Offensive lineman Alex Waters and linebacker John Hicks were players named to the 64th South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association North-South All-Star Football Game.
Waters has anchored an offensive line that has helped running back Quez Nesbitt gain over 2,000 yards rushing this season.
Greer gets an opportunity to avenge its opening-season loss Friday in a first round Class 3A football playoff game at Dooley Field. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Seneca, which beat Greer in overtime, 46-45 on Aug. 25, threw some wrinkles at the Yellow Jackets that were unsuspected. “They surprised us,” Greer Head Coach Will Young said.
Seneca earned an at-large bid into the Class 3A playoffs and a return trip to Greer’s Dooley Field in the opening round. The game is Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
The two teams opened the 2012 season there on Aug. 24 with Seneca escaping with a 46-45 victory thanks to an overtime touchdown and game-deciding 2-point conversion.
Each of the top three teams in Region II-3A ended up with a single regular-season loss, so Greer, Blue Ridge and Greenville will share the region championship, according to Blue Ridge Head Coach Wade Cooper.
Greer’s 35-7 win over Blue Ridge tonight handed the Yellow Jackets (8-2, 6-1) the top seed from the region thanks to a tie-break of fewest defensive points allowed in games involving Greer, Greenville and Blue Ridge.
Quez Nesbitt’s 70-yard touchdown run on Greer’s first play from scrimmage with 11:37 left in the third quarter put the Yellow Jackets in first place in Region II-3A tonight at Dooley Field.
And that’s where they stayed to earn the No.1 Region II-3A seed for the state playoffs that begin next week. A Seneca at Greer rematch is tentatively set, pending the SCHSL’s playoff meeting Saturday in Columbia to confirm the pairings. Blue Ridge appears to be matched up with Chapin.
Greer High School Principal Marion Waters made a surprise visit to Dooley Field tonight and claimed his traditional seat next to the field house at Dooley Field.
Waters had double heart bypass surgery on Oct. 6 and has been recuperating at home. Waters was greeted by head football coach Will Young before the game and others who had been long-time supporters.
BLUE RIDGE (9-0, 6-0) at GREER (7-2, 5-1)
Here's a preview of this week's Yellow Jackets Magazine, which feature Seniors, a Homecoming story and photos, and much more.
Get your issue at the game for $6, or in downtown Greer at Stomping Grounds or Acme General Store.
The Region II-3A football championship has come down to the final week of the season and has several championship scenarios still in play.
Just as it did in the former Peach Blossom 3A Region a year ago, Friday night's game between Greer and Blue Ridge could determine the region champion and top seed from the conference heading into the Class 3A playoffs.
Ralph Voyles is remembered as one of the greatest linemen who had an impact at Greer High School and throughout his high school and college coaching career.
Voyles, a Greer High graduate of 1953, is this year’s Ring of Honor inductee. He only played football and started on the offensive and defensive lines for former coach Phil Clark’s first two football teams.
Robbie Gravely made the announcement. The announcement, photo and Ring of Honor members will be in the Greer "Yellow Jackets Magazine" on sale Friday night at 6 p.m.
By Steve Brown
Greer High School Hall of Fame Committee
Four members of the Greer High School athletic family are being installed into the Hall of Fame Friday night. Steve Brown, of the Hall of Fame committee, submitted the stories. The story, photos and complete list of the Hall of Fame will be in Friday night's "Yellow Jackets Sports Magazine" on sale at the stadium beginning at 6 p.m.
This year's members are:
Class of 2005
Cole Sims was a five-year letterman in both swimming and tennis at Greer High School.
He earned all-Region in swimming in 2002, 2003 and 2004 and was a top eight finisher in the 50-yard freestyle in the 3A state championships in 2001 through 2004. He was voted Most Valuable swimmer as a senior.
Ranked No. 1 freshman in 3A state swim championships in the 50-yard freestyle. He won the bronze medal in the class 3A 50-yard freestyle at the 2003 state championships, setting a school record of 23.40 seconds.
Sims was all-Region in tennis 2003 and 2004 leading Greer to conference championships both years. His career record in single matches was 29-5 and he was 30-4 in doubles. He lettered 2001-2005 and was 2002 team MVP.
