Excerpts from the May 1986 "Trojan Trumpet"
1985-86 Trojan Athletics: A successful year in review
By Chris Pawlyk, Sports Editor
The 1985-86 school year has really been the ""year of the Trojan."" Northwestern enjoyed great athletic success winning a total of three Region championships (football, boys track, and boys tennis.)
Senior Trojan quarterback Donnie Durham led Northwestern to their first ever Region 2-AAAA football title. The Trojans won the Region on the final week of the season with an impressive 15-14 come-from-behind victory over cross-town rival Rock Hill High. Unfortunately the Trojans fell to Irmo in the first round of the state playoffs. Northwestern finished the season 8-3.
The Northwestern boys' basketball team enjoyed a very successfull campaign this past year. Jon Hardin, Kevin Ritchie, and Clive Harriot provided good play throughout the season. The trio also led the team on the boards as Troy Biggers and Joe Sprouse provided the ball-handling. Northwestern defeated the Rock Hill Bearcats both times out and finished second in the Region behind Dorman. The Trojans lost in the first round of the playoffs but should be congratulated on a fine season.
Coach Turner and the Northwestern Trojan baseball team enjoyed an outstanding 1986 baseball season. The Trojans had two easy wins over Rock Hill High and a 14-0 rout of Spartanburg to their credit. The Trojans had great pitching performances from Paul Boan and Marcus Burris throughout the season. Garret Beard and Cookie Massey had great offensive performances for the Trojans as well. Northwestern missed the playoffs by a half point.
1985-86 Northwestern-Rock Hill Rivalry
By Chris Pawlyk, Sports Editor
Northwestern 15 Rock Hill 14
*Trojans finished the regular season 8-2 and won the Region 2-AAAA Championship.
Northwestern dominated its meets with Rock Hill this season. The Trojans won the Region 2-AAAA Championship and the 1986 state title.
Northwestern 13 Rock Hill 3
Another strong showing by the Trojans.
Northwestern's boys basketball team won both its meetings with Rock Hill this season. The Trojans finished second in the region while Rock Hill finished third.
Principal Earl Lovelace on his first Northwestern class
"You are the only class with three years remaining at Northwestern High School." I first used that statement in August 1983. You were rising sophomores and I was addressing the Class of 1986 at Orientation - encouraging you to use the next three years wisely. I wanted to see all of you involved - academically, physically and socially. I challenged you to be the best person you could each day and receive all the benefits that Northwestern High School had to offer - check my remarks in the student handbook for 1983-84. Three years have vanished very quickly and for most your high school career is rapidly coming to an end. You will have successfully completed one goal in your life - graduation. Please don't let that be the last goal you set for yourself - have a lifetime of goals.
I appreciate all the Class of 1986 has done for Northwestern High School and for me personally. As you have grown and matured as young adults I too have grown with the position as Principal of Northwestern High School. With your help and patience I believe I am a better person now than at in any other time in my life. I hope you can say the same about yourselves. If you can, then be sure to thank all those wonderfull people who have helped you or influenced you along the way - parents and relatives, teachers, ministers, public service workers, counselors, coaches, etc.
The accomplishments of the Class of 1986 are too numerous to mention - participants in Governor's School, South Carolina Governor's School for the Arts, Boys and Girls State, Carolina Scholar, Exchange Student Program, first Region Football Championship, National Merit Finalist, National Honor Society, emergence of Junior Civitans, and many more. I am proud of the leadership potential I have observed in this class - Ellis, Rush, Donnie, Allen and Ernest to name a few. The leadership potential is what I wil l remember most about this class. You have enhanced the reputation of Northwestern High School.
It will be an honor to be a part of your graduation on June 5th. I will be shaking your hand and handing you a diploma as you cross the stage. I will also be wondering if you received many of the benefits that Northwestern High School offered you during the past three years. You reached one goal; I guess time will answer how you met your earlier challenges.
Good luck and may God bless each and everyone of you.