday, Feb. 8, the All-American Fencing Academy will host a United States Fencing Association sanctioned tournament called the “Airborne Open.” The Airborne Open will be an open foil tournament. Many fencers from the North Carolina Division will be attending. Fencers from the UNC-Chapel Hill varsity team are also expected to attend.

Everyone is invited to watch North Carolina’s top fencers in action. There is no cost for admission. Assistant coaches will also be available to talk to spectators and anyone that is interested will have an opportunity to learn about the growing sport of fencing.


The All-American Fencing Academy is located in Downtown Fayetteville at 207-B Donalds St. It instructs and trains recreational and competitive fencers from ages 7 to Adult. Its fencers compete regionally and natnionally. Their coaches include former World Cup, NCAA and Foreign National Team fencers.

For more information about the All-American Fencing Academy, please call 728-4924 or visit

Basketball standings

January 29, 2009

The latest batch of standings, courtesy of Michael Seals of the Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation Department.

Jan. 24 Standings

Run for the Troops

January 28, 2009

The Fort Bragg USO Center is sponsoring, in conjunction with Valley Auto World, the Run for the Troops 5K on Saturday, March 7 at Fayetteville Technical Community College.

The event, which features both an adult 5K run/walk and a kids’ version, will benefit the Fort Bragg USO facility and outreach programs. In addition to being a fundraiser, the community is encouraged to come out and show its support for our local military. The 82nd Airborne Chorus will also be on hand.

It’s $20 to pre-register for the adult event and $12 for the kids’ event. The fees bump up to $25 and $15 on race day.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged! You can do it here.

Junior Team Tennis update

January 27, 2009

It seems there have been some changes to the proposed Junior Team Tennis format for Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation Department.

Check out the flyer for more.

SwampDogs release Kids Camp dates

January 26, 2009

I meant to get out to a SwampDogs game last summer, but I didn’t quite make it.

This summer I pledge to do better.

Until then, Fayetteville’s resident CPL club has announced its Kids Camp dates for the upcoming season.

From the press release…

The Fayetteville SwampDogs are again partnering with South River EMC of Dunn to bring a series of kids camps to J.P. Riddle Stadium this summer.

Are you looking for the perfect summer experience for your youngster? The SwampDogs Kids Camp is a great place to learn the skills of the game from the people that know them best.

Join the SwampDogs players and the coaching staff for a day filled with baseball and fun. Campers must be between five and 13 years old.

This summer, the SwampDogs will hold three one-day camps at J.P. Riddle Stadium: Thursday, June 25, Wednesday, July 15 and Monday, Aug.3.

The camp day starts at 9 a.m. with registration beginning at 8 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m. In addition to the fun and excitement of working with the players and coaches, all campers will receive a free SwampDogs T-shirt, lunch and a ticket to that night’s SwampDogs game.

The camp begins with a chance for all the campers to get their arms and legs loose. After stretching, campers will go from station to station learning the skills of the game from their counselors (the SwampDogs players and coaches). After lunch, campers will compete in an actual game on the same field the SwampDogs play on.

“The ongoing partnership between the Fayetteville SwampDogs and South River EMC has proven to be one of mutual benefit and fun,” said Manager of Member and Public Affairs Catherine O’Dell, South River EMC. “Our members get the benefit of sending their children to a top notch sports camp while having loads of fun! This camp and the associated scholarships are one more way South River EMC demonstrates our commitment to the communities where we work and live.”

“We are pleased to once again be teaming with South River EMC for our 2009 instructional camps,” said Director of Operations Darrell Handelsman. “They truly share our philosophy of giving back to the children of our community and we are proud to be a partner with them. We have seen camp attendance grow every season and look forward to another summer of fun and instruction.”

You can sign your son and/or daughter up now for one day, two days or all three camp dates. One camp day will cost $40, two camp days is $75 and all three camp days for only $100. All costs are per camper. Space is limited so make sure to reserve your spot today!

For more details, call 426-5900 or log on to

West Fayetteville Little League information

January 26, 2009

With Fayetteville-Cumberland’s switch from Dixie Youth Baseball to Little League Baseball now slated for 2010, there’s still only one place in Cumberland and Hoke counties to play Little League Baseball this spring, and that’s the West Fayetteville Recreation Association.

They’ve got sign-up information available, and you can check it out on the West Fayetteville site.

Rhino eXtreme results

January 26, 2009

Like clockwork, our friend Marty Bartram has sent over the results from this weekend’s wrestling event at the Crown.


Rhino eXtreme MOWs
Division 1

Riley Starcher (Great Bridge Wrestling Club) 45 lbs

Division 2
Logan Harvich (Great Bridge Wrestling Club) 70/75 lbs

Division 3
Alexander Ellis (Raider Nation) 173 lbs

Most Pins in Quickest Times
Zack Clary – South Carolina Wrestling Club – 3 pins in 3:34

Sportsmanship Award
Division 1
Will Carpenter – Top Dawg

Division 2
Carl Guess – World Class Wrestling

Division 3
Dennis Gustafson – WWA

Rhino eXtreme
1. GNWA – 656.0
2. Rhino Wrestling Club – 202.0
3. Great Bridge Wrestling Club – 134.5
4. University of Alabama – 126.0
5. WWA – 123.5

Rhino Rookie Tournament
1. Rhino Wrestling Club – 151.5
2. Greenville Wrestling Club – 136.0
3. Cougar Wrestling Club – 131.0

Complete Results

Rookie Tournament

Rhino eXtreme Tournament

Hope Mills Hoops

January 24, 2009

I made a trek over to Hope Mills this morning.

Check out the Hope Mills page for more…

Saturday at the Crown

January 23, 2009

As we mentioned here earlier, the Rhino eXtreme Championship is slated for Saturday at the Crown Center.

Don’t remember the details on this youth wrestling event?

Refresh your memory here.