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Area Roundup: 'Stangs name Parsons to GM position
Hatfield's 31 points downs Patrick County
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
By BULLETIN STAFF REPORTS -
The Martinsville Mustangs announced Tuesday at a Martinsville city council meeting that the team has named Tyler Parsons its new General Manager.
He is the first general manager under the Mustangs’ new management team, Team Cole & Associates.
Parsons was the Director of Tickets Sales and Community Relations for the at the Forest City Owls, one of the 13 other teams in the Costal Plains League.
“This is an amazing opportunity that I just couldn’t pass up, and I’m grateful to Jesse Cole and Ken Silver for believing in me,” Parsons said in a release on the Mustangs’ website. “This team has a ton of potential, and everywhere I went, I could just feel the passion and sense of community with the Mustangs. I plan on doing some awesome things here in Martinsville, starting with my Three F’s: Fun, Family and Foundation. The team needs to be about more than just baseball, it will be an entertainment experience. It needs to be a venue where families can come and enjoy themselves. Finally, it needs to be something built to last, not just a one year flash in the pan.”
Team Cole & Associates, based in Gastonia, N.C. already stated its desire to revamp the fan experience at Hooker Field to include a “kids zone” and three firework nights.
In November, the council entered into a contract for the firm to manage the Mustangs in their 2013 season to lower the city’s sponsorship costs.
The team has not turned a profit in its seven years. Officials estimated the city’s net cost to sponsor the Mustangs last year at $67,513. That is up from a net cost $58,464 in the previous year.
The city will pay Team Cole $50,000 to manage the Mustangs. Basically, it will be Team Cole’s problem if the Mustangs’ 2013 revenues do not meet or exceed expectations, according to Interim City Manager Leon Towarnicki.
Under its contract, the firm will be responsible for all aspects of Mustangs operations, including marketing, selling advertising, hiring coaches, running concession stands and coordinating players’ travel to away games.
Parsons will play a big role in that.
Prior to his work with the Owls, Parsons served as a ticket sales coordinator at Central Michigan University and was the Sports Information Director at Mid Michigan Community College. He also spent some time as a publisher with Rivals.com and coaching high school football. The Dansville, Mich. native graduated from Central Michigan in 2009 with his B.A. in Sports Management and his M.A. in Sport Administration in 2011.
Team Cole & Associates President, Jesse Cole, also serves as a managing partner for the Owls and the Gastonia Grizzlies.
Cole said his management team couldn’t be more excited to bring Parsons on board.
“Coming over from our team in Forest City, Tyler knows what it takes to be successful in the Coastal Plain League and is one of the most passionate people I’ve ever met,” Cole said in a release on the Mustangs’ website. “I expect Tyler to immediately bring energy and enthusiasm to the Martinsville community. We are lucky to have him and I know the community will feel the same way!”
Parsons will officially begin working with the Mustangs on Monday. The Mustangs gave head coach Matt Duffy a one-year extension in early January.
Martinsville’s first home game will be May 29 against the Florence RedWolves.
Magna Vista 87, Patrick County 64
Adrian Hatfield hit seven 3-pointers on his way to a 31-point night, and Magna Vista’s boys basketball team beat Patrick County 87-64 on Tuesday in Stuart.
Hatfield led the Warriors in scoring. Chris Hampton was the only other MVHS (6-8, 4-0) player in double digits with 12 points. Corey Kellam had nine points and eight assists.
Denzel Anthony led Patrick County (3-14, 0-4) in scoring with 27 points. Dustin Land had 22 points and Marquise Nowlin scored 10.
Magna Vista’s junior varsity team beat Patrick County 70-27. Tre Redd scored 17 points to lead MVHS in that game. Isaiah Scales had 10 points and Jacquez Hairston notched five steals to help propel the Warriors to a win.
Patrick Henry 57, Martinsville 48
Patrick Henry (Roanoke) High School outscored Martinsville 22-6 in the third quarter to take the lead and eventually beat Martinsville 57-48 on Tuesday at Martinsville Middle School.
Martinsville had a 26-21 lead at halftime. Paris Jamison led the Bulldogs in scoring with 14 points. Jay Dandrige scored nine points. Martinsville had six 3-pointers in the game.
Christian Kirkman led Patrick Henry with 16 points. Manning Ranoir and Marcus Banks scored 13 points each.
Martinsville is 10-7 overall and an undefeated 3-0 in Piedmont District play going into Friday’s matchup with Patrick County.
Martinsville’s junior varsity team lost to Patrick Henry 49-37.
Martinsville 46, Community Baptist 41
Allison Stokes had 18 points, Jazmine Morrison scored 10 and the Martinsville girls basketball team beat Community Baptist 46-41 on Tuesday in Reidsville, N.C.
Stokes led the Bulldogs in scoring. Shamontae Taylor pitched in nine points, six assists and five steals in the win.
Martinsville (7-8, 1-2 Piedmont District) will play Patrick County on Friday.
Bassett 65, Tunstall 12
All 13 players on Bassett’s roster scored as the Bengals beat Tunstall 65-12 on Tuesday in Dry Fork.
Simone Venable led Bassett with eight points. Kaliya Barbour and Ashley Turner both scored seven points.
Bassett (12-1, 4-0 Piedmont District) will play G.W.-Danville on Friday in Danville.
Laurel Park 33, Westwood 22
Zaria Hairston led the Laurel Park Middle School girls basketball team to a 33-22 win against Westwood Middle School on Tuesday.
Hairston led the team in scoring and Asia Moyer added eight points.
Laurel Park is now 4-5 and will play its last game of the season on Tuesday against O.T. Bonner Middle School.