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Posted on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at 11:11 pm. Posted to Community, Sports.

Hillsborough, NC Could Have Been Talladega

By Tom Poland, a Southern Writer
(Published by Chapin Media Group with permission of the author)

Back in the early 1950s men in Hillsborough, North Carolina, could see stockcar races for free. Climb a tree edging the second turn and they had a grand view of the .9-mile dirt oval. That plan carried a bit of risk but all was fine as long as the drivers didn’t spin out.po

Then Fireball Roberts lost control in turn two one day and smacked a tree. It was raining men, as the disco song went. How a horse track became a stockcar track makes for a good story. The track’s roots literally reach—not into the earth—but into the air.

In 1947, NASCAR’s founder, Bill France Sr. was flying over Orange County, North Carolina when he spotted a horse racetrack one General Julian Carr owned. France made the General an offer he couldn’t refuse, bought the track, and prepared it for NASCAR’s inaugural 1949 season.

Over the next twenty years, NASCAR’s drivers raced one another on the dirt track. Fonty Flock, Curtis Turner, Herb Thomas, Bill Blair, Jimmie Lewallen, Fireball Roberts, Tim Flock, Joe Weatherly, Cotton Owens, Ned Jarrett, and Richard Petty duked it out.


Chapin overcomes slow start to win third straight game

Posted on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at 7:38 am. Posted to Sports.

By Jeffrey Griffin, Chapin Media Group Sports

CHAPIN, S.C.— Chapin needed a quarter to get into a groove, but the Eagles were able to cruise to a 44-24 victory over Lower Richland at Cecil Woolbright Stadium Friday. Senior Cooper Bemis and junior Trad Beatty shared quarterback duties for the EaglIMG_2882es, and both proved to be effective.

Similar to last week’s win against Dreher, Chapin fell into an early deficit after Lower Richland junior Deonte Jacobs scored on a 3-yard touchdown run. That’s when Chapin head coach Justin Gentry turned to the junior Beatty, who took the Eagles down the field on a 12-play drive that resulted in a Scott Samson 30-yard field goal.

On the Eagles next possession, Beatty led the Chapin offense down the field before Case Barber took control of the offense and scored on a 9-yard run out of Chapin’s “hammer formation.”

After Barber’s touchdown, the Eagles led the rest of the way.

Bemis added a touchdown run of his own from 14-yards out to put the Eagles up 17-6 heading into halftime. He finished with 2 rushing touchdowns in the win.

Lower Richland struck first in the second half when quarterback Tevaughn Higgins found freshman wide receiver Xavier Hopkins on a 12-yard touchdown strike.

That’s when the Eagles were able to add some distance.

Trad Beatty scored on a 41-yard run after keeping the ball on a zone read play. The Eagles defense recovered a fumble lost by Higgins at the end of a long run deep in Chapin territory. Beatty found junior Xzavion Gordon over the middle, and Gordon outran the Diamond Hornets defense for an 81-yard touchdown. Gordon finished with over 100 yards receiving.

Following Gordon’s touchdown, the Eagles added two more touchdown runs from Bemis and Barber. Lower Richland scored two more touchdowns, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit. With the win, Chapin improves to 5-2 on the season and 2-0 in the region. The Eagles also secured a spot in the AAAA playoffs. The loss drops Lower Richland to 0-7 on the season and 0-1 in region play.

Jeffrey Griffin Joins Chapin News Staff

Posted on Sunday, September 25th, 2016 at 8:59 pm. Posted to Business, Community, Government, Sports.

Chapin News is pleased to welcome to our staff, news and sports contributor and sales associate Jeffrey Griffin.JeffreyGriffin

Jeffrey is a senior majoring in journalism and minoring in sport and entertainment management at the University of South Carolina. He has written for CollegeBaseballDaily.com and ChatSports.com, along with his blog titled “Griffin’s Starting Lineup.”

Jeffrey served as a vehicle mechanic in the United States Air Force for six years before attending the University of South Carolina. While in the Air Force, he completed tours overseas to both Iraq and the Republic of Korea.

He’s married to Jessica Griffin, and they have two dogs, Ralph and Snoop. Jeffrey is a big fan of anything related to football or baseball and loves writing about any aspect of either sports.

Mason Zandi using D5 roots to lead Gamecocks

Posted on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 at 5:02 pm. Posted to Community, Education, Sports.

CHAPIN- Mason Zandi has always stood out amongst the crowd. At 6-9, 315 it makes perfect sense. You can’t miss him. The Chapin High School alum and fifth-year senior is preparing to lead the Gamecock football team for one final season wearing the garnet and black.zandi

Throughout his career at USC, Zandi has primarily seen action at right tackle, starting there for 10 games last year. This season, he gets the chance to move back to his natural position of left tackle. As one of just three seniors on the team, Zandi is fired up about being one of the vocal leaders heading into the 2016 season. He credits much of his leadership abilities to his experience at Chapin High.

Chapin High head coach Justin Gentry had the opportunity to coach Zandi for his final two seasons and is amazed at how his career has developed with the Gamecocks saying, “Mason was a tremendously athletic young man. He was willing to do whatever it took to help the team. We are all so proud of how far Mason has come as a young man and a football player. We know that he has a great future ahead of him.”


Preview Chapin/Southside Regional Playoff Game

Posted on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 9:00 pm. Posted to Community, Sports.
by Justin Cannon, Chapin News Sports Editor

The Chapin Eagles play host to the Southside Tigers Friday night at Cecil Woolbright Field. Kickoff will be at 7:30 pm.

Southside will come into the game with a 7-3 record (4-3 in region), a #25 ranking in Class AAA (via MaxPreps), and a third place finish in Region II AAA. For comparison, Dreher is ranked #26 by MaxPreps. The Tigers are coached by Jim Butlet, who has a 12-8 record and is in his second year at Southside.

Southside has scored 273 points and allowed 191 points this season. They are in the midst of a losing streak, having dropped games to Greer (48-14) and Chapman (42-27) in weeks 9 and 10. Southside did not play on November 6.

Chapin enters Friday night with a 9-1 record (4-1 in region), a #6 ranking in Class AAA (via MaxPreps), and is the champion of Region IV AAA. The Eagles are coached by Justin Gentry, who has a 36-27 record and is in his sixth season as coach of the Eagles.

Chapin has scored 427 points and allowed 226 this season. The Eagles suffered their first and only loss of the season last Friday, falling 28-27 to AC Flora.

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