Archive for April, 2009

Max Abbott wins county title

April 29, 2009

ms soccer

Hats off to the girls at Max Abbott Middle School for capping a perfect regular season with the county middle school soccer championship with Tuesday’s 4-0 victory at Anne Chestnut.

Alexis Zeller-Meyer scored a brace while Rebecca Anchevico and Taylor Petroski also added a goal and an assist each. For Petroski, it was a school-record season. Her 26 goals smashed the old mark of 21, held by Terry Sanford alum and current LSU striker Rachel Yepez.

Alyssa McCray stood out for the Hornets in defeat, creating chances from the forward position in the first half and putting in a good shift in goal in the second.

Both coaches got ice baths after the match. The winning coach, Max Abbott’s Danny Hagans probably got the most ice, but his counterpart, Charles Gambrell, got the odd combination of ice and silly string.

What I liked best was the spirit and attitudes of both teams. The Panthers were gracious in victory while Anne Chestnut celebrated the first unbeaten regular season and Division II soccer crown in school history.

And I managed to avoid any stray celebratory ice, which is always a good thing.

Of course, I have some goodies to share:

Here are a few pictures.

I also posted the interviews I did with the two coaches below:

Charles Gambrell interview

Danny Hagans interview

And here’s the video:


The British are coming!

April 28, 2009

Well, they are. We got this in today about the British Soccer Camps returning to our area this summer…

As the number of soccer players in the USA nears 20 million, the number one soccer company in the United States, Canada and Australia, Challenger Sports, will be hosting four of their nationwide programs of British Soccer training camps right here in the growing soccer community of Cumberland County.

The camps will run Monday through Friday and each child will be coached by a member of Challenger’s British coaching staff flown to the USA exclusively to work on these programs. Challenger will hold over 2,000 British Soccer camps this summer and will coach over 100,000 players between the ages of 3 and 18 and over 20,000 parents and coaches.

Challengers’ British Soccer Camp is more than a week of drills and skills. In addition to taking part in a daily regimen of foot skill development, technical and tactical practices and daily tournament style plays, each child will also be treated to a rich cultural experience and lessons on respect, responsibility, integrity, leadership and sportsmanship.

The most popular part of each camp is the Camp World Cup. The coaches use this daily tournament to teach the players about life, customs and traditions of other countries. The campers are asked to make up cheers, bring flags, dress up and learn as much as they can about the country they represent.

Challenger Sports are offering British Soccer camp sessions at Fayetteville-Cumberland County Parks and Recreations sites for the following ages:

Ages 3-4, 9-10 a.m., $75
Ages 4-6, 10-noon, $95
Ages 6-16, 9-12 a.m. or 1-4 p.m., $115
Ages 8-16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., $165
Ages 9 –16, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., $107 (Advanced Player Session).

June 22-26 at Westover Recreation Center
July 13-17 at Lake Rim Park
July 20-24 at Stedman Recreation Center
Aug 10-14 at E. Melvin Honeycutt Elementary School

Teams are also welcome to attend and receive a week of focused instruction to prepare them for the fall season.

Each camper will receive a free camp T-shirt, soccer ball, giant soccer poster and an individual skills performance evaluation. In addition, any child who signs up online at least 45 days prior to camp will receive a genuine British Soccer replica Jersey (value $39)

Space is limited – parents are encouraged to sign up on line in advance to avoid disappointment.

To sign up for the camp either visit or contact Ben Cook at 877-263-7909 or email

Stars and stripes flying high

April 24, 2009

Stars and Stripes Skating Academy

Wow, that’s another really bad pun. Anyway, our friend Liz Egetoe sent this in:

On March 28, 22 talented skaters from Fort Bragg traveled to the Hampton Roads Ice Plex in Hampton Roads, Va., to participate in the Second Annual Spring Fling Competition. Most of the skaters were involved in three, four, five or even six events. The Fort Bragg Stars and Stripes Skating Academy accepted SECOND PLACE OVERALL IN TEAM POINTS.

The excitement level was through the roof for the duration of the entire day. Each skater shined with remarkable presentation! Their months of vigorous training definitely paid off! The compliments just kept coming from spectators, fellow competitors, coaches and judges. This local team proudly earned 25 second places and an astounding 39 first place medals!

Their incredible sense of accomplishment gave them the “Competition Bug.” They are back to their dynamic training schedules and are eager for their next team competition. Keep an eye out for these brilliant local Olympic hopefuls!

