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Hats off to Belmont Middle School for winning their third straight Gaston County Middle School golf championship. Garrett Robinson of Belmont took medalist honors carding a 38 at the Cherryville Country Club. Cramerton finished 12 strokes back followed by WC Friday and Chavis.
Congratulations to Owen Levy of Highland Tech. He scored his 49th career goal to become the school’s all time leading scorer in a 2-1 win last week over Cherryville.
Highland Tech won the Southern Piedmont Conference girls golf championship followed by Pine Lake Prep and Bessemer City. Highland Tech’s Caroline Cole took medalist honors with a 43 at the Woodbridge Golf Course. Cole was named the Golfer of the Year and Marty Hutchins of Highland Tech was named the Coach of the Year.
The South Point Red Raiders won the girls Southern Piedmont Golf Championship. They were followed by North Gaston and Forestview. Kate Beeken of Lake Norman Charter was named the Golfer of the Year and Jason Tant of South Point was named the Coach of the Year.
Lake Norman Charter captured the Big South Cross Country girls championship. They were followed by South Point and Ashbrook. Mariah Howlett of Lake Norman Charter was named the girls runner of the year and Craig Zamiars of Lake Norman Charter was named the girls coach of the year.
The Forestview Jaguars captured the boys Big South Cross Country championship. Lake Norman Charter placed second followed by East Gaston. Max Flores of Forestview was named the boys runner of the year. John Hunsucker of Forestview was named the coach of the year.
The Shelby boys won the South Mountain Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship. Shelby was followed by Draughn and East Burke. Shelby’s Blanton Gillespie was named the top boys performer. The Kings Mountain girls took home the girls South Mountain Athletic Conference Cross Country Championship. They were followed by Draughn and Shelby. Draughn’s Aleah Blalock was named the girls top performer.
The North Gaston Wildcats honored their first major league player last Friday Night by retiring Jake Buchannan’s Number 6 jersey. Last season he was 1-3 with the Houston Astros.
The state volleyball playoffs are underway. In 1A play last week Bessemer City and Cherryville were both eliminated. Lincoln Charter advanced with a 3-0 win over Albemarle. In 2A play, East Lincoln and Stuart Cramer were eliminated. In 3A play, Forestview, North Lincoln, East Gaston and South Point were all eliminated. North Gaston advanced with a 3-1 win over Ledford and Kings Mountain advanced with a 3-0 win over East Gaston.
Shelby’s Nancy Bridges captured the 2A Western Regional singles championship with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Charanya Uppalapati of Lake Norman Charter. She now advances to the state tournament set for this weekend at the Cary Tennis Center.
Crest’s Lauren Scism is heading to the state 3A state singles tournament in Burlington this weekend as the number four seed from the West.
What’s Up Prep Football?
For those of you who are active social media buffs and have any disagreements with my picks or analysis in my predictions week to week tweet me at @AndreySBush and lets go back and forth with reasons for victory. Below, you will find my predictions for this week’s games, winners in BOLD/ALL CAPS!
HUNTER HUSS HUSKIES @ Stuart Cramer Storm
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It was homecoming for the Hunter Huss Huskies last week and they didn’t leave the crowd disappointed, defeating Lake Norman Charter 42-0. This game was more than just a homecoming victory for the Huskies, it was also the awakening of a much needed pass game that has been on the struggling end so far this season. Hunter Huss quarterback, Andrew Jordan, exploded throwing for 265 yards and 5 touchdowns. The Huss defense matched the intensity of the offense by not allowing Lake Norman to reach the end zone while holding fullback, Sean Dugan to 67 yards on 18 carries. This week they will be hoping to have a mirror performance on both sides of the ball when they go on the road versus Cramer Storm in the KTC Broadcasting “Gaston County Game of the Week.” Cramer was shut out last week by North Gaston 31-0. The Storm has had its struggles, but that’s expected from a young program area as they work to establish themselves. If Cramer wants to keep this game competitive they will need to limit the touches by the Hunter Huss offense that will be coming into the game feeling the highs of last week’s performance. North Gaston only threw one pass against the Storm and relied heavily on the run game. That storyline will definitely be different with the Huskies.
