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SCMS Varsity Girls Lose to Minneola by Susan Edmonston It just wasn’t a good evening on the scoreboard for the var- sity basketball girls from South Central Middle School. Minneola had come to Pro- tection and outscored the SCMS girls to win 31-18. Minneola kept the lead throughout the game. Scores at the end of each quar- terwere 8-4, 12-8, l8-l4,3l-18. Sorel Peterson was high- point scorer for South Central with 11 points. She had four 2- pointers and three free throws. Hunter McGuire made two 2- pointers and l-of-2 free throws. Sierra J ellison had two points. Turnovers were costly. Sierra J ellison had six, Hadley Lohrding had six, Sorel Peterson had six, Monique Asebedo had five, Hunter McGuire had three, Madi- son McGuire had two, and Gen— try Girk had one. The SCMS girls only stole the basketball four times from their opponent. Of the 22 rebounds, six of them were by Hunter McGuire and five by Gentry Girk. Three games remain before league tournament in February at South Gray. Jan. 7 is an away game with South Gray, Jan. 14 is at Protection with Spearville, and Jan. 21 is Kiowa County at Pro— tection. SCMS Jayvee Boys Win Close Contest by Susan Edmonston Thursday, Dec. 10, the junior varsity basketball boys from South Central Middle School were in J etmore and returned home after a three-point win. Hodgeman County slipped ped out in the first quarter to a 7— 4 lead over the Junior Timber— wolves. South Central then outscored Hodgeman County 6- 4 in the second quarter but still trailed by one point at halftime: 10-1 1. 1n the second half SCMS tied up the game 15— l 5 by the end of the third quarter and outscored Hodgeman County 11—8 in the final quarter to win the game 26- 23. Points by the SCMS players were by Tantry Peterson, 10; Landon Uhl and Bryce Ashlock, 4 each; Victor Garza and Jonny Robles, 3 each, and J aylene Delaney, two points. SCMS plaers made 15 steals: four each by Peterson and Uhl, and two each by Ashlock, Delaney and Robles, and one from Garza. The boys made 22 rebounds. Uhl had 12, Peterson 5, Ashlock 3, and Robles and Peralta, one each. Four SCMS players at- tempted three-pointers but none of their throws went through the hoop. The boys made 4—of-l2 free throws for 33 .3 per cent and 1 l-of-43 two—point tries for 25.6 per cent. I When Was Jesus Born? I Was Jesus born on Decem- ber 25, or in December at all? Although it’s not impossible, it seems unlikely. The Bible does not specify a date or month. One problem with December is that it would be unusual for shepherds to be “abiding in the field” at this cold time of year when fields were unproductive. The normal practice was to keep the flocks in the fields from Spring to Autumn. Also, winter would likely be an especially difficult time for pregnant Mary to travel the long distance from Nazareth to Bethlehem (70 miles). “A more probable time would be late September, the time of the annual Feast of Tabernacles, when such travel was commonly accepted. Thus, it is rather com— monly believed (though not cer- tain) that Jesus’ birth was around the last of September. Other scholars have decided his birth was in the spring: March or May The conception of Christ, however, may have taken place in late December of the previous year. The idea to celebrate Christ- mas December 25 originated in the 4th century. The Catholic Church wanted to eclipse the festivities of a rival pagan reli— gion that threatened Christian— ity’s existence. The Romans celebrated the birthday of their sun god, Mithras during this time of year. Although it was not popular, or even proper, to celebrate people’s birthdays in those times, church leaders decided that in order to compete with the pagan celebration they would themselves order a festival in celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. Although the actual season of Jesus’ birth is thought to be in the spring, the date of Decem- ber 25 was chosen as the ofiicial birthday celebration as Christ’s Mass so that it would compete head on with the rival pagan cel— ebration. Christmas was slow to catch .5 l’I'. '11”. Ill/I’lltill/lll/II/Il" Dec. 24, 2015 9 .‘llllll’lliIt’ll/IllllllllI/III/ll ,111,/,;,, on in America. The early colo- nists considered it a pagan ritual. The celebration of Christmas was even banned by law in Mas- sachusetts in colonial days. We sincerely appreciate the continued support and trust you have shown us now for more than four decades. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 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