What’s Up in Local Sports
Good news! Tickets are now available for the American Legion World Series scheduled for August 12-16 at Keeter Stadium at Shelby High School. You can order your tickets through the American Legion World Series web site www.americanlegionworldseries.com/ticketinformation.php. You can also call the American Legion World Series in Shelby at 704-466-3103. General Admission tickets are $30.00 for the entire tournament, $10.00 per session or $7.00 per game. Reserved seats are $50.00 for the entire tournament. Rocking chair tickets are $400.00 for the entire tournament. Banquet tickets are still available for $20.00 set for August 11th. And coming soon, tickets for the Ronnie Dunn/Colt Ford concert to be held the night of August 11th in the grandstand at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds.
Former Forestview Jaguar Harold Varner finished as the top golfer on the East Carolina golf team after averaging 71.0 this season. Varner was named All-Conference USA.
Former Ashbrook football coach Joe Shepherd has been added to the South Point Red Raider coaching staff. Shepherd will coach the defensive backs for the Red Raiders. Shepherd guided Ashbrook to the 2002 state championship.
The season ended for the Burns Bulldogs last Wednesday night as they fell to North Buncombe by a 6-4 score. The Bulldogs finished 14-9 on the season.
Kings Mountain has named a new Athletic Director. He is Dustin Morehead and he’ll take over for Suzanne Grayson who will be retiring after this school season. Morehead has served this past year as assistant athletic director. Morehead is a Crest and UNC-Charlotte graduate.
East Lincoln’s Brather Cline was named the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference’s most valuable player in track. It was his third straight MVP award. Also J.T. Gaston was named the conference’s most valuable field athlete. It was his second straight MVP award.
The Lincoln Charter Middle School girls softball team won their sixth straight conference regular season championship and the tournament championship. Kayla Helms, Kyra Johnson, Emily Kenley, Payton Smith, Hannah Taylor and Courtney Tucker were all named to the All-Conference team.
In the state high school baseball playoffs last week. East Lincoln advanced with a 6-1 win over West Davidson and then advanced to the Western 2A semi-finals with an 8-2 win over West Stanley. Porter Ridge eliminated East Gaston by a 6-1 score. The Warriors finished 14-11 on the year. Piedmont eliminated West Lincoln by a 7-0 score. The Rebels finished 18-8 on the season. Bessemer City downed Robbinsville 14-4. Cherryville advanced with a 10-0 win over Rosman. South Point downed Fred T. Foard 4-0 and then downed North Buncombe 1-0. Crest advanced with a 3-2 win over St. Stephens and Burns downed Enka 7-1.
In the state high school girls softball playoffs. Highland Tech beat Mitchell County 8-7. South Point blasted Enka 13-4 before being eliminated by a 12-2 score to Fred T. Foard. The Lady Raiders finish 17-7 on the season. Cherryville beat Grey Stone 5-1. Kings Mountain advanced with a win over Freedom 7-3 and then were eliminated by a 2-1 eight winning loss to Franklin. The Lady Mountaineers finished 12-8 on the season. North Lincoln beat North Surry 8-3. Enka eliminated North Gaston 2-0. The Lady Wildcats ended their season with an 8-11 record. Hopewell eliminated East Gaston 6-1. East Gaston finished with a 24-2 season record. West Stanley eliminated West Lincoln by an 8-1 score. The Lady Rebels finished 15-8 on the season. Crest advanced with a 7-2 win over Tuscola. Burns downed Hibriten by a 6-1 score. West Montgomery eliminated Bessemer City 6-5. Forest Hills eliminated East Lincoln 6-3.
In the state high school girls soccer playoffs. St. Stephens eliminated South Point 3-0. Shelby advanced with a 2-1 win over Polk County before being eliminated by a 4-0 loss to Forbush. The Lady Golden Lions finished 17-4-1 on the season.
Hats off to the Holbrook Lions girls soccer team. The Lady Lions won the Gaston County Middle School girls soccer championship with a 3-1 win over Cramerton. Both Holbrook and Cramerton ended their seasons with 11-1 records.
