Season of surprises

Dec. 16, 2012 @ 03:46 PM

On Dec. 25 all the good little boys and girls will run to the Christmas tree and uncover the presents stuffed under the tree and in their stockings.

I'm past the age where I can act like child on Christmas morning and explode with excitement over a new bike or video game.

Now as a 23-year-old sports junkie I find joy in the unexpected quirks of sports.

I must admit though, my Carolina Panthers are a real metaphorical lump of coals. I was one of the thousands that bought into the hype surrounding Carolina before the season began.

I ran out and bought a copy of the Charlotte Observer where Ryan Kalil promised a Super Bowl and made my annual trip to training camp. Now with just three games remaining in the NFL season (which seemed to fly by) I see myself opting or a trip to the Biltmore Estate with my girlfriends family instead of watching my favorite team take on the equally disappointing San Diego Chargers. Yes, it's come to this.

I'll take solace in the quality of high school basketball that I've been blessed with.

Everyone expected East Rutherford basketball to be a collection of incredible talent, and they haven't disappointed.

Currently 6-1, with their lone loss being to an ultra-talented Hunter Huss team, The Cavaliers have me looking forward to my trip to the Dean Dome on March, 16.

The Lady Cavaliers also have just one loss at 7-1. Rachel Camp, as expected, is burning through opposing teams like a hot knife through a stick of butter. I personally got to see her drop 48 points one night without breaking a sweat.

R-S Central is also having a great year with both teams as the boys are 6-3 and the girls currently sit at a very misleading 5-4.

Boy's head coach Greg Wright has an undersized Hilltoppers team running the floor all night with a nine-man rotation that has the potential to surprise East Rutherford Tuesday in a can't-miss match-up of county rivals. Seriously, can't miss. I'm on vacation that day and I still plan to be in attendance.

The Lady Hilltoppers, despite the record, play the best girl's basketball that I've seen on the high school level. Granted, that isn't much, but they never fail to impress me when I sit court-side.

What might be lost in it all is the the Chase Trojans boy's team is 5-1.

The boys down in Henrietta are proving that the Rutherford County Championship will have to go through them.

The Lady Gryphons of Thomas Jefferson are streaking behind point guard Anna Dedmon forward Victoria Bennett to a 3-1 record after finishing a dismal 1-19 in 2011-12.

In conclusion, I'm grateful for the storylines that I'll have to keep in mind throughout March on the hardwood. The basketball in this county has certainly grabbed my attention, I hope everyone else has caught on as well.