Archive for November, 2009

Local players earn all-region nod

November 23, 2009

The region and all-conference teams are out, so let’s run through them:

Congrats to Fayetteville Academy’s Jack Ward and Terry Sanford’s Rocket Court for making the North Carolina Coaches Association all-state teams for their respective classifications.

Here are the private school folks who made the North Carolina Coaches Association All-Region 1 Team:

Fayetteville Academy – Dominic Cusi, Scott Riddle, Charles Smith, Jack Ward, Hunter Bigler and Sam Williams

Fayetteville Christian – Terin Ellis, Nowell Worley

Here is the list of folks who made the NCSCA All-Region 4 team for the local public schools:

Terry Sanford – Zack Adkins, Rocket Court, Scottie Custer, Justin Lopes and Scott Plummer

Cape Fear – Troy Beckham and Rickey Lee

Pinecrest – Max Brenner, Thomas Goulden, Dylan Coe, Taylor Miles and Aaron Stroker

Lumberton – Williams Britt, Steven Kirby and Connor Haskins

Jack Britt – Ross Carroll, Carter Creech, Kelvin Jordan and Luke Paul

Hoke County – Tucker Crowder, Cesar Hernandez, Joseph Lantham and Walther Mejia

Richmond County – Evan Frye, Davis Hilton and Brandon Standridge

South View – Robby Jones

Scotland County – Balyn Krout

Pine Forest – Chris Ryan

It’s worth mentioning that the Region 4 3A squad isn’t out yet, and that might contain folks from Gray’s Creek.

The Mid-South awards are also out, and Terry Sanford’s Rocket Court and CJ Komons won the player and coach of the year awards for Terry Sanford.

The list of those honors is here.

Thursday notebook

November 19, 2009

Soccer season is officially over region-wide as Pinecrest fell to Green Hope, 2-1 last night.

I have to say, despite my concerns over penalty decisions, Pinecrest was an impressive side when I saw them recently. I’ve had players on other teams tell me how impressed they were with the Patriots as well.

Todd Abbey deserves a lot of credit for what’s he’s done with that program since the whole Larry Martin dust-up.

Shameless plug

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Theirry Henry and France rob Ireland

Call it another reason to dislike France or yet another brick in the wall of evidence that FIFA needs to either add officials or adopt some form of video replay, but France cheated its way into the World Cup in Paris last night.

It’s a shame, really.

All-area team

I’m accepting coaches’ nominations for the all-area team. Everyone of them should have an e-mail from me. So, if you’re a coach, send me some nominations. If you’re a player or fan, ask your coach to do it.

I had a very good response last season, and I’m hoping for more of the same.

No excuses

November 18, 2009

I’m a slacker.

I really am.

I just have to do a better job of maintaining this space. As a Oriole fan, I know there’s nothing worse than an absentee owner.

Way to go, baseball!

I have to admit it. I was shocked when Zack Greinke won the American League’s Cy Young Award.

Not because I don’t think he’s deserving. No, he’s a stud.

I’m just shocked they didn’t punish him for pitching for the Royals.

No, pitching in the American League for a bad club, he went 16-8 with a floss-like 2.16 ERA.

Wow. Just wow.

Brainless in Buffalo

Dick Jauron was fired yesterday as coach of the Buffalo Bills, making him the winner of the “sack race” – or the dubious honor of being the first coach fired this season.

Well, since he was 24 up and 33 down as coach of the Bills, I can’t say he didn’t deserve it.

But when you consider for a moment that general manager Russ Brandon thought it might be a good idea to enter the season with two starting rookie tackles and Jauron thought it was a good plan to can his offensive coordinator the week before the season started – you could sort of see this coming.

And Terrell Owens?

Please.

I saw someone on a messageboard call for Mike Ditka to come in and be the guy next year.

I’ll buy that. But only if Levy serves as the GM. We know what happens when Ditka controls draft picks. 

P90X update

That’s right. Hold down the snickering. I’m doing P90X.

If you think I’m posting a picture of my fat self, though, you have another thing coming.

But I did pull off 80 minutes of yoga last night.

And it was way harder than I thought.

Four days down, 86 to go…

 

 

Weather pushes back start of Atlantic Sun tournament

November 11, 2009

Mother Nature strikes again, as rain has pushed back the A-Sun tournament semifinals and finals, set for this weekend in Buies Creek…

The Atlantic Sun Men’s Soccer Championship shifts to Buies Creek and the Eakes Athletic Complex for Friday’s semifinals and Saturday’s final.

