Watson, Hero of the Game

Joe Cal Watson, Clemson
‘Hero of the Game’

Throughout the season, Clemson University Athletics  spotlighted military “Heroes of the Game.”  At the Carolina game Ridge Spring and Saluda County’s Joe Cal Watson was recognized.Joseph Calhoun Watson graduated from Clemson University in 1947. In between his time at Clemson, he served in the army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, in which he was wounded in battle and received the Purple Heart. In addition, he received several other honors, among them the WW2 Victory Medal, the Bronze Star, and Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor for his sacrifice. He is now 95 years young!



Lady Knights Open
Season With Two Wins

By: Gerald Doolittle
  Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. -Last week W.W. King Academy traveled to Blackville to face the Jefferson Davis Academy Raiders to open the 2018-19 basketball season for both schools.
  The varsity girls, coached by Dennis Gibson, came away with a 36-16 win.  The Lady Knights used a 21-5 run in the middle quarters to take control of the game.  The Lady Raiders had taken a 5-4 lead after the first quarter.
  The Lady Knights rally was sparked by the hot shooting of Chloe Herron (8th) as she scored 10 of her game leading 12 points in the middle quarters.  Laci DuBose (Fr.) scored 5 of her 7 points in the middle quarters.
  Ashlyn Dowling (So.) kept the rally going in the fourth quarter scoring 7 of her 10 points.  Caylee Holsonback (8th) scored 5 points and Marlee McCormick (8th) scored 2 points.
  Holsonback and McCormick led the Lady Knights defense with 7 and 3 steals.  The Lady Knights forced 33 Jefferson Davis turnovers.
  The Lady Knights also won the rebounding war 24-18.   Herron came down with 8 boards and DuBose had 7.  McCormick, Dowling and Holsonback had 3 each.  Rebecca Sauls (8th) led the team with 3 assists followed by Herron and Holsonback with 2 each.
  The middle school girls coached by Mary Parrish opened their season with a 22-6 win.  This was a pleasant surprise as all but one of the 8th graders were called up to the varsity for the new season.   Last year Coach Parrish enjoyed a team that posted a 17-1 record.
  Mia Ortiz (7th) was the sparkplug for the opening win as she attacked the basket all game to come away with 12 points.   Giving offensive support was Taylor Rinehart (8th) with 6 points and Holly Rikard (6th) with 4 points.
  Rinehart led the team in rebounds with 10.  She was followed by Ortiz and Rikard with 8 and 5. These three also had 3 steals each.
  Also playing well in this game was Kyra Doolittle (7th), McKenzie Wannamaker (6th) and Elizabeth Gross (7th).
  This week the Knight teams will travel to Wardlaw Academy on Tuesday to battle with the Patriots.  Fans are urged to travel to Wardlaw to fire the teams to victory.



SHS Basketball Results


GIRLS
   Saluda High School Girls Varsity Basketball fell to McCormick High School 47-37  Tuesday, November 27. The Lady Tigers lost the season-opener against the McCormick Chiefs. Leading the team in scoring was Tiara Daniels with 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals. Kalisha Hill chipped in 8 points, 3 steals and grabbed 13 rebounds.
  Saluda High School Girls Varsity Basketball beat Ridge Spring-Monetta High School 63-19  Wednesday, November 28.
  The leading scorer was Mya Carroll with 24 points, 5 steals, and 7 rebounds. Kalisha Hill also had a solid performance with 13 points, 5 steals, 3 blocks, and 11 rebounds. Other scorers were Daniels (12), Holland (6), Lott (4), Nick (2), and Ouzts (2). The varsity teams travel to Strom Thurmond on Friday, November 30th starting at 6:30.
  The Lady Tigers defeated Strom Thurmond 42-39 in overtime on Friday night. Leading scorer was Kalisha Hill with 16 points, 14 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 1 assist.Tiara Daniels chipped in 11 points, 3 assists, 1 steal and 2 rebounds. Other scorers were Tyasia Lott (6), Mya Carroll (4) and Kaylen Nick (4).


BOYS
  Saluda High School Boys Varsity Basketball beat McCormick High School 50-41  Tuesday, November 27. The Tigers were led in scoring by Junior Kennan Brooks with 18 and Junior Dallan Wright with 13.
  The Varsity Boys defeated Ridge Spring-Monetta by a score of 79-59 Wed., Nov. 28. The Tigers used a balanced attack to control the game. The Tigers placed five players in double figures with O’Syrius Springs 15 points, Bubba Robinson 15 points, Raqoun Hartley 15points, Dallan Wright 12 points and