Published: 12:00 AM, Thu Apr 05, 2012
Vaughan: Fans missed some good baseball
Terry Sanford is enjoying the best baseball season in Cumberland County so far this year. The Bulldogs are unbeaten in the Mid-South Conference following Tuesday's win over South View.
South View, while not enjoying one of its better seasons, is still among the best programs in the county and traditionally draws a good crowd.
But that didn't happen at Tuesday's game at Terry Sanford. I kept waiting for the crowd to show up Tuesday night, and it never did.
The attendance for what should have been a big game in the Mid-South Conference was disappointing. You can't blame it on the game being rescheduled, because this one was on the books from the start of the season.
The weather was about as close to perfect as it gets. Temperatures were in the 70s at game time and stayed close to that all night, so it didn't get cold.
I'm not picking on these two schools for not showing up, but it makes me wonder what the problem is. There are certainly a lot of factors, not the least of which is the cost of gasoline closing in on $4 a gallon for regular.
But these teams are about as close together as any two schools in the county, so you couldn't blame it on extreme travel. Maybe it's a little early in the season for people to get terribly excited about the baseball race, even though it is fairly close so far.
For what it's worth, Tuesday's game was a good one to watch, and you could spend a lot more money having a lot less fun on other events.
So give our local baseball teams a shot in the arm. Take an evening and go out and watch a game when your team plays.
I don't think you'll be disappointed.
The Bill Carver Invitational Track and Field meet, which was scheduled last weekend at Reid Ross Classical School's John Daskal Stadium, was postponed by rain.
The meet has been tentatively rescheduled for April 21.
The Region Four Coaches-Officials Emergency Fund golf tournament is scheduled April 22 at King's Grant Golf Course.
Lunch will be from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. with tee times at 1 p.m.
The entry fee is $65 per golfer if paid before April 9. The fee goes up to $75 per golfer after April 9. The first 32 paid teams will get in the tournament.
There is a website with complete information on the tournament, including how to sign up. The address is www.region-4.org.
Normally at this time of year I'd tell you the Scholastic page is taking a week off for the Easter break and will return the following week.
But that's not the case. This is the last Scholastic page we'll be publishing - but don't panic. Major changes are coming in our plans for high school coverage, changes which will be announced officially by executive editor Mike Arnholt in his Perspective page column April 15.
I invite you to check back then for some exciting news.
Scholastic sports editor Earl Vaughan Jr. can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 486-3519.