Daily Archives: 10/29/2019

A basketball legend in the making, part 2

Editor’s note: This is the continuation of a column that began in last week’s issue.

I quietly hoped that I could still pick up the ball and shoot it toward the net and hit some part of it. It never occurred to me that it would actually go into the net.

As I stepped up to the foul line, the referee handed me the Spalding 100 men’s basketball. Even it looked like it had had enough bouncing for one night. The referee backed away slowly as I looked him over briefly. The poor guy looked like he had just emerged from a non-working sauna in the middle of the Gobi Desert. His uniform was dripping wet with perspiration. Even his eyebrows were dripping with sweat, even though

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Lakes and Bridges Charter School dedicates newly renovated building

EASLEY — The Southeast’s only public charter school for students with dyslexia celebrated a ribbon cutting at its newly renovated home on Friday and welcomed a special guest, WNBA All-Star A’ja Wilson of the Las Vegas Aces, to speak to students and to parents.

Lakes and Bridges Charter School is the only public, tuition-free school in South Carolina — and in the entire Southeast — founded to teach children with dyslexia. The school began classes last school year at Crosswell Elementary in Easley, then moved this school year to its new facility at 1600 E. Main St. in Easley — the former home of Crane Chevrolet and Five Point Church. The school has been operating at full capacity since opening.

Students in grades 1-6 attend the school, and LABCS will add a grade each year until it houses K-8. Continuing to hold a capital campaign, the school needs to add additional classrooms, a library and more learning spaces, which will be a part of the second round of renovations. Donations may be made at


SWU grad playing pro basketball

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND — The Nottingham Wildcats signed Southern Wesleyan University alumna Noëlle van Zadelhoff to their team recently.

The 6-foot-3 van Zadelhoff, who after graduation from Southern Wesleyan played professional basketball in her native Netherlands, is enthusiastic about joining the Wildcats, one of a dozen teams from across England and Wales in the fledgling Women’s British Basketball League (WBBL), considered the top level for women’s basketball in Great Britain. The WBBL continues to grow stronger since its establishment in 2014, attracting more talented players from across the world every year.

“I feel very privileged to be able to play in this league,” van Zadelhoff said. “I play the center, also known as the five, for the Nottingham

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Pickens County VA still taking entries for Veterans Day events

PICKENS — There is still time to sign up for local Veterans Day events before the deadline this Thursday, according to the Pickens County Veterans Affairs office.

The Nov. 10 Veterans Day parade is open to all veterans and veterans organizations, such as the American Legion, VFW or Vietnam veterans, and all local Pickens County high school marching bands, JROTC units who have not already signed up to participate in the parade.

Organizers say they would like to have any and all interested participate in teh event to help celebrate veterans and their sacrifice. To sign up, call (864) 898-5926.

Those who wish to sign up for the veterans dinner on Nov. 9 or the veterans parade and patriotic show on Nov. 10 should call the number above.


Courier Community Calendar 10-30-19

• WPO offers chance at monthly fellowship

The Widowed Persons Organization (WPO) organization is not a grief therapy group, but it does provide an opportunity for widowed persons to come together, make new friends and share conversation and food while finding a new beginning in life. The group meets on the second Saturday of every month at 1 p.m. in the fellowship building of Lakeview Baptist Church on Mauldin Lake Road in Pickens. For more information, call (864) 850-1987 or (864) 878-6215.

• Keowee Baptist to hold annual revival

Keowee Baptist Church will host a revival from Sunday to Wednesday, Nov. 10-13, starting at 7 p.m. each night.

Courier Obituaries 10-30-19


LIBERTY — Wilbur Morris “Bill” Harris Jr., 76, of Flower Lane, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019.

Born on Oct. 17, 1943, in Greenville County, he was a son of the late Wilbur Morris Harris Sr. and Ruby Mae McAbee Harris.

Mr. Harris was a former employee of Mayfair Mills, Glenwood Division. He enjoyed rock collecting, gold panning, hunting and fishing. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, where he was awarded several medals, including a Purple Heart.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara Jean Fox Harris; a brother, Furman Luther Harris of Liberty; and his special dog,

After shutout loss against county rival, Flame to host Palmetto in season finale

By John Robert Ayers
Courier Sports

CENTRAL — Facing a short week and one of the toughest teams in the state, Pickens entered last week’s contest against the Daniel Lions hoping to change their fortunes in the midst of a tough region slate.

However, early struggles on special teams doomed the Blue Flame, as they fell 45-0 against the Lions.

Due to fears about the weather forecast on Friday, the game was moved to Thursday evening. Despite the short week, Pickens coach Chad Smith didn’t use it as an excuse

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Pendleton defense smothers Liberty

By Rocky Nimmons

PENDLETON — The Liberty Red Devils knew going to Pendleton to face the region-leading Bulldogs would be a tough task.

That, coupled with a hectic schedule during the week, which included no school on Monday and Friday’s scheduled contest being moved to Thursday night because of impending heavy rains, left the Devils on the wrong side of a lopsided 35-0 loss.

“Getting off our routine really hurt us,” Liberty head coach Kyle Stewart said after the game. “On Monday, we were out of school. So we did a morning practice instead of our normal afternoon one, just to give them the rest of their day open. Then of course moving the game up and all the adjustments that went into that we didn’t

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Loss at Woodmont knocks Green Wave from playoff race

By Eugene Jolley
Courier Sports

PIEDMONT — In a battle for playoff positioning and postseason berths, Woodmont rallied with two fourth-quarter touchdowns Friday night to hold off Easley, 21-14.

Woodmont (6-3, 4-2) took advantage of the short field on scoring drives of 45, 38 and 22 yards to vanquish the Green Wave’s playoff hopes.

“Our defense did a great job all night against them,” Easley coach Caleb King said. “We knew we would have trouble blocking the Navy commit (Cameron Donald), who is a great player. It makes it tough. We came up just short against a team that a lot of people thought was going to win this league. We had them on the ropes and just couldn’t throw

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Lions just one victory away from region title

CENTRAL — Following three straight close contests in region play, the Daniel Lions entered last week’s matchup with county rival Pickens looking to make a statement.

The Lions did that and more in a 45-0 win, making plays in all three facets of the game as they stifled the Pickens ground game and held the Blue Flame under 100 yards on the night.

“Any time you take on a region foe and come out with this kind of victory it feels great,” Daniel coach Jeff Fruster said after the game, which was played on Thursday night after being rescheduled due to the threat of heavy rain.

Special teams were a big factor in the Lions’ victory, as they scored on first-quarter punt return touchdowns of 50 and 70 yards by Josiah Benson and Hack Hamilton, while also

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