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Courier Letters to the Editor 2-1-23

The bottom lines on the YAM jubilee

Dear Editor,

Last Saturday, Jan. 28, our Young Appalachian Musicians held their Winter Bluegrass Jubilee at Pickens High School. It was a wonderful day! I’d like to write about our Bottom Line for our Jubilee. Here’s a list of what I consider to be our bottom line(s) for Jubilee:

  • To say “THANK YOU” to our supporters — This year we especially thank those who have supported our efforts to get instruments in the hands of our 400-plus YAM kids — the majority of them beginners.
  • To spread the word about our program — We also hired a new person to help with PR/grant writing, getting sponsors, etc. We want to show others what we’re all about.
  • To collaborate — We use the committee approach with our Jubilee team and enlist lots of volunteers. This year we had to fill more than 140 two-hour positions, and we did so with 80-plus volunteers. Lots of “buy in,” but a little complicated at times!
  • To serve our constituents — provide quality entertainment, teach new skills, etc.
  • To make Jubilee (and the YAM program) affordable for all, especially our parents.
  • To give a chance for our Yammers to shine — thus the Big YAM Jam!
  • To show off our fabulous staff, including instructors, program directors, homework center coordinators, tutors and our admin people!
  • To bring our community together to celebrate music and kids — things which are unifying.
  • To make music part of our lives — as learners, teachers and “appreciators.”
  • To make Jubilee fun and a learning experience for all — thanks to our wonderful performers!

But I’ve left two very important ones till the end. In my opinion, the “bottom” of the “bottom liners” of our event is to raise funds for our YAM program. Please don’t get me wrong, in order for YAM to be a program, we must have funds! We — especially our board members — all know that and spend much of our time being creative with raising income and working hard to stay within our budget. (I call them our “Dream Board” … which, by the way, every board member who lives within 50 miles was at the Jubilee working in full support of this project.) Between our sponsorships (which we doubled the money and tripled the number of sponsors) and grants, we paid for everything before we opened the doors! But we’ve also found that we just have to take a leap of faith sometimes. We’re so fortunate that our supporters have always come through when they know what we want to do is serve our community, especially our children.

I’ve saved the best till last. To me, the most important “bottom liner” and at the top of my list, is the Grand Finale with the Big YAM Jam! This year we had more than 150 kids playing music on stage, along with our Dream Board, our dedicated and treasured staff and our performers — all to thank our sponsors, funders, partners, local government officials, volunteers and supporters, but mostly our parents. I hope this rolled all of the above bottom liners into one! What a grand finale it was!

Thank you, all, more than you’ll ever know!


Betty McDaniel



Lady Lions upset ninth-ranked Razors

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

CENTRAL — Up 48-46 with 20 seconds to go, the Daniel High School girls’ basketball team’s hopes of upsetting the ninth-ranked Walhalla Razorbacks on Jan. 24 rested on senior guard Destiny Hoover.

At the line for a one-and-one opportunity, the Hollins University commit had confidence in her shots due to the faith of her teammates

“They were encouraging me and counting on me,” Hoover said. “I just knew I had to get them in there.”

Hoover did just that, sinking both free throws before getting a steal on the inbound and hitting two more

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Daniel destroys 10th-ranked Walhalla

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

CENTRAL — According to Daniel High School boys’ basketball head coach Ben Touchberry, the ninth-ranked Lions upped their practice intensity following a loss to Pendleton on Jan. 17, leading to instant results in a 40-point win over Crescent a few days later. However, the real test for Daniel was on Jan. 24 against the 10th-ranked Walhalla Razorbacks.

The Lions (15-7, 4-2 Western 3A) passed that test with flying colors with a 74-37 decimation of the Razorbacks at home to move back to the top of the region standings alongside Walhalla and West-Oak.

“The guys are starting to get a little hungry and they’re staying locked in defensively,” Touchberry said.

The Lions’ defensive pressure was readily seen in the result, as they held Walhalla (11-7, 4-2) to their third-lowest scoring output of the season.

“They played great defense, and we really didn’t handle that well,” Walhalla coach Bobby Norizsan said. “They shot well, they defended and they rebounded well — and those are three pretty big things to win in basketball.”

