Archive for August, 2007

Posted on the South Point HS Website -8/28/07

“Attention Red Raider Fans!

Body Paint is NOT allowed at any High School athletic event in the state of NC!  This is a New NCHSAA rule.”

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Wow ! – Does this mean the cheerleaders, moms with player numbers, and those little “tattoos” on kids watching games?

This will be a fun one to try to enforce. Sort of like saying that there is no drinking or smoking at any athletic events – yeah, right.

We can’t wait to see one of our prominent citizens to be escorted out for her facepaint at a football game — yeah, the ones in the “red section”


August 30, 2007 at 8:05 am 2 comments

Charlotte’s whitewater venue is drought-proof

A travel reporter for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has posted a very nice story about the US National Whitewater Center.

What is great about the story are the picture links embedded. When you open up the story, look down on the left for those links.

As we have been saying all along — Take It Outside !

August 29, 2007 at 7:28 am Leave a comment

Other Local Soccer – From Monday/Tuesday

As reported by the Gaston Gazette:

High School Varsity soccer
Gaston Christian 3, Spartanburg Day 2 — Brandon Hammond scored two goals and Jimmy Kelly scored one goal while Chandler Patterson and Andrew Spenser had assists in the win. Gaston Christian (3-3) hosts Covenant Classical Thursday.

Ashbrook 4, Kings Mountain 1 (Monday) — Jerad Kiser posted his fifth goal of the year against the Mountaineers Monday night. Ray Lupse, Steven Valencia, and Matthew Conner scored for the Green Wave while Paul Philavong scored the Mountaineers’ lone goal.

College Soccer

Belmont Abbey women 3, Mars Hill 1 — At Belmont, Belmont Abbey sophomore forward Celene Molera scored two goals and assisted on another as the Crusaders scored three unanswered goals to improve to 2-0 on the year with a 3-1 win over Mars Hill Tuesday.

Mars Hill (1-2) scored the first goal of the match early when Caity Murnahan fired the first of two Mars Hill corner kicks directly to Riley Dorsey, who headed home the winner into the left corner of the net for an early 1-0 lead.

The advantage was short lived, as sophomore midfielder Laurie Jordan knotted the match at one two minutes later. The score remained tied through the end of the first half, but Molera struck the winning goal just 9:46 into the second half. Two minutes later, Molera put the game away for good with a score from 12 yards out.

Belmont Abbey travels to Columbus, Ga. to participate in a tournament hosted by Columbus State. The Abbey will face the University of Tampa Friday at 5 p.m.

August 29, 2007 at 7:10 am Leave a comment

Gastonia, Mt. Holly, Belmont to enact water rules

Well, our green lawns in Hawthorne, Belle Meade, and Pinsto Forest will have to probably have to go brown now.


Gastonia and Mt. Holly have set mandatory water restrictions as of the beginning of next week. Belmont City Manager, Barry Webb, had told council a couple of weeks ago that Belmont would wait to see what Duke Power would say at the end of the month.  Since then, the situation has gotten worse, and mandatory restrictions were instituted today, August 28.

Just pray for some rain,  please…

August 28, 2007 at 10:12 pm Leave a comment

Cool – Michael Johnson signs with Manchester City


Academy developed U-21 England player, Michael Johnson was signed to Manchester City. The youth are really beginning to make inroads in the English Premier level of competition.

In the US, 67 clubs have “signed-on” with the USSF (“federation”) Academy program. Two fairly local groups, North Meck Soccer Association and South Charlotte were among the clubs selected to field teams in U16 and U18 age groups. More on the Federation discussion by our friends over at the NC Soccer Forum.

Academy development is good — and bad, but when exciting young players come through as the UK has shown, it can be terribly exciting.


August 28, 2007 at 3:47 pm Leave a comment

Well, Well, Well – Red Raider Football gets a nod from the Observer

football.jpg             The South Point Red Raider football team, 1-0 on the season after last Friday’s victory over Lincolnton, gets a slight nod from the Charlotte Observer today.

Good luck to the 2007 Red Raider team. New stadium seating, new scoreboard, new goal posts, and new fencing makes Lineberger stadium a great place to be on Friday Nights.

Lineberger Stadium

The concession stand food booths run by the Red Raider Booster Club are always packed with customers. We all look forward to the french fries, and when it gets cold — the hot chocolate.

The team plays away at Kings Mountain this coming Friday evening (August 31).

Check out the Announcements Page up at the HS.

August 28, 2007 at 3:07 pm Leave a comment

6th Ranked Raiders Slip by RS Central

As reported by a series of text messages, emails, and weary young voices:    (cost us a pizza for this report) —


South Point Men’s Soccer Team struggled in their first regular outing at RS Central after Saturday night’s Gazette Cup win. Traveling to Rutherfordton after the first day of school, the Raiders found a way to win 3-2 in a “sketchy” match.

Scoring started when #9 and #10 performed a quick restart on an indirect kick in the box. #10 drilled the goal over the protests of a surprised RS Central squad. (Shades of last season’s CL competitions – who says you can’t learn by watching?)

#3 scored the second SP goal from an assist by #10 finding the lower left post on a “sweet run”.

Apparently, the grass on the field was quite high, RS Central is known to play all sorts of head games with their sporting opponents. This caused a lot of balls to die in the grass from lack of pace. 

SP #8 earned a yellow card for “not a foul”, and the ensuing direct kick from about 20 yards was mishandled and the crowd in the box squirted a goal for RS Central.  A second goal for RS was scored by a PK.

SP #10 scored the winning goal on a PK to make the final 3-2 for Belmont.

The boys are “tired and distracted”, said one of the seniors, on the trip back last evening. The Senior Parade festivities, first day of school, new classes, and two matches in three days didn’t help matters. One bright spot, the Raiders earned a Top 10 ranking in the NCHSAA coaches poll for the first week of the season.

The Raiders have the next week off from competition with the next scheduled match on Tuesday, September 4 at home against a dispirited East Lincoln team. East Lincoln is coming off  a 5-2 loss to 1A powerhouse Polk County last week in their stadium.

August 28, 2007 at 8:11 am Leave a comment

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