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How would you like for your school to lose 139 straight games? That’s what happened at York Chester. The school had lost 139 straight girls softball games before pulling out a big 20-8 win over Grier. The win broke the longest streak in Gaston County history as reported by Gaston Gazette reporter Richard Walker. Their last girl’s softball win came on August 29th, 2000 when the girls downed Bessemer City 18-17. On one other note, the York Chester baseball team lost 105 baseball games between 1994 and 2005. Yes, streaks are made to be broken!
Two Gastonia natives have been inducted into the North Carolina A&T Sports Hall of Fame. James Bowden of Ashbrook and Barry Turner of Hunter Huss were both inducted. Bowden was the Aggie’s leading receiver in 1995 and is sixth in school history with career receiving yardage. Turner played from 1990 to 1992 and was the team’s leading rusher in 1991 and leading receiver in 1993. Turner is fourth in school history in career rushing yardage.
Former Forestview basketball star Kelsey Harris has been selected to take part in the Sport Changes Life Foundation. Harris is an Elon graduate and will take part in a 10 month program in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She was an All-Southern Conference selection at Elon and scored over 1000 career points.
Shelby lost a baseball legend last week in the passing of 87 year old Roger McKee. Some say he was the best left handed pitcher to come out of the Shelby area. McKee pitched in the 1940s for the Philadelphia Phillies and is member of the Cleveland County Sports Hall of Fame. McKee played on the Shelby Post 82 state championship team in 1942 and was the winning pitcher in the state championship game.
Several area teams were in the Top Ten Associated Press High School Football Poll. Butler was the top ranked 4A team. The Crest Chargers are the top ranked 3A team with Forestview 10th. Shelby is the top ranked 2A team with East Lincoln 6th and Newton-Conover 10th. Wallace Rose Hill was the top ranked 1A team.
Former Lincolnton football star C.J. Wilson was cut last week by the Chicago Bears. Wilson was signed as a free agent in 2013.
The sites have been set for this year’s High School State Finals. Carter Finley Stadium in Raleigh will host the 1A, 1AA, 3A and 3AA games. BB&T Field in Winston-Salem will host the 2A, 2AA, 4A and 4AA games. One game will be played on Friday night, December 12th with the all the other games on Saturday. Kenan Stadium in Chapel Hill will not be available this year because of work that is being done on the field. It will be the first time since 1989 that Chapel Hill has not hosted a state playoff final game.
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WHAT’S UP PREP FOOTBALL?
By Andrey S Bush
There was some good action last week in prep football. South Point avoided a change in history books of a 0-3 start by knocking off defending State Champs Shelby Golden Lions, delivering Shelby their first loss of the season. My predictions took a beating last week. The loss to South Point was definitely an upset to my predictions along side the Mountaineers, Rebels and Huskies winning. I finished the week 5-4, over the magic crystal ball of knowledge. But, last week is behind us and a new slate of games are on the board. 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!
Fred T Foard Tigers @ WEST LINCLOLN REBELS
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The West Lincoln Rebels had an explosion last week on offense against the Cherryville Ironmen beating them 60-38 on the road. The Rebels will be home in front of their fans and student body to try and repeat in the win column. The Tigers will have their problems cut out trying to stop Charles Mack George who carried the ball 33 times for 268 yards against the Ironmen. George proved that he’s a load to bring down with arm tackles. It will be a running affair in West Lincoln. Look out for the the “Mack” truck.
Stuart Cramer Storm @ BESSEMER CITY YELLOW JACKETS
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Its hard to win games when you have turnovers. The Yellow Jackets last week turned the ball over to the opposing team four times. They had six fumbles but managed to recover three of them, and also added a interception to get to the four turnovers. This week they will be home against the newly started program Stuart Cramer. The experience of the defending Yellow Jackets should coast them to a easy win over the Storm behind the legs of Cedric Mackey who despite the loss last week managed to finish the game over the century mark carrrying the ball 23 times for 118 yards. Mackey’s teammate, Tyler Bess came close to crossing the mark finishing with 87 yards.
CHERRYVILLE IRONMEN @ North Gaston Wildcats
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Its one thing to lose to your rival but its another situation to lose in the fashion that the Ironmen did last week 60-38 at home. The defense really had problems trying to control Mack George who just ran the ball with malice. This week they will be going to Wildcat country to tame the cats. The Ironmen’s bright spot week to week has definitely been their ability to pass the ball, a different look from last year when they were more of a running team with RJ Abernethy. Short term memory is the name of the game so for the Ironmen, get last week out their heads and take it to the Wildcats.
