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Let's see, the study said Aberdeen needs more parks for the population. I can understand the need for such entities; however, they aren't maintaining the current parks they have now. Colonial Heights Park needs a major overhaul with the baseball fields, Sharpe Park looks like an unkept park, not sure about Berkely, and the lake park walking trail (what a joke). New baseball fields, soccer fields, for what; the athletic program has taken a total turn for the worse. Leigh Baggs acts like she cares about athletics, but since she has been in Aberdeen, all those that want to play at a decent level have gone elsewhere. So what do they offer, Kickball; so what is being said is Aberdeen needs more kickball fields. In my opinion, show that you care about athletics first. Maintain what you have properly, then let's try again with this recommendation!
Tougher non-conference opponents...PLEASE say you didn't post a comment like that! Southern Lee will have a down year due to very limited talent. Let's play Jack Britt early for two games before the football players can join the team and play! What makes you think Wyoming Seminary in Pennsylvania is a tough opponent? Why don't they stay in NC to play instead of spending the money to go out of state, maybe the athletic director isn't doing his job and finding local teams to play. Anyway you look at it, sounds like the win column is being padded so things don't look as bad as they did last year!
Last year there were two teams in the 11-12 year old division who played each other every week. One team was much weaker than the other and showed on the field and scoreboard. Were adjustments made during the season to make for a more competitive season. No, and how disappointing it was for those that got pummeled each week. This is the concern Optimist has to create a competitive league. Come on, get a grip!
Let's take a look at this and the comments within this article. Optimist wants to stay within the county, which was the original idea when they started football. But, there comes along a travel team in the area that decides to field two teams. This robs the Opimist of potential players to field teams for their league. They in turn have to find teams outside the county to participate. Thus creating weak Moore County teams versus stacked teams from other areas. Wow, what a mess was created and caused parents to not sign their children up to play. Then, there is also the league in Southern Pines that remains and countinues to field teams (at a much lower cost for participation). Basically, don't discuss what you want to do when your the ones that created what you have now. The travel team needs to rethink what they feel is best for the kids and the community and allow those kids not on a competitive team to participate at a local level and bolster those teams efforts. Optimist needs to rethink the participation cost and make it a little more affordable to play the game. Get more kids involved if the intent is to provide players with the knowledge to play for the Middle Schools and High Schools.
The JV Team played to a 1-1 tie. This is baseball, let's have a winner. However, Pinecrest believes it's future is with middle school players instead of developing the current high school talent which they have. Is this the direction this program is headed? Will the middle school players bypass playing for their schools next spring and play for the high school? I don't think this is the case, so it is frustating to see the lack of dedication by the coaching staff to develop the talent for next years team with who will be available come spring. Politics? Fovoritism? Friendships? All monikers within the community conversations. Develop the talent to be successful next spring!
This is just a little insight on the Holiday in the Pines Basketball Tournament. The brackets were set up favorable for Pinecrest to get to the championship game, although they have been struggling all season. All the teams with winning records were placed in the same bracket set to play each other, while Pinecrest bracket set only has one team with a .500 record, all others have losing records. Is this what we call home court advantage? How can a tournament be run like this? The true championship game will be played today when Richmond takes the court against Southern Lee. I believe, because of this bracketology setup, this may be the last year for the tournament. What team would want to come back to this type of idiocracy?
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