The scene was undoubtedly a new one at Viking Stadium on Friday night as the Northern Vance football team hosted an open midnight practice — its first official one of the 2015 season.
“Like coach said, we just wanted to get acclimated to the atmosphere and get used to playing on Friday night,” senior quarterback Kristopher Haywood said. “We wouldn’t play this late of course, but just getting used to the lights, the fans, music and all that stuff, it felt good.”
The Vikings practiced for roughly 90 minutes in front of a couple hundred fans. The number of supporters certainly was surprising to many of the team’s players and just as surprising to their first-year head coach, Cory Lea.
Just how lucky do you have to be to catch exactly the weight of fish to be one out of the money every time?
Yep, it happened again on Lake Champlain this year as I caught exactly two ounces less than it took to be in the money.
While each of those ounces were about a thousand dollars of lost income, I was fortunate to experience a wonderful week of fishing and beautiful surroundings.
The Hix Recreation Complex was full of energy, laughter and instruction this past week as the Oxford Parks and Recreation Department hosted its summer baseball camp for children ages 5-12.
The camp taught individuals fundamentals and skills that should remain with them for the long term.
Earlier this month, the Regulators 11 and Under baseball team won the Youth Baseball Nationals tournament in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.
The team, based out of Timberlake, North Carolina featured Henderson resident, Javonte Waverly.
The Regulators defeated the South Oakland A's (Madison Heights, Michigan) 6-2 in the tournament championship game.
William Hawkins expresses that his team is ready.
Hawkins, the head coach of the Project Lift weightlifting team based in Henderson, has been preparing his squad for the last six-plus months for the Amateur Athletic Union Junior Olympic Games, which begin Sunday in Chesapeake, Virginia.
Last week’s Oxford Parks and Recreation Outdoor Camp provided 30-plus youth a handful of new activities and skills that will resonate with them as they continue moving onward in life.
The camp consisted of activities such as archery, hiking, a tent race, air rifle, horseshoes, fishing, scavenger hunts, canoeing and more.
“I always worry that each activity is going to be more challenging than it ends up being,” camp counselor Grayson Hicks said. “Like archery, terrified to think about. I can’t imagine these kids doing archery.
“But they handled it like pros and were very good about listening. So that was nice.”
For the past five years, Oxford’s Gene Christian has been motocross racing.
Yet when he received his first dirt bike at the age of 10, he admits he wasn’t overly thrilled.
“At first, I didn’t really like it,” Christian said earlier this week. “My dad even wanted to sell my first dirt bike because I wasn’t into it at first. Then, once I turned 11, and I started racing, that’s really when everything clicked.”
How lucky can one man be? All my life situations have arisen where a tragedy was avoided through pure luck or by being in the right place at the right time.
Brittany West missed it.
She missed her home away from home.
For quite some time, West, a 2016 University of North Carolina softball commit, saw her comfort level at its best on the mound. The mound is where she regularly struck out opposing batters throughout her first two seasons at Southern Vance High School.
The 2015 A.M. Newsom 13-15-year-old Babe Ruth baseball team from the Warren County Recreation League was victorious capturing three titles this season.
They won the local Warren County title as well as both the Henderson-Vance regular season and tournament titles, finishing with a 13-1 overall record.
Although it has been a long-awaited process, the Henderson-Vance Recreation and Parks Department finally has a tennis skills & drills clinic being offered to youth and teens.