Hats off to the Chavis baseball team as they set a county record last week by winning their seventh Gaston County baseball title with a 4-3 win over Mt. Holly.
The season ended for Shelby in the State 2A dual team tennis championship as they fell to Newton-Conover by a 7-2 score. The Golden Lions finished 17-3 on the year.
Shelby’s Tyler Trice has been hired as a pitching coach for the Asheboro Copperheads in the Coastal Plains League. Trice was released from the Colorado Rockies after three full seasons in their organization. Jeff Howell of Kings Mountain, Eric Shuford of Burns and Adam McFarland of Crest will be playing for the Copperheads this summer. The team is coached by Cleveland County native David Camp.
Former Bessemer City star Kevin Millwood has signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox. Millwood is expected to be assigned to Class AAA Pawtucket. Millwood was released two weeks ago from a minor league contract with the New York Yankees.
Clay Champion took home the Pete Webb Memorial Tournament Individual Championship last weekend. Champion downed Rick Milligan 3&2 to take the title.
Former Gaston Day basketball star T.J. Taylor was named the co-Western Division Player of the Year after one season in the UBA for the Tennessee Dragons. Taylor averaged 16.5 points per game and was named to the league’s All Defensive Team.
Former Crest Charger and now Gardner Webb first baseman Dusty Quattlebaum has been named to the first team Capital One Academic All-American. Quattlebaum becomes the first baseball player from Gardner Webb to ever earn that award. Quattlebaum has compiled a 4.00 cumulative grade point average in his major of sports management. He currently is hitting .321 and is leading the Big South in doubles this season.
North Lincoln’s girls track coach David Richardson has been named the Coach of the Year. The Lady Mustang’s won the conference and regional track championships.
Speaking of track and field…Lincolnton’s Travis Alfaro won the 3200 meter run in the State 2A Championship and North Lincoln’s Brather Cline won this year’s 160 meter run in the State 2A Championship.
The Gastonia Grizzlies will open their home schedule on May 31st. New renovations have been made at the stadium including a new concourse. There are many special promotional nights planned including a Las Vegas Night, Fireworks, Bark in the Park, a Grandma Beauty Pagant, Midnight Madness, Ugly T-Shirt, Pawn Stars and Justin Bieber Night.
Hats off to Belmont Banner and Gaston Gazette sportswriter Dwight Frady. Frady will be honored this Saturday morning at 11:00 am at the South Point High School auditorium. Frady was inducted into the Belmont Sports Hall of Fame and the Gaston County Sports Hall of Fame.
Lake Norman / Lincoln County
Chamber After Hours
At The Energy Explorium at McGuire Power Plant
What’s Up Shopper was the ONLY local paper to be there with a photographer
and not just to eat the wonderful FREE food! See all our photos on our Facebook page!
NORTH LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL GRANTS
North Lincoln Middle School announces the receipt of two grants. T.E.A.M. Foundation, a charitable arm of Times Oil Corporation awarded a $4,300 grant to be used to purchase 8 laptops and a mobile computer lab cart. They were also awarded a $2,500 Invest in Teachers Awards from LEARN, NC. which requires $2,500 in matching funds. These funds will be used for Staff development for the teachers.
Lincoln County Chamber Network Luncheon
The Lincolnton-Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce held its second quarterly Networking Luncheon on Thursday, May 18, 2011 at Verdict Ridge Country Club. Guest speaker for the luncheon was Captain Gus Gustafson. Captain Gus spoke to a crowd of 113 Chamber members and guests on Lake Norman; its size, which is over 500 miles of shoreline and things to do on the lake such as visiting the NC State Park. Of course, fishing was also covered as well.
Deana Lyon, co-owner of Chillin & Grillin and Chair of the Chamber’s Small Business Council emceed the luncheon and recognized the luncheon’s sponsors. Sponsors included: Energy United, 3 Cherry Way, Knox, Brotherton, Knox, and Godfrey.
Prior to the start of the luncheon, a New Member Orientation was conducted by Chamber President, Ken Kindley. Also participating in the orientation was Chamber Chair of the Board, Donna Beringer, President of Carolina Federal Credit Union. 14 new members participated in the orientation.
