Update: Your blogger is pleased to report that her New Bern High Bears have earned a return trip to the State Championship game, to once again face Charlotte Independence High. Congrats Bears! NC Eastern Division 4-AA Champs.
After defeating Raleigh Millbrook last week at home, the Bears are facing another Raleigh team, Leesville Road High, in New Bern.
The Bears, undefeated at home this season, and 12-2 overall, face a never-say die, 13-1 Leesville Road team that has taken ten buses to your blogger's hometown. The Pride last week, defeated Hope Mills South View High to advance to this week's contest.
The amazing thing about New Bern football, is that the total population of the city is so small. Yet, they are always in there, fighting for those championships against teams from larger areas with bigger talent pools of players. But, they manage to win, year after year. Your blogger attributes this to desire and heart.
The Bears have defeated teams from Raleigh two straight weeks. A win tonight, would make it a three-peat. Wake County has nearly one million residents, yet their teams cannot defeat a team representing a much smaller town. No wonder WRAL-TV reported that Leesville is truly playing for all of Wake County and Wake County "Pride".
Two years ago, your blogger's family sat in a cold, windy, Carter-Finley stadium, and watched the Bears lose to a much stronger Charlotte Independence team. Clearly a more talented team, Independence was able to draw the best of the best from a two-state area. Watching the Bears miss tackle after tackle, it was like watching a pee-wee team play the Dallas Cowboys. Yet those boys in the red and black were inspiring.
Charlotte is a major metro city that hosts three professional sports teams (if you include the AAA Charlotte Knights). New Bern is one of the smaller cities in North Carolina, have not even college sports, and they were simply outplayed.
Tonight's Bears/Pride winner faces the winner of the Western 4-AA Championship game, either Charlotte Independence or West Charlotte, two very powerful teams! A possible rematch of the 2004 and 2005 games could be in the works if both New Bern and Independence win this evening.
According to the Time-Warner Cable website, the 4-AA State Championship will be held in Chapel Hill on Saturday, December 8th at 7:30 p.m. Time-Warner cable will broadcast the game.
Let's get there again, New Bern. This member of NBHS Class of 1985 may have called Raleigh home for 25 years, but her heart is still at New Bern High.
Editor's Note: Your blogger won 10 varsity letters during her years at New Bern High. She played varsity basketball, tennis, and softball.
Her most coveted high school sports award is the Roy T. Holton Sportsmanship Award, voted her by her fellow Tennis team members.
Her Senior year, she was voted "Most Athletic" as a senior superlative.
She also played soccer in the summers, as the school then did not field a girl's soccer team and ran road races as a hobby and to keep in shape, as well as surfed, sailed, and waterskiied.
She later went on to play soccer at Meredith College.