Sunday, March 29, 2015

Eagle Baseball Posts Back-to-Back Wins

The varsity Eagles made two road trips this weekend and added two more "w's" to their overall record, 9-2 and 2-0 region. On Friday RWA defeated region foe Laurens, 8-1, in cold, rainy conditions and then traveled to Johnston less than 24 hours later to beat Wardlaw 10-1.

The Eagles got 8 runs on 8 hits against Laurens. Multiple hitters included John Coleman, who went 2-2 with a stolen base, and Bryant Carvalho, who was 2-4 with a stolen base and 1 RBI. Elijah Tucker hit a double in the top of 7th to drive in two runs. Matt Taylor, Conrad Sharpe, and Coker Gilbert had a single apiece and each was also credited with 1 RBI.

Senior Cameron Cooper pitched 6 complete innings and to one batter in the 7th before Taylor took the mound in relief. Cooper is credited with the win.
Lefty Blake Pauley goes through the windup.

Blake Pauley started on the mound for the Eagles in Saturday's game at Wardlaw and pitched through 5 1/3 inning. Gilbert came in to replace Pauley for the last 1 2/3 innings. Pauley got the win.

Sophomore Christian Christianson had the hot bat for the Eagles going 3-3 with 2 stolen bases. Highlighting the second inning was Gilbert's 2-run homer, his first of the season. Taylor and Sharpe got the only other hits for RW.

The Eagles will be back in action on Monday and Tuesday (3/30 and 3/31) against the Fairfield Central HS Griffins. Monday's game will be at FCHS and Tuesday's will move to the RWA diamond. Both games are scheduled for 1 P.M. starts.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Baseball Teams Are Victorious

The middle school and varsity baseball teams make the long road trip to Johnston on Saturday and returned home with two victories. The MS Eagles won 8-3, and the varsity boys defeated the Patriots 10-1. More detailed information of these and Friday's games at Laurens will follow soon.
Congratulations, Eagles!

Friday, March 27, 2015

Dual Wins for R-Dub

Varsity baseball and softball teams defeated the Laurens Crusaders on Friday. Softball won 3-1 and baseball 8-1. MS and V Baseball travel to Wardlaw on Saturday. More detailed stories to come later. Congratulations, Eagle teams!

Flashing Ring Bling!

The 2015 SCISA 8-Man Football State Champion players and coaches received their much anticipated rings during a ceremony at the end of the school day today.

The Sensational Six! The senior players proudly flash their new ring bling! L-R: Matt Taylor, Conrad Sharpe, Blake Pauley, Hunter Gibbons, Mac McDonald, and Wyatt Adams
Athletic Director Joe Pitt emceed the event and lauded the players and coaching staff for working hard to get to this level. Head Coach Dan Dickerson also spoke to the group of students, teachers, parents, friends, and family members in attendance in which he also praised his players and challenged them to continue with an excellent work ethic in the weight room, on the field, and in the classroom.

Following the individual presentation of rings by Coach Pitt, the ceremony concluded with some family members and friends remaining for candid photo opportunities.

Senior Hunter Gibbons eagerly accepts the ring from Coach Pitt.
The Man with the Plan - Coach Dickerson happily accepts his championship ring.
Webb Yongue and Matt Taylor admire their new ring finger hardware.
Junior B. Walters and Coker Gilbert examine the side of B.'s ring.
It's a family affair...Ryan and Nic pose with their parents while showing off their newly acquired rings.
Proud grandma Pat Ingle is all smiles as she stands between her two state champion grandsons, Coker and Peyton.

Spring Break

Monday, March 30 - Monday, April 6
School will resume on Tuesday, April 7th. 
Enjoy the break!

Mrs. Berry's third graders show off their hand-crafted bunny bags!

Mrs. Woodle's fourth graders show what remains of their Easter candy treats.

Teamwork & Treasures

For the majority of this school year, Ms. Meagan Trammell's sophomore CP English students have paired up with Mrs.Linda Sherwood's first graders on Fridays as reading buddies.

Today, the tenth graders treated their younger friends to an Easter Egg Hunt. While the rainy weather was not favorable for a typical outdoor hunt, the colorful eggs were placed around the Fine Arts room for the kids to seek. Both the big and little kids found the event quite fun!

