Tuesday, 13 June 2017 16:59

Talk of the Towns for June 14, 2017

Written by  Staff

An historic run

Anyone who even casually follows Davidson College sports would have to be as surprised as Talkers were that it was the Wildcats’ baseball team, not the basketball team, to be the first to win an Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament Championship.

And they had to be stunned that the baseball team, which receives fewer than three scholarships to spread over its roster, efficiently dispatched the UNC Tar Heels — with their fully funded program of 11.7 scholarships — in the Chapel Hill Regional to advance to last weekend’s Super Regionals in College Station, Texas, against the Texas A&M Aggies.

Following a middle-of-pack regular season, the Wildcats went on a post-season tear, catching that elusive lightning-in-a-bottle moment similarly enjoyed last year by Conway, South Carolina’s own Coastal Carolina, who shocked the college baseball world by winning the College World Series.

No, they shouldn’t have been there and they were playing on borrowed time, but losing just one step away from college baseball’s Mecca, Omaha — as one of the final eight teams in the NCAA’s final tournament of the year — still stings, especially when the Wildcats had been so close to winning twice in College Station. The day after participating in the longest Super Regional Game 1 in NCAA Tournament history — 15 innings — when they were a mere 90 feet from plating the go-ahead run two innings prior, they led 6-2 in the top of the eighth inning. Two defeats in two days snatched from the jaws of victory.

But reality, and perhaps 8.7 more scholarships, caught up to the Wildcats as the Aggies rallied, ending the Davidson season and all if its seniors’ careers. Graduating baseball players at Davidson — as the NCAA’s iconic TV commercial states about the vast majority of former college athletes — go pro in something other than sports.

They did, however, go out in style.

A smoking gun?

Opponents of the development of vacant property on Beaty Street near downtown Davidson believe they now hold the “smoking gun” that would prevent the proposed “Luminous” mixed-use development from being built there.

Just this week, one of the opponents posted a copy of the deed from the sale of the property on Feb. 22, 1985, which contains the following restriction as proof Mrs. Clontz conveyed the property only on the condition that it become a park:

“There must be no restrictions, easement, zoning or other governmental regulations that would prevent the use of the real property for park, playground, or other public recreational purposes ...”

Now Talkers shouldn’t pretend to be lawyers any more than lawyers should pretend to be reporters, but there appears to be a clear difference in language that would require a parcel be a park and that which prohibits the town from applying a zoning overlay on the property that prevents it from being one.

Talkers neither support nor oppose the proposal on the site, they just caution those who want to see the land remain as it is not hitch their wagon to this particular horse.

No longer dragging Anchor

One Talker recalls writing the very first story about the Town of Huntersville’s efforts to redevelop the town-owned site near downtown, best known as Anchor Mill. It was nearly two decades ago, and since then the whole process of finding a developer — sometimes any developer — to build a project to help kick-start downtown redevelopment on the 30-acre property seemed fruitless.

Hamstrung for years over the uncertainty of the potential of commuter rail, Talkers are glad to see that the original bidder for the site, a hometown developer in Nate Bowman, was patient enough to see it through.

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