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June 17, 2004
The Kings Mountain Herald
Lightning finishes fitth
in State AAU tourney
Kings Mountain Lightning, a 16-under
girls fast pitch softball team, finished fifth in
last weekend's AAU State Championship i in
Twelve teams competed in the event. At
the end of pool play the pool winners were
placed in Division One, and the bottom six
teams played in Division Two.
Kings Mountain won its pool play with
victories over the Carolina Comets of
Mooresville and the Carolina Girls.
They then entered Division One, the
toughest bracket, and lost to the Denver
Dazzle Blue, defeated Carolina Girls, and
lost to the Randolph County Knockouts.
For the tournament, Brittney Thornburg
and Natalyn Blanton led the Lightning at
the plate with averages of .462 each.
Courtney Tate hit .364, Kala Buchanan .300,
Kristyn Funderburke .273, Morgan Childers
.231 and Jessica Yarbro .214.
In their first game on Friday, the
Lightning blanked the Carolina Comets 8-0
behind the one-hit pitching of Kristyn
Funderburke. Funderburke struck out nine.
Tate led the hitting with 2-for-2. Blanton
went 2-for-3, including a double and two
runs batted in. Yarbro and Childers had one
Kings Mountain defeated the Carolina
Girls 2-1 behind a five-hit, 12-strikeout per-
formance by Childers. The only run scored
off her was unearned.
Thornburg had a two-run triple in the
fourth inning to account for both KM runs.
Yarbro, Buchanan and Tate also had hits for
In their first game in the championship
bracket on Saturday morning, the Lightning
lost 1-0 to the Denver Dazzle Blue Team.
Funderburke went the distance on the
mound, giving up three hits and fanning
Funderburke and Thornburg had the only
two hits for KM.
Childers pitched a three-hitter and struck
out 10 as the KM girls bounced back with a
7-1 win over the Carolina Girls. Blanton and
Thornburg led the hitting with 3-for-3 each.
. Buchanan was 2-for-2 and Funderburke,
Childers, Tate and Laura Weigel had one hit
In their final game, the Lightning lost to
the Randolph County Knockouts 5-3 in
Funderburke pitched 1 1/3 innings and
gave up one hit, and Childers pitched 6 2/3
innings and struck out 11.
Kings Mountain had one hit each by
Yarbro, Funderburke, Childers, Thornburg,
Blanton and Amber Milwood.
Students pictured above attended week one of the Mountaineer Tennis Camp. Front
row, left to right, Adam Kiser, Andrew Estridge, Mary Catherine Dellinger, Hunter Cooke
Second row Collin Cobb, Logan McGill, Ross Clark, Alayna Pearson, Havan Butler
Not pictured, Logan Smith
Wildcats seek AD,
R-S changes coaches
Short cuts from the world
North Gaston High is
looking for a new athletic
director after Hal White
anncanced i 5
the 2004-05 |
and said he Gary Stewart
rather con- # "
centrate on coaching men’s
basketball rather than hav-
ing a dual coach/AD role...
Chris White, former Chase
High coach and a PE teacher
and assistant football coach
at R-S Central, has been
named head baseball coach
at R-S after the school fired
coach Blue Pittman. The
Hilltoppers were 4-20 in
2004 and 61-81 in six years
under Pittman. White was
107-81 in nine years at
Chase and took the Trojans
to the state playoffs five
Jean Constant says he will
not be back at Kings
Mountain High as men’s
soccer coach in the fall. He
plans to take some college
courses at UNCC. He has
been a non-faculty coach for
the past two seasons...
Several Kings Mountain
High baseball players are
competing for area legion
teams this summer. Brothers
Tyler and Ryan Leach are
playing for Gastonia Post 23.
Brandon Bridges is playing
for Cherryville Post 100, and
Weston Taylor, Trey Glass,
David Brinkley and Matt
Echols are playing for
Shelby Post 82...
Enka, which came from
behind in the last inning to
eliminate Kings Mountain
from the State 3A softball
playoffs, lost the State
Championship game to
Southern Alamance in much
the same fashion. Southern
scored two runs in the 10th
inning to edge the Sugar Jets
The North Carolina High
School Athletic Association
is celebrating its 90th year
by naming the Notable
Ninety teams in state histo-
ry. The 90 teams are being
announced in increments.
Shelby High's 1987 State 3A
champions, coached by Jim
Taylor, were one of the foot-
ball teams selected. In bas-
ketball, R-S Central's 1979-
80 men’s team, which fin-
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ished 32-0 under Stacey Lail
and won the State 3A title,
received Honorable Mention
along with Hunter Huss’s
1976-77 team, coached by
Greene Burge, which fin-
ished 24-6 overall and won
the State 4A championship.
The baseball and other
teams will be announced
Unless something unfore-
seen happens, the new
2A /3A conference for
Cleveland and Rutherford
County schools is set in
stone for the 2005 realign-
ment. The NCHSAA realign-
ment committee did not
make any changes to the
local league at its final meet-
ing Tuesday in Chapel Hill.
Schools still have an oppor-
tunity to appeal on proce-
dural mistakes, but there
were apparently no proce-
dural errors on setting up
the local conference. Kings
Mountain will play in a
league with fellow 3A mem-
bers R-S Central and Burns,
and 2A schools Shelby,
Chase and East Rutherford.
The Mountaineer Tennis
Camp was recently held at
the Kings Mountain tennis
courts and was attended by
nearly 30 area students.
Kindergarten through fourth
graders attended the camp
the week of May 24-28 and
fifth through ninth graders
attended May 31-June 4.
Carolina Praise and
Worship Center, 201 N.
Main Street, Grover, will
Kings Mountain YMCA. 1,14 revival June 23-26 at 7
will host the District 39-10 © p.m. and June 27 at 11 a.m.
year old Dixie Youth and 6 p.m.
Baseball tournament begin-
ning July 2.
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The younger students
completed a skills test at the
end of the week and the
highest boy and girl were
each awarded a trophy.
Collin Cobb won the boys’
competition and Mary
Catherine Dellinger won the
The older group complet-
Evangelist D.L. Wise will
be the speaker.
Students pictured above attended week two of the Mountaineer Tennis Camp.
Front row, left to right, Alex Howell, Daniel Christenbury, Ker Medero, Dylan Blanton,
Josh Hilliard, Branigan Wheeler, Sara Elizabeth Clapp. Second row, Hannah McGill, Sarah
Catherine Greenlee, Charlie Christenbury, Tyler Bumgardner, Davis Phanthalack, Katelynn
Daniel, Katherine Rush, Heather Barrett, Megan Burns, Dominique Jager, Chelsea Vestal
Not pictured, Jennifer Vassey
Youth tennis camp held
at Kings Mountain High
ed a round-robin tourna-
ment and Tyler Bumgardner
won the boys’ division
while Hannah McGill won
Chelsea Chapman, Sarah
Catherine Greenlee and Jon
Humphries all helped with
Revival at Grover church
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