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South Point Hoopsters Fall to the Jags

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In a closely contested competition, the Red Raiders fell short at home tonight 62-58 to the Forestview Jaguars.

South Point kept the more talented Jags close in each of the quarters, even holding a slight edge during the first quarter. Forestview held a halftime lead of 30-27.

There was good energy in the gym during the second half. Spectators on both sides getting hoarse over the sheer wall of noise of the hundreds of cheerleaders.

Des Lowery had a good game. Don’t know how many points he scored but he had a sick blocked shot late in the 4th quarter. He had to jump at least 4 feet above everyone to block the Forestview player’s shot from the perimeter.

South Point was fired up during the last two minutes of play, briefly pulling within 2 points, until #10 from Forestview put a couple sweet layups, and finished at the free throw line.

Forestview swept all four games tonight winning the girls jv and varsity games as well as the boys jv and varsity.

South Point looked much better tonight than they did against Ashbrook a few days ago. They hustled more and fought for the ball, earning several fast  breaks, but not able to finish.

Gazette Account:

 Forestview 62, South Point 58Trey Whitworth had 28 points and the Jags put together a strong defensive effort to pick up their second league win Tuesday. Jack Sumner added 14 points for Forestview (7-7, 2-1 Big South), which plays Friday at Ashbrook. Dan Alliss scored 20 and Christian Lawrence poured in 13 for South Point (2-12, 0-4).

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Taking stand for the band

Good article in the neighbors section of the Charlotte Observer today about the plight of Marching Bands in the Gaston County Schools.

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Have you ever seen a ruff, tuff football player making the rounds, hat in hand, to sell fruit during the holidays? At the local churches for the “pre-game” meal served to South Point football players, do most of them thank the preparers/servers with a handshake or a word of praise? It must be a God-given right for football players to have a trainer, doctor, and multiple coaches along the sideline to “guide these young men and leaders” through the intracacies of  high school life. The message is, “someone else will take care of you”. What are they teaching their charges about life?

Not so, for the so-called “non-revenue sports and extracurricular activities”. Scraping by every year to teach fine arts at the high school level, teachers employed by the school system, resort to what amounts to begging for leftovers through piddly-fundraisers. Nickels and dimes are raised to offset the thousands of dollars necessary to operate a band or theater program.

At South Point for example, the band instructor, Tim Hamilton, has as many as 80-100 students in the marching/concert band class in fourth period. John Devine, PE teacher, has as many as 6-10 coaches, some of those are volunteer-daddies, for 60 players.  Players from South Point are also fed, visiting teams as well, after each home game — granted, a couple of hotdogs/hamburgers — but still fed, while the band has to run out to the local McDonald’s to get hamburgers at a reduced rate. According to SPHS Booster Club (re: FOOTBALL), this is because, “If we fed the band, we wouldn’t have enough to sell”.

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Football, and all sports for that matter, are extracurricular activities, just like Band, cheerleading, French Club, and Moot Court. We would expect as taxpayers, that the various school sports booster clubs respect the students and families that PAY to see the football darlins’ — in the case of the Red Raiders — HOME and AWAY.

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The 70 or so banner sponsors(at $300 a pop), Ray McKenney, and the Football Boosters should also support the Marching Band, which is an important part of the Friday Night High School Tradition.

We are calling on our Belmont friends and neighbors to help support the bands and fine arts programs at South Point. Participate in their fundraising activities and consider “adding” some dollars to your contribution for their effort.

You can call the school, 704-825-3351 to get band contacts, and contacts for the other programs as well.

Local Youth Sports scores reported

  

Youth Football – Pop Warner – Pee Wee

Cramerton 34, Gaston War Huskies 0 — Zach Brown and Tyler Bray had two touchdowns each. Dan Johnson added a fifth touchdown. Cody Griffin, Caleb Gilley, Kamen Powell and Brandon Lee led the defense.

Union Road 33, Belmont 6 (Sept. 15) — Marquis Myers scored twice and T.J. Fair, Tre Brice and Grant Stafford all added a touchdown for Union Road. Johnny Beard and Logan Bradley led the defense.

Union Road 40, Belmont 6 (Sept. 15) — Myklti Armstrong scored four touchdowns and Josh Dawkins and Bishop Ford had a touchdown each. Scott Krawcyzk and Alec Inman led the defense.

Belmont 16, Mount Holly 0 — Andrew Jordan and Nick Muse scored touchdowns and had extra-point kicks in Belmont’s win. Muse, Jerme’ Leeper, Corey Stowe, David Ray, Thomas Brooks and Greyson Queen stood out on the Belmont’s (3-1) defense.

Mighty Mites South
Belmont 20, Mount Holly 7 — Ethan Broome, Scott Lee and Nick Farmer scored touchdowns in the win. Alex Nagle and Mario Douglas stood out for the Belmont (2-1) defense.

McAdenville Orange 32, Kings Mountain 0 — Isaac Hampton scored a pair of touchdowns while Jacquez Armstrong scored twice, including once on a fumble recovery and Chadian Rodriguez returned a kick for a score. Adrian Delph recorded an extra point, Chase Sturgis and Jason Odem led the offensive line and Dylan Green, Devion Moore and Christopher Craig led the defense.

Tiny Mites
Belmont, Mount Holly Black — Keaton Hale and Devon King had touchdown runs. Celeb Gibson, Chandler Evans, Sam Lowrance and Evan Tatham stood out in the game.

Middle school softball     

Belmont 20, Holbrook 0 — Jordan Wilson (4-for-4) and Ashley Mull (3-for-3) led the Wildcats offense, who had 12 hits. Emily Tucker got the win on the mound with 8 strikeouts for the 4-0 Wildcats.