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From the Anchor Desk
Wednesday, September 24, 2003
By Brian Bailey
Sports Anchor of WNCT-TV 9

A win is a win is a win


Obviously, East Carolina’s 30-17 junior varsity victory over Fork Union on Tuesday won’t do anything to soothe the pain of the varsity's 0-4 start. But it did spin off some distinct positives.

It was a 'W' and it give us a chance to see some players that could still make an impact this season.

Let’s start at quarterback where James Pinkney was 10-17 through the air for two touchdowns. Pinkney is a redshirt freshman who could still play for the varsity at East Carolina this season.

“James is an outstanding talent,” said Pirates Coach John Thompson. “He is very much a part of our plans at quarterback and he could play this year if we see that kind of improvement in practice.”

Bryson Bowling was the other offensive star of the scrimmage, hauling in two touchdown passes. Bowling is a sophomore who caught six passes for 98 yards.

"What you saw out there today was good for everybody," Thompson said. "One, these guys competed and gave us a little life. It was good to win. Two, they [Fork Union] had some players on that team that we were able to expose to what we have. It's a good recruiting tool.

"We also saw some guys step up and do some things that are going to help us down the line."

The game had an eerie feel to it. Sure, they were Pirates suited up in purple running around on Bagwell Field. There were real referees, including our good friend from the ACC, Darrell Harrison. This wasn’t a scrimmage because the other team was wearing red, white and blue.

And while I don’t remember a junior varsity game in my 19 years at East Carolina, I stood by a guy on the sideline who said he was on Art Baker’s staff in the late 80’s, and remembered coaching against Fork Union in a scrimmage.

In my opinion, this was a very positive experience. Word is that Hargrave may be on the junior varsity schedule next year.

Thompson watched from the sidelines, and definitely took some notes.

"Iverick Harris stood out. He returned some kicks and you're probably going to see him returning some [more] kicks," Thompson said. "We haven't seen him do that.

"James Pinkney did some good things. Dom [Hatcher] came out and ran the football well. Kyle Chase made a lot of big hits. Those guys, we're going to have to look at them a little bit harder in practice now."

Familiar 'voice' joins WNCT-TV 9 sports crew

Just in case you missed his debut this past weekend, Dan Eberhard has joined the WNCT-TV 9 sports department.

Brian Meador, who worked with me for more then seven years, left us in July to pursue other interests in the field of life insurance.

Eberhard broadcast East Carolina baseball games for the Pirate Sports Network for the past couple of seasons. He spent the past four months at the Fox affiliate in Wilmington as that station’s sports director.

Dan is an outstanding young talent that I am looking forward to working with. It’s funny, because all of the guys that I have worked with have been like a family to me.

These guys were and continue to be my closest friends.

Todd Gibson is now at WRAL-TV in Raleigh. Chris Stansbury left us several years ago for the Fox station in Nashville, TN. He has since returned, and now serves our station as assignment manager and assistant news director. Brian Meador now works for New York Life.

These guys are like brothers to me. Dan is a little younger, so I feel more like his father. Check that, I hope to be like an older brother!

I think Dan will make our sports team that much stronger. The best part is that he is a Pirate and will fit right in from the very start.

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