Take on Pirate Sports
From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, March 4, 2003
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9
Longest Day coming for Williams Arena
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Bill Herrion only thought he had some long days this season.
Saturday will be like no other day in the history of
Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
The day will begin with a late morning contest between East
Carolina and Saint Louis.
The Pirates had hoped this would be their last chance to
make it into the Conference USA post-season tournament. Unfortunately, the
game will have to serve as a pride-check for the Pirates, who have already
been eliminated from post-season consideration.
The ECU marketing department worked overtime to try and make
this game a little more fan friendly. It’s the final game of the season, and
the students will be on break. This will be a much different atmosphere then
we’ve seen at many of the Conference USA games this season.
After the Pirates game, the arena staff will be hard at work
trying to gear up for FOUR more games on Saturday, as ECU hosts the N.C.
High School Athletics Association's Eastern Regional finals for boys.
Games are scheduled to run consecutively beginning at 3:00
in the afternoon. They are scheduled in two-hour blocks, with the last game
scheduled for 9:00 p.m. If there are any “long” games, or overtime affairs,
that last game might not start until close to 11:00 p.m.
It’s an unbelievable day of hoops. It’s also a great
opportunity to see some of the state’s top talent on the Williams Arena
Minges Coliseum has played host to an array of stars over
the years in the regionals. Jerry Stackhouse played in the regionals. Just
last year Duke star Shavlik Randolph was one of the stars to watch.
East Carolina Athletic Director Mike Hamrick welcomed all of
the coaches to town at the Monday luncheon.
“We are thrilled to have this event at East Carolina,”
Hamrick told the crowd. “We hope you enjoy our outstanding facilities and we
hope you enjoy the week.”
Perhaps Hamrick’s increased role in the pre-tournament
luncheon was a means of extending an olive branch towards the NCHSAA, which
was caught off guard and reacted angrily last year when ECU, Conference USA
and ESPN announced they had rescheduled a Pirates football game for a Friday
There isn’t a Friday night game on ECU's recently released
football schedule for 2003, so maybe Hamrick and NCHSAA executive director
Charlie Adams can get together and have better lines of communication in the
East Carolina officials are asking for fans to join in and
come together as a family, especially in football. Maybe this is another
step in clearing the air with the high schools of North Carolina, a step
that will encourage them to be a part of that Pirate family.
If you’re coming to town for Saturday morning's ECU-St.
Louis game, plan on making a day out of it and watching some top-notch high
school hoops. Several area teams are in the regionals, which really add to
the excitement of the event.
Be a part of history at East Carolina. Ten years from now,
there won’t be many of us who can say we sat through five games in one day
at Williams Arena.
Make it a challenge, and we’ll see you on Saturday!
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