The team members, pictured above, are: Top, left to right, Coach Amy Bedell, Casey Levesque, Ashley Beshlin, Aubrie Roszell, Ann-Marie Miller, Grace Zanders, Kiersten Hines, Jamie Alexander, Ariana Bostick, Cambrie Parsons and Coach Liz Egetoe. Middle row, Amber Steele, Katie Hamilton, Kate McCosh and Briana Paszko. Bottom row, Lilley Battles, Jasmine Bourque, Georgia Swanson, Jennifer Hamm, Melina Matthews, Amber DeRouin and Mackenzie Riley.

For any questions, please contact Liz Egetoe at 910-232-6116 or

The latest from the SwampDogs

April 24, 2009

Here’s what’s happening in SwampDog land…

Roster addition

The Fayetteville SwampDogs today have announced the signing of Eric Grabe, a right-handed hitting infielder from Daytona State (FL) College.

Grabe, a native of Ocala, Florida, is a 5-11, 175-pound freshman shortstop that has been very productive for the Falcons so far in 2009. He is currently hitting .401 with seven home runs and 43 RBIs. In high school, Grabe was honorable mention on the Florida High School All-State team.

“Eric is a very talented freshman middle infielder with all the tools you look for”, SwampDogs skipper Darrell Handelsman said. “He has quick feet, soft hands, and has shown the ability to hit for average and power at the college level. He will be a great addition to our club this summer.”

How they’re faring

With college baseball in full swing, the SwampDogs are keeping an eye on the stats. Listed below are the latest numbers for the ‘Dogs on the 2009 roster:

Michael Niemann, from Delta State (Miss.), has proven to be a major contributor to the Statesmen batting .358 with 4 long balls, 29 RBIs and leads his team with 15 stolen bases. Mount Olive’s (NC) Jesse Lancaster has started in all 48 games played and has bumped up his batting average to .352 for the defending Division II National Champion Trojans.

Casey McGrew, Wright State (OH), is batting a solid .318 with 3 home runs and 32 RBIs for the Raiders. Junior All-American Brock Whiteman from Muskingum (OH) leads the Muskies at the plate with a .394 batting average, 5 home runs, and 36 RBIs. Lee Zerussen, Illinois, has posted a 2-0 record with 22 Ks in 31.2 innings pitched for the Fighting Illini’.

Keep checking for the latest news on the newest roster additions!

Rhinos pick up more honors

April 22, 2009

From our good friend Marty Bartram…

Spring Break continued to affect tournament numbers across the state on April 18, but the Rhinos that were available headed out to compete in two separate events.

Samuel Bartram and James Haworth placed first and third respectively at the TITAN OPEN in Greenville.

Kyle Narburgh continued his win streak by winning the 119-pound high school division at the DRAGON’S DEN RUMBLE at Douglas Byrd.

This Saturday, several Rhinos will head to Salisbury to compete in the Rowan Open, while several others will travel to Ohio to compete in the Ohio Tournament of Champions.

On May 1-3, the Rhinos will be back in full force at Mat Madness 09; the Greco Roman State Championships, the Freestyle State Championships and the Snakebite National Duals at the Crown Arena right here in beautiful Fayetteville.

Please come on out to the arena and watch the absolute best wrestlers in the state compete in three styles of wrestling.

What’s new in Hope Mills?

April 22, 2009

This came in from our friend Jenny Capps from the Hope Mills Parks and Recreation Department:

Summer Camp program

The Hope Mills Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registration for our 2009 Summer Camp Program for children ages 5-12. The registration fee is $25, and the weekly fee is $60 for a full day (9 a.m.-5 p.m.), or $40 for a half day (9 a.m.-noon).

Early drop-off and late pick-fees of $15.00 will also be charged when applicable. Camp sessions will be held Monday-Friday beginning Monday, June 15, and ending on Friday, August 14. There will be no camp on Monday, July 6.

Camp themes will run in two week sessions, except for the last week. June 15-26 is Football/Cheerleading Camp, June 29-July 10 is Cooking Camp, July 13-24 is Soccer Camp, July 27-August 7 is Drama Camp and August 10-14 is Educational Camp. Children must bring a bag lunch. We prohibit the wearing of sandals, flip-flops, sleeveless shirts, and stomach-baring shirts.

