Friday, September 23, 2011
The latest Brad Pitt film throws a real curveball at the conventional sports movie, but is it Oscar worthy?
Brad Pitt sets out to revolutionize the game of baseball in the real-life story turned movie "Moneyball." Pitt plays Billy Beane, the Oakland A's general manager who hired math whiz Peter Brand (played by Jonah Hill) to help revolutionize the game of baseball. There is not a lot of time spent on the field in this film, it is really all about Beane and how he created a winning organization not with roster talent, but by using statistics called sabermetrics. It is the story of a time when nerds took over what had always been a jock's world and hit a grand slam. "Moneyball" stands on its own with a strong supporting cast of personalities in a timeless David and Goliath story. Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman plays the team manager at odds …
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
A proclamation honored the team for their achievements regionally, locally and at the state level.
The members of Hopewell Youth Association's 6u All-Star Outlaws were recognized at Monday night's city hall meeting for an impressive spring season. The team enjoyed an undefeated season, winning 18 games and eventually clinching the USSSA Georgia State Championship. Part of the proclamation read, "The Hopewell Youth Association through its programs offered at Milton's Bell Memorial Park has a tradition of excellence and accomplishment in athletics reflecting the highest ideals of hard work, training and most importantly sportsmanship."
Monday, June 20, 2011
This rising sixth grader plays on the Alpharetta travel baseball team.
Robert Chappell School: Just completed fifth grade at Lake Windward Elementary, where he graduated with all As and Bs. Exceeded in all areas on the CRCT. Sports Bio: Started baseball at age 6. Plays travel baseball for the Alpharetta A's under Coach Skip Hamel on the team that is based out of Webb Bridge Park in Alpharetta. Athletic career began through the recreational baseball program at Webb Bridge. Played for their all-star team; tried out for and made the travel team this past summer. Home Park: Webb Bridge Positions: Second base, outfield, pitcher. Top Stat: 11-game hitting streak. Favorite MLB player: Greg Maddux (wears No. 31 like Maddux) Scouting Report: Practices twice a week. Plays with team most weekends during the spring, …
Friday, June 10, 2011
With a struggling economy Hopewell officials say youth baseball is still going strong.
Hopewell Youth Association’s fall baseball season will kick off online registration Monday, June 13 for Milton residents. Veteran players who do not reside in Milton will be able to register Monday, June 27 and everyone else can register beginning July 11. Board member and parent volunteer Reed Draper says that around 400 participants are expected to sign up for the fall season including his 10-year-old son, Dylan, who has been playing since he was five. “My son loves baseball and playing at Hopewell. I ask him each season if he wants to try another sport and he always looks at me like I’m crazy and answers ‘no dad, I play baseball’ “, said Draper. His five year-old-daughter, Anna, will begin her first season at Hopewell this fall. Ken …
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Milton pitching, throwing errors costly in opener.
The Milton Eagles fell to the visiting Dacula Falcons in both games of the Class AAAAA State Baseball Tournament. The Milton Eagles led Dacula for most of the opener of a state playoff baseball game, but things came unglued in the final inning as the Falcons lit up the scoreboard to come from behind and win. The Falcons held on to win the second game, too, eliminating the Eagles from the state tourney. Dacula will play Mill Creek on May 11 in the next round of the playoffs. In the first game, everything was going fine for Milton. The Eagles never trailed until the seventh inning, when pitching mistakes and throwing errors gave the Falcons a lead that won them the game. Walks, hit batters, hits and a grand slam filled Dacula's half of the …
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Constant use of fields at Wills Park for baseball and football on field 4 convinces Alpharetta to install low-maintenance turf.
For many years, Alpharetta Youth Football Association has used Wills Park baseball fields 1, 2, 3, & 4 in the fall for football practices. The constant use causes much wear and tear on the fields, according to Lisa Cherry, deputy director of Alpharetta Recreation & Parks. Artificial turf is being installed on the largest of these fields (4) to greatly reduce the wear and tear from football during the fall season. Artificial turf, which became widespread in the 1970s, also provides greater playability for football and baseball due to fewer rainouts. Cherry says the new artificial turf field is funded by the City of Alpharetta and no donations are needed. Maintenance needs will be less, as the field doesn't require trimming or …