Sims is a Clemson University graduate (Summa Cum Laude) with a B.A. in Biological Science and a fourth-year student at the Medical University of South Carolina with an emphasis in Internal Medicine.
Class of 2003
Allen Mills was a three-sport letterman in football, basketball and track. He earned All-Conference in football and track.
During his football career at Greer High School he had 132 receptions with 13 touchdowns. Six of his scores were punt returns.
Mills scored the winning touchdown with less than a minute to play the last time Greer defeated Byrnes High School.
He was a member of the 2003 State Champion 4 x 100 relay team. He signed with North Greenville University after his high school career.
Class of 1989
Lister played both basketball and baseball at Greer High School and was Academic all-conference in both sports.
His basketball coaching career began at Greer High School as an assistant coach and later became the head coach at Strom Thurmond and Eastside high schools.
At Strom Thurmond he won 39 games in three years, where his 1995-96 basketball teams advanced to the Upper State semifinals. He coached three NCAA Division I players at Eastside High School.
Lister became head basketball coach at North Greenville University in 2002, inheriting a program that had 11 losing seasons before his arrival. He has directed NGU to 50 wins in the past three years. Lister was named the NCAA Division II Coach of the Year in 2011-2012. His players have maintained a 3.0 grade point average during his tenure.
His overall coaching record at head coach in high school and college is 193-240.
Lister graduated from Furman University in 1995 and is doing graduate work through Boise State University.
Class of 1969
Kennette lettered in all four years in football at Greer High School and started at offensive tackle his last three years. He was a two-year letterman on the golf team.
Kennette was a 1973 graduate of The Citadel and earned his Master’s in Education from the University of South Carolina.
He began his coaching career at Greer High School in 1973, spending his next 12 years as assistant coach in both track and football. He also coached girls basketball, soccer and golf.
Kennette coached at Byrnes for two years, Broome for four years and returning to Byrnes in 1991 where he coached offensive and defensive lines.
During Kennette’s 38 years as a football coach, his teams won 10 region championships and 8 state championships. He was an assistant coach n the 2004 North-South All-Star football game.
Greer area bands swept the top two places today at the Upper State Championships at James F. Byrnes High School.
Blue Ridge finished first and Greer second with Pickens third in the championships.
GREER 41, SOUTHSIDE 7
Greer Head Coach Will Young said he’s never coached a player like Quez Nesbitt. But at least Young has Nesbitt on his team.
Nesbitt, a junior, scored five touchdowns, all in the first half, – 4 rushing and one by pass reception – to lead Greer to a 41-7 win over Southside in a Peach Blossom Conference 3A game. “(Quez)” is such a great player and he is so smart. He can stop, redirect and stop better than anyone I’ve seen,” Young said.
Region II-3A Standings
Through Friday’s Games
Region II-3A Overall
The Greer High School Band is always “on” as long as director Jeff Norman has his eyes on the musicians.
He observed the band marching at the Homecoming parade last week and reminded them “this is a good time to practice your straight-line marching. That’s the way to go flutes.”
The Greer volleyball team earned a spot in the state playoffs by defeating Blue Ridge 3-0 tonight.
Greer finished in third place in Region II-3A and plays at Chapin Tuesday night at 6 p.m. in the first round of the state playoffs.
Greer and Blue Ridge are swapping football opponents this week in Week 9 of the high school season. While both teams have one more day to be focused on other teams, they will still be listening for Friday's scores for another measuring stick.
Greer beat Pickens (42-20) which is Blue Ridge's opponent Friday and Southside fell to the Tigers (31-0) last week.
The Greer High School girls tennis team won its final match of the season, 7-0, over rival Blue Ridge Wednesday.
Greer’s win earned the Yellow Jackets a 6-6 Region II-3A record and 8-6 overall mark. Blue Ridge finished 2-10 in the region and 2-13 overall.
Jeff Norman, Greer High School Marching Band Director, said the band and color guard are ready and confident heading into Saturday’s 3A Upper State championships at Byrnes High School.
“There’s no hype this year. We’re just going out there and take care of business,” Norman said. “Going into the Upper State we feel confident.”