At the Hope Mills Parks and Recreation Department’s Summer Camp Program, your child can learn new skills, make new friends, and have fun in a safe environment. For more information, contact the Hope Mills Parks and Recreation Department at 424-4500, 426-4107 or 426-4109.

Parade entries

The Hope Mills Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting entries for the 33rd Annual 4th of July Parade to be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 4. Entry forms can be picked up in the Hope Mills Recreation Center, located at 5766 Rockfish Road in Hope Mills. For more information, contact the Hope Mills Parks and Recreation Department at 424-4500, 426-4107 or 426-4109.

Junior golf lessions

April 21, 2009

Our good friend Michael Seals sent this over…

Junior Golf Flyer

Football camp coming to Clinton

April 20, 2009

This came in today…

Running back for the Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers is back again to give back to his hometown community by offering the children of Clinton a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn about football from NFL players in a fun environment.

Fast Willie Parker’s Football Camp will be held Saturday, June 20 at Clinton High School. The camp provides youth ages 8 – 17 years old, or high school senior, the opportunity to work on their football skills, sportsmanship, and teamwork skills, while building self-esteem both on and off the field. Each participant will receive a T-shirt, refreshments, and lunch, as well as have the opportunity to meet with Willie and other NFL celebrities.

“I’ll continue to support my hometown no matter where my NFL career takes me,” said Parker. “I wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for all of the community members who have helped me along the way. This is one of my ways of giving back.”

Camp registration begins Monday, April 20, and is currently registering the first 300 children ages 8-17 years old (or high school senior). Parents can find the registration form and waiver online at or at Coach Jeff Sawvel’s office at Clinton High. Registration is $40 per child, and will be $50 on day of camp, if space permits. Please return ALL forms to Coach Sawvel or mail to the address on the form by Friday, June 5, no exceptions. Camp is limited to the first 300 children, so please register early!

Willie Parker recorded 138 rushing yards and a career-high 3 touchdowns in the 2008 game opener, all before the fourth quarter ever started. He was the leading AFC rusher for the week and was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. However, Parker suffered a knee injury about four games into the season. It seemed like a rather minor injury but Parker missed at least three games. Parker missed 5 games in ’08. He had 4 one-hundred yard performances. He compiled 791 yards on 210 carries, 5 TDs, he scored on a 34 yard TD dash in the last game for his longest run since 2006. In the playoffs, he had his first 100+ yard performance against the Chargers, he compiled 146 yards on 27 carries and two TDs. The Steelers reached the Super Bowl again in 2008 to play in one of the most exciting games in Super Bowl history against the underdog Arizona Cardinals at Super Bowl XLIII (43).

Parker is notably famous for the 75-yard touchdown, the longest rushing play in Super Bowl history during Super Bowl XL.

More from Stedman

April 20, 2009

Thanks to Maryann Crenshaw, center supervisor over at Stedman, we’ve got a bucket load of new opening day pictures for your viewing pleasure.

Want to see them? Head on over to the Stedman page.

A day to remember

April 18, 2009

Another full-filled opening day has come and gone in Cumberland County.

What a day!

Keep in mind that our friends at West Fayetteville opened up on April 4. Their photos and video were already on their page before the sun rose over our fair region this morning.

Since then, we’ve added hundreds of photos and a slew of videos to the other nine recreation pages on this blog.

I’m afraid to start thanking people, as I know I will accidentally leave someone out, but I’m going to risk it anyway.

The photo department was awesome as usual. Johnny Horne, Marcus Castro, Ashley Cross and Octavio Jones were all over the place taking pictures Saturday. The new media folks – Brandon Plotnick, Sabrina Lavdis and David Ivey – all shot video and Brandon even decided to wow us with his photography skills.

The sports staff helped out with the writing for the paper, so let’s give a nod to Paul Shugar, Sammy Batten and Earl Vaughan for their efforts. We even snagged Chick Jacobs from Community News for his prose as well.

I need to thank Maxey Dove and Michael Seals, from Hope Mills and Fayetteville-Cumberland, respectively, for always helping me get information on this site. I don’t think I could do it without their constant assistance.

And Maxey gets extra thanks today for the primo parking spot and for helping score me a pancake and sausage breakfast.

We got a lot covered, but you know, there’s still something missing.

Wait a minute, it’ll come to me…

Oh wait, I know…


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Until then, best of luck this season!!!

Randy Capps
Community Sports Editor