The search is ON!
Caleb looks on as Bailey counts her egg total.
Hunter H. assists Leila in opening the eggs to discover the candy & coin treasures inside.
Mrs. Sherwood and Reed look on as Ellie and Abby count and open their eggs.
Most schools don't have this kind of opportunity for the older and younger students to interact during the school day, but this is certainly one of the pluses of a small school like RWA where we are FAMILY, and, as the Cheers theme song goes, "where everybody knows your name!"
L-R: Caroline Tolbert, Hunter Dean, Abby Lewis, Reed Rosborough, Ellie Davis, Christian Christianson, J.T. Wilkes, Caleb Ellisor, Bailey Wilkes, Hunter Hartley, Leila Bostrom, Addie Collins, Todd Johnson..

Happy Easter and Spring Break from the entire RWA FAMILY!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Baseball & Softball Travel to Laurens

Both varsity teams have a road trip to Laurens on Friday for region games against the Laurens Crusaders. Softball will start at 5 P.M. and baseball at 7 P.M.

Travel safely and play well, Eagles!

The Latest "Scoop" from First Grade

Mrs. Linda Sherwood's first graders enjoyed their ice cream celebration on Thursday for donating over $80 worth of change to the Hunger to Hope campaign. RWA's Student Government Association sponsored this fundraising effort to aid the Oliver Gospel Mission.

Patriots March to Victory over MS Eagles

RWA's MS Eagles, in their third game of the season, suffered their first defeat to the visiting Wardlaw Patriots' team. The game was shortened to four innings to allow the varsity game to start on schedule.

Zack Taylor was the Eagle starter on the mound and pitched to 14 batters through 2 1/3 innings, getting 4 strikeouts and allowing 3 walks before being relieved by Hudson Wade who pitched the final 1 2/3 innings. Taylor was the losing pitcher of record.

The Eagles manufactured 2 runs in the second inning and 1 in the third while Wardlaw produced 1 in the first, 4 in the third, and 3 in the fourth to take the victory.

RWA hitters included Stephen Lang-Spittler, Cameron Bass, and Bradden Steele.

RWA will have a chance to redeem themselves when they face Wardlaw again on Saturday in Johnston. The re-match will take place at noon. Go get 'em, Eagles!

Second baseman Will Carvalho gets in the ready position to tag the advancing Patriot runner out before being injured on the play and having to leave the game.

Pitcher Zack Taylor looks in for the sign for the next pitch.

Relief pitcher Hudson Wade snags the line drive hit right back at him for the out.

Hudson Wade shows intensity on the mound as he hurls the pitch to the plate.

Third baseman Dru Caldwell fields the bunt and sets up to throw to first base.

Zack Taylor leaps and extends to make a great catch at shortstop.

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Softball Teams Suffer First Losses

The Lady Lions of Lewisville roared past both the Lady Eagle MS and varsity softball teams yesterday in the double-header event in Richburg. Unfortunately, the Lewisville teams handed both RWA teams their first losses of the season, 1-10 (MS) and 3-6 (V).

Meredith Pope stays focused  on delivering the pitch.
Sixth grader Meredith Pope pitched five strikeouts in her first appearance on the mound for the MS Lady Eagles. Hitting singles to spark the young team's offense were Hannah Gibbons 1-3, Riley Simpson 1-2 (along with a walk and stolen base), Gracie Atkerson 1-3, and Jennifer Haney 1-3.

The Lady Eagles varsity squad also dropped their first game of the season to the Lady Lions. Down 0-6 going into the top of the fifth, sophomore Alyssa Atkerson go on base to start the rally, and RWA scored three runs that inning to cut Lewisville's lead in half. However, the Lady Lions held fast to their three-run lead even though the Lady Eagles looked to be mounting another rally in the seventh inning when junior Laken Tanner got on base with a double.

Veteran pitcher Bailey Taylor follows through with her pitch. 
RWA pitcher, Bailey Taylor, threw 7 strikeouts in the losing effort. Taylor was also a perfect 4-4 at the plate with 2 doubles and 1 RBI. Jordan Parris went 3-4 with a double and 1 RBI to her credit. Alyssa Atkerson was the only other RW player to get multiple hits while going 2-4 with a double.

Coach Millie Lambert's varsity team will travel on Friday (3/27) to play a region contest against Laurens at 5 P.M. They do not play another game until the Friday after spring break, April 10th.