Rubbing’s Racing in NASCAR
Carl Edwards may have ruined his car but who cares when you’re a million dollars richer. Edwards put on quite a show Saturday night as he lead all 10 laps of the final segment to pick up his first career All Star win. Kyle Busch was second followed by David Reutimann in third. Tony Stewart, a previous winner of this event, came home in fourth followed by Greg Biffle in fifth.
Before the main event was held, Non-race winners were able to compete in the Sprint Showdown for a chance to make it into the All Star race. Dale Earnhardt Jr. was one of those drivers; even though he would eventually land a spot in the race through the fan vote. I was glad to see Earnhardt in the main event but he didn’t deserve to be there. He didn’t even put up a fight in the showdown. David Ragan and Brad Keselowski would ultimately earn those spots.
As an Earnhardt fan, I was let down by his performance. I did attend this year’s race so I saw first hand how bad it was. Even with Junior’s dismal showing, I still had a great time. The best part of the evening was watching the race and playbacks on the massive HD screen on the backstretch. You could see every spark and piece of sheet metal in the air during a wreck, it was incredible. Hats off to Charlotte Motor Speedway for that investment.
* Bobby Allison will be signing autographs on Monday May 30th at Memory Lane Museum in Mooresville from 11 to 1. They are located off of Hwy. 150 as you head into Mooresville.
* Since most readers are from the Gaston, Lincoln, Cleveland County area, I wanted to remind you of Robby Gordon’s appearance at Eastridge Mall on Saturday the 28th. There will be much to see and do according to the radio advertisement. The event runs from 2-6 with Robby’s appearance at 4.
Prediction for the Coca Cola 600: This weekend’s winner will have to hang tough for 600 grueling miles. He did it for 500 miles at Texas Motor Speedway back in April and I think he can hold on for 100 more this Memorial Day weekend. Look for the Matt Kenseth, driver of the #17 in victory lane at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Flo Robinson Literary Competition Announces Winners
The Arts Council of Lincoln County announces the winners of the 2011 Flo Robinson Literary Competition. All entries were considered and the Arts Council of Lincoln County thanks all participants for their time and efforts. Further, the Arts Council would like to thank and recognize the judges; Mrs. Ann Neal, Mrs. Heather Myers, and Mrs. Libby Hall. The Arts Council also would like to thank the Gaston Gazette for their continued support and for generously providing the reception for this event. Additional support was provided by the following: The Trustees of the Flo Robinson Estate, Lincoln County Schools, Lincoln Cultural Center, and Drums Florist. For information, please contact the Arts Council of Lincoln County at (704) 732-9044. This project is supported in part by a grant provided through the Grassroots Arts Program of the NC Arts Council, a state agency.
PROSE: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: 1st “Hope Renewed” by Hannah Carli McGuire, Rock Springs / 2nd “The Chase” by Connor Bain, Rock Springs / 3rd “The Pack Calls” by Savannah Burgess, Rock Springs / Honorable Mention “Finding Faith in a Box” by Isabella Kathryn Shutt, Union
POETRY: ELEMENTARY SCHOOL: 1st “The Shot” by Pate Craig, North Brook / 2nd “The Firefighter’s Son” by Dylan Smith, North Brook / 3rd “Apple Tree” by Kacei Quiros, Norris S. Childers / Honorable Mention “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” by Mauricio Lozano, Norris S. Childers
PROSE: MIDDLE SCHOOL: 1st “The Little Blue Bow” by Erica Loraine Mullis, Lincoln Charter School / 2nd “A Stop along the Underground Railroad” by Robert Doehling, West Lincoln / 3rd “The Long Track to Freedom” by Skylar Greer, West Lincoln / Honorable Mention “Untitled” by Faith Shultz, West Lincoln
POETRY: MIDDLE SCHOOL: 1st “Sarah May-Lou” by Adanna Eziri, North Lincoln / 2nd “Utopia” by Lily Katherine Pressley, Lincoln Charter / 3rd “Mountain, Sunrise, Beauty” by Skylar Greer, West Lincoln / Honorable Mention “One Day” by Wyatt Braun, West Lincoln
PROSE: HIGH SCHOOL: 1st “My Favorite Game” by Rachel Dango, Lincolnton / 2nd “A Day to Remember” by Leslie Ka-Wai Leung, North Lincoln / 3rd “The Unlived Life” by Aubrey Lewis, North Lincoln / Honorable Mention “The Ticket” by Jeremy Moore, North Lincoln