The Daniel defense helped set up things for a big offensive night, with four players scoring in double figures for the Lions. Still, the Lions’ biggest contributor on the court — according to Touchberry — was guard Jaylen Brown-Wallace.

The senior set the table for the Lions offensively with seven assists while flashing highlight plays like a steal and dunk in the fourth quarter.

“Jaylen Brown-Wallace is emerging not just as a leader, but as a vocal leader,” Touchberry said. “He leads in all facets of the game, whether he’s getting in passing lanes, rebounding or distributing. He’s just a very unselfish kid.”

Brown-Wallace’s leadership was on display from the start, as he hit a three-pointer, drew a charge and assisted Ian Williams’ basket to help the Lions jump out to a 21-9 lead in the first quarter.

In the second, Daniel guard Simms Disbrow added 10 points, allowing the Lions to boost their lead to 39-14 at the break. The hits kept coming for Walhalla in the third as Daniel’s Brady Jones matched the Razorbacks’ scoring output for the entire quarter behind a trio of three-pointers.

The Razorbacks finally managed to show some life offensively in the final quarter, but with the Lions making 11 threes on the night, it wasn’t close to enough as Daniel pulled out the win.

While heeding Touchberry’s advice about taking things one game at a time, Brown-Wallace says the Lions know the importance of every game down the stretch.

“We’re in the final half of region,” Brown-Wallace said. “Everything is going toward our goal of winning region.”

The Lions stayed hot with a 35-34 win over West-Oak on Friday night.


Daniel 74, Walhalla 37

WHS 9 5 9 14 — 37

DWD 21 18 14 21 — 74


Daniel (74) — Disbrow 13, Lipsey 13, Jones 12, Anderson 11, Williams 9, Brown-Wallace 6, Smith 5, Carrington 3, Young 2.

Walhalla (39) — Porter 13, Richardson 6, Beesley 5, Williams 4, Hunnicutt 3, Lusk 3, Shepard 3.

Liberty boys fall to Greer Middle

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

LIBERTY — Playing with just seven players on the roster Friday against the second team in the Region I-2A standings in Greer Middle College, it would have been easy for the Liberty boys’ basketball team to fall apart like it did against Chesnee earlier in the month.

Instead, the Red Devils battled the Blazers for four quarters before ultimately falling 61-50.

“The guys played their tails off,” Liberty head coach Jonathan Dilworth said. “The way they played tonight was good enough to win the game, and they have a lot to be proud of in that aspect, and I’m extremely proud of their effort.”

The Red Devils looked like they might be in for a long night early on as they struggled offensively and

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Red Devil girls fall in crucial region matchup against Blazers

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

LIBERTY — Taking on Greer Middle College in a crucial region matchup on Friday night, the Liberty girls’ basketball team just needed to take care of business against a squad it had previously beaten to move into sole possession of the region’s third seed heading down the stretch in the regular season.

Instead, the Red Devils put together a disjointed effort that saw them produce 24 turnovers and 14 missed free throws in a 47-30 loss.

“That was a game where we did three things that have hurt us all year,” Liberty head coach Gregg Thomas

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Courier Community Calendar 2-1-23

• Veterans invited to American Legion

Veterans in the Liberty area are invited to the next meeting of American Legion Post 67 in Liberty.
The Legion meets on the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Scout Hut, circle off North Palmetto Street. All veterans are invited.

• United Wesleyan to host fundraiser

The United Wesleyan Church, located at 738 Rice Road in Easley, will be having a fundraiser for the church’s Operation Christmas Child shoebox ministry.
The event is planned at Pizza Inn in Pickens from 5-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Those in attendance are asked to mention at check out that they are there for the fundraiser.

Clemson Downs donation

Clemson Downs contributed $1,500 to Tri-County Technical College’s Foundation to continue its support of the TCTC nursing program. The donation will support a future nurse as they continue their education at TCTC. James Hill, executive director of Clemson Downs, fourth from left, and TCTC president Galen DeHay, third from left, are pictured with, from left, Grayson Kelly, vice president of institutional advancement and business relations, Dr. Ahmad Chaudhry, dean of TCTC’s health education division, and Jackie Rutledge, TCTC nursing department head.