Danville fan has divided loyalties this week

September 03, 2004|MIKE MARSEE

They were supposed to grow up to be Admirals, and Beverly Durham was sure they would be good ones.

But the twins whom Durham once dressed in Danville blue now proudly wear Boyle County's colors.

Adam and Ryan Dickinson lived next door to the Durham family for the first years of their lives, and the two families became fast friends. But fate and moving vans took the Dickinsons across town, and Durham now must watch them play for her favorite team's archrival.

Adam Dickinson is in his second year as Boyle's primary placekicker, and could play an important role in Friday's Danville-Boyle game at Rebel Stadium. His twin brother, Ryan, is part of the Boyle soccer team that will line up against Danville on Saturday night at Admiral Stadium, though he hasn't yet played because of an injury.

That means Durham must deal with divided loyalties for one last time this week. For while she is among the most devoted of Danville fans, she also remains loyal to these two boys she has known since they came into the world.


The Dickinson twins attended preschool at the Danville Montessori school, but by the time they started kindergarten the family had moved into the Boyle school district.

Meanwhile, Durham's loyalties have long lied with Danville. Her own twin sons, Clay and David, played for Sam Harp's first four Danville teams from 1989-92. She and her husband, Fred, have hauled the team's equipment to road games since 1989, first in their own pickup truck and now in a trailer provided by the school.

It was just about three years earlier that the Dickinsons were born. Durham was at the hospital that day, and she proudly says she was the first one Adam smiled at.

The boys looked up to Durham's sons in their early years, and the families spent quite a bit of time together. But that changed after the Dickinsons moved to the outskirts of town.

"We don't get to see as much of them any more," she said. "We see them two or three times a year maybe - not often enough."

That doesn't mean Durham doesn't know what's going on with the boys, especially when it comes to sports.

"I'll call their dad and check on them occasionally," she said.

When Ryan tore his anterior cruciate ligament during soccer season last year, Durham was at the hospital to check on him after his surgery.

And when Adam was kicking for Boyle in last year's Class AAA semifinal game at Paducah Tilghman. She was 25 miles down the road in Mayfield at Danville's Class A semifinal, and she kept up with the proceedings in Paducah via cell phone.

She's only assured of seeing him play once a year

Durham keeps up with Adam's kicks as best she can, listening to Boyle games on the radio when she has the chance. But she's only assured of seeing him play once a year, and that's when he's trying to kick around her favorite team.

"Last year she told me, 'Good luck, but I'll still be cheering for Danville,'" Adam said with a smile.

Durham said it isn't quite that bad.

"As long as he's on the field, I'm cheering for Boyle," she said. "But I told him Boyle better not win it with an extra point or a field goal."

That's always a possibility, though probably not one Durham wants to think about.

"That'd be tough, but I'd still be for Adam," she said.

It's only fair, because the Dickinsons have done their share of cheering for Danville.

The twins said some of their earliest memories involve going to Danville games to cheer for Durham's twin sons, Clay and David.

"They were a blast," Adam added. "They were fun to hang around with."

The boys were rewarded for their loyalty when Durham gave them Danville sweatshirts reading "Back to Back State Champions" for Christmas after the Admirals won their second straight Class AA championship in 1992, her sons' senior season.

The Durham brothers won three state titles in their four years in Danville blue, but their mother said she thinks there's a good chance Adam will do better than that.

No matter what the boys do for Boyle - even this week - Durham said there's one thing about them that makes them easy to root for.

"They're good kids," she said, "and that's the best part."

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