Archive - Sep 1, 2010 - Sports Article
Daytona Beach told the West Point community several months ago that they were going to be as hospitable as possible when the Green Wave came down to play Mainland High School.
The city lived up to that promise, and the Green Wave football players lived up to their promise to be great guests while in the ocean front community.
West Point head coach Chris Chambless and his 16 assistant coaches took 81 high school football players on a three-day trip, which included two 13 drives, and he could not help but brag on his kidsâ€™ behavior over the weekend.
In the past, Green Wave fans who were unable to make it to road games could listen to Bud Bowen do his signature play-by-play on the radio, but they would have to wait for the 10 oâ€™clock news for even the smallest video glimpse of what went on.
Last Friday nightâ€™s road game was probably the longest West Point has ever taken, and if one was not a part of the 300-plus crowd in the visitorâ€™s section at Daytona Municipal Stadium, todayâ€™s multimedia was almost essential to get the game.
Whether fans were listening to the radio or following Friday nightâ€™s game in Daytona on the internetâ€™s live stream, spectators of West Pointâ€™s 14-0 win over the Buccaneers only got to see a small part of the puzzle that was the Green Waveâ€™s weekend.
The ride down and the ride back were both around a bakerâ€™s dozen hours each. There were 81 players, and there was only so much space to go around.
The Hebron Christian Diamond Eagles out-hit the Lady Patriots of Marshall Academy on Monday night 7-3. When the final score was tallied, however, the Holly Springs team took the home win 2-1 in extra innings.
â€śI could tell in the first inning we didnâ€™t come to play,â€ť said Hebron head coach Cass Tapley. â€śWe were slow with the bat all day. We werenâ€™t striking out just were not driving the ball and there was really no reason for that except lack of focus.â€ť