Local Sports with Calvin
The Forestview Jaguars won the Gazette Cup Soccer Championship last Friday with a 3-2 overtime win over Hunter Huss. It was the 11th tournament championship for Forestview. Jeff Friday of Forestview was named the Most Valuable Defensive Player. Seth Jones of Hunter Huss was named the Most Valuable Offensive Player and Michael Mosk of Ashbrook was named the Braxton Award Sportsmanship winner.
The dust has finally settled after New Jersey ripped Michigan in the American Legion World Series last week by an 18-0 score. The 18 run difference was the biggest in the history of the World Series. The Big Stick Award went to Sean Breen of Brooklawn, New Jersey. The Slugger Award went to Sean Breen who hit .575. The RBI award went to Jordan Mopas of Hawaii. The Pitching Award went to Jake Meyers of Nebraska with 29 strikeouts. The Leadership Award went to the New Jersey coaching staff. The Sportsmanship Award went to Tanner Gross of Michigan and the American Legion Baseball Player of the Year Award was presented to Sean Breen of New Jersey.
Statistic leaders for the top hitters and pitchers in Area IV were released in the Gaston Gazette and Shelby Star last week. Jha’Qui Adams of Kings Mountain led the way in hitting with a .455 average. Jackson Mims of Shelby and Mitchell Painter of the Gaston Braves each hit five home runs. Jackson Mims of Shelby led the Area IV with 56 RBI’s. Ethan Carpenter was the top pitcher going 14-0 with one save in 96 innings pitched. He also led in strikeouts with 125. Jared Wallace of the Gaston Braves had the lowest earned run average at 1.01.
There were six inductions last Saturday night in the Mt. Holly Sports Hall of Fame. They included Tracy Leroy Black, Richard Dill, A.C. Hollar, Larry George Lawning, Lois Herring Parker and George Edward Wilson. Buddie Hodges won the Community Spirit Award.
Jody Clary won the 52nd annual Cleveland County Amateur Golf Tournament in a sudden death playoff with Eric Spicer. It was Clary’s third straight championship. Terry Abercrombie, Sr. took home the Senior Division with Trip Boinset finishing second. Mike Boatwright won the Super Senior Division followed by Henry Jones and Roger Vassey. The Kings Mountain Country Club was the winner of the Dan Allen Cup.
Former Lincolnton baseball player Evan Wise has been promoted to head coach of the Gastonia Grizzlies. He served last summer as the team’s pitching coach.
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ANY GIVEN FRIDAY!
By Andrey S Bush
Week 1 is in the book and there was some excitement in the air. My predictions faired pretty well aside from a couple upsets derailing me from a perfect Friday. There are some big early season matchups this Friday that will make it tough on me predicting a winner. There’s no true formula to deciding who will come out victorious contrary to what some may say. Every teams puts there pants, helmets, pads and cleats on the same way so any given Friday can be an upset. you just have to play the game out and let the ball determine the winner. This week I will be at Crest High School for their matchup with the Ashbrook Greenwave and it should be an exciting one. For those who are active social media buffs feel free to tweet any disagreements (tweet me at @AndreySBush) in my predictions week to week and compete against my guesses Below, you will find my predictions for this weeks games, winners in BOLD/ALL CAPS!
NORTH LINCOLN KNIGHTS @ West Lincoln Rebels
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The North Lincoln Knights came out last week and left the Lincolnton Wolves fans, coaches and players shocked as they controlled the game from beginning to end despite one of the areas top prospects on the other side of the ball. I was in attendance and let me be the one to say the Knights played with a lot heart with the student section and fans behind them cheering them on the whole way, and it was a packed house. Keep the impressive play on offense and the intensity on defense and they should have no problem taking down the Rebels.
Clover Eagles @ FORESTVIEW JAGUARS
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The Forestview Jaguars will be taking time away from local play and hosting the Clover Eagles from SC. The Eagles will be coming into Gastonia looking to get their first win of the season while the Jaguars will look to defend their home and improve their record to (2-0). The Jaguars are one of my teams that I have finishing the season in the playoffs, Moe Neal and that lightning speed will have an impact on this game out of the backfield both receiving and carrying the ball.
