Shrine Bowl

SHRINE BOWL ACTION - Saluda High’s Malik Brooks is shown in action in Saturday’s Shrine Bowl game played at Wofford College in Spartanburg. Also pictured are #52 Grady Thomas of Spartanburg HS and #71 Marcus McKethan of Barnwell HS from the SC team and #44 Christian Dixon from Matthews, NC. South Carolina lost 17-10 in the final 20 seconds. Brooks became only 12th player from Saluda High to be selected for the prestigious high school all-star game, joining  Bettis Herlong (1941), Billy  Grigsby (1947), Wendall Black (1957), Ron Hightower (1959), Tom Blease (1962), James Brown (1963) Roger Hazel (1965), Richard Brooks (1973), Jonathon Brooks (1974), Alex Robinson (2008), and Dexter Wideman (2013). (Photo by Trey Fingerlin)

Setting the SHS
Records Straight

  With all the talk about the accomplishments of the 2015 and 2016 and 1962 and 1963 Saluda Tiger football teams, two previous Tiger teams have been inadvertently left out of the conversation.
   The 1955 and 1956 teams are the record holders for most games played, 24, and like the 2015-2016 and 1962-63 teams played for the Upper State Championship game two years in a row.
  Like the 1962-63 teams, the 1955-56 squads played for the state championship two years in a row, but unlike the winning 63-63 teams, both teams lost to Summerville, coached by a young John McKissick.
  The 1955 Tigers finished with an 11-2-1 record, and lost the state title to the Green Wave by a score of 20-0. By the way, the ‘55 Tigers defeated Abbeville 14-0 in the Upper State title game.
  The 1956 team took a 13-0 record into the State Championship game. This team gave up 20 points in their first ten games, and allowed only 48 points the entire season . They fell to Summerville 14-0 in the state title game.
  The 2016 Tigers tied the 1956 Tigers for the most games played, 14.
  Six members of the 1956 Tigers went on to play college football.

PRESENTATION - The Rev. Jana Creighton, left, present a check to Saluda Schools Supt. Dr. David Mathis from proceeds of the  first annual Call To Action 5K Run. Looking on is one of Saluda Presbyterian’s event organizers, Jane Cason.

The 1st Annual Call to Action


  September 17, 2016 marked the first annual Call to Action 5K in Saluda, SC! Approximately 50 people participated in the 5K and raised a total in proceeds of $1584.54. These funds were divided according to percentages of students attending schools. The money will in turn provide school supplies for students and teachers following Christmas break, a time that is traditionally low on supplies. The 5K is being planned for the 2017 school year and we hope that the community will come out in force to continue this healthy way of supporting education!
  The decision to hold a 5K in Saluda was multi-faceted. The community churches in history have raised supplies for local education. The last 2 years, however, due to a variety of reasons, this drive has not been formally held. Simultaneously during the 2014 and 2015 school years, Saluda Presbyterian Church spent time in Saluda County Schools both tutoring children and working alongside the Lions Club to provide Vision/Hearing Screenings for all ages. It became clear that many students and teachers did not have the supplies they needed to learn and lead classes most effectively. We also noticed the desire of some students and staff to be more physically active in their day to day lives.
  The idea of a 5K to impact both health and learning was born after much prayer and discernment over how God was calling this church to participate. The leadership of the church has unique skills, as Melissa Campbell, Race Director for Run Hard at Saluda Middle also serves as an elder within the church and Jane Cason, former teacher within the district, worked alongside Pastor Jana Creighton and others to spearhead this event.
  Dr. David Mathis, Superintendent stated, “Saluda County Schools is appreciative and thankful for the support of the community in helping our students.  Providing school supplies is a great way to help create a quality learning environment for students and teachers.”
  We are thankful to the community who donated funds to support this cause. We are thankful for those who came out and participated, who truly Ran Hard. Over the coming year, we will be making some changes to ensure a smooth event next year, with more awards for youth who participate. Until then, as Apostle Paul says in 1 Corinthians 9: 23 ‘Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win’. May the community of Saluda continue to run the race of education, health, and faith.