Category Archives: Sports

Ribbon cutting held for second ADA kayak launch

On the Saluda – Anderson County held a ribbon cutting Monday, for a second ADA floating kayak launch facility on the Saluda River. The accessible floating kayak launch facility provides an opportunity for all to transfer independently into kayaks beginning their journey down the Saluda River.
The new kayak launch is a $130,000 project funded partly by Anderson County as well as a Duke Energy Water Resources Fund. The Duke Energy Foundation grant provided the majority of funding, Anderson County received $99,508 toward the project.

Powdersville Sports Awards

The State Champion Powdersville Boys Cross Country Team were among a number of Varsity, JV and Middle School athletes receiving awards during the Powdersville Sports Awards program held recently. Receiving awards on the Powdersville CC team were: Josh Moore (All Region, All State), Cameron Matthews (All Region), Michael Davis, Jordan Parish (All Region), Noah Brock (Varsity Most Dedicated, All Region), Kollin Campbell (Varsity Most Improved), Brendan McManamon (Varsity Most Valuable, All Region, All State), Francisco Del Valle. (Photo by Mike Gowan) (See photos of all award winners by clicking on the Online Edition link on left) A complete list of awards presented included . . .

Anderson County to host High School Bass Class

The 1st Annual Southeastern High School Bass Class will be held at the Civic Center of Anderson, located at 3027 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Currently, 160 people are registered to attend. The two-day event will begin on Friday, January 13 with check-in from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Civic Center of Anderson, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. We are pleased to announce the featured speaker for Friday evening is 2016 Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year Gerald Swindle. Many other professional anglers will be available during this event.

Powdersville Boys Cross Country State Champions

The Powdersville Boys Cross Country Team made history by becoming the school’s first athletic team to win a state championship. They won the 3A Cross Country Title on Saturday at the State Cross Country Meet held at the Sandhill Station in Columbia. Team members are from left: front – Jordan Parish, Jacob Moore, Mason Parish, Connor Vaughn. Back – Coach Libby Holliday, Francisco Del Valle, Cameron Matthews, Josh Moore, Brendan McManamon, Noah Brock, and Kollin Campbell. (Photo by Mike Gowan)

Powdersville Region 2-AAA Champions

The Powdersville Patriots celebrate their first Region Championship with the trophy held high after defeating the Palmetto Mustangs for the Region 2-AAA title on Friday night. (Photo courtesy Chuck Hughes)

Patriots win volleyball region championship

Powdersville’s Alexis Albright (8) gets a kill during the Patriots victory over region rival Palmetto last Thursday. The Patriots won the region championship by defeating the Mustangs 3 games to 2. (Photo by Mike Gowan)

Booth makes tackle on Southside runner

Powdersville’s Kyle Booth (81) makes the tackle on a Southside runner as he falls to the ground during the game last Friday. The Patriots won the game 37-20. (Photo by Michael Lollis/

Work underway on new ADA kayak launch on Saluda River

By Stan Welch

Work has begun on a kayak and canoe launch and adjoining land access at the Timmerman Boat Ramp in Pelzer. The project, which is funded by a ninety thousand five hundred dollar grant from the Duke Energy Foundation Water Resources Fund, will be in full compliance with the American Disabilities Act.

The grant is a part of a $10 million commitment by the Duke Foundation to provide a million dollars in grants each year for the next decade for projects designed to access water resources in the Duke Energy customer service areas.

A similar launch facility and access has been established at Dolly Cooper Park, and another is planned for the Piedmont area by the Greenville County Recreation Department, according to Anderson County convention and visitor bureau director Glenn Brill. The various facilities and portages are elements of the proposed forty eight mile ‘blue trail’ from the Saluda River Dam to Ware Shoals.

Once completed, the eight foot wide concrete access and the ADA launch facility will complement the fishing pier now at the location. The adjoining parking lot will also be ADA compliant.


Dolly Cooper Park closed – for now

By Stan Welch

Following the defeat of the proposed hospitality tax, the Dolly Cooper Park in Powdersville has been closed, at least temporarily. District Six Councilman Ken Waters, who sponsored the tax proposal, told The Journal that the failure of the Council to pass the tax had left him with no more ideas to fund the further development of the forty or so acres along the banks of the Saluda River.

Had the tax passed, approximately three million dollars from a twenty million dollar general obligation bond would have been earmarked for the park. The proposed tax was defeated at second reading by a vote of four to two.

AA Touchdown Club to honor Powdersville’s Mustar, Humphrey

The Anderson Area Touchdown Club will honor the following players and coach on Friday, September 9 at their regular weekly meeting: Offensive – Shaw Crocker, Palmetto High; Defensive – Lummie Young, Westside High; Offensive Lineman – Cadavius Gary, Belton-Honea Path High; Defensive Lineman – EJ Humphrey, Powdersville High; Coach – Robert Mustar, Powdersville High.

Speaker will be legendary Danny Ford, former head coach of the Clemson Tigers and the 1981 National Championship team.

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