CHERRYVILLE IRONMEN @ Bessemer City Yellow Jackets
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Best matchup of the Night will be the always intense rivalry of last years Conference Champs. The Ironmen and Yellow Jackets last year both had a share of the Conference Championship, so this game will be some what of a swing at who is really the top dog. Yes, its early in the season but this game still has the feel of a late season matchup with a lot on the line. The Ironmen had a shootout last week with Bunker Hill both teams combing to put 94 points on the board. Cherryville ultimately scored with 13 seconds on the clock to walk away with a 50-44 victory. The newly introduced spread offense has already proven to be beneficial for Ironmen, mostly for quarterback Grant Henderson who passed for 260 yards and connected with six different receivers.
Ashbrook Greenwave @ CREST CHARGERS
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The Crest Chargers last week backed up their #1 state ranking by spanking the South Point Red Raiders. The Chargers have added a new element to the offensive side of the ball, like a lot of teams in the area, switching over to the spread offense. The offense was impressive behind the arm of Willie Green and the running of Tre Harbison. The passing of Willie Green connecting to Cameron Peeler earned honors of being nominated as play of the week. The offense of Crest will be the least of worries for the Greenwave. The concern should come trying to stop the studs that the Chargers have on defense led by Omar Brooks. Tough to block and tough to stop, Crest Chargers with a easy win.
SHELBY GOLDEN LIONS @ AC Reynolds Rockets
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The Golden Lions had a big win over Polk County last week. They played sure to my prediction winning big 50-20. The Lions undoubtedly has nothing on their minds besides returning to the stage of State Champions. Though the defense surrendered 20 points that doesn’t over shadow the fact that they coasted with a 50 point offensive output. RJ George continues to put up great numbers after leading his team last year to the State Championship and being honored with the MVP award. This will be just another stepping stone towards to defending the title.
OTHER LOCAL AREA GAMES
Hunter Huss Huskies @ VANCE COUGARS
HIGHLAND TECH RAMS @ Central Academy Cougars
Lincolnton Wolves @ SOUTH POINT RED RAIDERS
Q-Foundatin Falcons @ EAST LINCOLN MUSTANGS
East Gaston Warriors @ KINGS MOUNTAIN MOUNTAINEERS
North Gaston Wildcats @ East Rutherford Cavaliers
RS CENTRAL HILLTOPPERS @ Stuart Cramer Storm
Thrills, excitement and family fun will be enjoyed by all at the annual International Demolition Derby. The event will be held at the Bar H Arena in Boiling Springs, NC on Saturday, September 6 and Saturday, September 13. The show begins each night at 7:30pm.
The Boiling Springs Fire & Rescue are the official sponsors of event. They will provide some great food. This will include BBQ, curly fries, etc. They will also handle the free parking but will accept any donations anyone would like to make.
The International Demolitions Derby is the longest running annual demolition derby in the area. It is a stop the professional drivers do not want to pass up. A mixture of local drivers (many are professional
drivers) and out of area pros will keep you on the edge of your seat as they crash one another until there is a winner.
Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for a child (6-12yrs). Under 6 are free. Gate prices are $12 for adults and $6 for a child. Advance tickets are available through Thursday, September 4 at the following locations:
Boiling Springs Auto Parts-
Boiling Springs, NC
Humphries Auto Parts-
Boiling Springs, NC
Gaffney Auto Parts-Gaffney, SC
Battle Ground Auto Parts-
If you have been to an International Demolition Derby, you know about the entertainment, excitement, and thrills and just plain family fun. If you have never experienced the event, you need to put it on your “must do” list. For more information visit our website at www.barhevents.com or call
It will soon be here! You will hear the roar of the engines and the crash of cars. You will smell the aroma of antifreeze coming out of the engines. You will watch as vehicle drivers crash into one another until there is a winner.You will feel the excitement of the challenge.
The International Demolition Derby will appeal to all you senses.
