Thanks to those of you who have sent me these…
Thanks to those of you who have sent me these…
Let the jokes begin: I am now on MySpace.com. Visit my page at http://www.myspace.com/bryanchanks.
Or not. Maybe some of you youngsters can give me advice on how to “jazz” up my page…
Wake Forest basketball coach Skip Prosser has died at the age of 56. He passed away while jogging this morning.
Kinston’s Craig Dawson and Jeremy Ingram played for Prosser, who was a pretty nice fellow in the media settings that I was involved with him.
Kinston’s Reggie Bullock was being recruited by Prosser, too.
We send our thoughts and condolences to the Prosser and Wake Forest family.
Update at 7 p.m.: Dick Vitale has posted a very moving eulogy to Prosser here. Check it out; it’s excellent.
Come on out to Neuseway Park on Thursday, where the Band of Oz will be playing, starting around 6 p.m. It’s free and it’ll be a blast. On top of that, I’ll be MCing the event. Come on out!
Wow…lots of traffic on the “Vick indicted” thread about Legion and Junior Legion baseball, so here’s your very own thread about it.
My quick thoughts after perusing your thoughts … I, too, wondered why there were two junior Legion teams in the county, but I know there is a lot of talent here. If there’s enough talent to fill two teams, why not do it? I know the South team took some “L’s” this year, but I would’ve loved to have seen what kind of record a combined Lenoir County Junior Legion team would’ve had.
Just my two cents worth.
I do know this: there is a lot of talent coming up the next few years in baseball in Lenoir County. Everyone who thinks there is going to be a significant dropoff is going to be proven wrong.
The East Carolina University football program has certainly picked up some (much-deserved) respect. The Pirates have been picked to finish second in the East Division; here’s the ECU press release info, along with the preseason awards and such:
2007 C-USA FOOTBALL COACHES PRESEASON POLL
Predicted Order of Finish
EAST DIVISION (Points)
1. Southern Miss (69)
2. East Carolina (48)
3. UCF (47)
4. Marshall (39)
5. Memphis (30)
6. UAB (19)
WEST DIVISION (Points)
1. Houston (63)
2. Tulsa (62)
3. SMU (48)
4. UTEP (37)
5. Rice (30)
6. Tulane (12)
2007 C-USA FOOTBALL COACHES PRESEASON SPECIALTY AWARDS
Offensive Player of the Year
Jarret Dillard, WR, Rice (91 catches, 1,247 yds., 13.7 avg., 21 TD)
Defensive Player of the Year
Albert McClellan, DE, Marshall (77 tackles, 19.0 TFLs, 11.5 sacks)
Special Teams Player of the Year
Joe Burnett, PR, UCF (11 returns, 132 yds., 12.0 avg.)
First Team Offense
QB – Paul Smith, Sr., Tulsa
RB – Damion Fletcher, So., Southern Miss
RB – Kevin Smith, Jr., UCF
OL – Doug Legursky, Sr., Marshall
OL – Jeff Akeroyd, Sr., Houston
OL – Chris Clark, Sr., Southern Miss
OL – Brandon Pearce, Jr., Memphis
OL – Robby Heos, Sr., Rice
WR – Jarrett Dillard, Jr., Rice
WR – Emmanuel Sanders, So., SMU
WR – Donnie Avery, Sr., Houston
TE – Shawn Nelson, Jr., Southern Miss
First Team Defense
DL – Albert McClellan, Jr., Marshall
DL – Martavius Prince, Sr., Southern Miss
DL – Marcus Hands, Jr., East Carolina
DL – Philip Hunt, Jr., Houston
LB – Robert Henderson, Sr., Southern Miss
LB – Cory Muse, Sr., SMU
LB – Brian Raines, Jr., Rice
LB – Nelson Coleman, Sr., Tulsa
DB – Quintin Demps, Sr., UTEP
DB – Brandon Sumrall, Sr., Southern Miss
DB – Will Dunbar, Sr., UAB
DB – Kenneth Fontenette, Jr., Houston
First Team Special Teams
K – Ben Bell, Jr., Houston
P – Thomas Morstead, Jr., SMU
KR – Chris Johnson, Sr., East Carolina
PR – Joe Burnett, Jr., UCF
Mike London of the Salisbury Post wrote an excellent piece on Greene Central star Brandon Sutton. You can read it here.
My favorite part of the story:
Sutton is bright, articulate, fun and full throttle physically and verbally. He makes Muhammad Ali in his prime seem painfully shy.
It’s a very well-written story by a sports writer at one of the best sports sections in the state. Mike and Post SE Ronnie Gallagher have developed a section the rest of us envy.
Updated Friday at 1 p.m.: Maybe Al Sharpton isn’t that bad of a guy after all — he, too, jumps on the anti-Vick bandwagon. The full article is here, but here’s the excerpt:
In a letter to Goodell, Falcons owner Arthur Blank and Vick’s corporate sponsors, hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and the Rev. Al Sharpton joined with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Humane Society of the United States in calling for strong stands against animal cruelty.
“Today, we sound a clarion call to all people: Stand up for what is right, and speak out against what is wrong. Dogfighting is unacceptable. Hurting animals for human pleasure or gain is despicable. Cruelty is just plain wrong,” the letter said.
If you saw my story in Wednesday’s Free Press about Greene Central’s Brandon Sutton, you know he promised to bring a win to the East in the NCCA East-West All-Star Football Game, even though the East had not defeated the West since 2001.
The East won, 22-14, on Wednesday night.
He also promised to bring home the defensive MVP.
Guess what? He did that, too. He had a game-high 10 tackles and two sacks to lead the East defense. He was ALWAYS around the ball.
Congrats to Brandon, who is one of the most intense, greatest young men I’ve ever been around. Here’s a pic of him and GC coach Jim Bob Bryant after the game:
I think everyone will agree with me on this: Catawba College got themselves a steal when they signed him.
10:55 p.m.: Mezie Uzochukwu (NE Guilford) won the MVP as he led the West with 16 points. Dee Bost (who I voted for MVP) of Concord had 13 points, four assists and two steals and really deserved it more. The East was led by Jontae Sherrod (Tarboro) with 16 points aand Yorel Hawkins (Apex) with 14.
10:10 p.m.: The West won the game, 81-75. More details shortly, including MVP and top scorers.
9:10 p.m.: The East boys lead the West 22-18 with 7:20 left in the first half. Here’s a pic of ol’ Jimmy watching the East in the pre-game warm-ups:
8:12 p.m.: The East came back in impressive fashion to defeat the West, 75-67. Jurica Hargraves and Shuanda Ashford led the East with 12 points each. Despite losing, Frances Hernandez of the West was named MVP.
7:23 p.m.: This is your spot tonight for live updates from the N.C. Coaches Association East-West basketball games at the Greensboro Coliseum. It’s halftime of the girls’ game and the West is winning, 37-23. Frances Hernandez (R-S Central) leads the West with 12 points while Lindsey Montgomery (Shelby) has added 8. The East is led by Shuanda Ashford (Fayetteville Smith) and Jurica Hargraves (Chapel Hill), who have 7 each. The only girl in the ENC area who is on the team is Jacksonville’s Martha White; she has 1 point but leads the East with 6 rebounds.