By Jamie Jamison
The Mint Hill Times
William “Skipper” Bailey has many years of experience playing and coaching rugby. However, no rugby team exists in his home town of Mint Hill and Bailey wants to change that.
Bailey was asked to join the Charlotte Gargoyles Rugby Team after high school in the 1970s. During his career in the United States Air Force, he played rugby at Fort Bragg.
Bailey has more than 12 years of experience as a player, and six years as a coach. Most recently
he coached a rugby team at UNC-Charlotte. He currently holds the highest rugby coaching
credential possible, and has never had a losing season. Bailey believes the strong high school football traditions in the Mint Hill area makes it an ideal place to form a rugby team.
“Mint Hill is blessed to have nationally ranked high school football teams located so close,” he said. “A lot of those players may not pursue football after high school. Rugby is a game that will fill that void.”
Rugby is a physical sport that can be very appealing to some athletes. Bailey stresses the levels of stamina required to participate.
“It’s a sense of stepping into a game where we wear no pads and we do not stop the game for any reason. It is two 40 minute halves of non-stop action, and knowing that you have the endurance to last over 80 minutes of full contact.” […]
By Jamie Jamison
The Butler Bulldogs will compete against Winston-Salem Reynolds High School on Saturday at 2:00 pm at Time Warner Cable Arena in Uptown Charlotte. The Bobcats will host the New Orleans Hornets at 7:00 pm on Saturday. Several Bobcat players and Chris Paul of the Hornets are scheduled to attend the high school game.
A ticket purchased […]
The Butler Bulldogs won the state 4AA football title on Saturday, shutting out Wake Forest-Rolesville 44-0 at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.
Jahwan Edwards won the Most Valuable Player honors, rushing for 170 yards and scoring three touchdowns in the second half.
“Our game plan was to run the ball and keep their offense off the field. In the […]
Last season the Butler Bulldogs football team put up scoring numbers that rivaled any high school program in the nation. That team had Christian LeMay at quarterback throwing and running behind an experienced offensive line.
As Butler began this season without LeMay there were many questions looming as to how effective the offense would be. Sophomore […]
Although both Patriot varsity teams dropped contests at Vance on Tuesday night, both coaches are optimistic as they head into conference play Friday night.
The Indy boys were trailing by 21 at halftime, but a third quarter rally cut the Vance lead to single digits. Head Coach Preston Davis said he made a challenge to his players during the intermission.
“I told them they weren’t playing with enough energy, and they were playing weak. I really had no fight out of them. I told them they needed to step up and show some fight.”
Davis sees some aspects of the game that the Patriots need to improve.
“We can’t give teams more opportunities than they already get. We definitely have to work on taking better care of the basketball and avoiding turnovers.”
Boys: Vance 76 Independence 54
Girls: Vance 38 Independence 33
The Butler Bulldogs defeated Vance 44-24 on Friday to advance to the North Carolina 4AA football state championship game. The victory brings Butler’s win streak to 30 games overall, and puts them into the state title game for the second year in a row.
Jahwan Edwards was the player of the night, scoring three touchdowns on […]