It took just one week of postseason for High School basketball to end in Rutherford County.
Photograph provided by: Lt. Leon Godlock
According to the US Census Bureau, over 15% of the nation's total population exceeds 65 years of age. Here in Rutherford County, that number is closer to 21%. In a report USCB published in 2012, it was determined that over 35% of individuals that live alone in the US were 65 and older. That number is expected to increase significantly until 2030 with the 'baby boomers' generation. Health issues like Alzheimer's, Dementia, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Cancer are commonly associated with aging and will be putting our seniors at higher risk, making those living alone more and more vulnerable as the years go by.
High School Basketball
It had been 17 years since R-S Central won a conference hoops tournament, but last Friday they took home the Men's crown in the 2018 Southwestern 2A Conference with a 73-59 victory over East Rutherford.
"It's been a lot of hard work by a group of volunteers to make this happen and to get an 18 game schedule in our first year, as well as getting into a state association, has been challenging, yet rewarding." said Ryan Elkins, volunteer coach, on the inaugural basketball season. "These aren't top notch basketball players or athletes but they are great kids learning to play the game of basketball while also learning life lessons like teamwork, focus, dedication and perseverance. We are planning on having a girl's softball team this year and next year we plan to add girl's volleyball, boy's soccer, cross country and golf. It's an exciting time at TMA!"
High School Hoops
After falling to East Gaston for the second time this season, R-S Central Men found themselves as the co-champs of the Southwestern 2A Conference with South Point. It's the first league title in 17 years when they shared it with East Rutherford in 2001. No question, it's the best Central team since that 2001 season.
Bill and Nancy Hartley
"During our many years together we have said countless goodbyes to one another. Every working day we would wish each other a good day, followed with a kiss, before we each went our separate way. Over time, you had many business trips, some were overnight and others as long as two weeks in length, but, as we said goodbye, we knew we parted in love, secure in the knowledge that we would always be reunited after a short time apart. Our love for one another sustained us and we knew those goodbyes were temporary. We would see one another again and be one in mind and heart.
Now, however, you are taking a very long journey, one where I cannot accompany you. You are taking a trip accompanied by the disease of Alzheimer's. Neither of us know how long this trip will last or the exact time frame we are working within."
Men's High School Basketball
R-S Central (16-6, 6-2) has two games left in the regular season as they play East Gaston and Chase. Should Central win twice, they are the Southwestern 2A Conference Champs and make the playoffs as they likely 1 seed in conference. They own the tiebreaker over Shelby as they have beat the Golden Lions twice this season.
Chase Corner Community Ministries was established in 1979 by a cooperative effort of six United Methodist Churches working together to address community needs at that time. Several of the local mills had shut down and many families were in need of a helping hand.
R-S Central at East Rutherford (Men)
R-S Central hit nine more free throws, Arnie Twitty played a huge factor for 17 points and East Rutherford rarely got more than one shot down the floor. Those are the reasons why R-S Central (15-5, 5-1) grabbed the regular season sweep.
For more than 33 years, Granny's Bakery, now named Granny B's, has been serving up delicious cakes, pastries and sub sandwiches in Spindale. "We named it Granny's before I was a grandmother." said Aleta 'Granny' Nichols.
R-S Central at East Rutherford basketball (Friday, January 26, 6pm and 7:30pm)
The first time these cross county rivals met nearly a month ago, both were close games until East Rutherford Ladies pulled away by 12 and so did the R-S Central guys.
Representatives of the Lions Club at Fall Festival
We've all seen them there at the intersection. Brooms in one hand and candy in the other. They stand out there all day, hour after hour, weaving themselves through the cars, collecting donations while handing out candy to everyone. They are the tip of the iceberg, a small representation of an enormous body of generous souls that do the same all across the planet. They are the Lions.
Men's High School hoops
R-S Central has now moved to 12-4, 2-0 and continue to show senior leadership, poise and depth in what is a very tough league in hoops play. Elijah Carson was a big factor this past week off the bench and Zyrion Wilkins continues to lead the Hilltoppers. They continue to play a little better defensively every game too. Central has a big game against East Gaston at home, Friday, the 19th.
East Rutherford (11-6, 1-2) has struggled in conference play, but have lost both league games by less than 10 points. Josh Searcy and Quay Logan have been doing their part.
The whole family comes together to make the packs. Seen here are Sharon, (left) and her daughter, Janine, next to her, along with some of Sharon and Danny's grandchildren, sewing the rice packs.
So, let's just start at the beginning. Every good story starts there, right?
East vs Central
On the boys side, R-S Central came roaring back to win 63-51 last week to snap the streak in the series. The Hilltoppers Zyrion Wilkins went off for 24 points after East had led nearly three-fourths of the game.
"In order for Rutherford County Special Olympics to get off the ground, several things need to happen." says Robin Parsons, Co-Coordinator for Rutherford County Special Olympics. "We need people who will volunteer as coaches and we need athletes."
Sorry, I hardly miss a week, but I took a couple off, but now I am back. A rivalry showdown on the basketball court and the NFL playoffs start this weekend.
Jonathon and Que\'Tonnia Surratt at the 2017 Christmas Gala
"As of today, we have served fifty-two people from Rutherford County and this includes a veteran's family. " reports Que'Tonnia Surratt, Chief Executive Officer of Empowerment Center Inc.
Colby, 7 years old, enjoys daily visits from his 3 year old sister, Cora, and aggravating his nurses.
"Thank you to our dear community, who stood behind us throughout this journey, not only once, but both times. You guys made it possible for us to stay with Colby night and day and not worry about other bearings in life. Our family is forever grateful for what each and every person has done. We are so humbled by all the kindness, and honored to call Rutherford County 'home'. Our most important concern is to keep praying for Colby and his complete healing so he can be back to 'normal'. Thank you all!" says Jessi Whiteside, mother of 7 year old cancer patient, Colby Whiteside.
Craig Owen performed
Girls basketball previews
Photographs provided by Joan King
Volunteer based, and funded through private donations and grants, CPC kicked off it's educational pet program with a visit to Cliffside Elementary School in October. "Our mission is to safeguard and promote the rescue and adoption of animals, provide education to the community about responsible pet ownership and reduce the pet overpopulation through our Spay and Neuter Program." said Lynne Faltraco, Executive Director.
Real quickly, let's take a look at the varsity men's team around in the county in among high school teams.
"I came to this PATH shelter after losing everything to a domestic violence relationship. I came scared and broken. I'm leaving with a job, car, house and a network of wonderful women I have built while here at the shelter. I'm not scared anymore and the broken pieces are slowly being put back together again.
Thank you Path."
- Recent PATH client
Thomas Jefferson had another great year on the football field, but they fell 47-20 last Friday to Cherokee (12-1) in the third round of the playoffs.
It was 21-0 to start with two early turnovers and TJCA (11-2) cut it back to 21-6, before going down 28-6 at the half.
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