Are you really a true high school football fan of your local team?
I guess the answer to that just depends on how you look at that part of the question. The Tarboro Vikings have a lot of people who come to their football games every Friday night and cheer them on, but are all of them really true and loyal fans?
After Tarboro was defeated by East Lincoln Saturday in Winston-Salem I heard a lot of talk coming from behind me in the stands about the coaching staff and the players. Some of it really got away with me and I just shook my head in disgust and couldn't believe what I was hearing.
I sure hope those people really don't consider themselves true loyal Viking supporters, because if you are then I would hate to see a fan who disliked them at their worst.
The thing people forget is that the Vikings have made five consecutive state championship game appearances and won three of them. Also don't forget that the team is made up of all teenage boys who are ages 14-17 years old.
Another fact the fans forget is that Tarboro has posted a record of 72-6 since the 2008 season and haven't lost a game at home in over four years. Before the loss Saturday, they were riding a 19 game playoff win streak and a 20 plus game winning streak dating back to last season.
Do you really know what the coaching staff does and how much time they put into each game for preparation?
I bet not, but I will let you know even though you are a true Vikings supporter.
After every game on Friday night, the coaches gets a small amount of rest and then they are back at work on Saturday and Sunday preparing a game plan for their team for their next opponent. These coaches rarely get to spend time with their families because of the amount of time they put into each and every game and the entire season. We are talking about six months of hard work and dedication by the coaching staff alone and no they don't rich from coaching.
Tarboro head coach Jeff Craddock works tirelessly every week making sure his team is well prepared for their opponents that Friday night and hardly gets to spend time with his lovely family, especially his four children.
Did you know that? I bet not.
Some of the chatter or shall I say disrespectful talk I heard in the stands makes you just wonder what are people really thinking when they come to a sporting event that kids are a playing in and say the things I heard.
Coach what are you thinking?
Why did you run that play?
Get him out of the game, he isn't good enough to play.
Give the game away since you don't want to win.
That is just a few things I heard, because I can't go into detail how some of those things were said in public Saturday and better yet there were children in the stands that had to hear that type of stuff. How disrespectful.
The question that most of the time lingers after a team loses a high school football game is, why did the coach run those plays or give that player the ball?
But if a team is winning like the Vikings have been doing for five years straight, those questions rarely get asked. They got asked Saturday though.
Here is an answer for you that in my relationship with Coach Craddock I feel like he would respond with.
He would probably say, we ran those plays because that is what has worked for Tarboro Vikings football team all season. Why would we want to fix something if it isn't broke?
I remember after the Vikings defeated a team last season heading into the fourth round of the playoffs, I believe it was, a fan walked over to the coaching staff after the teams post game talk and said coach, you should run some of what that team ran against you guys.
Wait a minute. Why would you even say that? They had just defeated that team and that means their plays didn't work because Tarboro stopped them.
The question remains, how loyal of a high school football fan are you?
Sit back and think about that and think about it next time you want to disrespect the coaching staff or players on the field.
Are you really a true high school football fan of your local team?
14-Under softball tryout
The Tarboro Parks and Recreation Department and Edgecombe County Girls Softball League will be having tryouts for 14-under girls fast-pitch softball Wednesday, May 29 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. at Farmington Park in Rocky Mount. The is located at 319 Wellington Dr. There will also be a tryout Thursday, May 30 at Indian Lake Sports Complex on field 1 in Tarboro from 6 - 7:30 p.m. There is a $10 fee for Tarboro residents and a $35 fee for non-residents. For more information call the sports complex at 641-4202, Kathy Webb 252-813-4697 or Jamie Lindsey 252-883-0883 or email@example.com.
Thorne tabbed Regional Player of the Year
Tarboro Lady Vikings forward Shayla Thorne is still learning about the game of soccer. She has turned into one of the best female soccer players in school history. Every time she takes the field she gets better and better, because of her hard work and the help of her teammates. Her hard work paid off for her during her junior year as she led the Vikings with a winning record, co-confoerence championship and into the playoffs for the second consecutive season.
Cobb, Rhodes inducted in Cougars Hall of Fame
PINETOPS – The SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars athletic department inducted two legendary coaches into their Hall of Fame Monday night. Former football coach Raymond Cobb and former baseball coach Bruce Rhodes were the recipients of the awards.
SWE Athletes of the Year
SouthWest Edgecombe Cougar Dawson Gould was named Female Athlete of the Year and Kenneth Plummer was named Male Athlete of the Year Monday night at the Cougars annual athletic awards banquet. Gould played volleyball, basketball and softball. Plummer played football, ran indoor and outdoor track.
PINETOPS – With the threat of rain during the weekend, it put a little damper on the Pinetops 300 Tractor and Truck Pull attendance. Friday night there was a large crowd in attendance, but not the amount it has been the last several years. There was 500 less people in attendance Friday then there was a year ago, but it didn't stop the pullers from slinging mud everywhere. The fans in one section even had a chance to see what it looked like when a belt breaks on a fine tuned machine. During the Mini Modified run, Thomas Coleman, of Stoneville, had a belt break on his KB 526 Pure Hell ride and the belt slung into the crowd. No one was injured.
Vikings, Cougars compete in 2-A state meet
The Tarboro Vikings and SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars had six girls apiece competing in the NCHSAA 2-A state track meet in Greensboro Friday at North Carolina A&T State University.
Six Tarboro girls to compete in track finals
Motivation is a big part of the Tarboro Viking girl's track team's success this season. They enjoy working hard during practice for their coach Rickie Dozier and get fulfillment when they compete in events. Friday will be no different for the six girls that are headed to Greensboro to compete in the NCHSAA 2-A state championship meet at North Carolina A&T State University. They will compete in three relay events and the long jump.
Camden Grant and her boyfriend Ricky Davis, Jr. caught a 10 pound carp at a state wildlife pond Wednesday morning off of Highway 33 just outside of Tarboro. Grant said she caught the fish on a piece of shrimp around 10:30 a.m.
Vikings ousted from playoffs by Jaguars
CARRBORO – After defeating the No. 1 seed in the playoffs Friday, the Tarboro Vikings forgot one thing, they had to hit the ball again Tuesday against the Carrboro Jaguars or their season would be over.
Tarboro failed to be productive at the plate and were eliminated from the NCHSAA 2-A playoffs after losing 8-0 in the second round. Tarboro never gave in after getting down early, but they just couldn't catch a break offensively and get anything going after trailing by five runs after the second inning.
Cougars finish 7th in state golf match
The SouthWest Edgecombe Cougars went through the regionals and won by four strokes. They just couldn't get it going in the state golf championships Monday or Tuesday at Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Southern Pines. The Cougars finished seventh as a team after shooting 658 over the two day period.
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