Soon after time ticked away on Greer's Class 3A playoff loss to rival Union County last Friday night, the Yellow Jackets had to start preparing for life without the 22 seniors who played their final game in Greer uniforms.
This, of course, is the norm in high school sports, but the milestones, statistics and win-loss record over the past couple of seasons say the Class of 2016 was special in the annals of Greer football.
Greer has been put through the wringer.
And yet, through one of its most tumultuous and stressful weeks in memory, Greer has paved the road to Lonnie “Gee” McGee’s new home in Clinton with the love he shared with his citywide family.
It’s been four days since GreerToday.com first published that Gee was leaving Greer. It’s been 4.5 days since city officials learned that as of last Wednesday morning Gee was due in Clinton.
For the second-straight season, a perfect football season ended in palpable disappointment for Greer.
Long-time rival Union County used a second edition of the Jacket Bowl this season to bounce Greer from the Class 3A playoffs, 39-22, Friday night at Dooley Field.
"A society is ultimately judged by how it treats its weakest and most vulnerable members."
By Perry Williams
In the 1970's McGee (he was always known only as McGee back then) was inseparable from his constant companion DC Townsend. They probably spent more time at Greer High School than I did and McGee was and still is a sports team’s (any sports team) biggest fan.
McGee has an uncanny ability to show up anytime and almost every time that something is going on. He has attended more grand openings and ribbon cuttings than anyone that I know.
By John Clayton
The Greer and Union County football programs have a lot more than their school nicknames in common.
Lonnie "Gee" McGee, a Greer icon with his presence at virtually every significant event and man about town, is leaving Greer this week for Clinton.
Gee, as he is affectionately known to generations of greater Greer citizens of all professions, is moving to a care center in Clinton, according to a Greer Police Department release.
Union County will make a return trip to Dooley Field Friday night – this time for the second round of the Class 3A state playoffs.
Call it, "Jacket Bowl 2.0."
"It's always close, it's always tight every time we play," Greer Head Coach Will Young said of the season's second matchup with Union County.
A water main break at Greer CPW’s water treatment site near Lake Cunningham caused almost 20,000 residents to lose water overnight and have a boil water advisory before drinking or cooking in effect until at least Tuesday evening.
Residents are advised to boil water for at least two minutes.
Tyler Howard’s appearance in the “Best Singer in the State” didn’t earn him an award. But it earned him a lot respect from judges.
The student, who represented Greer, had a performance that was memorable for his family and friends.
Greer standout defensive back/wide receiver Troy Pride, Jr. announced via Twitter that he is de-committing to Virginia Tech due to the pending retirement of long-time head coach Frank Beamer.
Beamer, the winningest active head coach in major college football, announced his retirement at the end of the season on Nov. 1. The 69-year-old Beamer has 277 career victories, including 235 in 29 seasons at Virginia Tech.
Travelers Rest arrived at Dooley Field Friday night intent on ending a long playoff drought by upsetting the unbeaten Yellow Jackets.
The Devil Dogs delivered a couple of early haymakers, but Greer had more than enough left for the 45-13 knockout that eliminated Travelers Rest from the playoffs.
Behind the running of Zay Terry and quarterback Chris Gomia, Travelers Rest jumped out to a 13-0 first-quarter lead.
Nelson Welch will become the 15th person inducted into the Greer High School Ring of Honor Friday night at halftime during the Yellow Jackets’ opening-round playoff game at Dooley Field.
“Any time you’re recognized at any level – high school or college – it’s such an honor,” Welch said. “There’s so many athletes to choose from and so many great players to come out of Greer, especially in all sports, not just football, I’m just humbled and honored.”
Mario Cusano was the outsider, the new kid from someplace in the Northeast.
That was three years and more than 5,000 passing yards ago, and things have changed for Greer's quarterback, who has all-star numbers if not all-star status.
The Greer football team went to the movies last Friday.
Greer Head Coach Will Young took his team to see the "Woodlawn," the real life story of Woodlawn High School whose football team overcame the odds to make a run towards a state championship in 1973 in Birmingham, Ala.
Troy Pride, Sr., an all-star multi-purpose athlete with the Greer Yellow Jackets has a GoFundMe page to help with the cost of traveling to Tampa, Fla., to participate in the Jan. 9 Blue-Grey All-American Bowl.
The game is one of a series of three high school all-star games produced by Blue-Grey Football.
Greer will face a familiar foe when the Class 3A playoffs begin Friday at 7:30 for the Yellow Jackets at Dooley Field.
Region II-3A foe Travelers Rest received an at-large bid into the playoff field and will be Greer's opening-round opponent. Tickets to playoffs are $7 and will be available at the gate Friday.
The Greer High School volleyball teams will give the Syl Syl Toy Drive a good start on Sunday at the Clock Restaurant.
Three boxes of toys and an additional $176 raised through donations for more purchases will be presented at its annual start Sunday, 2-4 p.m. at the Clock on W. Poinsett Street.