The 0-3 Vance County Vipers were looking forward to hitting the field this Monday Night against the Northern Durham Knights but that game has been cancelled. Originally scheduled for March 26th the game was postponed due to Covid 19 protocols involving someone with the Knights’ organization. It’s not the first time it’s happened to the Vipers either so being able to reschedule the Knights game was important. Vance Co. had been able to sidestep Covid all season long but that changed on Thursday when a Vipers player tested positive causing Monday’s game to be cancelled. “I feel bad for the seniors,” Head Coach Hunter Jenks said on Thursday afternoon.
Looking back on the season, which will end next Friday night at Cedar Ridge, Coach Jenks said today on SportsTalk, “We didn’t even know if their would be a season. We want to send the seniors off with a win.” Jenks is hopeful he will have that opportunity against a struggling Cedar Ridge program.
Initially, this Covid shortened season was to be seven games. Three are in the books and Vance County hopes to give the seniors one more opportunity to get a win this year. The Cedar Ridge game will be broadcast on Vance Co. Friday Night Football next Friday evening beginning at 6:30 on WIZS.
Also on SportsTalk on Thursday Paul Carr, Board Member of the Miracle League of the Triangle, talke to hosts Trey Snide and Ron Noel about the baseball league. The Miracle League of the Triangle gives an opportunity for special needs people to play a sport and be part of a team. Over 1000 players are participating in the league. Carr said “It absolutely changes lives.” Carr believes that participation is beneficial to not only those playing in the league but the parents as well. “Parents never thought that they would have the opportunity to sit in the stands and cheer for their child like other parents,” Carr said. Carr encourages anyone in the area to come out to watch a game and volunteer. More information about volunteer opportunities for individuals, businesses and organizations can be found at their website www.miracleleagueofthetriangle.com. Like other leagues, both small and large, Covid has had an impact. Only six games are on the schedule.
As a non-profit organization Carr said, “There is never enough money.” Even so, Miracle League of the Triangle is working on opening up a third field in Durham in addition to the two already existing facilites in Cary and Raleigh. The new third facility is currently under construction in partnership with the Durham Bulls and is located across the street from the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
Also during Thursday’s SportsTalk, Bob Licklighter was announced as the new Athletic Director for South Granville. Ron Noel said that Licklighter has been at Granville Central before moving over to South Granville.
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