Last Monday, Dec. 2, Forest City Town Council voted to allow the Forest City Little League to use the baseball/softabll fields at Forest City-Dunbar for the summer season as opposed to the upstart Babe Ruth League that used the fields during the fall after the Little League decided not to have a fall season.
The 3-2 decision by the council represents the fact that, like a play at the plate, it wasn’t an easy call.
As new members of the Mid-Atlantic Carolina Youth Football Conference, the Forest City Cavaliers were expected to struggle. After all, the teams in the MAC conference came from larger cities or covered more area and thus had more kids. More kids should mean more talent but someone forgot to tell the Cavaliers.
The 5/6 Rutherfordton Raiders had a season to remember in 2013.
These "Tiny Mites" not only won every game they played en route to a league championship and an 11-0 record, they left no doubt of their dominance outscoring opponents a combined 348-6.
For anyone who’s stumbled upon a Thomas Jefferson youth football game, you probably noticed No. 21 scoring touchdowns like Walter Payton and racking up tackles like Brian Urlacher. You may have also noticed the long, blonde ponytail flowing out of the back of the player’s helmet.
RS Middle football needed one more win to cap a dream season and earn the title of Tri-County Champion, but the Blue Devils of Shelby Middle stood in its way and downed the Knights, 26-12, Wednesday night at Shelby High School. The Knights failed to find an answer for the Shelby rushing attack that controlled the clock while putting points on the board.
Forest City and its handful of youth football teams hosted county rival Chase Saturday afternoon at East Rutherford High School.
The 7/8 Rutherfordton Raiders took on the Cherryville Ironmen Saturday afternoon at R-S Central High School in youth football action.
Rutherford County's new Babe Ruth League is holding sign-ups Wednesday and Friday night from 6-9 p.m. at the MVP baseball complex at 410 Oak Street extension.
The League is offering teeball, softball and baseball. Sign-up cost for one child is $35 while a family of two or more children is $45 per family.
For over a week the citizens of Rutherford County supported the Rutherfordton-Chase 50/70 All-Stars from over 2,600 miles away as they played in the Intermediate World Series in Livermore, Calif. Tonight they’ll get a chance to show their support in person.
It was fun, but the World Series trip is over for the Rutherfordton-Chase 50/70 All-Stars. They loaded a charter bus and headed for the airport early Tuesday morning en route back to Rutherford County.
When I learned that I was traveling to California to cover the local 50/70 All-Stars as they played in the Intermediate World Series, I could have never predicted what I experienced and learned this week. It would take me hours to talk about my entire trip, so I’ll just walk through some highlights.
All week as the Rutherfordton-Chase 50/70 All-Stars prepared for game action, regardless of whether it be on the field, the batting cages or team huddles, head coach Curtis Snethen preached the importance of finishing strong.
The Rutherfordton-Chase 50/70 All-Stars lost a heartbreaker to the Central representatives, 5-4, Thursday night in the Intermediate World Series in Livermore, Calif.
Meet the Southeast team
After watching the Southwest team narrowly defeat the East representatives on Monday afternoon, the Rutherfordton-Chase 50/70 All-Stars (representing the Southeast) got their crack at the boys from Houston, Texas. And the normally offensive-minded Southeast squad got just two hits and fell to the Southwest, 12-1, in five innings.
Meet the Southeast team
“It was a fastball. I knew that was what I was going to see,” Adman McDowell said of the second pitch he saw during the Regional Championship game against Florida last Tuesday.
The Southeast representatives from Rutherfordton went into Tuesday unknowing of their first opponent in the Intermediate World Series in Livermore, Calif. After a 5-4 win over the East team, the Southwest team from Houston, Texas earned the right to play in today’s 3 p.m. PST game against the boys from Rutherford County.
Meet the Southeast team
Saturday was for driving. Sunday was for flying. Monday was for baseball.
The Southeast Regional Tournament got off to a rocky start for the Junior Softball District 1 All-Stars as they dropped their opening game of the to Florida, 16-0, Saturday morning in Fort Myers, Fla.
What an unforgettable summer it's been for a group of young men from Rutherford County.
On July 13 the Rutherfordton-Chase IM 50/70 All-Stars played their first game in the state tournament. And now 14 days later with state and regional title banners in hand, they're shipping off to the Intermediate World Series in Livemore, Calif.
The Rutherdfordton-Chase IM 50/70 All-Stars returned to Rutherford County on Wednesday night from Spring Hill, Tenn. where they took an 8-2 win over Florida to become the Southeast Region Intermediate (50-70) Division Champions.
A dream has become a reality for the Rutherdfordton-Chase IM 50/70 All-Stars. With an 8-2 win over Florida Thursday morning in Spring Hill, Tenn., the team is headed for the IM World Series next week in Livermore, Calif.