2019 Miss S.C. Connections


New Miss S.C.Has

County Connections

  The new Miss South Carolina, Morgan Nichols, has many Saluda County relatives.
  Her grandfather, Roy Nichols, was among 15 siblings who grew up in the Hollywood section of Saluda County. His wife, the former  Ruth Boozer, also was a Saluda County native.
  Roy and Ruth were educators in Pelion.
  Morgan is the daughter of Hugh and Brenda Nichols of Lexington, and she has a younger sister, Mallory, who is still in high school.
  Morgan competed as Miss Clemson University, where she graduated in May with a degree in genetics.
  Morgan is the second Miss S.C. with Saluda County connections. Jill Rankin, Miss S.C. 1981, was the daughter of George and Kemper Crawford Rankin, both Saluda County natives.


Brian Smith Named New
RSM High Football Coach

Brian Smith has experienced a lot during a coaching and teaching career that has nearly reached the end of a third decade. He will continue that work during the 2019-20 school year as the new head football coach at Ridge Spring-Monetta High School.
  Aiken County Board of Education members approved Smith’s appointment during the school board’s June 11 regularly scheduled meeting. Kenny Lipsey, the school’s former head coach, accepted a new position outside of the District. Under Lipsey, the Trojans advanced to the Class A Upper State Championship two times in the last three years.
  “Ridge Spring-Monetta High School has had a very good football program over the years,” Smith stated. “They are very hard-nosed and tough, and they have really good kids who work hard and play well and they have had a lot of success. Coaching in a smaller community and coaching a team that has had success over the years really drew me to this opportunity. I am really excited to get to work with the coaches and players.”
  Smith also has roots in Aiken County. He is an alumnus of Midland Valley High School, where he played varsity football prior to playing at Clemson University.
  “That was certainly a factor as well, being from Aiken County and still having family here,” Smith added. “I was not necessarily looking to go a lot of places at this point in my career, so that was definitely important to me in choosing to coach at Ridge Spring-Monetta High.”
  Smith’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education mathematics from Clemson University, and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Walden University.
  Smith comes to Ridge Spring-Monetta High from Greenville County Schools and Eastside High School, where he served as offensive coordinator. Prior to that coaching position, he served as offensive coordinator at Southside High School. He also taught college preparatory Algebra at both schools.
  Smith has previously served as a head coach at the high school and collegiate levels, having been the head football coach at Strom Thurmond High School, Riverside High School in Greenville County, Seneca High School in Oconee County, Hebron Christian Academy in Dacula, Georgia, East Jackson High School in Jackson County, Georgia, and North Greenville University.
  He led Strom Thurmond High School to the Class AAA state championship game in 1995 and was named S.C. Class AAA Coach of the Year.
  “We are going to hit the ground running and work hard to reach our goals,” Smith commented. “I just told the team that it’s late, but we are all in this boat together so let’s get to work. We have a lot of teaching to do, but we don’t want to go so fast that we miss things.”

RSM ALL-STARS MAKE STATE TOURNAMENT - The 9-10 year old minors team from Ridge Spring-Monetta is going to Anderson, SC, for the Dixie Youth state all star tournament. This is the first time in the league that the 9-10 all-stars  have made it to a state tournament. This team has played together all season then came together to make an all-star team with their regular season team.  They will play starting July 6 in a double elimination bracket.