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Saluda, SC 29138
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BY RALPH SHEALY
MORE ON THE CHEW
Bert Patrick, a member of the 1962 Saluda High state championship team, read what I wrote about Dr. Sawyer and John L. Able in the tobacco spitting incident in 1948, and said he had a similar experience at Saluda High.
The year was 1961, and while the team was warming up before a game, an old time SHS player told the linemen how the players used to spit tobacco in the opposing lineman’s face back when he played high school ball.
He told them that their opponent had a habit of using that tactic and Saluda should employ the same.
“Windy Charles (God rest his soft hearted soul), myself and, of course, Joel Edwards elected to try it,” Bert said. “In those days, after the line’s general warm up, we would take turns full speed blocking and defending in order to get the ‘feel’ of hitting before the game actually started.
“Joel, always one to make sure we were ‘really ready’ to play, and who never held back anything in practice, hit me so hard we both swallowed some ‘juice’, and like Dr. Sawyer, got immediately into throw up mode!
“I do remember somewhat that it took until after the first series of downs-defense as I remember- for us to regain enough health to actually play and not be ‘blocking dummies’ for the opposing team.
“So, the moral of the story is, unless you have the height advantage and experience of smokeless tobacco of a John L., you are best advised to not learn the art of the chew for the first time at game time!”
I told Bert I got sick every time I tried to chew tobacco, and that was just sitting still, without the benefit of a lineman nailing me.
Saluda beat Strom Thurmond 27-26 in 2003, took four years off from playing, then resumed the schedule, and Thurmond outscored the Tigers 215-10 from 2008-2012. The Rebels have won the last two games, but the scores have been considerably closer, 28-17 in 2013 and 24-16 this year.
Thurmond was 3-A for all those years after the series resumed, but now the Rebels are back in the same conference with the Tigers.
Saluda fans have got to be encouraged by the performance of the Tigers Friday. Down 24-0 midway in the third quarter, this team did not give up, and made a game of it.
That’s what you look for in a team - one that never gives up. Regardless of the record, you can take pride in the effort.
GOOD LUCK BAND
Good luck to the Saluda High Marching Tiger Band as they compete for the State Championship Saturday at Spring Valley.
The band finished third in the Lower State, behind Pelion and Swansea. I don’t understand how bands are divided by classification, because Pelion and Swansea are 3-A schools in sports. B&L is in Saluda’s 2-A conference in sports, but the Panther band competes in 1-A.
The show is great and the band members have worked many hours since practice began in the summer.
And the sadness continues....
Anyone who has been in a Saluda convenience store knew Winnie Abney, because she worked at several of them.
Winnie was a good as gold, and everyone loved her.
Years ago, I wrote about legendary Saluda Restaurateur and Saluda High cafeteria manager Winnie Winn, after she lost her battle with cancer.
After the column was published, Winnie told me how she got her name.
Her mother worked at Winn’s Restaurant, and she thought so much of her employer Winnie Winn, she named her baby girl for her.
Like her namesake, Winnie lost her battle with cancer.
Shirley Berry Rodgers was my classmate at Saluda High.
I was shocked when I learned she died early Saturday morning from a stroke she had Friday.
Shirley had a great personality and loved to laugh.
Since her death, I have learned things about her on Facebook postings by her friends and relatives.
One wrote that Shirley was a “baby whisperer,” who could calm any crying child.
Shirley never had any children of her own, but many children in the Richland Springs community regarded her as their second mother.
That is quite a legacy.
I’ve known T.B. Pugh a long time.
His son Chris played on our Yankee Little League team, and his wife Jackie was the secretary at the Emory-Nazareth Charge for a number of years.
T.B. was a good man. I always enjoyed talking to him.
He was struck too soon by that dreaded disease Alzheimers.
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