Blue Ridge High School baseball season is off and running. One preseason game down and one more to go before the regular season begins. See Digital Sports Editor Alex Love’s report.
The Blue Ridge boys basketball team celebrated Senior Night last week. Digital Sports Editor Alex Love talked to the seniors about their career and offered advice to the underclassmen.
Greer earned the No. 3 seed in the Upstate Class AAAA state basketball playoffs beginning Wednesday at 7 p.m.
The Yellow Jackets beat Blue Ridge, 70-57, in its final regular season game Thursday night.
Brandon Southern, a catcher with Blue Ridge High School, has signed to play baseball for Toccoa College in Toccoa, Ga.
Wednesday was the official signing day for athletes. Southern participated in a signing ceremony with teammate Elijah Henderson in the gymnasium with teammates, cheerleaders, senior classmates and his family.
Southern and teammate Elijah Henderson signed Wednesday.
Southern still has his senior season to play.
“I picked Toccoa to get a great education and have the opportunity to play there as a freshman,” Southern said.
The Greater Greer Education Foundation presented $20,582 in grant money to 18 school and community projects in Greenville and Spartanburg counties at a reception Jan. 26, 2016 at Greer City Hall.
Brent Garrett, chairman of the Foundation, welcomed grant recipients and their guests. “Since 2011, the Foundation has awarded grants and scholarships totaling more than $182,000,” Garrett said. “It is because of our sponsors and community support, that we can award these grants today.”
The 2016 Corporate Sponsor for the Foundation are Greer Memorial Hospital and J.M. Smith Charities. Corporate Friends are: BMW, Pelham Medical Center, Greenville-Spartanburg Airport, D&D Motors, Greer Women Giving for Education, C.F. Rhem Jr., and Kathy Cochran.
Garrett also praised the Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce for their GreerMade program. “Most of our students who receive grants go to schools that prepare them for work at local companies and suppliers. By staying in Greer, they continue to make Greer “the place to be.”
David Dolge, chairman of the Foundation’s Grants Committee, commented: "As a retired educator, being a member of a Foundation that gives money to educators and students is a privilege for me. Our classrooms are filled with very competent teachers and their needs, to effectively serve their students, are great.
"?I love fulfilling teachers' wishes," he said.
Dolge then presented grants ranging from $400 to $1,500 to:
Sherry Smith, Tigerville Elementary
Grant amount: $400
Smith has plans for an arts “career” where students 3rd-5th grades will rotate throughout the year in their art classes, working at a drafting table complete with artist’s chair, special desk top lighting as well as learning to use a light box to gain the experience of taking ownership of a potential career in the arts.
Lisa Hansen, Tigerville Elementary School
Grant amount: $829.50
Hansen plans to include “BreakoutEDU” kits for each of your grade level teams, a game to encourage students to think critically using problem solving and trouble shooting, which promoting teamwork.
Diane Jackson, Tigerville Elementary School
Grant amount: $752.93
Jackson plans to purchase electronic renewal subscriptions to “Reading A to Z” or the updated program “Rax Kids” for each grade level at Tigerville.
Carol C. Godfrey, Skyland Elementary School
Grant amount: $1,500
Godfrey plans to introduce students to the local history and folk tradition of the Blue Ridge community by giving them an opportunity to hear live traditional folk music, meet a local folk musician and play a folk instrument.
Jody Dill, Mountain View Elementary School
Grant amount: $490.80
Dill plans to purchase four Hokki stools to go along with the two currently in use. The goal is to use these stools to help special needs student gain the wiggle room they need while reading or taking tests. The ergonomic stools keep students moving, while they are sitting still.
Amy Holcombe, Greer High School
Grant amount: $1,463
Holcombe plans to purchase pocketsize portable devices that read text out loud or can be used with headphones. “Students will be able to do research and come to their own opinions based on what they have discovered. Being able to read is vital to communication.”
Kara Ponder, Greer High School
Grant amount: $1,479.76
Ponder plans to purchase two iPad Pros and 2 Apple pencils for students to use to make learning engaging and fun. Ponder said he plans to use the iPads and Apple Pencils to enhance and supplement their learning of content taught in the regular education classes. An additional benefit will be a heightened interest in learning and a boost in student confidence.
Shelly Eubanks, Dunbar Child Development Center
Grant amount: $1,386.48
Ponder plans to purchase an Osmo play system for iPad, which takes iPads into a whole new level of learning. The system impacts the students’ learning in the areas of technology, math, literacy, creativity and social skills.
