Thursday, June 19, 2008
Hardhats leave Holly Springs
Some fans in Holly Springs are wondering, “Where did our team go?”
Due to the small town’s multi-purpose center being over-booked, the Mississippi Hardhats have had to readjust in the hometown of its rival, the Memphis Blues Tornadoes, according to a press release received via e-mail last week. The Hardhats aren’t pleased with the readjustment, but have expressed they are in high spirits and dealing with the unexpected change.
“I wish we were home,” was the sentiment shared by all the players. “We miss our fans.”
Owner Jerry Montgomery said having to play his team away from home has more disadvantages than he would like to speak on.
“We want to play at home where our fan base is the strongest, but due to schedule changes at the multi-purpose center we’ve had to find another venue,” he said. “Fortunately, LeMoyne-Owen College, where the Memphis team plays, has let us use its gym until our venue becomes available.”
Montgomery said the Hardhats may not be able to play in their own home gym before their last home game. He would rather relocate his team before letting them go.
“It’s a hard adjustment, and I know it has been difficult not only for me and the players, but other teams in the league as well who may not understand what’s going on down here,” he said.
Montgomery said he is asking the league to bear with him. He said the team’s schedule was made in accordance to the availability of the multi-purpose center. But now, venues that have been booked in advance and not known to Montgomery when scheduling was taking place have taken precedence.
“There is nothing I can do except find another venue,” Montgomery said. “My guys have worked too hard and too long to just let their dreams die because they cannot play at home. The show must and will go on.”
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