Chase Trojans @ BURNS BULLDOGS
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The Bulldogs are looking for their first win this week against the Trojans. The Bulldogs are still in the process of building their identity on offense, which puts a lot on the back of the defense. The defense has been the formula for success for the bulldogs over the past few years but with the graduating of seniors and the loss of some key players its needed more than ever. Last week they appeared to have found some momentum on offense to build on for this weeks action at home. Beware of the dogs running loose in their backyard this week against the Trojans.
RS Central Hilltoppers @ SHELBY GOLDEN LIONS
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Well what can be said for the Golden Lions losing to South Point last week at home. The Red Raiders were a struggling team on the ropes coming into last week but left out of Shelby with a great feeling, a victory. Last weeks victory kept the Raiders from the worst school start since 1996. The Golden Lions watched another opportunity to defeat the Red Raiders fall through their fingers, losing to them the year before while on their way to a State Championship. This week the Golden Lions will be back at home to get things back on track against the Hilltoppers. I expect execution on offense and discipline on defense for Shelby after losing last week at home.
CREST CHARGERS @ Draughn Wildcats
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The Chargers had a bye week last week to rest some early season bruises and iron out the wrinkles in the game plan. The Chargers, coming off the bye, will be on the road to take on the win-less Draughn Wildcats. This will be a early exit for the starters and some playing time for the bench players. The Wildcats in three games has surrendered 125 points, and this Crest team (currently ranked #1 in the State) has one its best all-around offensive attacks that they’ve suited up in years.
OTHER LOCAL AREA GAMES
Ashbrook Greenwave @ TC ROBERSON RAMS
Forestview Jaguars @ EAST LINCOLN MUSTANGS
LINCOLNTON WOLVES @ East Gaston Warriors
HUNTER HUSS HUSKIES @ Rocky River Ravens
Highland Tech Rams @ LAKE NORMAN KNIGHTS
KINGS MOUNTAIN MOUNTAINEERS @ East Rutherford Cavailiers
HOLLYWOOD’S NFL REVIEW
By Kevin Hastings
Each week we countdown each team’s chances of making it, and winning the Super Bowl. It’s NOT a power poll. While I think New Orleans and New England are better than most teams ahead of them, at 0-1 they wouldn’t make the playoffs today so they’re out of the Top 12 which are the current playoff teams as of this week. We also say goodbye to a team each week, eliminating them from the poll. This week we say goodbye to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Last week I didn’t even label them the right team. That’s when you know it’s going to be a bad season. Sorry Jacksonville, you’re not winning the Super Bowl. Goodbye and we’ll see you in 2015.
ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK
31. St. Louis Rams (0-1)
With no quarterback, there’s no hope. Next week we probably say goodbye.
30. Houston Texans (1-0)
All the teams left on the chopping blocks have quarterback question marks including Houston, who accidently won on Sunday over the Redskins.
29. Oakland Raiders (0-1)
The Raiders are 0 for their last 20-something games in the East Coast time zone. You’re welcome gamblers.
28. Cleveland Browns (0-1)
Brian Hoyer saved his job from Johnny Football for at least one more week.
27. Washington Redskins (0-1)
Kirk Cousins may end up being the answer in the nation’s capital.
26. New York Giants (0-1)
This team isn’t any good. My brother in law is a fan and is looking at a long year.
POSSIBLE PLAYOFF TEAMS
25. Tampa Bay Bucs (0-1)
Competed to the end with the defending division champs. Don’t give up on this team yet. They can still make some noise.
24. Buffalo Bills (0-1)
If EJ Manual doesn’t turn the ball over this team will/can compete with anyone.
23. San Diego Chargers (1-0)
Phillip Rivers is good enough to win it all. But is his team? I don’t know.
22. Dallas Cowboys (0-1)
Same old Cowboys. Jason Garrett keeps calling pass plays on short & goal, the defense can’t guard anyone and Jerry Jones only cares about making money. Welcome to America’s Team!
21. Kansas City Chiefs (0-1)
Did not expect the Chiefs offense to be held to only 10 points. Just pathetic.
20. Chicago Bears (0-1)
Same old Bears. My goodness, they’re almost an identical team to the Cowboys.
19. Detroit Lions (1-0)
Megatron is outstanding. With a new head coach this team might not crumble in December.
18. Arizona Cardinals (1-0)
The Cardinals missed the playoffs last season despite winning 10 games. Deja Vu could happen all over again in the desert.
17. Green Bay Packers (0-1)
Getting beat by the defending champs isn’t so bad. The fact Aaron Rodgers was scared to throw at Richard Sherman is a little alarming though.
16. Indianapolis Colts (0-1)
Until Peyton retires Andrew Luck may never get out of the Peyton Curse.
15. Baltimore Ravens (0-1)
Now that the Ravens have done the right thing and cut Ray Rice, will the black birds now rely heavily on the passing game?