Jackie Knafelc, D.R. Hill Middle School
Grant amount: $750
Knafelc plans to continue to grow the butterfly garden at her school by adding more railroad ties and smaller gardens around the space, also using railroad ties. The space will include an herb garden, a vegetable garden, a flower garden and walkways. The garden also helps students create relationships with each other.
Kate Canterbury, Crestview Elementary School
Grant amount: $1,500
Canterbury plans to purchase a Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention Kit for use with struggling first grade readers. The kit will provide high-interest, appropriately leveled materials for support at school and at home.
Alicia Keller, Chandler Creek Elementary School
Grant amount: $1,400
Keller plans to purchase materials available for teachers to use with students identified as autistic with autism, anxiety and ADHD. The materials will be included in “toolboxes” which can help students calm down. The toolboxes also make an impact on instruction across the school.
Jennifer Dodds, Tyson Wright, Kevin Washington, Chandler Creek Elementary School
Grant amount: $1,100
Dodds, Wright and Washington will continue their Works in Progress program that teaches students how to dress and act like gentlemen. Students are taught how to shake hands, open doors, make eye contact and address someone older with respect.
Greer’s boys split a pair or Class AAAA Region II basketball games.
The Yellow Jackets lost at home Friday to Travelers Rest 58-57. Greer beat Blue Ridge last Tuesday, 63-52.
Noah Hannon of Greer High School was a finalist in the 2016 Wendy’s High School Heisman Award.
Hannon was an All-State selection, finalist for Mr. Football and also was a national competitor for the school’s Virtual Enterprise team that traveled to New York.
CLEMSON — A team of Clemson University researchers and an Upstate businessman believe they can help make football a little safer by creating a facemask that can help reduce the severity of head injuries by increasing overall helmet protection.
The researchers are Gregory Batt, an assistant professor in the Clemson food, nutrition and packaging sciences department; John DesJardins, an associate professor of bioengineering and director of the Laboratory of Orthopaedic Design and Engineering; and Alex Bina, a doctoral student in bioengineering who also is a graduate research assistant in food, nutrition and packaging sciences. They are teaming up with Jay Elmore, owner of Green Gridiron to determine how future designs of facemasks can help improve the overall safety of football helmets.
Despite the cold and rain, the Greer Christmas Parade, kicked off at 2:30 this past Sunday, with nearly 70 entries.
Unfortunately the Blue Ridge High School and Greer High School marching bands were unable to attend due to the weather condition's effect on instruments and uniforms. Many band members came out to watch the parade and ride on other floats to support their schools.
The Greer Christmas Parade is scheduled for a 2:30 p.m. start Sunday – rain or shine, according to Greer Relief Executive Director Caroline Robertson.
The weather forecast is calling for 100 percent chance of rain with a high of 45 degrees Sunday.
Blue Ridge ended its football season Friday night.
South Aiken eliminated Blue Ridge, 63-6, in the first round of the Class AAA football playoffs Friday night at Aiken.
• The Football Journey of Noah Hannon, a documentary
The awards keep rolling in for Greer standout senior offensive lineman Noah Hannon.
• William "Sonny" Boroughs obituary
William “Sonny” Boroughs, a fixture in the community who contributed friendship, aided non-profits with his volunteerism and funding, and dearly loved Blue Ridge High School fan, died Sunday. He was 80.
Two Blue Ridge High School outstanding baseball players signed national letters of intent Friday.
Elijah Henderson, an infielder, who already owns several BRHS offensive records, signed with Clemson University.
Greer Relief is changing its Adopt-A-Family program to the Christmas Morning Shoppe.
The goal remains to provide neighbors in need with Christmas gifts. This prevents them from diverting their limited resources to gifts or going without.
Sydney Sill was crowned Miss Greater Greer 2017 and Brooklyn Brewster the Miss Greater Greer Teen at a pageant held at Greer High School Saturday night.
Sill, 20, attends Clemson University and Brewster attends Palmetto High School.
The Blue Ridge High Honors Choir has launched its last fundraiser of the year to raise money to travel to the Smoky Mountains Festival in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., next year.
Due to the choir state competition getting canceled, the school is reaching out for community support to compete in what students call “really prestigious competition”.
Blue Ridge High School will play at South Aiken in the first round of the Class AAAA football playoffs on Nov. 18.
The Tigers lost their final regular season game last Friday at Greer High School.