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Carl Lewis has won state and regional honors for his taxidermy

Animals at York taxidermy shop come with stories, history

Taxidermist Carl Lewis

By Don Worthington — Business Editor
For every animal hanging from the walls of Carl Lewis’ shop in rural York County, there is a story.He points to a mounted English pheasant with pride, telling you how he killed it with a stone when he was 12 years old.Bucks, bears and elk adorn the walls or stand on the floor. He’s been to Idaho to hunt elk, Canada to hunt bear, and some of the mounted bucks he found much closer to home, hunting throughout South Carolina.  Read Article

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York County Sports Hall of Fame – Induction Ceremony March 14

Former York athlete, coach to be honored in county hall of fame

By Jennifer Becknell – YORK COUNTY —

A former York athlete and coach are among six people who will be honored by the York County Sports Hall of Fame, which plans its 13th induction ceremony May 13.

The two are Ivory Latta, a former basketball star at York Comprehensive, and Jimmy Wallace, a former York athlete and coach.

The Class of 2013 honorees will be inducted May 14 at the Events at Manchester, 1965 Cinema Dr., Rock Hill, SC 29730.  Read Article

York Taxidermist Wins Awards

York taxidermist brings wildlife back to life

By Jennifer Becknell –

YORK –Carl Lewis killed and mounted his first pheasant when he was just 12 years old. As Lewis learned the skill of taxidermy, he began to mount them for the hunter friends of his father.

Now 53, Lewis has been mounting animals all his life — ducks and other birds, as well as fish, deer, bears, elk, lynx and even a huge buffalo that he killed while on a hunting trip out West.

He recently attended a Georgia State Taxidermy Association competition in Macon, Ga., where he ran away with awards in the fish division — two first-place ribbons for a chum salmon and pink salmon and four other awards.  Read Article

Hustle Award ~ THOMAS BROOM!

Carroll lauds academic success at York awards

By Gene Graham –

YORK — First-year head football coach Bobby Carroll lauded York Comprehensive High School football players for success in the classroom and on the gridiron during last week’s awards ceremony.

“There are only two failed courses among the returning varsity football players,” Carroll told an attentive audience in the school auditorium.

Carroll said much emphasis is placed on classroom performance. “We want our players to do well in the classroom,” he said. “They can’t go to college making Cs and Ds.”

Carroll issued special praise to the Cougars’ ninth-grade football team for an unbeaten season. “South Pointe’s ninth-grade team had lost two games in seven years, and they beat them,” he noted.

Ninth-grade head coach Luke Nyegaard noted that the Cougars scored 243 points and were behind only four times all season. Carroll also commended the jayvee team for finishing 7-2.

Carroll said the football program’s massive support base begins with his wife, Sherry, “the greatest football wife on the face of the earth.”

He thanked YCHS Principal Diane Howell, York schools Superintendent Vernon Prosser, athletic director Steve Boyd, the booster club and touchdown club for their loyalty to the football program.

He offered special praise for the Cougar band and cheerleaders for their contributions every Friday night. “Our band goes to every football game, home and away,” noted Carroll. “People don’t know how hard our cheerleaders work.”

Carroll also recognized his friend in Cougar Country, Kevin Montgomery, affectionately known as “Starsky.”

Though the varsity football team won 10 games and made a run in the state playoffs, Carroll said there’s work to be done. “I want our players to wear state championship rings,” he said. “It’s all about the players and winning football games.

“Losing hurts more than winning feels good.”

Awards recipients included the following:

Ninth-grade Hustle Awards: Luc Greene, Quinterious Mitchell, Mitchell Trotter, Ethan Whitesides, Dev Williams.

Jayvee Hustle Awards: Markel Castle, Ray Ellis, Tyquan Baxter, Thomas Broom.

Fundraiser Award Winners, who sold 20-plus cards: Corey Dover, Spencer Carroll, Lawrence Adams, Sammy Mclurkin, Daniel Smith, Tom Harper, Trip Blackwell, Justin Whitesides, Eric Gonzales, Hunter Nunn, Thomas Broom, Shamal Sanders, Jonathan Slaughter, Shuler Littlejohn, Riley Koran.

Captain Awards: Andre Foulks, Ty Currence, Spencer Carroll, Correy Dover.

All-Region: Andre Foulks, Lee Wright, Ty Currence, Spencer Carroll, Corey Dover, Lamin Yansaneh.

All-Area Defense: Corey Dover, (N/S All-Star game), Ty Currence, Andre Foulks; offense, Spencer Carroll, Zack Hudson, Lee Wright, 3A Player of the Year; kicker, Matt Bostic; honorable mention, Eric Hughes, Jiquese Brown, Lamin Yansaneh.

Offensive Awards: Best Offensive Skill Player, Reggie McClain; Best Offensive Lineman, Zach Hudson; Best Offensive Player, Lee Wright; Most Improved, Josh McCoy; Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year, John Cunningham.

Defensive Awards: Best Defensive Skill Player, Eric Hughes; Head Hunter Award for leading tackler, Ty Currence; Best Defensive Player, Andre Foulks; Most Improved, Jiquese Brown; Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year, Lawrence Adams.

Special Awards: Specialty Team Player of the Year, Matt Bostic; Most Versatile Player of the Year, Lamin Yansaneh; Dr. John M. Pratt Memorial Award, Andre Foulks.