HAWKS DOWN BLUE DEVILS IN OT TO OPEN 2010-11 SEASON; COMMUNITY SUPPORTS CORBIN
North Lenoir and South Lenoir got the 2010-11 season off to a great start as the Hawks overcame poor shooting to defeat the Blue Devils, 67-58 in overtime in Wheat Swamp last night.
My take: And what an awesome start to a season! It keeps going tonight as South Lenoir visits Kinston in the Vikings’ first game in its 2A title defense and the Hawks play at home against North Lenoir. The Hawks and Vikings hook up Friday night in Kinston.
I can’t believe there are this many great games in the first week of the season. And I’m honored again to be the P.A. voice of the Vikings, so come by and say howdy tonight and Friday.
On another sidenote — our community really came together again last night in raising money for Corbin Hawkins, a North Lenoir senior student-athlete who is in a tough fight with leukemia as I write this. Thanks to our good friend Jonathan Davis (Heelsfan), who helped put together a 50/50 drawing that ended up with $950 — and kudos to North Lenoir student John Delaney who won his half ($475), then promptly turned around and donated it back to the family! John is the son of Pat Delaney, the manager of the Plaza Piggly Wiggly; according to JD, the Delaneys bought more than 200 tickets with the goal of donating the money back to the Hawkins family.
JD also told me there is a meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday in the NL auditorium for parents and students who want to help plan a fund-raiser. If you can make it, please do so.
I am asked all the time what I love about Lenoir County … well, this is why. I’ve been all over the state and I’ve NEVER seen a community come together the way this one does. Yes, I’m in love with Lenoir County and I’m proud of it. Thanks for the way we take care of ours!
EASLEY GETS AWAY WITH SLAP ON THE WRIST
Former N.C. Gov. Mike Easley pled guilty to a felony yesterday – and was fined $1,000.
Yep, that’s it.
My take: Sure, he’s the first former governor convicted of a felony — and that hurts his ego, maybe — but for the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent investigating him and this is what emerges? Whatever he paid his lawyer(s) was certainly worth it.
He doesn’t even lose his right to vote, although, as a convicted felon, he had to submit a DNA sample and loses the right to carry a firearm.
All-in-all, he got off pretty easy.
HEAT CUTS STACKHOUSE; CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE
The Miami Heat cut Kinston’s Jerry Stackhouse yesterday; he averaged 1.7 points, 1 rebound and shot 25 percent in the seven games he played in this year.
The Heat continue to struggle — losing to lowly Indiana at home, 93-77, Monday night to fall to 8-6. They play at Orlando tonight.
My take: It couldn’t happen to a better group of guys. I was holding back my vitriol because of Stackhouse playing for them, but now that they’ve cut him … I hope they go .500 or worse this year. Please, Lord … let that happen.
What is hilarious to me, though, are all those “experts” who said the Heat were going to win 70 games in the regular season. Let’s see, if my math is right, the LeBrons have to go 62-6 the rest of the way. Anyone want to put money on the fact THAT isn’t going to happen?
The iPod shuffle
Deacon Blues — Steely Dan
I’ve Got You Under My Skin — Frank Sinatra & Bono
Truck Volume — Busta Rhymes
Drop The World — Lil’ Wayne & Eminem
Don’t Treat Me Bad — Firehouse