Lincolnton Wolves @ NEWTON CONOVER RED DEVILS
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Another big matchup in the SD-7 conference and WLON 1050AM Lincoln County Game of the Week. This week Lincolnton Wolves go up to Newton Conover to take on the Red Devils. The Wolves last week had an easy matchup and a big victory over a winless Bunker Hill Bears team. Meanwhile, the Red Devils had their hands full when they had the task of trying to slow down the East Lincoln Mustangs and star athlete Chazz Surratt. Newton Conover held their ground in the first half as both teams struggled with mental errors leaving the first half close with the Mustangs leading 14-6. The Mustangs came back after the break and Surratt put his team on his back on his way to 316 yards passing with 2 touchdowns and 182 rushing with 3 touchdowns. After Newton took its first conference loss of the season they will be looking to take their frustrations out on the Wolves at home. Lincolnton’s defense is a very tough group anchored by Darian Roseboro (NC State commit) who will cause the Red Devil offensive line some matchup problems trying to get him blocked. This game will go down the wire and turnovers may play a big role but look for the Red Devil defense to make enough stops to walk away with a tough conference victory.
BURNS BULLDOGS @ Draughn Wildcats
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The Bulldogs last week watched a strong first quarter start turn into a tough 48-7 loss to rival Shelby Golden Lions. Burns held the Golden Lions to a 7-0 first quarter before all the wheels began falling off, while giving up 34 points to the Lions in the 2nd quarter. The Bulldogs will have to erase what happened last week from their memory and look to a struggling Draughn Wildcats team for a needed win. The Bulldogs did have a shining moment when Cameron Barbee hooked up Zach Leslie, ending a drive with a Michael Tate four yard touchdown run in the first quarter. With the struggles of the season they are slowly making strives of improvement on the offensive side of the ball where they’ve seen the most difficulties. A big game for Burns offense, look for Cameron Barbee to lead his team to victory.
East Rutherfod Cavaliers @ CREST CHARGERS
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There’s not much that can be said negative about the Chargers who continue week to week bullying opponents. The dominance normally starts on the defense side of the ball which has allowed a total of 39 points on the season and the offense compliments that by taking advantage of all their opportunities by putting touchdowns on board. The Charger defense recorded its 4th shutout of the season; and for the second week in a row one of the Charger defensive linemen have helped boost the score with a touchdown. This time it was Senior, defensive end, Chris Willis with a returned block punt 48 yards to paydirt. The East Rutherford Cavaliers will need to play a flawless game just to hang tough with a Crest Chargers team that’s hitting on all cylinders. Never underestimate your opponent and it will be safe to say the Chargers will be looking towards next week early in this game by pulling starters to assure that everyone stays healthy.
PINE LAKE PREP PRIDE @ Cherryville Ironmen
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The homecoming celebration in Cherryville was supported by a big victory over Highland Tech. The Ironmen offense was very impressive against a Rams team that has been struggling to get a win all year. Returning to the playing field after being injured early in the year against North Gaston Rhyer Davis was back on the receiving end of one of Grant Henderson’s three touchdown passes. The Ironmen had 6 different players on offense reach the end zone on their way to a 49-7 homecoming victory. This week they will have a dangerous Pine Lake Prep squad at home. The Ironmen will need to protect Henderson and allow him to look down the field to his playmakers. The difference in this game will be on special teams. Look for Cherryville’s Yung Sherrill to come up big in the area after returning a kickoff last week 79 yards against Highland Tech.
OTHER LOCAL AREA GAMES
RS Central @ KINGS MOUNTAIN
EAST LINCOLN @ West Caldwell
KINGS MOUNTAIN @ Chase
NORTH LINCOLN @ Lake Norman
BESSEMER CITY @ Thomas Jefferson
SOUTH POINT @ Lake Norman Charter
Ashbrook @ FORESTVIEW
East Gaston @ NORTH GASTON
Maiden @ WEST LINCOLN
CS OF DAVIDSON @ Highland Tech
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HOLLYWOOD’S NFL PICK’EM
By Kevin Hastings - @KevinHastings
Each week we countdown each team’s chances of making it to, and winning the Super Bowl. It’s NOT a power poll. Top 12 teams are current playoff teams. We also say goodbye to a team each week, eliminating them from the poll. So far we’ve said goodbye to the Jets, Rams, Redskins, Buccaneers, Raiders, Jaguars & Titans.
