Eagle, by the Pinecrest High School girls’ soccer team, for an amazing season that saw the school play for a state championship for the first time ever in girls’ soccer.
Though ultimately losing through penalty kicks on Saturday, the team plowed through its season in dominating fashion. It achieved national acclaim as well, earning a ranking as the No. 2 girls’ soccer team in the United States.
“It’s just a life lesson,” said coach Corey Rice after the heartbreaking loss Saturday. “No matter what you do, sometimes things don’t work out the way you want. You have to pick your head up and be proud of what you did and get some positives out of it. We had a great community that supported us.”
Bogey, by the town of Taylortown, for putting on a display of arrogance and disdain for the public rarely seen in Moore County.
The town earlier this month held a required public hearing for an annexation that, even to the average armchair lawyer, looked to be in violation of state law. The town had tried to approve this last month but had to delay it because it didn’t give proper notification.
Then, when the Town Council finally held the hearing, it sat silently while a number of nearby Pinehurst residents stepped forward to protest the action.
“We are not answering questions,” Mayor Ulysses Barrett said. “You may comment. That is it.”
The board approved the annexation without comment, though it is looking more likely it might have to rescind its actions.
Birdie, by the Moore County Board of Education and Board of Commissioners for executing a plan that will bring a badly needed renovation and upgrade to North Moore High School.
The $16.5 million project will be the first major upgrade at the school in 30 years. While North Moore is not as large as its Union Pines and Pinecrest brethren, it lacks several key features the other schools have.
Construction is expected to begin later this summer and finish in early 2021. Along with adding modern amenities like an auxiliary gym and more science classrooms at North Moore, the expansion is designed to begin enclosing what is now an open campus. Under a redistricting plan now being considered, more students could be shifted northward, meaning growth is on the way.
Birdie, by the Pine Needles Lodge and Golf Club personnel and the hundreds of volunteers who pulled off another smooth execution of a USGA championship.
The U.S. Senior Women’s Open, in just its second year, demonstrated once more the unique relationship the USGA and Sandhills share. From start to finish, the course proved challenging, the fans showed their awe and respect, and the players lived up to the top championship this competition has become.
“The USGA has been blown away by the support of the Sandhills community for the U.S. Senior Women’s Open. We cannot thank our volunteers enough for their time and dedication to making this championship a success,” said Matt Sawicki, USGA championship director.
While we’re on the Senior Women’s Open, a Birdie by local residents Mike Fields, Brady Rowland, Tony Austin and Lenore Rittenhouse. Fields and Rowland were draftees when the regularly scheduled caddies for Jackie Gallagher-Smith and Yuko Saito, respectively, had to pull out Thursday morning.
Fields, a former Southern Pines mayor and councilman, had just come down to the course to watch a bit of the action when he got tapped to help.
“As for me, even though it was not how I originally planned to spend Thursday through Sunday, it was an unforgettable and truly memorable experience,” Fields said.
Their willingness to pitch in is a classic example of the Sandhills spirit and readiness to always jump in and help.