What’s Up in Local Sports
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has voted to extend the high school regular season back to 12 weeks. Last year, the Association condensed the season to 11 weeks, but coaches had difficulties in scheduling 11 games in 11 weeks. Some teams dropped to a 10 game schedule instead. Also, the Association voted not to oust private schools from the North Carolina High School competition. The vote to do so did not receive the necessary 75 percent. If passed, the ruling would have put charter schools into separate brackets for team championships. The schools most affected would have been Charlotte Catholic, Cardinal Gibbons in Raleigh and Bishop McGuinness in Kernersville.
West Lincoln’s Erica Webb has signed a letter of intent to play women’s basketball at Guilford Technical Community College. Webb was all-conference this past season.
Hats off to the Burns Bulldog boys’ tennis team, as they won their first playoff game in nine years! Burns downed Harding last week 5-1 in the first round of the dual team playoffs.
Forestview’s Will Blalock is the new Big South Golf Champion after firing a one under par 67 last week at the Crowder’s Mountain Golf Club. Last year’s champion, Will Long, finished one stroke back with a 68. Both helped Forestview to capture the Big South golf championship. South Point was second followed by Ashbrook, North Gaston, Kings Mountain, Crest and Hunter Huss. Ken Beaty of Forestview was named the Coach of the Year. Forestview, South Point and Ashbrook all qualified for the Regional’s.
Gardner Webb’s Josh Padgett and Jane Savage were recipients of the prestigious George A. Christenberry Award for Academic Excellence. Padgett, who ran track and field, recorded a 3.99 grade point average in mathematics while Savage had a 4.00 grade point average in English.
Shelby Golden Lions captured the South Mountain Athletic boys Track Championship last week in Morganton. Patton was second followed by Freedom, East Rutherford, RS Central, Chase and Burns. For the girls, Patton placed first followed by RS Central, Burns, Freedom, Shelby, East Rutherford and Chase.
Shelby’s David Devine was named the coach of the year. Denzel Terrill was named the Runner of the Year, and Donte Dorsey was the outstanding field athlete. For the girls, Burns’ Valerie Walker was named the runner of the year.
Ashbrook’s girls’ soccer team went undefeated to take home the Big South Championship. The Lady Greenwave went 10-0-2 in conference play and are now 14-2-4 overall.
Hats off to the Bessemer City Yellowjackets’ girls’ softball team as they captured the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference Tournament with a 10-6 win over Cherryville.
Crest has a new girls’ head basketball coach. The school announced the appointment of Shane Crompton last week. Crompton comes from Southern Lee where he led the team to a 24-4 record last season. Crompton previously coached at Bluefield State in West Virginia for eleven years posting a record of 133-36.
Hats off to Shelby’s Ray Webb Parker as he captured the singles championship in the 2A Western Regional’s last Saturday in Brevard! The Shelby doubles team placed second and will advance along with Parker in the state finals this weekend in Cary.
Meanwhile, the Shelby boys track team won the 2A Western Regional Track meet last Saturday at Polk County. East Lincoln was second and North Lincoln placed third. All three schools will advance to the State 2A meet in at NC A&T in Greensboro on May 11. First place finishers included Donte Dorsey in the triple jump and 300 meter hurdles, and Chris Wary in the high jump and Bryan Moss in the 110 high hurdles.
Shelby’s Gray Tedder has been named the new head coach for the Sharks Aquatics Club. Tedder is a 2007 Shelby grad and swam at the University of South Carolina.
Gardner Webb’s Dusty Quattlebaum has been named a first team Capital One Academic All-District III selection for the second straight year. Quattlebaum has a 3.83 grade point average in sports management. He is currently hitting .315 with six home runs and 34 RBIs for the Bulldogs.
Hats off to Kings Mountain’s Chaney Barnes as he won the 3A Western Regional Tennis Championship last week for the second straight year! Barnes downed Paul Hogan of Hibriten for the title and a chance to advance to the 3A state tournament in Burlington this weekend.
