North Central High School senior Grayson King and junior teammate Broderick Gaither were each named to class AA All-State baseball teams.
One line, plenty of waiting.
After having finished as the Region 3-A runner-up, the North Central softball team looked forward to hosting last Thursday's first round game against a team they had seen twice this year.
There are gut-wrenching ways to end your season and then, there is how North Central's 2013 baseball campaign came to an end.
Even the best tightrope walkers stub their toe every now and then.
A one-run loss to Pelion prevented the North Central softball team from winning the Region 3-AA title, but it could not put a damper on what to this point has been a successful regular season.
There was a rush to get everything done for senior night. After that, the buzzword for North Central was patience.
Closing its regular season with a five-inning, non-conference doubleheader with Buford, the North Central baseball team split Wednesday's twinbill in Lancaster County.
First, it was a winning season. Then, came a first-time berth in the state playoffs.
With spring break over, the North Central softball team needed to get back to winning games after losing two of three, including their first in Region 3-AA play, in the week leading up to having a week off.
In a season of firsts, this is the biggest of them all ... so far.
It just might be time to break out the rabbit's foot, find a four-leaf clover or, taking a page from "Major League," sacrifice a live chicken because doing everything in reverse did not work for North Central baseball coach Robbie Cash.
And then, there was one.
North Central tuned up for last Saturday's Carolina Challenge volleyball tournament by breezing to a three-sets, 25-7, 25-15 and 25-16, win over visiting Central of Pageland on Thursday night in a Region 4-AA volleyball match.
Cheraw proved to be a mere bump in the road for North Central as the Lady Knights crushed visiting Braves in three sets, 25-7, 25-16 and 25-18, on Tuesday night in a Region 4-AA volleyball match played inside The Castle in Boonetown.
One of the busiest people in Boonetown has to be the person charged with updating the volleyball region championship banner at North Central High School. Then again, the flag made of felt never collects a whole lot of dust.
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