Union Daily Times

Norman honors Lady Yellow Jackets

UNION COUNTY — United States Congressman Ralph Norman, who represents South Carolina’s Fifth Congressional District, was in Union on Tuesday for a special recognition. Congressman Norman recognized the 2018 Class 4A State Softball Championship team from Union County High School.

Norman opened the program, held at the the Union County Career and Technology Center on the Campus of Union County High School, by talking about the team’s accomplishments, including winning back to back titles and winning four titles in five years.

“Winning a state championship is never easy, but winning four in five years is really an accomplishment, and something to be proud of,” Norman said.

Each member of the team, and the coaching staff, were presented Congressional Certificates by Norman, and posed for a picture with the congressman. Norman told the girls that the pictures of them receiving their certificates will be printed and sent to them in the mail. The entire team and coaches also posed with Norman for a group picture with the various championship trophies from the past five years.

Norman also recognized the seniors on the team, along with junior Bailey Betenbaugh, by name and mentioned where they would be attending college. Several of the girls will be attending Newberry College where they will continue to play softball; Katelyn Petty plans to attend and play softball at Presbyterian, Norman’s alma mater; and Betenbaugh plans to attend and play softball at the University of South Carolina after her senior year.

Norman commented on the job Tommy Petty has done as the head coach of the team, and pointed out that Petty has now won more state titles than former Union Football Coach Mike Anthony — with whom Norman served with during his time in the state legislature in Columbia — did in his time at the helm of the Union High School Football Program.

Photo by Tyler Shugart US House of Representatives Fifth District Rep. Ralph Norman speaks at the Union County Career and Technology Center Tuesday morning. Norman was at the center to honor the Union County High School Lady Yellow Jackets Softball Team for winning the 2018 Class 4A State Softball Championship. The championship is the team’s fourth in five years. Norman presented the members of the team with Congressional Certificates in honor of their achievement.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_Lady-Jackets-Certificate-4.jpgPhoto by Tyler Shugart US House of Representatives Fifth District Rep. Ralph Norman speaks at the Union County Career and Technology Center Tuesday morning. Norman was at the center to honor the Union County High School Lady Yellow Jackets Softball Team for winning the 2018 Class 4A State Softball Championship. The championship is the team’s fourth in five years. Norman presented the members of the team with Congressional Certificates in honor of their achievement.
Photo by Tyler Shugart Lady Yellow Jacket Abbie Valentine poses with US House of Representatives Fifth District Rep. Ralph Norman after receiving her Congressional Certificate Tuesday morning. Valentine and the rest of the members of the Union County High School Lady Yellow Jackets Softball Team were presented with the certificates by Norman in honor of their winning the 2018 Class 4A State Softball Championship. The 2018 championship is the fourth state championship won by the team in five years.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_Lady-Jackets-Certificate-3.jpgPhoto by Tyler Shugart Lady Yellow Jacket Abbie Valentine poses with US House of Representatives Fifth District Rep. Ralph Norman after receiving her Congressional Certificate Tuesday morning. Valentine and the rest of the members of the Union County High School Lady Yellow Jackets Softball Team were presented with the certificates by Norman in honor of their winning the 2018 Class 4A State Softball Championship. The 2018 championship is the fourth state championship won by the team in five years.
Photo by Tyler Shugart Lady Yellow Jacket Bailey Betenbaugh poses with US House of Representatives Fifth District Rep. Ralph Norman after receiving her Congressional Certificate Tuesday morning. Betenbaugh, the reigning Gatorade State Player of the Year, and the rest of the members of the Union County High School Lady Yellow Jackets Softball Team were presented with the certificates by Norman in honor of their winning the 2018 Class 4A State Softball Championship. The 2018 championship is the fourth state championship won by the team in five years.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_Lady-Jackets-Certificate-2.jpgPhoto by Tyler Shugart Lady Yellow Jacket Bailey Betenbaugh poses with US House of Representatives Fifth District Rep. Ralph Norman after receiving her Congressional Certificate Tuesday morning. Betenbaugh, the reigning Gatorade State Player of the Year, and the rest of the members of the Union County High School Lady Yellow Jackets Softball Team were presented with the certificates by Norman in honor of their winning the 2018 Class 4A State Softball Championship. The 2018 championship is the fourth state championship won by the team in five years.
Photo by Tyler Shugart The Union County High School Lady Yellow Jackets Softball Team and their coaches pose for a picture with US House of Representatives Fifth District Rep. Ralph Norman at the Union County Career and Technology Center Tuesday morning. Norman presented each member of the team and the coaching staff with Congressional Certificates honoring them for winning the 2018 Class 4A State Softball Championship. The championship is the team’s fourth in five years.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/web1_Lady-Jackets-Certificate-1.jpgPhoto by Tyler Shugart The Union County High School Lady Yellow Jackets Softball Team and their coaches pose for a picture with US House of Representatives Fifth District Rep. Ralph Norman at the Union County Career and Technology Center Tuesday morning. Norman presented each member of the team and the coaching staff with Congressional Certificates honoring them for winning the 2018 Class 4A State Softball Championship. The championship is the team’s fourth in five years.
Team presented with Congressional Certificates

By Tyler Shugart

Special to The Union Times

Tyler Shugart is the host of “Bump and Run” from 7-9 a.m. on Fox Sports 1400 AM 98.3 FM in Spartanburg. He can be reached at tylers1400@gmail.com.