The World Basketball Association Exposure League is coming to Gastonia. The new Gastonia Gamers will begin play June 9 with the season running through July 17. Home games will be played on Friday and Saturday at Ashbrook High School. Other teams in the new league will include the Atlanta Blaze, the Conyers Court Kings, the Gwinnett Majestic, the Mauldin Stars, the Rome Gladiators and the Upstate Heat. Local tryouts will be held May 26 at 10:00 a.m. at Ashbrook High School.
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What’s Up with Howard Black
When losing a spouse, one of the hardest tasks is what to do with the personal belongings. Every small knick-knack, piece of paper or personal item becomes a major decision. I found out quickly that it was easy to throw things away, but it was much harder knowing which treasures to keep and that I would find comforting in the future.
My wife was a typical woman with two closets full of clothes and shoes. She was also a pack-rat and never threw anything away. I was overwhelmed at the thought of having to make decisions about what to do with these items.
Amanda, my beautiful daughter-in-law, came to my rescue.
She is one of those people that has come into my life that I would not trade for anyone or any amount of money. She is a go-getter and one of those people that accomplish big things in a short period of time. My son doesn’t have any idea the power of this female or the things that I know she will accomplish in the future.
She came into my house and took charge. Within just a few days, she was able to pack up clothes, clean out drawers and put my life back in order. She did something that I would never have been able to accomplish.
Oddly, one of the toughest times that I had since losing my spouse was when I looked in a drawer that had been recently cleaned out, and realized that it was empty. The thought that this had been where my wife kept her things was overwhelming.
How can life begin and end so quickly?
Losing a spouse makes you look at the world differently. Marriage isn’t about the bad things that typically tear marriages apart, but it’s about the good things that make the marriage work. Often we lose sight of what is really important and concentrate on the wrong things.
When grieving begins, you worry about the small things that were bad about the marriage, the things you argued about, the things that never got said, and the dreams that never came to be. These thoughts are normal because the tomorrows will never come for them to happen.
As time moves you through the healing process, you begin to remember the good things about the marriage and the good times. You remember the smiles, the touching, the little jokes and the things that you accomplished during the time that you had
At some point in time, you will learn how to discard what is useless to keep, and then concentrate on the memories and mementos that made the marriage. The one keepsake that Debbie left to my sons and myself was her devotion to family, her faith and her friends.
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Ronnie and Amy from Tru Tv’s Lizard Lick Towing and Recovery is coming to the 2012 Cleveland County Fair. A special meet and greet autograph signing will be held Sunday afternoon, October 7th at the Cleveland County Fair. The autograph session will be free with paid admission to the fairgrounds on that date. Lizard Lick t-shirts and apparel will also be made available for purchase. This year’s fair will be eleven big days from September 27-October 7th, 2012. For more information contact the fair office at 704-487-0651.
On July 6th, the newly renovated Joy Theater in Kings Mountain will be filled with the music of David Holt with Darin and Brooke Aldridge. The show will start at 8:00 PM with tickets priced at $20. This is the first of three concerts that will include the Harris Brothers (August 31st) and a special holiday season show by the Darin and Brooke Aldridge Band (November 10th).
Four-time Grammy Award winner David Holt is a musician, storyteller, historian, television host and entertainer, dedicated to performing and preserving traditional American music and stories. Holt plays ten acoustic instruments and has released numerous recordings of traditional mountain music and southern folktales.
Holt is well known for his television and radio series. He is host of public television’s Folkways, a North Carolina program that takes the viewer through the Southern Mountains visiting traditional craftsmen and musicians. He served as host of The Nashville Network’s “Fire on the Mountain,” “Celebration Express” and “American Music Shop.” He has been a frequent guest on “Hee Haw,” “Nashville Now” and “The Grand Ole Opry.” David can also be seen as a musician in the popular film, “O Brother Where Art Thou.”