The International Demolition Derby will again return to the Bar H Arena in Boiling Springs, NC on Saturday, September 6 and Saturday, September 13. The event will begin each day at 7:30pm. The Boiling Springs Fire & Rescue will be the official sponsor of the event.
Each night will see a class of “old iron” (older than 1978) and “new iron” (1978 or newer). The September 6 event will also have a class of “mini cars” (4 cylinders with wheel base less than 98 inches). It also will also have a “fresh blood” (drivers 18 & under) class. The September 13 event will include a “battle of the churches” class along with a “mid size” class (4 or 6 cylinders with a wheel base less 108 inches).
Advance tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for a child (6-12yrs). Under 6 are free. Gate prices are $12 for adults and $6 for a child. Advance tickets are available through Thursday, September 4, and are available at the following locations:
Kelly’s Seafood-Shelby • Boiling Springs Auto Parts-Boiling Springs, NC • Humphries Auto Parts-Boiling Springs, NC • Gaffney Auto Parts-Gaffney, SC • Battle Ground Auto Parts-KingsMountain • Oakland Feed-Spindale
The 2014 edition of the International Demolition derby is shaping up to be a great spectator event. For more information or to enter visit our website at www.barhevents.com or call (704) 434-2866.
What’s Up with Thinkin’ ‘Bout It
By Dr. Vincent Hefner - First Baptist in Cherryville
Recently, I had the privilege of going on a mission trip to Absecon, New Jersey. Our church has partnered with a church plant in an area where Southern Baptists churches are few and far between. Believe it or not, this was not the first time I had an extended stay in New Jersey. When I was in the Army I spent about 6 weeks at Ft. Monmouth for chaplain’s school. I remember being teased about my accent by those way above the Mason-Dixon Line. The worst part about being teased is you can’t get mad and go home! The military frowns upon this type of practice, and even have a name for it, AWOL. I had to learn how to take the insults and try to make the best out of a challenging situation. I made myself a promise that when I returned to North Carolina I would never leave, ever! Of course that was a short lived promise, and one that I was glad I didn’t keep. However, it is a temptation to want to stay within the parameters of your comfort zone. If you are not careful, you will begin to believe the world is just a few counties long, and what goes beyond those counties is not important. I have discovered that a closed mind is a terrible waste and a dangerous place!
Going back to New Jersey was a great blessing to me. I was able to go with a mission team from my church with a specific task of helping another church. It was hard work, and we stayed busy the entire time we were on the mission field. Even though we worked, we also were able to do some sightseeing in a part of our country that has its own unique beauty. One night we went to a fancy restaurant to taste the cuisine of Italy through the chefs of Jersey. Being in a strange location, I selected a dish I thought I would like and would be safe to my palate, spaghetti with meatballs. It tasted good but it lacked the spiciness to which I am accustomed. I asked the waitress if she had any Texas Pete. She looked at me for a few seconds, as if she was processing my request, and said, “What is Texas Pete?” I though she was using Jersey humor, so I said, “You know Texas Pete! Can I have some?” She was insistent that she had no knowledge of “Texas Pete.” I used the generic term of Tabasco sauce to help her memory of this fine dining condiment. She was aware of Tabasco sauce, but she didn’t have any of that either. She did have some cheese in a hand grinder that she could put on my spaghetti. She told me I could have as much cheese as I wanted, but no Texas Pete! I wanted to ask her if she had any “hot cheese” to give my spaghetti some taste, but I didn’t want to seem impolite or argumentative. After all, I was on a mission trip, and being on “mission” didn’t end when I left the church campus.
I believe that is true regardless of your location, at home or somewhere else. If you are a Christian, you are always on “mission” for Jesus Christ. We need to act the same way at church that we act at a store, restaurant, or any public place. Christians should never leave their faith in the church walls and act like the world once we are in the world. The old saying, “When in Rome, do as the Romans,” does not apply to Christians. Our saying should be, “Once in Christ, always in Christ, and always for Christ!” John 14:15, 21 tell us, “If you love Me, keep My commandments. He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest to him.” Regardless of your location, you are always on the mission field for your Redeemer. Make the most of your mission trip that we sometimes call, “Life.”
