the Fall 2003 semester
This semester has been
one of the fastest I’ve experienced in my three years at UNCP.
That is a big reason why I am somewhat amazed that I will be heading
home to Yadkinville, N.C., also known as “Y-vegas,”
in a few short days for Christmas break.
I’m looking forward
to spending some time with my friends, visiting some of our places
of interest in Winston-Salem. I might check out a show at Ziggy’s.
Shawn Swaim’s house in East Bend is a great hangout spot.
Heck, I may go to a few games at Forbush High School or even return
to the Hunt House, a haunted spot, in Huntsville.
Whatever I do, I’ll
have plenty of stories from this semester to tell.
UNCP has received public
relations’ black eyes due to the Dial Building being shut
down and Aja Locklear being found guilty of a misdemeanor while
holding the Miss UNCP title.
There is nothing more
harmful to an institution than bad publicity. During a time when
this university is trying to grow, you couldn’t ask for worse
situations. The Dial Building is currently in the cleanup process
and other buildings are being checked as well. Robyn Baker, the
runner up, is the new Miss UNCP and will be until late next month
when the 2004 Miss UNCP Scholarship Pageant is held.
I am still in awe of
the turn around the men’s and women’s soccer teams experienced
The men’s team
went 8-10 a year ago before this season’s 17-1-2 clip. They
were a treat to watch this season and I am happy that they made
it to the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.
Three players, Veit Schaidinger, Graeme Little and Sascha Gorres
were named Peach Belt All-Conference, and deservedly so.
Not to take anything
away from those players, every starter and some bench players possessed
the talent to be named all-conference. It’s unfortunate that
all of them can’t be recognized.
Also, Mike Schaeffer
should have been named conference coach-of-the-year. USC-Spartanburg
head coach Greg Hooks received that honor, instead. Schaeffer also
deserves national coach-of-the-year accolades in my view, for his
team was probably the most improved in the country this season.
The women’s team
went from 4-11-4 in 2002 to 13-5 this year. They won a conference
game for the first time in their history and finished 4-3 in the
conference. Lars Andersson was named conference coach-of-the-year,
Jamie Clarke was named freshman-of-the-year and all-conference and
Hillary Helms was named all-conference, also. The women won nine
games in a row before bowing out to Francis Marion, 2-1, in the
first round of the Peach Belt Conference tournament.
Other players, including
Lefke Boysen, who tallied 37 points, Simoane Taylor, who had 21,
Katie Stokes, with 28, and Kelly Jones, with 23, were noteworthy
performers who didn’t get their just due. The team’s
defense didn’t get awarded either, and they should have after
winning nine more games than last season, possibly being the most
improved team in Division II women’s soccer.
The soccer teams deserve
a parade for their fine accomplishments. They were that good.
We finally won another
basketball game. This was a relief to me, because I know the men’s
basketball team has enough talent to impress people this year. The
69-68 win over Newport News on Nov. 22 ended a 32-game losing streak
for the Braves that dated back to February of 2002.
I hope that head coach
Bryan Garmroth and his troops can gain more and more confidence
as the season progresses so they can make people forget about last
year. They have lost three games since the win, but one win through
five games is much better than none through 28.
to see if next semester is as eventful as this one has been. That
seems hard to surpass or even come close to, but you never know,
the next big story is probably already in the making. Around here,
that’s a guarantee.