David hosts “Riverwalk Jazz” for Public Radio International. Riverwalk, in its twenty-second year, combines stories of the jazz greats told by Holt with the traditional jazz music of the Jim Cullum Jazz Band and guests including Lionel Hampton and Benny Carter.
“David Holt has been a friend of mine for many years,” says Darin Aldridge. “He is as talented as anyone I have ever met and one of the best overall entertainers you’ll see on stage. When I told him about all of the work they have done to the Joy he jumped at the idea of us doing the first music show there since the theater reopened.”
Holt brings to the concert stage the fun and spirit of old-time music and storytelling. An evening with David Holt offers tales, ballads and tunes told, sung and played on the banjo, slide guitar, guitar, harmonica, bones, spoons and jaw harp. His audiences are constantly involved, learning to play the paper bag, applauding the vitality of his clog dancing, listening to the haunting sound of a 122 year old mountain banjo, or being spellbound by a ghost story.
The songs and tales Holt has collected for the past twenty years have become a part of the permanent collection of the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. He was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to learn the unique music from the South’s last traditional hammered dulcimer player, Virgil Craven. Says Holt: “Many of the people I learned from saw wagon trains; now they are watching space shuttles. They’re the last of the pioneer generation. Their music and stories still hold a great deal of meaning and pleasure for us today.” Visit www.davidholt.com to learn more about David.
Tickets to all of the concerts are available now on-line at http://darinandbrookealdridge.com. Several local merchants will have tickets for sale beginning May 10. For additional information on concerts contact Rick Dancy at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 704 472-7762.
RUBBIN’S RACIN IN NASCAR
Brad Keselowski, driver of the iconic Miller Lite Blue Deuce, picked up his second win of the year Sunday as well as earning his second victory at Talladega Superspeedway. Keselowski was also able to give Dodge its first victory lane appearance at Talladega Superspeedway in 36 years. The last time Dodge won at the famed Superspeedway was in 1976 when Dave Marcis went to winner’s circle in a Charger.
Keselowski’s victory came on a green-white-checkered finish when he and Kyle Busch drafted past teammates Biffle and Kenseth with a little over a lap remaining. Keselowski was then able to pull away from Busch on the final lap earning him his sixth career victory. Kyle Busch would hold on to second place with Kenseth finishing in third. Kasey Kahne and Greg Biffle would round out the top five.
Fans were finally able to see some cautions and flying debris, even though drivers and team owners like Tony Stewart were not so thrilled. If you haven’t seen Stewarts’s interview from Sunday’s race, you need to go on YouTube and look it up. Stewart is a very sarcastic guy, and his comments on Sunday were so serious, but also very comedic. At one point, he even mentioned that with ten laps to go maybe half of the pack should drive forward and the other half drive in reverse and see what happens. This comment and others were made because Stewart wants to make sure that the fans see enough wrecks and leave happy. It was Stewart at his best.
With 10 races officially in the books, drivers now focus on Darlington and the upcoming All Star Race weekend which will give the drivers and teams some time off. Greg Biffle still leads the point standings with fellow Roush teammate, Matt Kenseth in second. Dale Earnhardt Jr. is third followed by Denny Hamlin in fourth place. “Happy” Kevin Harvick rounds out the top five after climbing two spots this week. This weekend’s race is scheduled for Saturday night at Darlington Raceway. Danica Patrick will run one of her scheduled races this weekend. She is guaranteed a starting spot because David Reutimann has their car 31st in the standings. As for my prediction, I am choosing Kevin Harvick as this week’s winner. Look for the #29 in victory lane.
And, if you haven’t been out to the Historic Cleveland County Fairgrounds for the Summer of Thunder then you are missing out. For only $5 dollars, folks, you will witness some of the most entertaining dirt track racing you have ever seen. There is plenty to do for the entire family including concessions and bike giveaways. So if you haven’t been out the fairgrounds, check it out this Friday night. You won’t be disappointed.
