On Friday I listed some of my thoughts on the reduced attendance at the Ripley County Tourney games. Another thought on why the attendance is lower today could possibly be the number of games involved and the fact there are two tournaments in one–a boys tourney and a girls tourney. This causes people to be out multiple school nights if they want to attend all sessions of the tourney. In fact, if your son/daughter is a reserve or freshmea player, you have those games now as part of the tournament. So I guess technically we have four tournaments going on in the same week. In its heyday, the Ripley County Tournament was strictly a boys varsity tourney. No one wants the other kids excluded today, but it is a reality in the attendance figures. Added to the problems of the last several years is the weather postponements that have thrown the tournament into a tizzy. It snowed in the old days, but no one had county road bans and schools were always in session. People plowed through the snow and went to the game. So when it is all said and done, we still may have close to the same number of people attending the games, but they are spread out through four tournaments!
“We had a really good week of training,” said head coach Charlie DiSilvestro. “It was a cold week for South Carolina with cold temperatures and wind just about every day. Not ideal conditions. Didn’t miss anytime though so that was good.” Photo Gallery Drake officially opens the spring season at Kansas on March 25. Print Friendly Version Drake shared the water with numerous other collegiate programs, who expected to have a week of warm temperatures and ideal water conditions. The Bulldogs overcame the adversity and really put together a good week heading to the first official race next weekend. Drake defeated Marist and Purdue in both varsity 8+ 2,000-meter races and in the 2nd varsity 8 1,000-meter race. Story Links “Lot of good technical work and good improvements. Rowed really well on Friday night against Marist. Stayed competitive with them, who I consider one of the best and fastest in the conference (MAAC). We have a long way to go, but it is always good to be close to the fastest team in the conference. The team liked the way they rowed and had a good week of training. Excited to get home and prepare for our next race in Kansas.” CLEMSON, S.C. – The Drake University rowing team defeated Marist and Purdue in a trio of races in a scrimmage to end its week-long spring break training trip in Clemson, S.C. Drake, which arrived in S.C. on March 10, spent the week on Lake Hartwell. The team battled unusually cold temperatures for the state, but managed to never skip a day on the water despite tough cold and windy conditions.