From the Sideline

Roundup: Local soccer player trains in London

April 18, 2014 

An East Wake Soccer Association player spent the end of March in England thanks to the association’s partnership with Premier UK and Global Image Sports.

Brooks Poirier of Knightdale was selected for the experience through his participation in the National West Ham Camp last summer. He set off on March 20 to stay 10 days at Upton Park, where he trained and played against English Academy members. He was also able to see West Ham United Football Club take on Manchester United at the London facility.

On his home turf, Poirier plays for the EWSA U14 Hammers Black team and is a member of a Premier UK Elite U14 team.

Nathan Bird, the director of coaching for the EWSA, said the opportunity for Poirier was well deserved.

“Brooks is a fantastic player who has always pushed himself within training and games for many years and is a true example that hard work and a great attitude will provide great opportunities in the world of soccer,” Bird said. “It is great to see a young man from the local community who represents the EWSA Hammers U14 boys actually training and playing for the real professional club West Ham United Football in London.”

Poirier said it was an experience he won’t forget.

“The game over there is played much faster and a lot more physical,” he said. “I can’t wait to take what I have learned and put it to use on my EWSA Hammers team.

“It was really cool to train with other soccer players from Australia, Canada and all over the (United States).”

Hall of Fame: The University of Hartford recently announced plans to induct a Knightdale resident alongside eight others into its Athletics Hall of Fame at a banquet May 10.

Chris Spivey, class of 2006, is being recognized for his Hartford track career, which includes four school records – in indoor track, the 55-meter dash (6.40) the 60 (7.03) and 200 (21.82); and the 100-meter run in outdoor track (10.78).

Spivey earned All-America East Conference honors in 2005, and the league’s Sportsmanship Award. The Hyde Park, Mass., native is currently an IT analyst for Wake Technical Community College.

Among the others to be inducted with Spivey is Kathy Behrens, the executive vice president of the NBA.

New radio affiliate: The Carolina Mudcats now have a third affilate, Pirate Radio AM 1250 and AM 930, to carry the Mudcats Radio Network in eastern North Carolina.

The stations are based in Greenville. Pirate Radio has already picked up three of its 15 total games this season. Remaining dates are April 21; May 5 and 14; June 2, 21 and 26; July 4, 16 and 23; and Aug. 14 and 23.

The network’s flagship station, “The Big Dawg” FM 98.5, returns for a third season and every game will be broadcast on AM 960 WRNS for the third straight season.

Mudcats Radio Network broadcasts can be found online at carolinamudcats.com and streamed on mobile devices using the TuneIn Radio application.

Moody: 919-829-4806 or amoody@newsobserver.com

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