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From the Anchor Desk
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
By Brian Bailey

Heels got a taste of C-USA’s best

By Brian Bailey
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There would be no comeback this time for North Carolina.

The Tar Heels had made come from behind victories a staple in their NCAA tournament run, starting with the East Carolina game in the Chapel Hill Regional.

The Conference USA champion Rice Owls, though, are a different animal. Rice has hitting up and down its lineup, as we saw first hand at Clark-LeClair Stadium.

This time Rice jumped all over former D.H. Conley star Alex White for the Heels. White retired the first four Owls in order, and then got shelled. White took the loss, giving up six earned runs on five hits and a walk in just an inning and a third on the mound.

After White's departure, Rice kept up the onslaught in Sunday night's prime time game, sending the Tar Heels into the loser's bracket with a 14-4 spanking.

I’d say the Owls have to be the odds on favorite now to win this College World Series.

North Carolina will face the high-octane offense of Louisville in an elimination game this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. That winner will then have to beat Rice twice to advance to the championship series.

Drew-Skip event another winner

They are still tallying up the final numbers, but the second annual Drew Steele-Skip Holtz Golf Classic was another great success. The Pirate football coach and former ECU hoops coach Mike Steele form a dynamic team that has proven to be a winning combination for a great cause.

The pre-tournament banquet was held at the Greenville Convention Center this year. The place was absolutely packed for the dinner and auction.

One of the highlights of the evening was a check presentation from the Cal Ripken Foundation. Those folks originally were to donate $20,000, but then doubled that during the live auction.

We even raised almost $3,000 by giving away a chance to spend a day with yours truly. We decided to give two of these “days” away, where the winning bidder will spend the day with me for the East Carolina-North Carolina football game.

The winners will cover the big game with me, go to the press conference afterwards, and then watch us put the “game story” together for the broadcast that night.

Proceeds from the event will go towards the Drew Steele Center, which will be a multipurpose faculty for special needs children and adults. The Elm Street Gym will be totally refurbished and become the Drew Steele Center sometime in the very near future.

Elm Street is a busy place these days in Greenville. On Saturday, the Sarah Vaughn Field of Dreams was dedicated with a very emotional opening ceremony. The field is the brainchild of David Vaughn, who wanted his daughter to have a chance to play the great game of baseball.

The Challenger League is a division of the Greenville Little League and is in its third year. The league has grown from two teams to eight teams in just three years. It’s been my privilege to coach the Cubs, along with my son Ryne and the legendary Drew Steele, for the past two years.

The Sarah Vaughn Field of Dreams and the Drew Steele Center add to the beauty that has always been Elm Street Park in Greenville.

Coach Holtz and Coach Steele should be commended for a job well done, for sure! Of course, without Drew’s help, the project wouldn’t have been anywhere near as successful!


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06/19/2007 03:11:40 AM


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