Archive for July, 2009

Junior Dixie Boys World Series – On the road

July 31, 2009

I talked to Hope Mills, er, North Carolina head coach Jason Deal last night. He was on his way to Auburn, Ala., where he and a few other members of the caravan spent the night.

I’m going to resist the urge to use another “Sweet Home Alabama” reference or some other metaphor about the road, travel, Dixie or anything else you’ve already read here this week.

There’s a story planned for tomorrow’s paper.

Read it.

Until then, let’s check up on the competition.


The Troy team is gearing up for the series. Again, excellent coverage from the gang at the Troy Messenger. The folks at Enterprise offer up a story this morning as well.

South Carolina

My old friends at The Item have a story about their team’s travel to Alabama.   

Youth hockey tryouts

July 30, 2009

From J. Freeman…

PEE WEE “A” Tryout
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009
7-8:30 p.m.

1997/1998 Birth Year

There is no charge for tryout, but please contact Maureen Mead, Pee Wee Team Manager at 315-1979 to let her know you’re coming. Please include your child’s name, birth year and contact information – email and phone numbers.

YOU MUST BE A NEWLY REGISTERED MEMBER OF USA HOCKEY TO TRYOUT! LAST YEAR’S NUMBER WILL NOT WORK! Please go to USA Hockey ( and follow the instructions for registration.

Please bring a print out of your registration to tryouts as we will not have the internet access at the rink to verify registration numbers.

All other age groups (Mites-Squirts-Bantams-Midgets) will host tryouts the Week of Aug 25-27….more details soon!

Learn the game

Cape Fear Youth Hockey Association
Pre-Season Hockey Conditioning Camp/Learn to Play

Come join us for a Summer Conditioning and Learn to Play Camp at Cleland Ice Rink on Fort Bragg

Three Sessions – Just $45

Tuesday, August 11
Wednesday, August 12
Tuesday, August 18

6:30-7:30 p.m. – Learn to Play (all ages) and Mites (Birth years 2001, 2002)
7:45-8:45 p.m. – Squirts (Birth Years 1999, 2000) and Pee Wees (Birth Years 1997, 1998)
9-10 p.m. – Bantams (Birth Years 1995, 1996) and Midget Minors (Birth Years 1993 and 1994)

Please email at: Or visit our website here.

Please let us know by e-mail if your child will be attending. Please bring attached registration form and money on the first night.

Junior Dixie Boys World Series update

July 30, 2009

We’re less than 57 hours away from the first pitch of the North Carolina/Virginia game at the 2009 Junior Dixie Boys World Series in Enterprise, Alabama.

Yes, I did the math.

Anyway, I’m trying to track down head coach Jason Deal for an interview for a preview story for Saturday’s edition. And my colleagues in sports and photo tell me that we’ve got stringers lined up for both stories and pictures from the heart of Dixie. It’s a beautiful thing.

Until then, I’m keeping an eye on the other 11 teams in the field.


You’ve got to hand it to The Troy Messenger, they’ve had something on their team every day.


I’d like to take a moment to rail against the concept of a pay-for-content news server. There’s an article about the Searcy Junior World Series team, but I can’t access it without paying for it, and I don’t know if you’ve heard, but journalists are poor.

I’ve got a note in to their sports editor, so maybe I can work around it…


The News and Record in South Boston has a nice slideshow up of their title-winning Halifax County team.


Let’s keep the picture theme going with a shot of the guys from Texarkana. And just to clear up any confusion, there is a Texarkana in both Texas and Arkansas. State Line Avenue splits the city down the middle.

Come on, you know you were curious.

Junior Dixie Boys World Series

July 29, 2009

It’s Wednesday, so there are only a few days left until Hope Mills, now known as North Carolina, starts play in the 2009 Junior Dixie Boys World Series in Enterprise, Alabama.

Of course, you all saw my story in today’s Sandspur.

Naturally, I’m keeping an eye out on what the other teams are up to in the days leading up to the tournament:


The hosts are looking forward to testing themselves in this tournament. And the coaches at Troy are hoping their World Series experience pays dividends.