POETRY: HIGH SCHOOL: 1st “Little Moments” by Ann Michelle Taylor, North Lincoln / 2nd “A Reality Far, Far Away” y Montana Fenske, East Lincoln / 3rd “And She Ran” by Kayla McMillan, East Lincoln / Honorable Mention “The Red Lady” by Jessica Kulibert, East Lincoln
PROSE: ADULT: 1st “Lady of the House” by Kay Marks / 2nd “The Lottery Ticket” by Allyson Levine
3rd “Primary Injustice” by Susan Harris / Honorable Mention “Known to God Only” by Blair Devine
POETRY: ADULT: 1st “Stalemate” by Barbara Crumley / 2nd “Free as the Butterfly” by Sandra Smith
3rd “Grandmother’s Reflection” by Brenda Preston / Honorable Mention “The Gardener and the Poet” by Deborah Ross Whitman
THE PET GUARDIAN
The purpose of a service dog is to assist people with various disabilities. Breeds commonly used are Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers and Shepherds. Here are many services such dogs provide:
1. Hearing Dogs- Signaling or alerting behaviors for those who live with deafness or other auditory challenges.
2. Seizure Alert or Response Dogs- Provide appropriate alerting behaviors in response to a seizure event.
3. Service Dogs- Provide mobility assistance to those using wheelchairs or other devices for mobile assistance.
4. Therapeutic Companion Dogs- Provide emotional support to various individuals for social therapy. Elder care, facility, hospice program, and children hospitals are common settings for these dogs.
5. Specialty Dogs- Provide assistance to individuals living with disabilities requiring combinations of hearing seizures and therapeutic duties.
Puppies at six weeks of age are trained in basic tasks, such as sit, stay, come, down, heel and no bite. When they have mastered these, they move on to more complicated task training, such as paws up, leave it, take it, touch/bump. These tasks are worked along with practice on the basic tasks and are later used as components of the skill set they will need when they are placed in homes. They are also socialized to different environments to become associated with different sights, sounds and smells of various places. This helps train them for climbing stairs, riding elevators and accessing buttons, all the while being aware of shopping carts and people in close vicinity. By age two they are ready for their new home and owner. Every dog is placed according to their ability to serve. They typically work for eight to ten years then retire to a good home with a loving family. And sometimes, they stay with their service owners. They are now ready to be just a wonderful companion and pet. ADI (Assistance Dogs International) 2009 fiscal year census report states the following work teams: Guide 6273, Hearing 986, Service 2126, Seizure Alert/Response 51, Social 159, Therapy 148, Other 263, which may include children with autism, dual dogs, sight/hearing problems, hypo & hyperglycemia detection dogs. Grand Total: 9858.
Some Success Stories:
Kelly had given up on her life after spending the last several years with epilepsy, kidney and GI problems. Kelly had grand mal seizures. She received Jake as her Emergency, Medical Response Dog I 2008. Jake, a young black lab, responded very quickly to Kelly. Within one week, he was alerting and reacting to her seizures, bringing her medications, the phone, and her purse. Early one morning, Kelly was having an absence seizure in the bathroom. Jake hit the alert button and ran to Kelly’s mother’s bedroom to waken her. She woke up and was able to help Kelly.
Homer was a big black lab diagnosed with hip dysplasia, which meant he could not qualify to be a certified service dog. So Homer became a career changing dog and was adopted by Nick. Homer would pester Nick in the middle of the night, sometimes several times a night, and Nick had no idea why. After telling his healthcare provider, it was suggested that Nick undergo a sleep study. It was then that Nick learned he had sleep apnea. Homer had never been trained to wake up a person because they stopped breathing, but it is just what he was doing with all those nudges in the middle of the night. Dogs can sense a lot of things beyond our comprehension. While Homer is not a certified service dog, he definitely is a hero service dog in Nick’s eyes.
