3 News Stories

Pop Warner, town, rallies around Deb Smith: Longtime League President Diagnosed With Cancer

Tue Jan 31, 2017 -
WILMINGTON - Anyone familiar with Wilmington Pop Warner is familiar with the sight of the program’s president buzzing about the field with equipment, clipboards, and all manner of minor and major needs. Deb Smith is a constant, guiding hand to Wilmington youth football and cheerleading. Now, even as she faces an almost insurmountable burden, Deb Smith will not stop. Smith was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of this year. She was hit while spotting a tumbler in the cheerleading gym where she works, whic

Where does your child rate on the hustle meter?

Tue Jan 31, 2017 -
This past Saturday, my son and I took in a local high school basketball game. The visiting team’s coach said something during the game that caught our attention. “Hey if you’re not going to hustle, we can’t have you on the court,” screamed the coach at a player during the first half. Whether basketball or football, the message is universal. I turned to my son and he looked at me with a smile because he understood exactly what the coach was talking about. A good coach will always stress a strong work ethi

Why 'catch the ball!' falls short as coaching advice

Tue Jan 31, 2017 -
On the last night of the annual AFCA convention, new Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck addressed coaches in a session that reflected his famed energy. The 36-year-old Illinois native is a rising star in the coaching profession. In his first season as head coach at Western Michigan, the team finished 1-11. This season, he guided the Broncos to a 13-1 record and a berth in the Cotton Bowl. Fleck recently accepted the head coaching position at Minnesota, where he’ll look to achieve that level of success at a p

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