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Earl's Pearls 12/18


By Earl Vaughan Jr.

The Spirit Rock has been part of the Terry Sanford High School landscape since the summer of 2017. Principal Tom Hatch said it was purchased by the Student Government Association as a way for clubs and other organizations to show school spirt and pride.

The responsibility for decorating the rock currently falls to student body president and Bulldog senior Sarah Wright.

Wright said she’s been painting the rock since her freshman year at the school.

She doesn’t consider herself an artist in the true sense of the word and just likes to paint as a hobby.

When she’s not painting the rock, she prefers painting on canvas with acrylic paint. She describes her style as cartoonish with an inclination toward being clean and kind of clip art style.

When it comes to subject matter for the rock, she used to get input from a faculty advisor but now usually follows the lead of principal Hatch. Hatch will give her suggestions on what to paint if there’s something specific going on.

Otherwise, she is left to make her own call.

More often than not she sticks with safe themes like the bulldog mascot or paw prints.

Another consideration is painting something that can stay on the rock for several weeks before it has to be changed again.

“I didn’t want to put anything specific,’’ she said. “Painting the rock takes six to seven hours.’’

But that’s not a burden. She enjoys the time she spends outside, especially when walkers passing by on the sidewalk stop.

“People will come and sit and talk with me,’’ she said.

In the current COVID-19 climate, she feels the rock sends a message of color and love and someone devoted to what they are doing.


The N.C. Football Coaches Association recently met to discuss a variety of topics, including the proposed realignment of the state’s over 400 senior high schools.

Brian Randolph, head coach at Jack Britt High School, serves on the association’s Board of Directors as a representative of Region 4.

Randolph said the coaches released a statement expressing their opposition to the N.C. High School Athletic Association continuing with only four size classes and were in favor of expanding to at least six and possibly seven classes.

The NCHSAA recently conducted a vote of its membership that resulted in a defeat of changing the bylaws to allow more than four classifications in the state. The frustrating thing for the NCHSAA was that a large number of schools chose to not even vote. All schools failing to respond were counted as no votes.

The football coaches recommend that if future votes are held, any school that declines to vote should be fined as much as $400.

Another concern for the coaches is how the NCHSAA will allow new football schedules to be drawn in the fall of 2021 when schools will be limited to a maximum of 10 varsity football games. To play 10 games, schools must play an endowment game where a portion of the gate is donated to the NCHSAA Endowment.

The coaches are concerned about whether they will be allowed to play 10 games in only 10 weeks or 10 games in 11 weeks. It seems the 10 in 10 method is most likely because only that arrangement will allow a 64-team state playoff under the new calendar requirements the NCHSAA has imposed for 2021.

The NCHSAA is not expected to tackle how teams will qualify for the state playoffs until realignment is wrapped up sometime next March.


Photo credit: Brian Fahey

Terry Sanford freshman golfer Ethan Paschal won the freshman/sophomore division of the Winternational Junior Series at Pinehurst No. 2 last weekend.

Paschal overcame an eight-shot deficit, using the low round of the tournament, a 67, to rally on the second day. He shot 81 in the first round.


Teams representing the Omega Cheer All-Stars from Fayetteville turned in impressive performances in the Cheersport Charleston Grand Championships last Sunday in Charleston, S.C. Pictured is the Junior 3 team, ages 10-15. Three Omega teams took part in their first competition since February. Omega’s junior level two, three and four teams all took first place in their divisions. All three teams also won invitations to the Summit competition at Walt Disney World scheduled May 7-9, 2021. The next competition is scheduled for Myrtle Beach, S.C., in January.

This week’s games


Dec. 21

Terry Sanford at Cape Fear

Overhills at E.E. Smith

Gray’s Creek at Pine Forest

Dec. 22

South View at Westover

Pine Forest at Douglas Byrd



Dec. 18

Trinity Christian vs. Word of God

Dec. 19

Fayetteville Christian at Greenfield

Northwood Temple vs. Concord Academy, Phenom Classic, Rock Hill, S.C.

Northwood Temple vs. Covenant Day, Phenom Classic, Rock Hill, S.C.

Dec. 21

Fayetteville Christian at Thales-Apex

Northwood Temple vs. Berean Baptist

Village Christian at Wake County Academy Home School

Dec. 22

Fayetteville Christian TBA

Dec. 23

Fayetteville Christian TBA


Dec. 19

Fayetteville Christian at Greenfield

Last week’s results


Dec. 15

Gray’s Creek 3, Westover 0

South View 3, Overhills 0

Terry Sanford 3, Pine Forest 0

Cape Fear 3, E.E. Smith 0

Jack Britt 3, Lumberton 2

Seventy-First 3, Hoke County 0

Pinecrest 3, Richmond Senior 0

Dec. 17

Gray’s Creek 3, South View 1

Terry Sanford 3, E.E. Smith 0

Cape Fear 3, Overhills 1

Jack Britt 3, Richmond Senior 0

Lumberton 3, Seventy-First 1

Westover 3, Douglas Byrd 0



Dec. 11

Faith Christian 55, Fayetteville Academy 35

Fayetteville Christian 56, Village Christian 44

Trinity Christian 53, Gray Collegiate 49

Dec. 12

Hartsville, S.C., 75, Trinity Christian 64

Dec. 15

Northwood Temple 74, New Life Christian 44

Berean Baptist 86, Village Christian 51


Dec. 11

Faith Christian 38, Fayetteville Academy 23

Village Christian 50, Fayetteville Christian 37

Northwood Temple 57, New Life Christian 24

Wayne Country Day 77, Freedom Christian 30

Dec. 15

Village Christian 40, Berean Baptist 15