It was a great Spring sports season for many teams in the county, but none of them could come up with state titles. There were only two left from last week as they reached the third round of the postseason.
R-S Central Baseball, who won the Western half a year ago, fell in the third round to a very tough Ledford club 2-1, last Wednesday. It was a great ballgame! Central had the bases loaded with two outs, but a liner was caught near the warning track to end the season for the Hilltoppers. Ledford has four Division I prospects, so there is nothing to be ashamed of in that reguard.
Nine seniors were apart of a 49-10 record in last two years and back-to-back regular season conference championships. Austin McClellan, Cam Snethen, Marty Barella, Keaton Snethen, Jack Laughter, Chase Harris, Joey Daigle, Wesley Smith and Jace Crowe all ended high school careers with right postseason victories in the past two years.
R-S Central Girl Soccer
Again, the third round bit R-S Central last Wednesday when Hendy knocked out the Lady Hilltoppers, 5-1. Central wasn't exactly full strength, but I thought good enough to make Hendy nervous. The Lady Bearcats were not having it.
In retrospect, 30-11-1 over the last two seasons and the good news is that most of the team returns for next year. Katie Rumfelt and Kenley Wilson sadly closed high school careers in the loss last week.
You know the old adage...it never gets old. Well, yea it does.
That's the one thing in general that gets really old for me...watching kids have to deal with a season coming to an end. I get it. I have been there. The brotherhood or sisterhood of organized sports that teaches life lessons. How to win and lose the right way. How to move on from to the next thing in life. You learn a lot about people and who they are and that social part helps down the road...eventually. Of course, maybe you gain a good friend or two out of it as well. Unfortunately, Rutherford County doesn't win a team title in the spring, but there were many competitive teams out there.
Well, the All-Star Race was at least interesting with the restrictor plates. I actually kind of liked it. Despite the ending being all Kevin Harvick pulling away for the win, I'm glad to see some close racing for an entire Charlotte race. Plates don't work at New Hampshire, but at Charlotte, I'm cool with it.
The Coke 600 is this the weekend as well as the Indy 500. Danica Patrick will race in her final event at the 500, while Martin Truex is may pick this weekend for the 600.
I think all of us have the Cavs facing the Warriors in the finals, but the Celtics and Rockets are making it more of a problem than anticipated. The Celtics I believe have the better shot because they might be the best defensive team in the league. Still, until it happens, it's likely Lebron's team vs. an actually deep team in Golden State.
And the Carolina Panthers do have a new owner, but as to how that will translate to the team...who knows?