14. New Orleans Saints (0-1)
I thought the Saints had the Falcons where they wanted them early on. The NFC South won’t be as easy as thought.
13. New England Patriots (0-1)
The Patriots were shut out by the Dolphins in the 2nd half. Tom Brady REALLY hates pressure.
IN THE PLAYOFFS, FOR NOW
12. Minnesota Vikings (1-0)
Do you REALLY think Minnesota can win this division? Me neither.
11. New York Jets (1-0)
Good defense plus good run game plus mediocre passing game = a normal Rex Ryan team. They can beat and be beat by anyone on any given Sunday.
10. Miami Dolphins (1-0)
Some people like Ryan Tannehill and some don’t. I’m not a big fan at all.
9. Tennessee Titans (1-0)
The division stinks so they actually have a chance to make the playoffs.
8. Carolina Panthers (1-0)
Good news is they won, and with the backup QB (who is a better passer than Newton). Bad news is they barely beat a team with Josh McCown at quarterback. The Panthers have to find ways to score because the defense can’t win every game.
7. Cincinnatti Bengals (1-0)
Eleven seasons in, Marvin Lewis = 0 playoff wins.
6. Atlanta Falcons (1-0)
Great home win gift wrapped to them by a Marques Colston fumble but the Dirty Birds are back in business.
5. San Francisco 49ers (1-0)
As long as the defense can hold court to midseason the 49ers will compete for a Wild Card spot.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)
So they were down 17-0 at halftime and won 34-17. Now THAT’S some halftime adjustments made right!
3. Denver Broncos (1-0)
Nothing surprising other than Denver almost giving up the lead.
2. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-0)
My AFC Super Bowl sleeper pick started out on fire and let the Browns back in the game. They’ll get that fixed and if the run game produces like that, lookout!
1. Seattle Seahawks (1-0)
A dominating performance; one of the most complete teams in years.
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Lincolnton Lions Club Sponsors Three
Parking Lots At 42nd Annual Apple Festival
Are you planning to attend the 42nd Annual Lincolnton/Lincoln County Apple Festival on Saturday, September 20th? If you’re looking for a place to park your vehicle and support the Lincolnton Lions Club at the same time, then you have three opportunities. The Lincolnton Lions Club will be charging $5.00 for you to park your car, motorcycle, truck, SUV, and van in three Downtown Lincolnton Businesses parking lots as follows: Raymond James Financial Services- 517 East Main Street, First Citizen Bank- 112 North Laurel Street ( behind Don’s BP Station) and First Citizen Bank- 425 East Main Street ( parking lot near their ATM Machine ).
Due to Highways 27 and East Main Street will be closed and detour signs displayed rerouting traffic to and from the 42nd Annual Lincolnton/Lincoln County Apple Festival, festival goers wishing to park at any of the Lions Club Parking Lots should turn RIGHT @ City of Lincolnton Police Department onto FLINT STREET. Go 1 Block and turn LEFT onto Sycamore Street. Go 1/10 mile until you see LIONS in their YELLOW VEST, GOLF SHIRTS DIRECTING PEOPLE WITH THEIR RED FLAGS INTO ONE OF THEIR THREE PARKING LOTS.
In addition to raising funds at one of their three parking lots, the Lincolnton Lions Club will be selling brooms, mops, Camp Dogwood Raffle Tickets, and Kazoos, and Patriotic Badges in their parking lots.
Cost of Individual Brooms. $5.00 children’s straw broom. $5.00 children’s mop. $8.00 Synthetic Soft Sweep Broom. $9.00 Household Straw Broom. $12.00 Industrial/Patio Straw Broom. Cost of Individual Kazoos & Patriotic Badges . $1.00 each
Camp Dogwood Raffle Tickets are $1.00 per ticket or book of 12 tickets purchased by same person for $10.00. You may win one of two $200 Gift Certificates. Grand Prize winner will have a choice of one of three 2015 vehicles to be announced.
Proceeds from the Lincolnton Lions Club Apple Festival Parking Lots and other items sold will provide services to the blind/visually impaired, purchase eyeglasses/eye examinations for the needy, sponsor NC Lions See The 21st Century Mobile Vision Screening Unit @ 4 of Lincoln County’s elementary school, sponsor blind campers to Camp Dogwood, sponsor the 16th Annual Lions Club Christmas Party For The Blind/Visually Impaired of Lincoln County, sponsor Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest at 4 public, 1 private, and 1 charter middle school in Lincoln County, sponsor one/$500 Lions Club College Scholarship at Lincoln County’s 4 public high schools, and other Lions Club Charities.
