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Kickball tournament sees repeat winner

Posted on Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 1:39 pm

Fayetteville Soccer Manchest-Hair United All Stars took first place in the 2nd Annual Friends and Family Kickball Tournament. Pictured are (kneeling, from left) Matthew Tito, Hunter Keele, Sophia Solomon, Drew Bradford, (standing) Julian Hedgspeth, John Robert Bagley, Isaac Pace, Spencer King, McKenlee Jean, Jacious Clark (back), Coach Al Palacio, Nick McGee, Gunnar Terhune, Suzanne Wagar, Eli Young, and Kevondria Carr. Not pictured is Erin Young.

The 2nd Annual Friends and Family Kickball Tournament brought eight diverse teams to Don Davidson Park/Lions Club Softball Complex for a family-friendly day of sports, food and fun.

First round action was spirited and quickly showed that two of the newcomer teams were formidable. We Got the Runs, coached by Jeremy Flynt, soundly defeated the Shady Lane Ballers, coached by Dr. Bridgette Jones. Wasted Potential, led by Caleb Barnes, took an early lead over the City Blue Moon Bombers, which coach City Administrator Scott Collins and his team could not overcome.

Defending champions Fayetteville Soccer Manchest-Hair United All Stars coached by Al Palacio prevailed in a high scoring game against the Fayetteville Police Department coached by Sgt. Scotty Vaughn, ending 29-14.

An especially fun game to watch pitted the Backdoor Sliders coached by Chad Hancock against The Rock, led by Big Jon Knotts, Sr. Although the First Baptist Church youth defeated the multi-generational Rock team, spectators could see future friendships developing.

In the semi-final round, Backdoor Sliders continued to dominate against We Got the Runs. Fayetteville Soccer beat Wasted Potential, which went on to capture third place in a hard-fought 14-13 victory over fourth place finisher We Got the Runs.

The championship game saw Fayetteville Soccer narrowly defeating Backdoor Sliders 6-4 to take home the coveted first place prize provided by Lee McAlister of Honey’s.

Backdoor Sliders won Good Sportsmanship recognition as noted by umpires, scorekeepers, the field coordinator, and foundation board.

“The tournament is a fundraising event for the Fayetteville TN Police Foundation and depends on volunteers and community-minded businesses, volunteers, and fun-loving individuals who want to participate in a family-friendly event for a good cause,” said Suzanne Wagar, president. “We thank all the players, coaches, food venders, volunteers, and businesses who donated prizes or made monetary donations.

“A special thank you to Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Director Chris Mitchell and his staff who prepared the fields and facilities and provided support during the tournament, and Dan Holt and Lincoln County Vending for providing ice and water for the teams. We appreciate the advertising support provided by FPU, WYTM, WEKR, and The Elk Valley Times.”

Two Hicks with Sticks BBQ, Java Road, and Mama J’s offered delicious food. Team prizes and door prizes were donated by Lee McAlister and Honey’s, Miguel Martinez and Las Trojas, Jonathan Carroll and the Employees of Jack’s, Nalen Nobles and Valley Pizza (Domino’s), Andy McBay and Raphael’s, Lisa Shelton of The Speckled Hen, and the Employees of AutoZone.

Door prizes were won by Lauren Porter, Fred Boyd, and Thereska Morrison.

Volunteers included Pam Bryson, Vincent Buchanan, Drew Young and the Fayetteville Police Explorers, Andy Young, Field Coordinator Alderman Michael Whisenant, Sherry and Bob Stidfole, Polly Jeter, Jinson Knott, Alderman Dorothy Small, and Paula Whisenant who took photographs of the teams and candid shots of the action. Photographs may be viewed on the foundation’s Facebook page.

“We also want to recognize financial donations to the foundation’s kickball fundraiser from Alderman Dorothy Small who sponsored the Police Department team, Johnny and Faye Hill, Alderman Danny Bryant, and Lincoln Medical System,” said Dr. Bridgette Jones, secretary/treasurer. “We look forward to next year when the tournament will be held on April 28.”

Proceeds from the tournament will be used to further the foundation’s purpose to support efforts that enhance police and community relations, crime prevention, and public safety through funding for specialized equipment, training, and community programs. The foundation is 501(c)(3). For more information about the foundation, email policefoundation474@gmail.com or call (931) 433-8883 or (931) 227-8069.