Educated guess: Family split on Warner Robins-Northside rivalry

sports@macon.comNovember 2, 2012 

WARNER ROBINS -- Libbet Turner blames her husband Rich. It’s his fault she has gone a little soft with regards to the Warner Robins-Northside rivalry.

“I was firmly entrenched as a Demon before he went Eagle on me,” Libbet Turner said.

Rich Turner “went Eagle” eight years ago when he took a teaching position at Northside. Prior to that, things were more clear cut for Libbet Turner, who is now in her 26th year as a Spanish teacher at Warner Robins. After all, she is a proud graduate of Washington-Wilkes, where there is no lack of loathing for Lincoln County.

“I was very aware of what a high school rivalry was when I got to (Warner Robins),” she said.

She married Rich Turner. A few years later, he got the Green Street gig. “Before I married Rich, I never thought about the Northside side of things,” Libbet Turner said. “But I see how those kids react to him, and it’s the same way the Warner Robins kids treat me.

“I know they’re good kids at Northside, and I know they’re good kids at Warner Robins. And they’re great kids at Houston County and Perry and Veterans. We’re fortunate to live in a town where we have good kids.”

The kids.

That’s where things get a little hazy in Libbet Turner’s idyllic view of life in the International City. The Turners have two themselves, and they are both boys.

Because of teacher zoning allowances, James, age 10, and Simon, 9, will have their choice of high schools when the time comes. Assuming their parents’ employment status doesn’t change between now and then, the decision-making process could get very interesting. Are they leaning?

“It depends on what day of the week and who you ask,” Libbet Turner said.

The boys play it cool. They’re comfortable in the catbird seat. When circumstances allow, they’ll alternately hang with players from Northside or Warner Robins during pregame. They attend tailgate parties hosted by families from either side. If pressed, they’ll say they’re fans of the Deagles -- or Eamons. Non-committal. It’s the perfect “Be Recruited” strategy.

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