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R-S Central (15-2, 10-1) The Hilltoppers have put themselves in some tough situations this year, but have managed to somehow wiggle around and get through most episodes of the 2018 campaign. So much so, R-S Central holds a three-game lead with four to go in the Southwestern 2A. They just doubled up second place, South Point this week with 2-1 scores. Central needs two more wins to completely lock up the No.1 seed. They host East Gaston on Friday.

East Rutherford (11-6, 6-5) This is the hottest team at the moment with eight straight wins. Are they beatable? Yes they are, but not getting any easier to beat in each game they play.

Softball

So far this has become the Rutherford County softball league as all three county schools are at the top of the Southwestern 2A standings.

R-S Central (12-3, 10-1) Central holds a two-game lead with four games left. The Lady Hilltoppers have five players with nine RBI or more in 15 games and the ERA is at a solid 1.77. Brooke Vance leads them with 15 RBI so far.

East Rutherford (11-5, 7-4) East sits in third place among the SW 2A clubs, but have won five of six. Defensively, they are still doing a pretty good job in allowing just six runs or more three times this season.

Chase (11-4, 8-3) Chase has a one-game lead for second place in the SW 2A. They split last week with East Rutherford. The Lady Trojans have seven ladies who have 8 RBI or more this season with Ellen Mosley leading the charge.

Girls Soccer

R-S Central (8-3,3-1) They have eight games remaining. Right now, they are tied for second in the SW 2A, but hold the tiebreaker because they beat Shelby once.

East Rutherford (2-6-3, 0-3-1) They sit in fifth at the moment, but impressively, they have allowed only 20 goals in 11 games.

Chase (3-4-3, 1-2-1) They have only allowed more than two goals once so far in a game this season and are all alone in fourth. The confidence is building too, they have come to a draw in three of the last six games. Both Central and Chase have lost to league leader South Point by one goal.

Thomas Jefferson (8-5-1, 8-3) Well, I said it a couple of weeks ago that Thomas Jefferson could end the regular season by winning out. So far, they are halfway there. They have won four in a row during an eight game stretch. Just two more wins and they will finish no worse than second in the Southern Piedmont 1A.

NASCAR

I have never seen a season that began with so many weather problems. That doesn't help ticket sales or ratings. Monster Energy will likely step aside as the primary sponsor after the 2019 season. It doesn't help either that you have to change the series sponsor every few years since Winston held the reigns for 32 years. This would be the third title change in less than 16 years.

So what do they have to do, find the perfect brand that represents them and the fan base. They also have to create rivalries. We already have those that are disliked passionately such as Kyle Busch, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski and Kevin Harvick to name a few. All four of those names have an allegiance of fans as well. If there is a positive, they do have a number of youth waiting to break out in the series and Bristol looked like its old self for most of Sunday. I remember there used to be a waiting list for season tickets to get a seat. Now, Bristol has to really sell the brand since the track lost its appeal for about a 5-10 year span.

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