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Entering the 2012 air jordan xx3 black carolina white season, Robinson had guided the Chilhowie baseball team to six straight Hogoheegee District regular season titles. But one conquest had eluded the Warriors.
“We made the regional aOlernKienOP air jordan 11 space jams 2009 Best road cycling shoes semifinals four out of five years, but lost before we got to the finals,” Robinson said. “I was beginning to think we were cursed.”
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Like any good teacher, Robinson was able to view the 2012 season in a historical context.
“I told our kids that they are going to be looked at many years from now, just like those guys from the 1972 team,” Robinson said. “I’ve always idolized the guys from the 70s, especially the 1970 state champion football team from Chilhowie.”
Many Chilhowie athletic heroes rallied around their alma mater during the historical baseball run. They came to games and spoke at practice.
“That support really meant a lot to me,” Robinson said.
“Baseball was air jordan 12 xii original og taxi really just something to do in between basketball and football season around here,” Robinson said. “In my freshman year, the football press box was in center field and we had to haul away the visitors’ bleachers before the start of the season.”
In 1991, former Chilhowie head coach Sam McKinney and athletic director Kermit Nelson aOlernKienOP air jordan xx3 white black red State discussing possible H began the aOlernKienOP air jordan 12 gamma blue black gamma blue gym red white Herbs for Minor Ail herculean task of creating a new baseball complex across from the football field air jordan 3lab5 black metallic silver and on the Middle Fork of the Holston aOlernKienOP air jordan 13 navy flint grey The Amitabha Stupa River. The first game was played in the spring of 1992.
“It was just a big farm field that used to be in a major flood plain, and I can remember the water being up four feet in the dugouts,” Robinson said. “But Sam is a master field builder and we just kind of improved on what he started.”
Warrior Field was once the site of a Cherokee village and campground. The river that flows by the field was called the Hogoheegee River. Robinson knows the legends.
“We call this field sacred ground,” Robinson said.
The on field struggles were just as challenging in the early days for Robinson’s troops. In 2002, the Hogoheegee District included eight teams.
“John Battle was coming off back to back state championships, Lebanon had advanced to the Final Four in Group AA the year before, and George Wythe had advanced to the state quarterfinals after finishing last in the Hogoheegee,” Robinson said.
Chilhowie posted a 9 9 1 record in Robinson’s debut season as head coach. He wanted more, much more.
“We studied successful baseball programs like Virginia High and John Battle to see what they did different,” said Robinson, who served as an assistant to McKinney for three years. “We wanted our kids to take baseball serious.”
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“I’ve had some games air jordan 17 low white university blue that really haunt me, and that game against Grayson County is one of them,” Robinson said. “We were up by two runs with two outs late in the game when Grayson County came up with some of their magic.”
In a scene reminiscent of the glory days of prep football in Southwest Virginia, businesses throughout the town expressed their support for the Warriors with handmade signs and inspirational messages on storefronts and marquees.
At Warrior Field, fans grabbed every seat and lined the fences three and four deep long before the first pitch.
“That was definitely the most people I’ve ever seen at a baseball game here,” said Robinson, who estimated the crowd at over 1,000.
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Chilhowie senior infielder Aaron Conley savored the mental scrapbook moment.
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Chilhowie defeated Union in eight innings, and then advanced to the Division 2 finals before losing another heartbreaker to William Monroe in the state championship.