Thursday, March 2, 2005

Letters to the Editor

RCA Rebels ride:
Dear Editor,

What a ride the Rossville Christian Academy Rebels provided their fans and families this basketball season!

Coming off a state championship season last year, first year coach Tavis Rutherford and assistant Mike Hennigan had a hard act to follow. But follow they did; far surpassing all expectations that many fans had for this year. Returning only five players and no starters from last year’s team, it looked to be quite a challenge. But “Coach Tavis” was optimistic and kept the bar of expectation raised high.

Taking a group of 10 young men, he weaved and molded together a formidable team by stressing basic fundamentals and “team” basketball. A man with a humble spirit and a quiet spoken voice, Coach Tavis lit a fire under this team that sent it blazing through the season.

RCA finished with a record of 32-5. Going 12-0 in conference play, 11-0 on the home court, taking first in the District Tournament, first in the North State Tournament, first the State Tournament, and fifth in the Overall Tournament, that included teams from schools six to seven times larger than this small Class A school with approximately 315 students located six miles East of Collierville.

The wins were great, but even greater was the character demonstrated by this team in the midst of very hostile settings. These young men not only learned the fundamentals of basketball, they learned serious lessons about life. Experiencing situations that were reminiscent of scenes from the movie “Remember the Titans,” they never stooped to the level of their opponent’s tactics.

For those of us who know their coach, we realize they are just a reflection of the example he sets in every game.

The fans, families, and students of Rossville Christian Academy salute the following young men for a memorable season: Charlton Amos, Danny Grandberry, Anthony Jordan, Gordon Logan, Derian Munn, R.J. Owens, Kevin Rhyan, Avery Sales, Rydell Shields, Kendrick Watkins, and Joey Reaves, who was welcomed by the team following the end of his junior high season.

Congratulations on a great season and may this spur these fine individuals on to great things in the days ahead.

Brad Banks
Collierville, Tenn.

Responsibility matters:
Dear Editor:

When race fans head out to the racetrack, there’s always a lot of excitement. Watching fast cars and good fun go hand-in-hand, but before the drivers start their engines, Anheuser-Busch and A&B Distributing Company urge you to choose a designated driver for a safe ride home.

By working together, we can continue to make progress in the fight against drunk driving. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the number of deaths in drunk-driving crashes has declined 38 percent since 1982.

We’re winning the fight against drunk driving, but there’s more work to be done. This race day, enjoy the race and stay safe. Designating a driver is a sure route to victory lane.

Remember, “Responsibility Matters.”

Joan Lunsford
Consumer Awareness and Education
A&B Distributing Company
Olive Branch, Miss.

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