Basketball season has almost ended for high school students here in Rutherford County. Four of the five tourney teams were eliminated last week in the playoffs. East Rutherford's Men were the only ones left coming into the week.
It was not exactly the night most would have projected. Sure, R-S Central's Men's and Ladies hoops teams were capable of beating East Rutherford, but in the first meeting, they both fell short in the county rivalry.
Big Friday Game Round two of East Rutherford and R-S Central on the basketball court takes place this Friday, February 15th in Rutherfordton. While the rivalry is there, the conference and playoff races are still in full swing.
High School Basketball update: Only six games are left in the Southwestern 2A regular season. East Rutherford holds the lead on the Men's side, with Shelby take behind. Meanwhile, the R-S Central girls coming into the week were playing maybe the best of all the conference teams, but they could easily have lost to the East Rutherford ladies, who had won 11 in row.
When the Griffith Rutherford Chapter of the Daughters of The American Revolution recently honored five high school students for their citizenship, they rolled a train that has been on track since 1890 when the national organization was founded.
Men: East Rutherford (13-1) continues to roll as they opened league play 2-0 with wins against South Point and Chase. East will host R-S Central on the 29th, but had a huge game with Shelby on the 22nd.
R-S Central (10-6) has opened up 0-2 in league play, but has fallen by an average of 8.5 points per game. They led at the half at South Point, but couldn't finish the deal. They have Chase at home Friday the 25th and go to East Rutherford on the 29th.
East Rutherford: The Cavs won all three games to take the Chesnee Christmas Tourney. It was a tough last two games of the touney as they barely escaped Woodmont behind a great effort from Isaiah Lathan in that game.
December 1st may have begun as a cold rainy day, but the towns folk and out-of-town visitors were in for a treat as they entered the home built by the Bechtlers in the 1830s. Southern hospitality blended into a German celebration, Western North Carolina style, made for a delightful and nostalgic afternoon enjoyed by more than 200 guests whose signatures graced the registration book on this Saturday afternoon.
No question, this should be a tight race in the Southwestern 2A Men's Basketball again, but 3 thru 6 may be the most intriguing. Anybody can win on any given night in this league. I really don't believe there is a true last place team, but this is how I would rank them before the season really gets in gear.
Tara Horton, Joan Benfield and www.wreathsacrossamerica.org
On Saturday, December 15, the Griffith Rutherford Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), will be sponsoring the third Wreaths Across America (WAA) Event. This is an event to honor our Veterans interred at Rutherford County Memorial Cemetery. The Official Ceremony will begin at 12 noon at the Mausoleum.