SANTA ARRIVES - Keeping with Saluda County’s agriculture heritage, Santa Claus wasn’t pulled through the Christmas Parade route by his reindeer, but by a vintage tractor, (Standard-Sentinel photo - more photos at Saluda, South Carolina! :) Facebook page.)
GRAND MARSHAL - For perhaps the first time in history, the Saluda Christmas Parade had a grand marshal named “Rudolph!” Rudolph Mitchell was afforded the honor for his years of community service. He rode the route in a vintage muscle car. (Standard-Sentinel photo - more photos at Saluda, South Carolina! :) Facebook page.)
WKA Senior #52 Dupre McDaniel
Knight Win Streaks Stopped By Hawks
By: Gerald Doolittle
Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. - Last Friday night the Greenwood Christian School Hawks came to the W.W. King Academy campus and retreated with wins over the Knights varsity teams and over the W.W. King middle school boys. The W.W. King middle school girls team won their game.
Coach Dennis Gibson watched his varsity girls team suffer through a rough night of shooting from the field. The Lady Knights made only 9 of 58 shots from the field. Those 9 were from Elizabeth Parrish; the other players were 0 for 21 from the field.
Despite the poor shooting, the game did go into overtime before the Hawks escaped with a 29-25 win. The Lady Knights also had a poor night from the free throw line, making only 4 of 13.
The Lady Knights offense did suffer a blow, as Nicki Boone missed much of the first half because of a nose bleed. That took away much of the inside game. She did return for the second half, but later fouled out along with Texanna Miller.
Parrish ended the game with 24 points, 9 steals and 8 rebounds. Boone and Miller also had 8 rebounds in the game.
The Hawks won the boys varsity game by shutting down the Knights potent inside game of Caleb Fulmer and Dupre McDaniel, holding them to only 6 points each. McDaniel had to sit on the bench early, with three fouls in the first half.
With McDaniel on the bench and Fulmer being held in check, the Hawks built a commanding 37-17 halftime lead behind the hot shooting of Caleb Hinzman and Aidan Waters.
The Hawks pulled away in the second quarter as Wyatt McDonald was the only offense for the Knights. McDonald hit 3 of 6 shots from long range to get his 9 points for the game. Tyler Wanner would score 7 points in the game followed by Corbie Long and Conner Fox with 4 each.
The middle school girls team of Coach Mary Parrish exploded to a 28-10 win in their game. Kris Griffith led the way with a double double game, scoring 13 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Griffith, after four games, has an 8 point scoring average to lead the team.
Caroline DuBose found out she could be an offensive weapon as she scored 6 points and pulled down 9 rebounds. Ashlyn Dowling came off the bench to score 6 points. Heather Johnson and Alex Mitchell closed out the scoring with 2 and 1 points.
The young Lady Knights again controlled the boards, out rebounding the Lady Hawks 38-16. For the season they are averaging 33 rebounds a game while holding the opponents to only 19 a game.
The middle school boys team was a complete mismatch, as the Hawks walked away with a 46-8 win. The Greenwood Christian roster loaded down with eighth graders, against the younger Knight roster, jumped to an 11-0 first quarter lead and never looked back.
Zac Berry and Quinten Miller each scored 3 points for the Knights and Joe Sauls added 2. Berry also had 12 rebounds in the game.
The Knight teams did pick up forfeit wins over South Aiken Baptist for the scheduled Saturday games. The Aiken school could not field teams because of illness sweeping through the school last week.
This week the Knight teams will travel to Augusta on Friday to battle with the Crusaders of Curtis Baptist School.