2019 Forestry Awards

FORESTRY RECOGNITION - (L to R) Baron Buzhardt (President); Al Eidson, father of scholarship recipient Jessica’s;  Grantt Doolittle, scholarship recepient;  and Virgil Wall, Jr., Distinguishsed Servicve Award.

Saluda County Forestry
Association Christmas Banquet

By: Stephen Pohlman,
Clemson Extension
Forestry Agent

  The Saluda County Forestry Association held their annual Christmas Banquet at the Saluda High School cafeteria this December and hosted 254 landowners and guests.  Included in attendance were Senator Shane Massey and Troop 21 Boy Scouts.  A most delicious meal was prepared by Parklane Seafood and enjoyed by all. 
  This year’s special guest entertainment was provided by the Randy Lucas Trio.  The Randy Lucas Trio is a nationally recognized bluegrass group.  They played many popular bluegrass songs as well as Christmas music.  
  Historically the Association has presented a scholarship to Saluda county youth who are looking to continue their education in forestry and forestry related topics at higher learning institutions.  This year’s recipients were Grantt Doolittle and Jessica Eidson.  Both recipients were awarded $3000 scholarships each.  A special thank you to our sponsors this year who help make this possible. 
  Mr. Virgil Wall, Jr. received the 2019 Saluda County Forestry Association Distinguished Service Award.  Virgil was chosen due to a list of lifetime achievements that included both as a landowner as well as his commitment to the timber industry.  Virgil’s timber industry career includes working for companies such as Continental Can, Canal Wood and Norbord for a total of 47yrs as a registered SC and GA forester.  Virgil served on many high-ranking committees such as the SC Forester Registration Board (8yrs, 4yrs as chairman) and Clemson University Forestry Curriculum Development Committee.  Virgil received the Clemson Outstanding Forestry Alumni award and was elected a Fellow of the Society of American Foresters (SAF).  Virgil also retired from the SC National Guard as a Captain after 20yrs of service. 
 The Saluda County Forestry Association and Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status and is an equal opportunity employer. 

PARADE OF CHAMPIONS - The 2A State Champion Saluda Tigers were honored with a Parade of Champions
Thurs., Dec. 12. The football team, cheerleaders and band walked from the courthouse to the stadium, where a special program was held. As usual, a good crowd of Tiger supporters attended. (Photos by Trey Fingerlin)

Saluda High School Scores


  Saluda High School Boys Varsity Basketball fell to McCormick High School 67-47, Monday, December 9.
  The Varsity Boys Basketball team kicked off their season with a 67 to 47 loss to McCormick. The Tigers could never get in sync during the game. The Tigers were led in scoring by Sr. guard Keenan Brooks with 13 and Fr. guard Zion Wright with 12. Tigers are back in action Tuesday night at Clinton.


  Saluda High School Girls Varsity Basketball beat McCormick High School 54-34 Monday, December 9. The Lady Tigers defeated the Lady Chiefs in the season’s first home game. Jessica Means led the team in scoring with 14 points. Kalisha Hill chipped in 12 points, 13 rebounds, 2 blocks and 3 steals. Nadya Watson added 10 points and 6 rebounds. Other scorers were Mya Caroll, Tiara Daniels, and Auvia Holland with 6 points each. 
  Saluda High School Girls Varsity Basketball beat Clinton High School 50-43 Tuesday, December 10. The Lady Tigers improved their record to 3-0 with a win over the Red Devils. Leading the way for the team was Kalisha Hill with 27 points, 13 rebounds and 5 steals. Other scorers were Jessica Means (8), Tiara Daniels (6), Auvia Holland (5), Kaylen Nick (2), and Nadya Watson (2).
  Saluda High School Girls Varsity Basketball beat Strom Thurmond High School 46-28 Friday, December 13. The Lady Tigers defeated the Rebels at home improving their overall record to 4-0. Leading the way for the team was junior Kalisha Hill and freshmen standout Jessica Means.Hill scored 15 points, 6 steals, and 10 rebounds while Means added 13 points, 3 steals and 2 rebounds. Other scorers were Tiara Daniels (6), Auvia Holland (4), Nadya Watson (4), Kaylen Nick (1), and Maria Brooks (1).
  Saluda High School Girls Varsity Basketball fell to Lexington High School 63-48 Saturday, December 14. The Lady Tigers faced their first loss of the season against the Lady Wildcats on Saturday. The team was paced by Nadya Watson (14 points, 10 rebounds) and Kalisha Hill (15 points, 10 rebounds, 4 steals). Tiara Daniels added 14 points and 2 steals. Other scorers were Mya Carroll (3) and Jessica Means (2).