Winners of the 2012 BIG TREE & GOOFIEST LOOKING TREE Contest are announced!
On April 28, Keep Shelby Beautiful (KSB) announced the results of the 2012 BIG TREE & GOOFEIST LOOKING TREE CONTEST during the Arts on the Square Festival in uptown Shelby on the court square. The contest is a way to celebrate the City’s tree heritage.
Mayor Stan Anthony presented the First place award for the 2012 BIGGEST TREE to: Boy Scout Troop 100. They nominated a Willow Oak tree measuring 20 feet and 3 inches in circumference. The tree is located at Spake Farms and the owner is Mike Spake. The First place award for the 2012 GOOFIEST LOOKING TREE went to: Linda Price. The GOOFIEST TREE caption read, “Penthouse with a View.” The picture of the tree shows a birdhouse hanging from the very top of a large pine tree located at 427 Brookside Drive.
The first place award winners and property owners, each received a beautifully framed certificate from Frame Masters Gallery, located at McNeilly Photography, 1241 Fallston Road, in Shelby. The remaining contestants each received a framed certificate from Keep Shelby Beautiful.
Everyone who nominated a tree for the contest received a beautiful Japanese Red Maple tree, donated by Cline’s Nursery, located at 1901 Fallston Road. Keep Shelby Beautiful is most grateful to John Cline for his generosity and interest in helping promote the beauty and the environmental value of trees to the community. For more information about the results of the 2012 BIG TREE & GOOFIEST LOOKING TREE contest, contact Keep Shelby Beautiful Coordinator, Mary Byrnes at 704-484-6829.
Big Tree – Spake Farms.jpg – picture of the BIG TREE winning entry with Jake Appling, member of Boy Scout Troop 100 standing in front of the tree.
KINGS MOUNTAIN, NC –The City of Kings Mountain will host the annual Over the Mountain Triathlon on Saturday, May 19. Part of the North Carolina Triathlon Series (NCTS) and sanctioned by the USA Triathlon, this Olympic length race will be the same length as the triathlon in this summer’s Olympic Games in London, England.
In its twelfth year, the race will follow a familiar route, a 1 mile swim across Moss Lake, a 30 mile bike ride through four counties, three area parks and two states and finish with the recently redesigned 10K run through the streets of Kings Mountain. The race has received many accolades including being voted best bike portion in the 16 race series by the triathletes and the best triathlon overall in the Charlotte Metro area.
“It amazes me with all the changes that have happened over the last 12 years of producing this race,” said Ellis Noell, City Event Director. “Twelve years ago, not many of our citizens even knew what a triathlon was about. Now we have teams originating right here in Kings Mountain and others throughout the Cleveland County and still drawing competitors from around the U.S.” added Noell. Spectators will gather at the swim start, swim finish, the halfway point water station at the Superintendent’s office at Kings Mountain National Military Park and the finish line at Patriots Park, downtown Kings Mountain.
The race typically draws about 500 triathletes every year. “It’s great for our local economy. These triathletes will visit Kings Mountain with their families and supporters on Friday and stay through Saturday, staying at our local hotels, eating at our restaurants and shopping at our retail stores. It’s a huge economic impact when you realize this sporting event has drawn in over 18,000 visitors in the last 12 years,” said Kings Mountain Mayor Rick Murphrey. The presenting sponsors this year are the Kings Mountain Hospital and the Kings Mountain Tourism Development Authority. Additional sponsors include Ingles and Bellus Tu Spa. The triathlete’s dinner on Friday night will be sponsored by Cherokee Street Tavern.
“Safety is paramount with this race and we are pleased to have the cooperation of over twelve law enforcement agencies and first responders to keep this race safe,” Noell said. Over 100 volunteers will help produce the race. Additional information is available at www.cityofkm.com and www.setupevents.com and volunteers are encouraged to contact Kings Mountain City Hall.