Good luck against the Crusaders in Friday's competition, Lady Eagles!

Eagles Pick Up Another Baseball WINN

The Eagles allowed one run in the first inning but shut down the Patriots' offense for the remainder of varsity contest yesterday on their home diamond. RWA picked up victory number seven of the season as they defeated Wardlaw in the shortened four and a half inning game, 14-1.

Sophomore Bryant Carvalho was the winning pitcher of record, but Coach Berry used two others from the bullpen - junior Jonathan Lewis and freshman Ethan McManus - to seal the victory. Kemp was the losing pitcher.

The Eagles scored their fourteen runs on eleven hits through four innings at the plate. Matt Taylor went 3-3 with a double and a stolen base, Carvalho was 2-3 with a double, Conrad Sharpe had 2 hits in 3 at bats, and Elijah Tucker thrilled the home crowd with a home run ball over the center field fence in the third inning as he went 1-3 at the plate. Other hitters for RWA included Cameron Cooper 1-3, Christian Christianson 1-1, and Tyler Douglas 1-1. John Coleman got on base twice, scored two runs, and stole four bases.
Senior Elijah Tucker is greeted by teammates as he tags the plate from his home run trot around the bases.

The Patriots had only one hit by Hammond Manly in the third inning, but he was tagged out when caught in a well-executed pickle play between third and home.
Catcher Coker Gilbert runs Manly back towards third base to catch him in the pickle.

The Eagles travel to Laurens on Friday to play a region game against the LA Crusaders at 7 P.M. and then go to Johnston to play Wardlaw again on Saturday at 2 P.M.

Congratulations, good luck, and safe travels! Play ball, Eagles!

Senior Conrad Sharpe makes a major league diving catch in center field. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

V Baseball Gets a Win; MS Baseball & Softball Teams Suffer Loses

Wednesday's Sports Summary:
MS Baseball 3 - Wardlaw 7
V Baseball 14 - Wardlaw 1
MS Softball 1 - Lewisville 10
V Softball 3 - Lewisville 6

More detailed stories will follow in Thursday's blog.

Senior Baby Pictures & Grad Ad Info

The Aerie staff requests that all seniors submit a baby picture ASAP for yearbook use, if this hasn't been done already. A staff member will scan the photo and give it back to the senior once it has been saved as a yearbook digital image.

Also, for those senior parents and grandparents who have chosen to recognize your senior with a special yearbook grad ad, please keep in mind that the pictures, copy, and final payment are due on or before May 1st. If you would like to add one or more family photos from baccalaureate or graduation which take place after the May 1st deadline, those photos may be submitted digitally to Mrs. Ladd's school email address ( no later than May 26th.

Please contact Mrs. Ladd if you have any questions, 803-635-5494 ext. 129, or use the email address listed above. Thank you!

SGA Hunger to Hope Drive

SGA sponsored a loose change drive to benefit Oliver Gospel Mission's Hunger to Hope Easter Meal Program.

Students in grades K-12 participated and raised over $300 which will provide approximately 150 meals. The top homeroom supporters were Mrs. Sherwood's first grade, collecting $80+, and Miss Trammell's homeroom, collecting $30+.  Each of these classes had the choice of an ice cream party, Bojangles Bo biscuits, or a dress down day for their loyal contributions.  
Thank you for your support.
SGA officers and class reps hold the check envelope to be mailed to the Oliver Gospel Mission.

Photo Contest Deadline Approaching

Students in grades 8-12 interested in entering the Fairfield Soil and Water Conservation District's annual photo contest are reminded of the April 2 deadline.

Up to eight photos may be submitted with no more than 2 in each of the four categories - 1) trees and flowers 2) native wildlife 3) landscapes 4) rural life.

Students should contact Mrs. Martha Ladd at RWA for a copy of the rules or call Mrs. Pat Ingle at the FSWCD office, 815-4831, if there are any questions.

RWA Eagles Dominate Newberry Eagles in Baseball

The blue and gold Eagles soared to double-header victories over the region rival blue and silver Eagles on Tuesday on the RWA diamond.

