Tonight the Jack Britt Baseball team will host the first Military Appreciation Night as they play the Golden Bulls of E. E. Smith. Both Jack Britt and E. E. Smith have immensely strong ties to the military community and to Fort Bragg. Moreover, many of the students and faculty of both schools have close ties to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines who are now serving or have proudly served their country. We thank you and your families for your sacrifice and service to our great Nation. It will be an honor for Jack Britt High School to have General (Retired) Dan K. McNeill present tonight to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.
General Dan K. McNeill proudly served for over 40 years in the Army, retiring as the Commanding General of the International Security Assistance Force Afghanistan in 2008. He is a native son of North Carolina who hails from Warsaw, North Carolina. General McNeill attended North Carolina State; afterward he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry, spending many of his stateside assignments stationed at Fort Bragg. He has served in all leadership positions from Platoon Leader as a Lieutenant through four-star general. During his distinguished career, he commanded the 82d Airborne Division and the XVIII (18th) Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg.
His overseas assignments include: Vietnam, the Invasion of Panama, the First Gulf War, and numerous tours in Afghanistan. He has numerous awards and decorations that include: the Master Parachutist Badge, the Aviator Badge, and the Special Forces Tab.
General McNeill and his wife Maureen now reside in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where his deep family ties and roots are in North Carolina andwhere he is no stranger to the baseball diamond. In his youth, he played Little League baseball as well as High School baseball for the Warsaw High School Tigers.
General McNeill, on behalf of the baseball program and the entire Jack Britt community, we would like to thank you for your distinguished service to the Nation.
In a game that the coaches and players hoped to use as a rebound after last week's outcomes, the Buccaneers could not get the bats going against the starting pitcher from Pine Forest. Collecting only four hits (two coming off the bat of Christian Lugo) the Buccaneers were unable to provide runs to support another terrific performance from senior Nick Nagowski [6IP 4H, 3R, 1ER, 1BB, 9K]. With the loss, Nagowski's record falls to 4-2 and the Buccaneers fall to fourth place in the conference with a record of 5-4.
The Buccaneers will host a dynamic E.E. Smith team on Friday evening as they will have their first annual Military Night. The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by Dan K. McNeill, a native North Carolinian and a retired, four-star general in The United States Army. Please come out and enjoy what we anticipate will be a wonderful evening. More details on the game and the pre-game activities to be released soon.
On a night filled with potential and countless scenarios, the South View Tigers came to Jack Britt Field and handled their business behind the arm of seven-game winner Randy Hair who struck out sixteen Buccaneers. With an excited crowd in attendance, the Buccaneers never got on track in their effort to work their way back into the conference championship chase. With the loss, the Buccaneers fall back to third place in the conference with a record of 6-8 and 5-3 in the Mid-South. Jack Britt will travel to Pine Forest on Tuesday to try and improve their record against the Trojans who are currently in fourth place in the conference with a record of 6-8 and 5-4 in the Mid-South.
The Buccaneers would like to thank Miss Jack Britt 2011 Crystal Byrd for throwing out the first pitch last night. For more information on the game, please visit: http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2011/04/09/1085393?sac=Sports.
Tonight, the second part of the Jack Britt and South View showdown will take place at Jack Britt Field. Back in March, the Buccaneers took a 2-0 lead into the sixth inning only to lose 3-2. The Buccaneers are looking forward to the rematch as the Tigers bring with them the best record in the Mid-South Conference (7-0). Game times are 430 pm for the JV team and 700 pm for the Varsity team. Come out and support the Buccaneers and make purple-and-gold the colors of the night.
Tonight's first pitch will be thrown out prior to the game by the 2011 Miss Jack Britt winner Crystal Byrd. She is the daughter of Joe and Connie Byrd. After she graduates from Jack Britt in June, Crystal plans on attending Fayetteville Technical Community College in order to pursue her degree in Dental Hygiene. She would also like to pursue another degree in Dance. While attending school, she would also like to continue her travels throughout The United States to continue to compete in dancing competitions of various styles. While at Jack Britt, Crystal has been a Varsity cheerleader, a Varsity swimmer, as well as member of the school's Key Club, Spanish Club, Yearbook Staff, and Student Leadership. Crystal believes strongly in the new motto that has really become Jack Britt High School..."It is great to be Buccaneer!"