This week we say goodbye to the Minnesota Vikings Like I said last week the Vikes will be looking at Todd Gurly in next Spring’s draft to replace Adrien Peterson. They will also have to commit to Bridgewater or find another replacement. Jay Cutler maybe? Either way this season is over in the Twin City. Goodbye Lief Ericson.
ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK
24. Houston Texans (3-4) I’m looking at calling the Texans the unluckiest team of the year so far. Without the amazing J.J. Watt and Arien Foster, this team would be nothing.
23. Chicago Bears (3-4) Cutler now even getting criticism from his own receivers. Receivers usually don’t call out the franchise quarterback. Think Tampa or Oakland or even the Jets or Washington would want Cutler? You bet!
22. New York Giants (3-4) I don’t believe they can catch the Cowboys but they can catch Philadelphia when Chip Kelly wears the team out this fall. But the first step is winning your own games.
ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK IN 2nd
21. Atlanta Falcons (2-5) Good grief Atlanta. What an awful start! The good news? You’re only 1.5 games out of first place.
20. New Orleans Saints (2-4) Good grief ‘Nawlins. What an awful start! The good news? You’re only 1 game out of first place. What an awful division!
THE AFC EVERYBODYS
19. Miami Dolphins (3-3) You think the players hate Harbaugh in San Francisco? Ha! That’s nothing to the players dislike of Philben. It’s only a matter of time he’s shown the door. I hope they show the new logo and uniforms the door too. You don’t change such a great and classic look to make you better; you get better coaches and players.
18. Cleveland Browns (3-3) I was getting ready to climb on the Browns playoff bandwagon and they go and get beat by a winless Jacksonville team. Ugh!
17. Buffalo Bills (4-3) With Kyle Orton at quarterback you can probably count them out of winning a title but the AFC is so bad he could pull off a playoff spot.
16. Kansas City Chiefs (3-3) Any one of these teams could be ranked from 15-20. I just decided to rank them by quarterbacks.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3) The Steelers should be thankful this season that the Texans wrapped a big old bow on that game. Talk about a gift.
14. Seattle Seahawks (3-3) Something is wrong in Seattle. They’re not used to losing like this and I don’t know if they can handle it. I think Dallas really exposed them. Russell Wilson became the first person in NFL annals to throw for at least 300 yards and rush for at least 100 yards in the same game — and the Seahawks lost.
13. San Francisco 49ers (4-3) They’ll compete to the end with Detroit and Philadelphia for a Wild Card spot if they can’t wrestle the division from Arizona.
IN THE PLAYOFFS, FOR NOW
12. Baltimore Ravens (5-2) Weekly item: Because of karma I won’t put them any higher than 12th. Can’t cover up for Ray Rice and get any sympathy from me.
11. Detroit Lions (5-2) Any win without Megatron is a great win! After losing to Carolina and their former coach versus Buffalo, the Lions have put together some good wins.
10. Cincinnati Bengals (3-2-1) Cincy is still qualified for the playoffs but if you think Marvin Lewis is winning his first playoff game in 12 years as Bengals coach then I got some ocean front property in Boone to sell you.
9. Carolina Panthers (3-3-1) Newton had one of the best weeks of his career and then the team dropped a giant egg in Wisconsin. Talk about not being ready for a game. The Cats are extremely lucky they’re first in the NFC South where the 1-5 Bucs are only 2 games out of first place. With the assets he has around him, Cam can’t win consistently with the 26th ranked completion percentage. What about the defense? 22nd vs passing and 26th rushing; 26th overall in yardage and 29th in points per game allowed at 29.3. Cam’s actually playing pretty decent except of course for that completion percentage and the fact he is leading the team in rushing. He’s having to do it all and he can’t. For the rest of the season, except for Philadelphia, Carolina doesn’t play another team currently with a winning record. It’s setup for Carolina to take the division but Cam, the running game and the defense will have to get better and get consistent. Newton is now 27-27-1 as an NFL starter.
