Saturday, September 19, 2009

Road Trip to Kansas - Duke falls 44-16 to Jayhawks in front of 51,000

Game Ticket for JayHawk football.
Memorial Stadium from the outside view.

The KU Cheerleaders hard at work.

The view of the Missouri River from the Airplane.

Duke's Renfree looking to escape his own goal line.

Both of Duke's QB saw pleanty of action during the game.
Lewis finished 16 of 27 for 181 yards but 3 sacks and 2 interceptions, including one pick six.

The Kansas QB put on a show for the home fans.
Reesing finished with 334 passing yards/3 TD's/0 Sacks/50 rushing yards.
Very Impressive Show put on by the young man.

Walk, Chalk, Jayhawk

Jayhawk fans doing the Wheat Wave after a score.

Next up for Duke - Home vs. North Carolina Central 7:00 P.M. 09/26

Friday Night Football - Covering the Waynesboro Little Giants

Team Captains for Waynesboro(L to R) - Michael Wood, Steven Ross, Jon Issacs,Tyler Briggs
Waiting for the team to take the field

The Cannon has been a part of Spotswood for 20 years now.

The peak of the Masaanutten Mountain Range is a pretty cool back drop for the football field.

Chris (L) and Josh on the pre-game show.

Week 3 of covering the Waynesboro Little Giants took Chris Graham and myself to the campus of Spotswood High School. Josh was covering the game for the News Virginian and he joined us on both the pre-game show and our half time show.
We witnessed the first lead of the season for the Little Giants when the team scored a touchdown late in the first quarter to take a 7-6 advantage. While the lead didn't hold up it was still a positive note on the night.
Waynesboro fell to 0-3 on the season and will return to action Friday night when they travel to Staunton for a Southern Valley District contest with R.E Lee at Gypsy Hill Park.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Helping to support the Luray Volunteer Fire Department

Chris with Mr. Carroll- known as the nicest man in Page County

#1 Hole @ The Caverns Country Club

#10 was our hole for this years event

Linda, Mr. Tim Beckett and Chris
Wednesday was the 4TH annual Luray Fire Department Golf Outing and we were fortunate to be a part of it for the third straight year.
If you live in a small town like we do one of the first things you come to appreciate is the local folks that rally around the community by giving their time and effort for both the Fire Department and EMT's.

The event was once again held at the Caverns Country Club in Luray with the difference being this year it was in September instead of June. 18 teams signed up for the event and the winning score was a 12 under par 60. But the big winner was the Luray Fire Department...

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Mr. John Leonard of the ATVL - One Class Act !

One of the highlights of my summer was the opportunity to have John Leonard and his family be involved with our baseball team down in Waynesboro. John was there when we started the project and while he won't be returning for year two he will always be a big part of our organization/family.
The amount of Class that John displays was ever so apparent in his posting on his site last month where he explained his reasons for not returning. The story below was written by a man that I feel fortunate to call a Friend.

August 21, 2009
Some News
My self-imposed hiatus is over, so let's get to the off season, shall we? First of all, I've spent some time over the past couple days preparing my top lists of hitters, starters, and relievers, and I will begin those lists soon.
First, though, we have some news we have to get out of the way: I have left the ownership group of the Waynesboro Generals.
The first question that is asked in these situations is why? Let me be very, very clear about this. I am leaving the Generals because of my family. It sounds like a cliche, or at least a cop-out, but it is not. It is the truth. My daughters are nine years old (well, Anisa turns 10 today), and while they enjoyed some of the experience, they missed me, especially at bedtime, when they need that last hug and prayer from Dad. Those who know me well understand what my family means to me: it means, well, everything. I look at parenting as one shot to do the best possible job to give your children what they need to become highly functioning, well-adjusted, happy adults. I will not shirk that responsibility.
I am leaving the team on very good terms with Jerry, Chris, Crystal, and all the others down in the 'Boro. I am not running from anything besides the huge time commitment that the job entailed. Is that clear? Good.
Now, on to something fun: what did I learn this summer?
1. Jerry Carter is an amazing guy. I met no one else over the summer that combines two qualities- being a people-person and thinking about the betterment of the league- than Jerry does. Jerry has a way of making everyone feel heard and important- and trust me, as a teacher in the people business, this isn't easy. I watched him one night, harried from trying to get things done right before the game, stop because a kid wanted to ask him a question. Jerry, in a hurry, totally stopped what he was doing and listened to a child for a few minutes. Did what the kid say matter? Maybe, maybe not- but Jerry took the time to make it matter.
He also thinks- constantly- about how to make the Valley League better. This vision, in my opinion, is a critical piece as the league moves forward. Jerry is not only concerned about the Waynesboro Generals, but the Staunton Braves, and the Haymarket Senators, and the Fauquier Gators, and all the others. He wants this league to be a close second to the Cape Cod League.
2. Running a baseball team takes an incredible amount of coordination and people, but once those people are in place, good things can, and will, happen. The folks down in Waynesboro did a great job this season with their team. The team didn't win as much on the field as desired, but off the field, the season was a success. Chris and Crystal, Brian, Beth, Scott, Keith, Nat, Bill, Webber, Richard, Chuckie, Mike, Benji, and of course, the Carter family- Jerry, Linda, Sabrena, Josh, Becca, Chris, and even Charlie and Jane- did a wonderful job with this team. Mistakes were made, sure, but I wouldn't bet on those mistakes being made a second time.
3. Every fan of the Valley League should take some time to thank the folks running their hometown team. The Valley League is something special- high-quality baseball played with players from all over the country, in your small town in Virginia. The Valley League is a jewel, and too few of us are thankful about what we have. Take some time- right now!- to thank the folks running your team.
4. My daughters absolutely adore the funzone in Waynesboro. They also love the food, chasing foul balls, and every now and then, getting an autograph. Don't worry- we'll still be coming to games next season.
5. I also learned that I enjoy broadcasting baseball games. If I were a little younger, maybe I would go back to school.... ah, never mind. Hanging out with Chris down the left field line and chatting was a blast. I feel like we fell into a rhythm in most games and did a very good job describing the action. (And Chris eats a hot dog faster than anyone I've ever seen!)
This all started with a sit-down with Jerry Carter back in November, when he offered me a chance to come along for the ride. Even though I'm hopping off the wagon at this point, I'll still be doing my little blog, and watching from afar. And maybe showing up at Kate Collins every now and then, hopefully with daughters in tow. Jerry, a million thanks for allowing me the opportunity to join you for this little while. I believe that it won't be long before Waynesboro's organization is run as well, if not better, than every team in this league. Waynesboro, your team is in good hands.
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August 17, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

News from the old Home Town - Ichiro makes it 9 Straight!

SEATTLE - Anyone out there old enough to remember Wee Willie Keeler ? Safe money says that there is no one alive today that was around when Keeler ran his record of 200 hit seasons to eight straight back in 1901.
But we are all talking about Keeler this week because Ichiro Suzuki broke the 108 year old mark my making it nine for nine when it comes to seasons with 200 hits. Ichiro made it to town one year before we left the Great Northwest and he proved to Major League Baseball that an everyday player from Japan can make it in the bigs. Even as our team has struggled over the years it was still fun to check the box score to see how many hits Ichiro picked up that night.
2,000 hits plus the 1,000+ hits from Japan makes fans wonder just how high can the total number of hits run before Ichiro hangs up his magical bat?