Remember, Don’t Give Into 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
Our family of five purchased a vehicle a couple of years ago that seats six, a Mazda Five. We took our own children along with another kid in church to school each morning, and the vehicle was perfect for that task and has the additional benefit of getting superb gas mileage. One thing we quickly came to realize, though, was that the designers of said vehicle are apparently contrarians of the highest order. Everything that every other vehicle we have ever owned did or does, this one does backwards. The gas tank is on the opposite side. The windshield wipers are activated down instead of up. All of the normal controls are in opposite spots. But we quickly learned to adapt, since it is a very good and reliable vehicle, one that I would not hesitate to buy again.
A year ago, though, the door clicker stopped working. I knew it was probably just a battery, so I opened it up, took out the old one, and went in search of a new one.
Later that day I got back to it, installed the new battery, and to my chagrin it still did not work. That clearly meant that the transmitter itself had gone bad. So we went to the Mazda dealership to procure a new one, but when we found out the price of that tiny little item, we decided that anything that costs as much (roughly) as a kidney transplant would not be the perfect will of God for our budget.
And so, for the last year, we have unlocked the doors manually. This has also been a bit of a pain, since whoever designed this vehicle decided that it, unlike 99.99% of every other vehicle on the planet, should not have a key hole on the passenger side door! That meant that I, as a gentleman, would have to unlock the drivers door with the key, click the inner unlock button, walk around the car, open my wife’s door, close it, then go back around to my side. I have lost at least ten pounds, I think, in that year long pursuit of chivalry.
Last week I preached a revival at a great church in Monroe, NC. One of the men there noticed my key dilemma. Assuming it was a battery, he kindly offered to change it. When I explained the issue, he brought in a diagnostic tool. That showed no signal emanating from the key fob. He suggested that I try another battery, just in case that one, too, was somehow bad.
The next night I stopped at a parts store for a battery. I opened the key fob, took out the battery… and dropped my head and sighed. Like everything else on this vehicle, the battery that I had placed into the fob in the exact same manner as every other one I have ever owned, was designed to go in upside down! I sheepishly turned it over, pointed it at the car, and heard the “Blip Blip!” of the car telling me that everything was now working normally. For a year, an entire year, I could have had a working door opener, but I assumed how the battery should go, rather than looking for the plus mark that indicated “positive side down.”
Ezekiel 21:26 says “Thus saith the Lord GOD; Remove the diadem, and take off the crown: this shall not be the same: exalt him that is low, and abase him that is high.” Power in the Christian life comes only from one source, God, and it comes through only one means, humility. James 4:6 tells us that “God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.” The power of God on a life will never come as a result of physical size and strength, financial means, great education, lofty family heritage, or political connections. These means, these things that the world prizes are of little to no significance with God. The power of God on a life is given by God as a gift to those who walk in humility by loving Him, obeying His Word, and serving others.
No one should have such power at their disposal and have that power unused by having things in their lives turned “upside down.”
Dr. Wagner can be contacted by email at email@example.com
Let’s Talk Bible - Since 1975
By Evangelist W.C. “Dub” Dellinger
Too many today never think of using the will of the Savior to say “in the name of my Savior I say depart, away from me.” The Devil runs and Jesus moves forward with a big smile. What we do know is if we try to do that alone we will lose our soul to the Devil. We now can see and hear many different religious beliefs. But there is only one way to get to Heaven. And we have something to shout about. The price has been paid! Humbling ourselves down on our knees can say where we want to spend the rest of our days in eternity. With the love that Jesus has for us He has the power to reverse anyone if they want and are willing to go the right way. Soon each one finds out that there is no use to object or talk back. The road to Heaven was paid for a long time ago. It is simple, but sometimes individuals put rocks in their path with their own ideas. The knee route way is the only way to get there. All must bow down. There is something about putting your head down. I know of some who thing bowing your head shows weakness. They have not been taught right and have been lead astray. There are times that each one of us must take a stand, especially when you are convinced that what is going to happen is wrong. This writer did just that many years ago in grade school, and I came out on top later on. The saying that “right will prevail” is a proven truth in many ways.