More success stories next month from Your Pet Guardian…
What’s Up with Revelling In It
By Rebecca Revels
When my son’s very first Christmas was approaching I wanted something special. While his grandmother watched him I pushed a wheelbarrow down to where the powerlines crossed the Dirt Road. Shovel in hand I began to dig up one of the small cedar trees growing there. For a tree that was barely two feet tall this thing had roots that seemed to reach half way to China. No matter how deep I dug, I could not reach the end of those roots. Time was passing quickly and I knew that mom had things she had put off to allow me to do this. It was the middle of December, I was sweating from the efforts and growing tired, yet I was determined. I finally gave in and began breaking the roots. When the tree was finally free from the ground I lifted it with the shovel and placed it inside a five gallon bucket I had brought with me. When I got the tree back to the house I managed to get it onto the front porch. Rounding up what I needed I carefully decorated the tree with colorful and yet simple items. Items that should James grab any of them he wouldn’t get hurt and I wouldn’t get upset. It was his tree after all.
When I finished I went for James. The minute he saw that tree he loved it. There was no way he could understand its meaning, but his eyes lit up and his face was covered with a big smile. My wish was that the tree would last until Christmas. I got more than that- Christmas came and went and the tree lived on. I moved the bucket off of the porch and it continued to live. Weeks later when it was still alive and doing well I decided that I might as well plant it. Moving it across the yard to a point inside the fence but near the road I dug as deep a hole as I could. Putting the dirt from the bucket in the hole I put the tree down in the dirt that had followed it from powerline to bucket to porch and now, to the yard.
Through drought, neighbors and even being ran down when a mobile home was moved down the road, this tree lived. Not only lived, it grew tall, reaching a height of around twenty feet. As it grew it was a quiet reminder of that first Christmas and simple gifts that bring smiles.
Around the same time- give or take a few years- we purchased a Magnavox console Television. A top of the line model for it’s time. This set has been moved around and had all manner of electronics hooked up to it. Everything from Barney to Die Hard to Nightmare movies has played on that screen. After twenty-something years, that set rolled its last list of credits. That meant getting a new television.
James went with us and helped pick out the best television for our money. He understood all the mumbo jumbo on the information cards. We got the set and accessories home. While my husband and I ran a few more errands James put everything together.
We have one of the satellite programs. With a new high definition television that meant they had to come out and replace the old satellite with a new high def model. That is where sadness and good-bye comes in.
The technician comes out while I am at work. I call home to see if they had everything under control. From what I was told, the guy tried every way that he could to set up the new dish to where it would get the best signal. Remember my yard is filled with those big Oak trees, so it was not an easy task. Finally my husband tells me, they had to cut down the tree. They tried, really tried, but they had no choice.
Pulling down the Dirt Road the empty spot where the tree had once been was disheartening. Memories flooded back, tugging at the emotions. There was also a realization, there are always going to be good-byes. Time and circumstances will cause us to be parted from the people that we love and care about as well as material things we may have a fondness for. We will shed tears at the passing of a season, deal with a broken heart and miss with a deep longing. Yet the truth is, as long as we have the memories, they are never fully gone from us. They live in our stories and reminiscing, in the photos we hold and family and friends that surround us. Knowing that, makes saying good-bye just a tiny bit easier.