What’s Up with Thinkin’ ‘Bout It
By Dr. Vincent Hefner - First Baptist in Cherryville
My wife and I are moving into a new home just a few miles away from our old home. We have lived in the parsonage for over 12 years, and it was time to buy a home before I got too old to get a loan! You would think that moving a short distance would not be hard, but distance has nothing to do with packing up and eventually unpacking. I have asked myself some hard questions over this entire experience. First, why do I have so much stuff and where did it all come from? To be honest, my stuff has stuff! I have sold and given away more stuff than a person should ever want in a lifetime. I am somewhat embarrassed to continually be making trips to the local ministry that accepts stuff. I know they are thinking, “How much stuff does this guy own?” Regardless, I still have more stuff to give away and sell before we move in to our new home. I have decided to live without things I don’t need, and the more I don’t need the better off I will be.
The second question I have asked is, “What’s going to happen to all this stuff when I die?” Will my children fight over what is left? I have seen children fight over flower arrangements that had been sent to their parent’s funeral. I can only imagine what those kids did when it came to something of real value! Will my children have a giant yard sale and split the proceeds amongst themselves? This is more civil, but this would tell me I had nothing they wanted! Will they call a local ministry to come and pick everything up in a moving truck? Stay tuned, only time will tell!
The final question I have asked myself from this experience is, “Can I take it with me when I go?” I have seen people hoard their possessions to the point of the possessions owning them instead of the person owning the possessions. What a terrible way to live, but people choose this lifestyle everyday. I have seen people use their possessions to keep their loved ones in line. They will tell a specific family member they are out of the will if they do something that is against their wishes. Since I’m not in anybody’s will, I don’t have to worry about losing stuff if I make somebody mad! I will make you mad for free (just ask my family and friends!). The obvious answer to this long debated question is, “No, you can’t take it with you when you go”…but don’t be so fast with your conclusion!
The Bible is very plain in what you can bring when you go to Heaven. As a matter of fact, we ask ourselves what we can take when we go on any trip. If you fly on a plane, the plane has a weight limit on how much you can bring on the flight. If you travel in your car, you are limited to how much space is in the car. If you travel on foot, you are limited to how much you can physically carry. What can you take to Heaven? Revelation 14:13 tells us, “Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, ‘Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.’” Works cannot take you to heaven, only Jesus can do that, but your works will follow you to heaven. My question to you is this, “What type of works will follow you into the Kingdom?” What are you doing in Jesus’ name today? Will you be surprised by how much or how little the amount of works will be following you? Make sure that you are doing everything you can to uplift the name of Jesus in your life. Make no mistake, those works will not be lost! In life, we can lose all sorts of things. We can lose our keys, cell phones, umbrellas, patience, etc…but our works are right behind us!
Remember, Don’t Give Into Sin!
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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
I have looked in wonder and at length at the lovely inscription, Marie A. Baker, Christmas, 1924. It is written in a flowing script that seems to show no signs of hurry or worry. This inscription is in the front of a Bible that I just bought from an antique store in Berlin, Ohio, on our recent trip to visit Amish country.
I have several very old Bibles in my collection, some of them from the seventeen and eighteen hundreds, and I even have a framed page of an original 1611 King James Bible. The ninety year old Bible with the lovely inscription in the front is not too terribly old as Bibles go, but something about it caught my attention.
As I mused on a Bible that has changed hands again in the year 2014, I cannot help but wonder how many times through the years it has done so, how many places it has been, and how many circumstances it has carried people through by the words on its pages. I do not know how long Marie A. Baker kept that Bible, but please indulge me while I imagine what that precious book may have done, and for whom, before it came to me.
That book, five years after it was given, was there for its owner as the country was rocked by the Wall Street crash of 29 and the great depression that followed. The owner was able to sit at a table in a dimly lit room with cupboards growing barer by the day and read Psalm 55:22, “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
That book, as the world was engulfed in a second World War, and as millions across the world were bleeding and dying, was able to be picked up by trembling hands of fear, opened to John 14:1-3, and show the words the owner most needed to see, “John 14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”
In the upheaval of the sixties, when the country seemed to be tearing itself apart from within along racial lines, an owner not sure of where to fall on the subject was able to open that book to Acts 10:34-35 and read “Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.”
In the seventies, filled with angst over Vietnam and all of the scandals that followed, a person loyal both to Christ and to country, torn and unsure even of how to pray, was able to open that now fifty year old book and read “1 Timothy 2:1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
In the peaceful yet self-absorbed eighties and nineties, a person wondering if there is any meaning in life could have opened that book to Revelation 4:11 and read “Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
As the twentieth century ended and the first fourteen years of the twentieth first century unfolded, a person stunned by the avalanche of open sinfulness in society could go back to that book and find an anchor for belief and behavior, “1 Peter 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.”
When I get to heaven, I hope Marie A. Baker is there, I would like to ask her about her old Bible. That book on your shelf? Pull it back out, it is a book for all ages, all circumstances, and all people.