Coach Al Berry's varsity team defeated Newberry, 8-3, behind the strong pitching arm of senior Elijah Tucker and the hot bat of senior Cameron Cooper. RWA got 8 runs on 8 hits, 4 of those being doubles. The Eagles scored 3 runs in the first inning, 2 in the second, and 3 more in the sixth while holding the visiting Eagles scoreless until the top of the seventh.
Pitcher Elijah Tucker fields the infield hit and throws out the lead runner going to second.
Cooper went 3-4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI. Other RWA teammates sparking the RWA offense included Elijah Tucker who went 1-2 with a double and 2 RBI; Coker Gilbert 1-3 with a double and 1 RBI; Conrad Sharpe 1-2 and hit twice by the pitcher; Christian Christianson and Gunnar Hensley both went 1-3.
Cameron Cooper rounds first base on his way to second for one of his 2 doubles in the game.
Tucker pitched five complete innings, facing 21 batters to earn the win. He had 3 strikeouts, 5 walks, 2 hits, and 0 runs to his credit. Jacob Steele came in to pitch the final two innings and faced 10 batters. He had 4 strikeouts, 1 walk, 2 hits, and 3 runs scored.
Center fielder Conrad Sharpe stays focused on the long fly ball to get the out.
The Eagles improved their record to 6-2 and 1-0 region.

Prior to the varsity game, the middle school teams competed with RWA coming out as the victor in that shortened three inning event, 8-2.

Bradden Steele hurls one to the plate.
Bradden Steele pitched two and a third innings to get the win. Will Carvalho took the mound in relief to pitch to three batters and get the last two outs before time was called. 

Second baseman Dru Caldwell scoops up the ground ball.
Stephen Lang-Spittler led the MS Eagle offense, going 2-2 at the plate. Carvalho went 1-2 with 2 RBI, both Cameron Bass and Jimmy McKeown went 1-2 with 1 RBI apiece, Hudson Wade was 1-1, and Jake Clyburn went 1-2.
First baseman Hudson Wade fields the fly ball and then throws to 3rd to catch the runner off the bag for a double play.
Coach Clyde Wade's MS Eagles are 2-0 on the season so far.

Both Eagle teams will compete at home again on Wednesday in make-up games against Wardlaw. The MS game will start at 4 P.M. and the varsity will follow at 6 P.M.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Brock Art Comes to RWA

Brock Sherrod, a 2010 Richard Winn grad, was invited back to RWA this past Friday to display and talk about her art work with the fifth and sixth period Fine Arts students. Brock is a recent 2014 graduate of Erskine College where she was both an art and business major.

Brock enlightened the students of her fascination with art and her inspiration for choosing the theme of her senior art show, which she dedicated to her late father. In addition to showing the students a power point presentation of her various completed art projects, she also brought along a few framed pieces to show them and discussed the time element and cost for completion.

Brock has already been somewhat successful in selling some of her artwork and has created her own Facebook site where photos of her original art pieces are displayed. Check out her work under the title Brock Art on Facebook. She's really quite talented, and RWA is proud to call her a member of the RWA Alumni Family! 

Extra Educational Opportunities for Rising Juniors and Seniors

Dear Parents,

Ms. Allyson Porter and I met with representatives from Midlands Technical College regarding the possibility of offering selected dual credit/dual enrollment classes next school year for rising juniors and rising seniors. Dual enrollment allows a student to take a college course and count the course for high school graduation requirements and receive college credit (assuming course requirements are met). For example, a student might take Course THE 101 (Theater) through Midlands Tech and this class could count for the required fine arts graduation credit at the high school level and transfer to a college for credit. 

Some of the possible courses that Midlands Technical College may offer at the Fairfield Midlands Tech Campus next fall and spring are:

ENG 101
ENG 102
AHS 102 (Medical Terminology)
THE 101 (Theater)
SOC 101 (Sociology)
AHS 119 (Health Careers)
COL 105 (Freshman Seminar)
PSY 201 (Psychology)

Course scheduling will vary based on overall community needs, including those of RWA. The classes will be taught on a Monday/Wednesday and Tuesday/Thursday schedule as is typical of college level classes and the work will be college level work. Midlands Tech professors will teach the courses and make all decisions regarding requirements, grades, etc. The class has to be passed at the college level to earn high school and college credit.  Students who take any of these courses will have to follow the Midlands Tech academic calendar for the chosen class(es) and meet all of their requirements. Each course will cost approximately $600; however, students who take two courses may be eligible for lottery tuition assistance to defray the cost of one class. At least 12 students are needed for a class to "make". These 12 students could be from RWA or the community.  