Let’s Talk Bible
Japheth was my forefather. I am told his dad was 500 years old when he was born. I, the writer, am glad to say that Japheth was one of my forefathers. That makes me glad to say that I am a Gentile, Saved by a Spiritual Jew. Abraham’s forefather was a man named Shem. Abraham was the first man called a Hebrew. Abram was so much thought of by God, that he changed his name from Abram the sinner to Abraham the Righteous. After that, when one died who believed in God, they were said to go to Abraman’s Bosom. Meaning to Rest in Peace with Abraham. As I study I am suprised at the times the word bosom is used in a good Bible, and the many different ways. Seventeen books use the word bosom. After Christ came in, that line is now referred to as Jews. “Now all, meaning Jews and Gentiles” can rest in peace with Jesus as our Savior. That is why Brother Paul used the word All in Romans, speaking of both Jews and Gentiles. He points out that we are all born under sin. I am glad to testify to being reborn to a young man that was born in a Jewish family. His earthy dad was the brother of my forefather Japheth. His name was Shem. Now comes Jesus whose earthly parents are proud to be in Shem’s ancestry. Now I can claim kin to Shem by being reborn as a spiritual Jew. Only spiritual Jews can claim the right to go to Heaven. All Hebrews are Jews, but they must become spiritual Jews before they can get to Heaven. One thing seems to be overlooked is God’s intentions. Read Genesis Chapter 6 verse 6-8. this is really where the generations of today start from. Thanks to Noah and his faith in a living God. Someone said that we lost Ham, one of Noah’s sons to Sodom and Gomorrah, and Adma and Zeboim, all cities whose ancestors came from Ham. We have to say at the first who was hard to control. Later on in the Bible they get straightened out.
What’s Up With Thinking Bout It
I always thought that Shakespeare coined the phrase, “Love is a many splendored thing,” but I was wrong. A lady wrote a book with that as the title, and I believe it was made into a movie. Anyway, since I have been golfing I have changed that famous phrase to, “Golf is a many splendored swing!” Let me explain. Some people love golf because of the exercise they get while walking the course. Some people love golf because they can hit their driver a long distance, while others love the sport because they are proficient with their irons as they approach the green. Still others love golf because they can put the ball into the cup (the hole) with great precision.
As much as I would like to tell you one or all of these are the reasons I love golf, I can’t. Once in a while I can hit a good drive, but most of the time my shot off the tee winds up in the woods. When I hit my irons, it is anybody’s guess where the ball is going to land. If you want to talk about a mystery, just watch me putt the ball. No, as much as I try to master the game of golf, what I love most about the sport is finding golf balls that others have given up on! Since I am in the woods most of the time I am on any given course, my odds of finding a lost golf ball really increases.
It is hard to find a stray ball in the middle of the fairway, so I take advantage of my little walks in the woods and tall grass to find a ball someone else has given up on. I am like a small child on Easter Sunday morning looking for hidden colored eggs in the Church yard, and I get just as excited when I find a golf ball! As a matter of fact, I had just as soon find a golf ball as to get a par on any particular hole.
The last time I played golf was with my sons and my father-in-law in Georgia. Pawpaw had made reservations to play at a nice course and to show us how much he has improved as a golfer. My game started out just like I had expected. I hit two houses that, in my opinion, were too close to the course anyway, but I was too afraid to go into the yards to look for my golf balls. I figure if I hit someone’s house, they can keep the ball as a little memento from yours truly. However, at the start of one hole, I hit my drive into the woods, and proceeded to look for my ball. As I entered into the woods, I saw something that thrilled my soul. I saw an orange golf ball. I thought to myself, “This is great, an orange golf ball, now I will be able to keep up with my ball when it lands in the fairway.” When I reached down to pick it up, I saw another orange ball, and another orange ball, and yet, another orange ball. I thought that at least somebody was as bad a golfer as me but was too lazy to walk into the woods to find his golf balls. No matter, his loss is my gain, I thought, as I was cramming golf balls into my pockets. Then it happened, I looked up and realized that I was at the edge of a driving range and all these orange balls belonged to the club. I reluctantly emptied my pockets of the golf balls, discouraged because what I thought was a great find was not.
Have you ever thought you had something important, only to realize at a later date it was worthless? What is valuable to the Christian? 1 Samuel 15:22 says, “But Samuel replied, ‘What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Obedience is far better than sacrifice. Listening to him is much better than offering the fat of rams.’” Yes, obeying the Lord is a many splendored thing, because it brings pleasure to Jesus when we obey His commands. God will place a joy in our hearts and lives when we choose to follow Him regardless of what the world is doing. Make sure you don’t have your minds crammed with the wrong stuff only to find out you don’t have the godly things in your life. God has a plan for all of our lives, and we find this plan by being obedient to Him regardless of the temptations that will surround us.
Remember, Don’t Give In To Sin, Think About It!