Sports

Earl’s Pearls 10/23

Earl’s Pearls A busy weekend of N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association playoff competition involving Fayetteville private schools is ahead, with a number of matches at local schools. In boys’ soccer, Fayetteville Academy will be home to Thales-Rolesville in the third round of the NCISAA 2-A playoffs.  Multiple teams remain in volleyball. Today, Fayetteville Christian goes […]

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Gray’s Creek Coaches Adapt

By Earl Vaughan Jr. Left to right: Gray’s Creek football coach David Lovette, baseball coach Jeff Nance and basketball coach Jon Grimes stand beneath banners in the Gray’s Creek High School lobby. At right is the newest, the Level 2 School Honor Program Award from the National Federation of State High School Associations. At far left is […]

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Football practices set to start, but concerns abound

By Earl Vaughan Jr. It’s easy to see why restarting football practice is one of the most challenging endeavors in an athletic world overshadowed by COVID-19. After all, there many moving parts and different roles. Beginning Monday, Cumberland County’s 10 high schools take on the task of starting off-season conditioning for football, with the hope of […]

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Earl’s Pearls 10/16

Earl’s Pearls- Local Sports Tidbits from Earl Vaughan Jr.  The N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association will hold seeding meetings this weekend to set the pairings for state playoffs in three sports: boys’ soccer, girls’ volleyball and girls’ tennis. The blank brackets aren’t available yet on the NCISAA website, but a number of Cumberland County private […]

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Pandemic can’t keep former Jack Britt star Mac Lain out of The Huddle

By Earl Vaughan Jr. Just two years into his role as one of the contributors to The Huddle on the ACC Network, former Jack Britt High School and Clemson University football star Eric Mac Lain is having to deal with a host of on-air changes. As with millions of others, the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way […]

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NCHSAA Goes Virtual Due to COVID-19

After years of crisscrossing North Carolina to host meetings each fall in the eight regions of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, the NCHSAA staff has been forced by the COVID-19 pandemic to go virtual with this year’s schedule. Educators and athletic officials from Cumberland County and other Cape Fear region schools logged in […]

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Lessons in golf and graciousness

  Back in his PGA Tour playing days, Fayetteville native Chip Beck was always known for being unfailingly polite. Whether he’d just missed the cut or shot a record-tying 59 (which he did in 1991 in Las Vegas) he always was one of the nicest guys on tour. It should probably come as no surprise, […]

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Tommy Bradford: A Player for All Seasons

BY: KIM HASTY Back in the day, they couldn’t catch old Tommy Bradford. At least not until he had churned out chunks of yardage, all the while dragging linebackers and linemen with him down the field. He was strong, and he was tough. So much so that as the starting fullback on the Fayetteville High […]

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When the Woodpeckers Return, We’ll Be Ready

By Gray Hurley Last summer, Fayetteville experienced a revival. On April 18, 2019, people from all over the city gathered at Segra Stadium to witness history. The dream of many generations of fans, including my grandfather, had finally become a reality. Fayetteville had a baseball team. And that team had a name: The Fayetteville Woodpeckers. […]

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Young golfer is living his dream

When 11-year-old Taft Courie of Fayetteville finished third in the U.S. Kids Carolinas Invitational at Longleaf Country Club in Southern Pines, he earned a bid to the U.S. Kids World Championship for the second straight year. This year’s event is scheduled July 30. “This is an amazing event held annually in Pinehurst,” said Taft’s dad/caddie, […]

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March Madness Memories: ‘I dreamed about playing in the ACC Tournament’

    All these years later, they still remember the shots that went in, the ones that didn’t and all the rest of the magic that comes with March Madness and the Atlantic Coast Conference Basketball Tournament. And like the hometown players who shared their favorite ACC Tournament memories, we can’t wait for the games […]

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Pickleball: A game everyone will love

By Kim Hasty  Photography by Matthew Wonderly    OK, everyone, have a good evening.  Hey, let’s pack up those nets, turn off the lights and go home.  Ahem. Really, you guys. It’s closing time.  Welcome to Wednesday evening pickleball at Myers Park Recreation Center, where no one seems to want to stop playing. People have […]

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