The match between Mercer and Campbell, originally schedule for a 7 p.m. start on Thursday, will now be played at noon on Friday. Stetson and ETSU meet in the second semifinal at 3 p.m. The Championship Final will be played no earlier than 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Stetson enters the 2009 A-Sun Championship holding the nation’s 13th-best winning percentage with a record of 12-3-2 and a conference mark of mark of 6-2-1. The Hatters finished the 2009 regular season boasting only one non-conference loss to No. 2 ranked North Carolina. Stetson opened the 2009 campaign going unbeaten in its first eight matches. The Hatters struggled down the stretch with three wins in their final six matches and they failed to score in two of those games.

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Pinecrest knocks off Terry Sanford, 2-1

November 10, 2009

Hard to believe, really.

Three penalty kicks in one match for one side, in the third round of the state playoffs?

I’m not a bash the refs kind of guy, but that’s just silly.

Pinecrest converted two of the three spot kicks into goals, and that was all the offense the Patriots would need.

Heartbreaking stuff for the Bulldogs, who really deserved better.

Here’s a link to the story.

Pinecrest at Terry Sanford, game night

November 10, 2009

I know the “F” in the center circle at Terry Sanford stands for Fayetteville, but as I sit here 25 minutes from kickoff, it could represent flotation.

It is nasty out here – a scene more Falkirk than Fayetteville.

OK, enough poetry. Check back later for updates.

Assuming, of course, we don’t all float away…

It’s halftime, and thanks to a dodgy penalty call, it’s 1-0 for the visitors.

Yes, it’s still raining.

A lot.

Terry Sanford/Pinecrest game moved to tonight

November 10, 2009

Because of a dodgy forecast for the Fayetteville area Wednesday night, Terry Sanford and Pinecrest have moved their game to tonight at 7.

So, if you show up tomorrow night, you’ll be lonely…

An orange tide

November 9, 2009

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Aside from some shambolic kicking, Saturday night was a nice evening to be a Clemson fan.

As I settled into my recliner to watch on DVR at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday after returning home from work, I was ready for disappointment.

I’ve seen this movie before.

Clemson takes the field, its destiny in its own hands, and proceeds to lay a big, fat egg.

As the Seminoles stormed ahead 17-6, my fears seemed to be coming to pass.

Instead, C.J. Spiller added a few lines to his blooming Heisman Trophy resume and the Tigers rallied to thump FSU, sending the ‘Noles and coach Bobby Bowden into an even deeper tailspin.

Here’s what we learned:

Spiller in the running

You have to consider Spiller for the Heisman now. Couple his eye-popping numbers – 312 all-purpose yards against FSU – with the facts that the pre-season contenders (Tebow, McCoy and Bradford) haven’t lived up to their billing, and the senior running back has an outside shot at winning the award.

FSU is a mess

How can a team with the talent of FSU get pushed all over the field like that? I don’t really have a dog in that fight, but the Seminoles have the look of a program that’s gone stale.

Almost a believer

I don’t know if I can use this game to declare Clemson ready to claim its first ACC crown since 1991. Is Florida State that bad, or have the Tigers turned a corner?

Stay tuned…

Terry Sanford soccer – the haircut files

November 9, 2009

Komons

Thanks to Scottie Custer, we have a picture of Terry Sanford soccer coach CJ Komons after receiving his team-isued haircut Saturday night.

The new hairdo was a result of the Bulldogs reaching round three of the postseason with a 4-1 win over Knightdale.

Next up for the Bulldogs is a home date with Pinecrest Wednesday night at 7.

Way back on Aug. 17, the Bulldogs fell to the Patriots, 2-0, in Southern Pines. The Pats have won eight straight games while the Bulldogs have won 12 in a row.

And, as a little added spice, Macon Bullard, Zack Adkins and Rocket Court play on a club team with pretty much the entire starting lineup for Pinecrest.

Should be fun.

EDIT, 3:33 p.m. – Suzanne Bullard sent me a note to let me know that Macon Bullard also plays on that club team with the Pinecrest players. She was also nice enough to send along a few more pictures of Coach Komons.

I’m sure he’s thrilled to have three more pictures up, but you can see them here, here and here.

Terry Sanford advances

November 8, 2009

Apparently, CJ Komons has a Mohawk now.

Just waiting on Scottie Custer (or anyone else) to hook me up with a photo…

Seriously, I came away very impressed with the Bulldogs’ 4-1 win over Knightdale tonight.

If I were giving match grades, Rocket Court and Scott Plummer get 10s, Plummer and Zack Adkins would get 9s and Mark Sears and Tiger Court would rate somewhere around an 8.5. Each of those players were the sparkplugs of a total team effort that produced 80 minutes of high-quality soccer.

As I type this, Pinecrest and Hoggard are in overtime. So check back later to find out which of those teams will be visiting Fayetteville in mid-week.