Troup County’s coaches keep it in the family.

Junior Dixie Boys World Series – around the horn

July 28, 2009

EDIT: 4 p.m. – Found a news item about Georgia’s team… 

There are 11 other teams competing with Hope Mills for the 2009 Junior Dixie Boys World Series crown this weekend in Enterprise, Ala. Let’s see what they’re up to:

South Carolina

Sumter was feeling underappreciated in their state tournament, but they went on to claim the title.


Troy is excited to be making an appearance in this event.


About three fourths of the way down is a paragraph or two on the West Volusia team’s run to Alabama.


Laurel-Jones County didn’t have much trouble on the road to Enterprise.


Troup County defeated Newton County to win the state crown in the Peach state.

Junior Boys World Series coverage – The countdown is on

July 27, 2009

World Series logo

There are just six days until the Hope Mills Junior Dixie Boys arrive in Enterprise, Ala., to play in the 2009 Junior Dixie Boys World Series.

I guess you can say they’re boldly going where no one has gone before, right?

You didn’t think I was going to let the chance for a bad pun pass, did you?

At any rate, here’s a look at the bracket for this weekend’s festivities:

World Series bracket

Anyway, if you’re going, please remember to send pictures, comments and video back to me at That way, I can splash it all up here.

Until then, here’s a primer of who Hope Mills, uh, I mean North Carolina will be facing:


Representative: Halifax County
How they got here: Apparently, by barnstorming through the Virginia state tournament. Check out this story from The News and Record in South Boston about their run to Alabama.


Representatives: Troy (won the state tournament) and Enterprise (host team)
How they got here: Troy, as I mentioned, won the state championship last week. Enterprise gets in on geography.


Representative: Laurel-Jones County
How they got here: Laurel-Jones County hosted and won the state tournament last week.


Representative: Monroe
How they got here: Swept Bossier in a pair of games to win a best-of-three series and claim the state title.


Representative: Searcy
How they got here: Won a four-team tournament last week in Texarkana.


Representative: Troup County
How they got here: They won their state tournament. The rest is a mystery.


Representative: Dyersburg
How they got here: Went unbeaten through the state tournament in Dickson County.


Representative: West Volusia
How they got here: Had a 4-1 record in the state tournament in Marianna and knocked off Springhill in the final. Also, some of these players competed in the O-Zone World Series last season.

South Carolina

Representative: Sumter
How they got here: Beat Lexington, 6-3, on Thursday in the tournament final in North Augusta. Many of these players competed in the O-Zone World Series last season.


Representative: Texarkana
How they got here: Cruised through the state tournament last week with some of the same players that won the O-Zone World Series last year in Pascagoula, Miss.

West Fayetteville update

July 27, 2009

West Fayetteville’s Little League All-Stars fell in two consecutive games in this weekend’s state tournament up in Wilson.

They lost to NW Forsyth 16-4 on Saturday and fell in the consolation bracket game, 6-4, to Greenville NorthState on Sunday.

Sea Dragons update

July 24, 2009

From our friend Jon Meier…

The Fayetteville YMCA Sea Dragons finished the North Carolina 14 and Under Championships with two athletes earning spots on the North Carolina All-Star Zone Championship team.

Sea Dragons Connor Johnson (11-12 boys) and London Schumacher (13-14 girls) earned spots based on their performances at the state championship meet.

The North Carolina Zone Championship team is made up of the top seven swimmers from North Carolina at the following age groups: 11-12, 13–14 and 15-18.

The North Carolina team will compete against all star teams from Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana and West Virginia at the USA swimming Southern Zone Championships from July 28 through Aug. 2.

This year’s meet will be held in Orlando, Fla., at the YMCA aquatic center. Complete Zone championship information can be found here.

Videos from the Nationals

July 24, 2009

Our friend Marty Bartram sent a link to some video from the Cadet and Junior Nationals.

See it here.

Women’s basketball tournament

July 24, 2009

Got this flyer today from our good friend Patrick Dupree about an upcoming women’s basketball tournament.

Have a look at it here.