Payback, thy name is Andrew Galuppi.
The South Carolina General Assembly recently recognized North Central High School in Kershaw County as the first public school in the state to form a clay-target shooting team.
Playing a AAA program did not seem to faze the North Central softball team in the least as the Lady Knights blasted visiting South Pointe, 12-2 in six innings, Friday night in Boonetown.
When he sent Grayson King to the mound to start Tuesday's non-region game against Buford, North Central baseball coach Robbie Cash was looking to get his sophomore out of the game after two innings of work.
Andrew Jackson scored in every inning, save for the third, as the host Volunteers downed rival North Central, 12-2, in Monday's regular season baseball opener for both sides.
Turning four hits into nine runs, North Central topped Crestwood, 9-8, to help the hosts advance into Thursday night's championship game of the May Plant Credit Union Baseball Bash in Boonetown.
Calhoun County outscored visiting North Central, 13-4, in the fourth quarter to score a come-from-behind, 35-28 victory over the Lady Knights in Tuesday's class A girls state basketball playoff opener.
The North Central girls basketball team, which finished third in Region 3-A, will open state class A Upper State tournament action on Tuesday when the Lady Knights travel to meet Calhoun County in a 6 p.m. start.
Things are starting to fall into place for the North Central girls' basketball team. And with the state playoffs looming around the bend, the Lady Knights' timing could not be any better.
When Lewisville forward and South Carolina State signee Cortell Busby picked up his second foul less than two minutes into Tuesday's game at North Central, he put himself on the bench and out of the game. When he was tagged with his third personal in the waning seconds of the first half, it meant more bench time fors the Lions' leading scorer.
Knowing they had a six-point forfeit in their back pocket in the final match of last week's pairing with visiting Camden, the North Central High wrestling team received a clinching pin from Brandon Small at 119 pounds to put the hosts over the top and secure a 42-36 victory over the visiting Bulldogs.
Fielding a team which is consistently inconsistent is a coach's nightmare.
It was a perfect ending to an imperfect game.
Ready to stick with a 2-3 zone defense which caused visiting Cardinal Newman troubles in the first half, North Central's best-laid defensive plans were thrown out with the bath water in a sloppy second half stretch.
Progress, like beauty, is sometimes in the eye of the beholder.
North Central extended its season-opening unbeaten streak to eight matches as Jason Brazell's charges knocked off Region 4-AA rivals Indian Land and Cheraw on Tuesday in Boonetown.
Host McBee sent the North Central boys' basketball team to its sixth loss in as many starts as the host Panthers overcame a sluggish start to post a 63-47 win.
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