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.
“It usually takes up to six months to prepare for a competition of this caliber,” Hawkins said last week.
17 members of Project Lift will be making the trip to Chesapeake and Hawkins is confident that they will perform admirably.
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.”
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.
It certainly was a unique week for David Hogan as well as close to 20 campers who attended Challenger British Soccer Camp at the Henderson Family YMCA.
The Carolina Mash 02 12U softball squad has forever labeled themselves a family.
The fourth 12-week Zumba fitness class session got underway Tuesday night at the Oxford Public Works Hall.
The Henderson/Vance Recreation and Parks 8-U All-Star Softball Team concluded a terrific season last week at the Eastern North Carolina State Tournament in Winterville.
The setting was a unique one last week at Henderson Middle School as several collegiate football players returned to their hometown to help conduct the first ever Man Up Youth Development football camp.