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March 2020 - Vol. 1, No. 3

COVID-19 changes the sports landscape


Initially, I titled this month's newsletter, "Spring sports in full bloom." But the only thing that seemed to be blooming in March was the COVID-19 pandemic.

With the NCHSAA extending the suspension of Springs sports well into May, I am positive that many of you share the same thoughts that I do for the student-athletes, especially the seniors. But in the grand scheme of things, sports are just one factor that binds many of us together.

What truly entwines us is life itself—the lives of our families, friends, neighbors, even our co-workers. These lives that surround us bring us joy and yes, sometimes frustration, sadness, and heartache
just like sports. However, the real difference is that losing a sporting event, while painful, usually is forgotten in time. But the loss of a treasured life often takes a lifetime to forget.

While March usually brings about a growth in flowers, grass, and, unfortunately, pollen, this newsletter is also experiencing a growth spurt as I try to develop a clean look and design, even in the middle of a global pandemic. If you have suggestions, feel free to email me at
t@timothyhale.com.

Speaking of growth, did you hear about the new sport at Union Pines? Women's lacrosse finally arrived at the beginning of March! Fortunately, they were able to get in some games and their first win before the abrupt season postponement.

Read more about that program and other Union Pines spring sports in this month's newsletter.

Be safe out there. It's crazy! Hopefully, we'll see each other again soon.


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Lady Vikings rout Lady Eagles, 16-5

March 13, 2020 - CAMERON, N.C. - Friday the 13th was very lucky for the Union Pines Lady Vikings as they drilled Western Harnett, 16-5 in 3A Tri-County 6 conference action.

Playing like there may not be any games left in the season, the Lady Vikings' bats were on fire in the 5th inning as they batted through the order at least twice and sealed the win on a three-run home run by Kaley Evans. Oh yeah, she also hit a double and triple, so, there is that too.

See more game action here. 

Vikings defeat Eagles, 8-1

March 13, 2020 - CAMERON, N.C - The Union Pines Vikings baseball team played in what could be their last game of the season, thanks to COVID-19.

Regardless, the Vikings took the opportunity to take care of business, defeating 3A Tri-County 6 conference opponent Western Harnett, 8-1.

Leading 2-1 after three innings, the Vikings added three runs each in the 4th and 6th to seal the win.

See more game action here. 

Lady Vikings defeat Buccaneers, 5-4

March 12, 2020 - CAMERON, N.C. - The Union Pines Lady Vikings lacrosse team hosted their third game in a week as the Jack Britt Buccaneers visited William Wilhoit Stadium.

With both teams carrying 0-3 records, it was inevitable that one of these teams would end the day with a "W" for the season.

Fortunately, it was Union Pines coming away with the win as Shania Jones scored twice, along with Jane Crosser, Azilee Moses, and Gabby Wood. Savannah Telemeco had 13 saves in goal.

See more game action here and read the full story here in my blog

Lady Vikings defeat Northwood, 5-1

March 10, 2020 - CAMERON, N.C. - After opening the season with two road games, the Union Pines Lady Vikings women's soccer team returned home to William Wilhoit Stadium for the first time this season as they hosted Northwood.

Union Pines was 1-1 overall after a 2-0 win against White Oak at the Battle of the Beach, March 7, and a season-opening 2-0 loss to Chapel Hill, March 2. Emily Bowbliss scored the two winning goals against White Oak, with assists credited to Oliva Ivey and Alexis Robbins.

In the Northwood game, Emily Bowbliss started the scoring, drilling the first of her four goals of the game, while Emma Ring chipped in another to give the Lady Vikings a 5-1 non-conference victory.

See more game action here
UPHS hosts first home LAX match vs. Pinecrest
March 6, 2020 - CAMERON, N.C. - After playing their first game on March 4 against Northwood on the road, the Union Pines Lady Vikings lacrosse returned home for their first game in program history at William Wilhoit Stadium, hosting Pinecrest.

While the score didn't turn out in favor of the Lady Vikings, what perhaps was more important was that lacrosse had officially arrived at Union Pines. From the reaction of both Union Pines and Pinecrest players, coaches, students, and families in attendance, it appears that lacrosse may just become woven into the fabric of Union Pines athletics.

Putting the cross-county rivalry aside, the post-game photo with both teams together at mid-field should tell you everything you need to know about this new Viking athletics program.

See more game action here
Union Pines fields women's lacrosse team
March 1, 2020 - CAMERON, N.C. – When the Union Pines women’s lacrosse team took the field Mar. 4 at Northwood High School in Pittsboro, N.C., they made school history.

It was the first varsity game for this new program at Union Pines, and they did not arrive at this history-making juncture on their own.

Quite the contrary. The Lady Vikings arrived at this moment thanks to the dedication of community volunteers, the Union Pines administration, and even a cross-county rival.

One could almost apply the adage, “It takes a village…” to the new Union Pines lacrosse program.


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