Friday night’s American Legion annual Christmas celebration awarded its Community Service Award to two very deserving men, Bob Brown and Jack Page.
(Gazette Photo-Benjamin Patton)
The award was given for their long community service records and especially for their leadership in the establishment of the Belmont Historical Society.
Both men were invited to the celebration to introduce the other as the Community Service award recipients. Mayor Richard Boyce and long time legionaire, Art Shoemaker, turned the tables on both by having Mayor Boyce introduce them to the assembly.
The annual Christmas celebration at the Legion Post on Park Drive was attended by current Mayor Boyce, and past mayors, Billy Joye and Kevin Loftin. Newly elected city council member, Ron Foulk was in attendance as well as the re-elected Charlie Flowers and former council members Becky Burch and Arlene Flowers. County Commissioner Mickey Price was present as well.
Joye served as emcee in his own inimitable way introducing honored guests and community stalwarts. Coaches John Devine and Mickey Lineberger were recognized as well as former Belmont Banner editor, Dwight Frady.
Art Shumaker announced that Mickey Lineberger would be the Belmont Braves Legion baseball coach for this upcoming season.
Shannon Angel, a 1991 Red Raider graduate entertained the crowd with several Christmas songs and carols.
Youth leaders from the community were introduced and each spoke briefly about their experiences of the Legion-sponsored event that they had been selected to attend.
Legion baseball player-representative Nick DeMarsico thanked the Legion Post 144 for sponsoring the baseball team each year and how he enjoyed playing through the summer to keep his skills sharp.
Girls State representatives Lindsey Hawkins, Caitlyn Reese, Katie Dare Payseur, Emily Scruggs, and Ashley Baker. The young women had attended the Girls State program at Catawba College this past summer, and each expressed their gratitude for the leadership development opportunity. Boys State Representatives for the summer program were, Trevor Reeves, Matt Crane, Cameron Matthews, Andrew Pierce, and Omar Baroudi.
A wet, soggy night greeted football fans around the region on Friday. The rain was a welcome respite for yards and gardens, but not needed on the lush, exempt-from-water-restriction football fields.
South Point overcame a very sloppy first half deficit to beat visting Burns, 28-7. Burns had led 7-0 at the half, but according to Gazette reports, “…there was no worry…”, in the Raider lockerroom.
Desmond Lowery had another good game for the 4-0 Red Raiders, rushing for 127 yards and three touchdowns. Fullback Aaron Crumbly got into the action Friday night with 128 and a TD. Lowery only attempted one pass all evening.
Soggy fields give way to outstanding play in the trenches. Senior offensive lineman, Trevor Reeves, a good friend and neighbor, said in a Gazette interview, “…We felt like we could move it [the ball] because the defense was stepping up.” The defense for SP did just that, keeping Burns from adding to their first half tally at critical moments. The defensive line of Daniel Biggerstaff, Daniel Gillelan, Greg Lancaster, and Weston Lawing were given credit for keeping Burns out of the goal. Daniel Holmes led the defense with seven tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery.
Other area games:
Ashbrook won, North Gaston lost, Forestview won, East Gaston lost, Crest won, and Hunter Huss game was postponed to Saturday due to the rain.
Next Friday at South Point, it is “Black Friday”, a traditional spirit rally for the students and fans, and of course it is East Gaston at home that evening. Just remember, no body paint…