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Strom Thurmond's Season Ends In Dillon

By David Whatley

web posted November 4, 2017
SPORTS – I'm sure many of you know by now that the Strom Thurmond Rebels fell 35-7 to the Dillon Wildcats in the first round of the playoffs. 

Congratulations to the Wildcats who played well and earned their victory. 

As I sat down with my play by play analysis to write up tonight's game, my mind was on the task at hand, but somehow, I just couldn't help but reminisce about this past season. 

I thought about the excitement that it brought to me, and many others, and how we were tempered by the losses, and proud of the victories. 

It occurred to me how our community, like many others around the country, bond to their hometown football programs, and how we are all better for it.

First, the team learned the value of sportsmanship, discipline, and hard work.  They learned to be graceful when they won and they learned how to accept defeat and persevere. 

They were shown that strength and conditioning were hard work, but that it would serve them well in athletics, and in life. 

Dedicated coaches, staff, and volunteers put in long hours to ensure these values were handed down.  That's what made the players better.

Besides enjoying the thrilling atmosphere, the fans learned patience, trust, and commitment. 

As the program went through it's cycle of injuries and close losses, we learned patience.  We trusted our team and coaches as they made adjustments to those circumstances. 

We learned, and displayed, commitment by continuing to attend all of the games we could, and by supporting those that supported our team.  Many of the traits that I've described are traits that you would find in any healthy family.  I guess that's what we are…one big family.

We can all take pride in the accomplishments of the 2017-2018 Rebels.  They played a tough schedule, and won more than they lost.  Given what we've all learned, and the fun that we've had on these Friday nights, I'd call that a winning season.

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