In order to be considered for participation, a student must have an overall 3.0 GPA and the student must complete the Midlands Technical College Placement Test. The test will be administered in April to eligible, interested RWA students. Once the testing has been completed a meeting will be held with the parents of students who took the placement test to discuss further details. There is no cost for the testing. Testing dates are forthcoming. Testing will take place during the school day on the Fairfield Midlands Tech Campus. If you elect for your child to participate, you will be notified regarding when he/she will need to leave the RWA campus to participate in placement testing. We will need written permission from you at that time. 

If you would like for your student to participate in the placement testing, please complete the bottom of this form and return to school by Wednesday, March 25, 2015. You will be notified regarding the testing date. Your child MUST participate in this testing to be considered as a possible candidate for dual enrollment; however, the testing does not commit you at this time. 

We will be glad to answer questions anyone may have. Contact the school or either of us by e-mail. 

Nancy Coleman
Allyson Porter

____Yes, I give permission for my child to participate in the Midlands Technical College Placement Testing. I understand that my child's GPA will be checked by the school to be sure the 3.0 requirement is met. 

Signature:_______________________________ Date:__________________

Monday, March 23, 2015

Baseball/Softball Games Cancelled/Rescheduled

Today's (3/23) baseball and softball games against Wardlaw have been cancelled.

The baseball games have been rescheduled for Wednesday (3/25) with the MS game starting at 4:00 P.M., and the varsity game following at 6:00 P.M.

The softball games against Wardlaw have  been rescheduled for Monday, May 4, at 4:00 and 6:00 P.M. at RWA.

A Basketball Coach for Life

Congratulations to RWA's Athletic Director and boys' basketball coach, Joe Pitt, on his recent induction into the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Athletic Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place this past Friday, March 20.

Coach Joe Pitt - 2015 Class - SCBCA Hall of Fame
During his career at both Ware Shoals and Union HS, Pitt coached his teams to over 500 victories!

RWA is fortunate to have a coach of his caliber on staff and thrilled about his recent recognition.

Congratulations, Coach Pitt, from your Eagle family!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Eagles Soar over Crusaders

Coach Al Berry's varsity Eagles shortened Friday's game to five innings with a 10-run victory margin to defeat the Northside Academy Crusaders of Lexington, 15-5.
Coker Gilbert singles up the middle to score 2 Eagle runners in the bottom of the 3rd inning.
The Crusaders scored one run in the first inning, while the Eagles went three up, three down. However, the tide turned in the second inning. This time the Crusaders went three up, three down. Eagle senior Elijah Tucker led off the bottom of the second inning with a double, Bryant Carvalho drew a walk, and Mitchell Gibbons singled up the middle to score Tucker. Carvalho rounded the bases in the inning as well to put the Eagles up 2-1 going into the third.

The Eagles got three more hits and three more runs in the bottom of the third and five hits and four runs in the fourth while holding the Crusaders to only one hit.

The Crusaders scored four runs in the fifth, but the Eagles answered back with six runs in the bottom of the fifth to go up by 10 runs. Junior Hunter Glisson hit a walk-off single to knock in the 15th run and give the Eagles their fifth victory of the season.

Both Tucker and Cameron Cooper went 2-3 with two doubles each. Cooper also collected 2 RBI and Tucker had 1. John Coleman and Gibbons went 2-2. Gibbons had 2 RBI and Coleman 1. Matt Taylor went 1-3 with a triple, and Conrad Sharpe was 1-3 with a double. Coker Gilbert, Tyler Douglas, Jonathan Lewis, and Glisson had one hit apiece. Gilbert and Lewis were credited with 2 RBI each, and Douglas and Lewis recorded 1 RBI apiece.
Mitchell Gibbons looks in for the sign from catcher Coker Gilbert.

Mitchell Gibbons pitched four innings, had five strikeouts, walked four batters, allowed one hit and one run, and got the win. Jonathan Lewis came in to relieve Gibbons in the fifth.

Provided the weather cooperates and the fields are dry enough, the Eagle softball and baseball middle school and varsity teams will host Wardlaw Academy's Patriot teams on Monday, March 23. MS softball and MS baseball games are set to start at 4:00. V. softball will start at 5:30 P.M. and v. baseball at 6:00 P.M.