Competitors…For all of you who are putting in quality preparation this summer getting ready for your fall season – you know who you are and so do the coaches. The harder you work, the greater the investment, the harder it is to surrender and the more valuable the reward.
Compete!! No Regrets!
There may not be a more negative force to a team than someone who takes energy from the group and any more powerful force than those who give and create positive energy.
Whether you are an energy giver or energy taker - everyone knows who you are.
Great teammates are priceless - be one!
In athletics the most selfish thing you can do is not use all your talent and effort.
Give your team the gift of everything you have - no regrets.
Fe being herself during the East Dale Elementary School
"Trunk or Treat" at EFHS last Friday.
EF Lady Bees Basketball team helping with the
"Trunk or Treat" for East Dale Elementary School
SENIOR NIGHT 2017
Lady Bees Banquet 2018
Coaches with Steve Blass, Pittsburgh Pirate and World Series Champion, at the EQT Classic brunch at the Bridgeport Conference Center. Mr. Blass gave a great speech for the teams and coaches. Each coach received a Polo and the players received an EQT tee-shirt.
The EF Lady Bees enjoyed an outing on Saturday afternoon in Berkeley Springs mining for gems. McKiblerBees old fashioned pan mining trailer provided the activity.
Find those gems!
More gem finding!
Coaches meet Santa!
East Fairmont hoops event continues growth
BY: NICK CAMMUSO TIMES WEST VIRGINIAN
PLEASANT VALLEY — In five short years, the East Fairmont Shootout has grown from humble beginnings to something much bigger.
The event had just 14 teams in year No. 1, but turnout gradually increased.
From 51 in 2008 to 60 the following year to all the way to 80 last spring.
And the final number of participating teams for this year’s shootout, which wrapped up last weekend?
“100 on the dot,” East freshman boys’ basketball coach and shootout organizer James Beckman said.
But for impressive as that total is — and how much the East Fairmont Shootout has grown in such a short time — it could’ve been even bigger.
In fact, Beckman says teams were still hoping to sign up just days prior to the start of the event.
“What’s hard to believe is even with 100 teams (booked), we had teams calling Friday still trying to sign up,” he said.
There is good reason for that, as Beckman feels the event’s organized schedule and guarantee of games — four for sure, with the possibility of seven or eight — sets the East Fairmont Shootout apart.
“It’s crazy with that many teams and that many people,” he said. “But (people compliment us) on the organization, how everything is run on time.”
The event is open to boys and girls from fifth grade all the way to soon-to-be high school seniors. And there is talent from all over: Teams from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland and Washington, D.C., all took part in this year’s shootout.
All the funds for the event go back to East’s boys’ basketball program and has paid big dividends over the years. In the past, money has been used to feed teams before away games, help pay for charter buses, travel expenses, travel bags, shooting shirts and even new uniforms for the varsity boys’ team prior to the 2009-10 campaign.
To Beckman, much of the credit goes to East’s hardworking basketball boosters, led by president Mike Sarsfield.
“We couldn’t do it without them,” he said of the boosters, who helped organize the event and also brought the more than 50 basketball referees needed to make sure the games went on smoothly.
And while the East Fairmont Shootout manages to give back to the Bees, the team’s players try to do the same during the weekend of the tournament, helping out wherever needed at the event’s four game sites.
“They help out all weekend because they see how much it has helped (them over the years),” Beckman said. “They want to come back and be a part of it.”
The tournament, though, might have reached its max in terms of numbers.
Beckman certainly isn’t complaining.
“It’s something good we have here,” he said. “I don’t know if we want to get any bigger; we’re OK with all the sites we have. Plus, it’s kind of fun to see these teams racing to (sign up and get a spot in the Shootout).
“We started with 14 teams in our first year and we’re now at 100. I never thought this would happen — it shows what hard work can do.”
Email Nick Cammuso at email@example.com.