Weather washes out soccer jamboree
by Scott Schlaufman Sports Editor
LUMBERTON — When the Lumberton Soccer Jamboree kicked off Tuesday evening at Northeast Park, everything seemed to be pointing towards a good event. There were six teams, two fields, a few handfuls of spectators, and nine total scrimmages scheduled to help teams prepare for the regular season.
The only thing that didn’t work out was the weather.
After finishing the first round of scrimmages, the second round faced three rain/lightning delays and tried playing on-and-off for two hours before the event was cancelled just after 8 p.m.
“You hate it for all the teams and the coaches because we really want to be playing,” Lumberton coach Kenny Simmons said. “We’re all trying to fine-tune things. There’s a lot to work on, you want to see players in game action.”
Instead, teams got a much shorter glimpse of what they had.
Of the three matchups scheduled for each team, St. Pauls, Hoke, East Bladen and Cape Fear all played one full scrimmage, and Lumberton and Gray’s Creek got the majority of the 40-minutes time in their first.
It kept coaches from trying different packages and different players, as well as working the players in a game environment.
Simmons said Lumberton had been looking forward to hosting the jamboree. Lumberton has attended others in the past, but Simmons said it was Lumberton’s first time hosting one.
“We’ve never done this before, so it was an idea that came about after a scrimmage between us and Gray’s Greek,” Simmons said.
Other teams caught wind, which led to the six-team setup, with parents and other volunteers helping things go smoothly.
“We put a lot of effort out here getting the fields set up and a lot of parents worked behind the scenes,” Simmons said. “It’s real disappointing weather-wise.”
Simmons said the idea could be revisited in the future for both the boys’ and girls’ soccer teams, especially given the space the event used at Northeast Park.
“I think from an athletic standpoint, this (park) could be a nice centerpiece for the community,” Simmons said.
UNCP soccer makes NSCAA preseason poll
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The University of North Carolina at Pembroke men’s soccer team recieved votes in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division II National Preseason Rankings, the organization announced Tuesday.
The Braves are among three Peach Belt Conference teams in the poll, joining No. 10 Flagler and No. 15 Lander.
Coach Phil Hindson returns 18 players from last year’s team, which advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Regional Tournament for the first time since in 10 years and was ranked as high as 15th nationally.
The Braves start the 2013 season at home against Newberry on Sept. 5 and Mars Hill on Sept. 8. Admission to all home soccer games is free.
UNCP women ranked 4th in PBC
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Coming off a trip to the NCAA Division II National Championships last season, the UNC Pembroke women’s cross country team was tabbed to finish fourth by the league’s coaches, the league office announced Tuesday.
Columbus State was picked atop the league, with reigning PBC Champion Clayton State following in second.
The Braves return three of last year’s top runners, including Savannah Fornshell, Kendra Dorn, and Kyndal Boykin, who ran the school’s fourth-fastest time in the 6K at last year’s national meet.
UNCP opens the 2013 season on Sept. 6 at UNC Wilmington.
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