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Glory on the field... Disappointment in the stands

By H. A. Harrington
Posted Sunday, November 19, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - Friday night... A chill in the air... high school football... An exciting, historic playoff victory for the Northwood Chargers and most of you missed it. That's sad.

While support for athletics may not be important to many of you, support of the school our children attend should be. Like it or not, athletes are often the most visible representatives of the school, and the community, from which they come.

One of the players, a junior, on this years team, Tobias Palmer, has already been offered a full scholarship to NC State to play football for the Wolfpack. A former Northwood student, Benji Johnson, played in the College World Series this year with the UNC Tarheels. Another former baseball player, Woods Fines, is working his way through the minor leagues for the Devil Rays and some day may be in the major leagues.

When the cameras light up on these guys (with Benji they already have!) below their image it will say "Northwood High School, Pittsboro, NC". That should be something that we are all proud of. Because these kids represent us, and being good kids, they will do it well.

There will be no more "home" football games this year. The Chargers will be on the road for the remaining playoff games most likely. But, basketball and wrestling are starting up and this spring, track and field, tennis (boys), soccer (girls), golf, softball and my favorite, baseball, will be beginning. That's a bunch of our kids involved in athletics!

So whether you're involved with conspiring with nasty developers or out hugging trees and kissing snail darters, take a break and come watch our kids play the games they play. It's cheaper than a movie or a veggie burrito at the General Store! The kids would love to have your support and who knows, it could bring our community together more.

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Glory on the field... Disappointment in the stands
Northwood junior, Tobias Palmer, has already been offered a full scholarship to NC State to play football for the Wolfpack.
photo by Gene Galin
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