8. Indianapolis Colts (5-2) With a cakewalk of a schedule the Colts should make the playoffs. Bet on them until then. Come playoff time bet against.
7. Philadelphia Eagles (5-1) With it getting colder and Philly players already complaining about the staff I don’t see the cohesiveness to win the East. I see a 10-6 wild card berth in their future.
6. Green Bay Packers (5-2) R.E.L.A.X.
5. New England Patriots (5-2) The whole AFC is shaky so who are you going to bet on in the end? Brady and Manning right? Maybe Phillip Rivers. The last 15 years have been the Brady and Manning show in the AFC.
4. San Diego Chargers (5-2) The Bolts are one of two teams with a 5-1 record to beat the defending champion Seahawks. They’ve lost to Arizona by one, beat Seattle at home and then beat four scrub teams. They may not be for real.
3. Arizona Cardinals (5-1) Another week another win for the new dirty birds. They’re still mad about last season and are taking it out on their opponents.
2. Denver Broncos (6-1) Peyton breaks Brett Favre’s TD record but I still believe he needs at least one more Super Bowl on his resume to be in the argument of greatest ever.
1. Dallas Cowboys (6-1) How ‘bout them Cowboys! The first team to six wins and best record in football.
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Let’s Talk Bible - Since 1975
By Evangelist W.C. “Dub” Dellinger
Back in the 70’s a friend of mine went to visit a church. He was telling how good the preacher’s sermon was. He said he held his Bible and we read together what he was going to preach from. He said it was a real good sermon. I asked him what Bible did he preach from and he said the King James. After he finished telling me about it I said let me say something. I said, “The church was full of people”. He asked how I knew that and if I was there also. I told him I was not but that I know what it takes to fill a church or make it grow. My friend asked what that was and I said it starts in the pulpit. Yes, the pulpit must govern the church under the guidance of the Lord. The preacher must preach under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. No substitute Bible will do. You lean away from the right speech and you are already going down. And it will stay down. More than one has closed their doors. I was teaching on Wednesday night in a church when the congregation asked me if I would come speak on Sunday Evening. ( It had been cleared with the preacher). I started and in six months we went from 18 to over 50. The preacher said, they are moving me and you will have to stop preaching. About two miles from that church, a couple years later, I had it on the go and the preacher was transferred. The one who replaced him asked me to stop. He said he wanted the people to come hear him, not me. Sometime later I stopped by to see how things were going and there was no church there. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not that good of a preacher. What I want you to see is it is not just what you say, it is how you say it. Don’t just use the church Hymnal. Get you some song books with good hymns in them. Try good spiritual hymns, and carry a good Bible with you. Follow the preacher and try to get something out of the sermon to take home with you. If you cannot do that then you are a person that is denomination oriented and anything that is said is alright with you. As three ladies said to me one day, “We believe anything our preacher says.”
What’s Up with Thinkin’ ‘Bout It
With Vince Hefner, Pastor First Baptist Church, Cherryville
It was the final game of the season for a local high school football team. The entire community came out to see their hometown heroes play their arch rivals from across town. However, another reason had the fans packed into the high school stadium: Leroy. Leroy had been on the football team for 4 years and had never played a down. He practiced hard and was good for the team, and he didn’t seem to mind that he did not play in the games. The crowd felt differently. They wanted to see Leroy get in the game at least once before he graduated from high school. When the game started several fans began to chant, “We want Leroy, We want Leroy,” and by the third quarter the entire crowd was chanting, “We want Leroy.” There was no sign of Leroy. When the fourth quarter was about over and just a few minutes were remaining in the game, the coach called for Leroy to come and stand by his side. The crowd went wild! The home team had the ball on the opposition’s 5 yard line. It was then that the coach called out the star running back and sent in Leroy. The crowd went ballistic chanting, “Give the ball to Leroy!” The coach called, “22 Dive with a wiggle!” which means, “Give the ball to Leroy to run behind the center.” The defense lined up on the ball but the offense never broke huddle. Within a few seconds the referee blew his whistle and tossed his flag, “Delay of Game, Offense, Five yards, repeat first down.” The coach sent in the same play, “22 Dive with a wiggle.” By now you know what that means. The crowd was screaming, “Give the ball to Leroy, Give the ball to Leroy!” The referee blew the whistle for the game clock to start. The defense lined up on the ball, but the offense never broke huddle. The crowd was screaming at the top of their lungs, “Give the ball to Leroy!” Another flag was thrown, “Delay of Game, Offense!” By now the coach was screaming at the offense, “Give the ball to Leroy!” Again, the defense lined up on the ball, and as usual the offense did not break their huddle. Another flag, “Delay of game on the offense.” Now the crowd was really worked up into a frenzy, “Give the ball to Leroy, give the ball to Leroy!” Then, the quarterback called time out and walked to the middle of the field and took off his helmet. He motioned to the crowd to get quiet, cupped his hands around his mouth and said, “Leroy said he didn’t want the ball!”
Spiritually speaking, many Christians will not take up the ball and do what they have been called and trained to do for Christ. It is easier to practice, cheer, stand on the sidelines and watch, but many don’t want to actually do anything that honors God. Some are afraid of making others angry, or being criticized. Is anything keeping you from doing what God has called you to do? If you are a believer in Christ, you are going to face ridicule and criticism from the world. Don’t be surprised when it comes, or who it comes from, because it is coming! Hebrews 12: 1b-2 says, “And let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Remember, don’t give in to sin.
Think about it!
What’s Up with Dr. Bo
By Dr. Bo Wagner is pastor of the Cornerstone Baptist Church of Mooresboro, NC, and author of several books. His books are available at www.wordofhismouth.com
When I went recently to preach a marriage conference up north, the church I was with took half a day and hired a wonderful tour guide. She was a sweet and funny Mennonite lady, and for several hours as we drove around following her directions she told us about all of the farms, customs, and people. We stopped at an amazing giant pretzel stand, and she told the story of the lady who invented them, a real story of grace and redemption. We visited working farms. We went to gift shops.
In one of those gift shops, though, she gave us a warning: “Be careful what you buy, a lot of these gifts are mass produced overseas. Look for the tag!” That was a surprise, one that sort of tickled me, as I was not expecting it.
A bit later, while once again driving, she pointed out a home that sold fabric. “This is where the Amish go to get much of their fabric,” she said “but you might want to know that the polyester comes from China. China! Who ever heard of such a thing?”
That set the whole tour bus to laughing!
It seems that just like everywhere and everyone else, the Amish and Mennonites have some things that are very genuine, and some things that are, well, not so much.
The older I get the more I prize that which is real. 1 Kings 14:25-28 says “And it came to pass in the fifth year of king Rehoboam, that Shishak king of Egypt came up against Jerusalem: And he took away the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king’s house; he even took away all: and he took away all the shields of gold which Solomon had made. And king Rehoboam made in their stead brasen shields, and committed them unto the hands of the chief of the guard, which kept the door of the king’s house. And it was so, when the king went into the house of the LORD, that the guard bare them, and brought them back into the guard chamber.”
Having lost the real shields of gold, the king replaced them with brass shields. The look was very much the same, but the value was far less. That is normally how people even today tend to handle things, but that should simply never be the case.
Be real, be genuine. Tell the truth. Do not cheat on tests, earn what grade you get honestly. Be faithful to your spouse at all times. Show up for work a couple of minutes early, leave a couple of minutes late, never take more time than you are supposed to for a break, and work well enough to make a profit for your company. Never overstate your accomplishments or abilities. When you apologize, make it from the heart with no reservations. Keep your promises. When you sell something, be honest about its flaws.
If you are given too much change in a store, give it back. If you are undercharged for something, speak up. When the officer says “Do you know how fast you were going?” do not say “no” if the answer should actually be “yes.” You politicians, a lie is still a lie. If you said one thing during the campaign, fulfill it when you get into office. If you can’t fulfill it, don’t say it to start with.
Be real, be genuine, all day every day.
Dr. Wagner can be contacted by email at email@example.com