Y.C. Winborn was one of the most popular coaches ever at Rock Hill High School.
Besides coaching track and football, he was a fixture at the scoring tables, running the clock for home basketball and wrestling matches. When the Bearcats were on the road, it was a given Winborn would walk into the away gym early to get a good seat.
Winborn died in a tragic house fire accident in 2006 at the age of 71 after coaching and teaching for 47 years.
To keep his memory going, Rock Hill girls basketball coach Eric Rollings started a tournament in his honor last year. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to a female and male senior student/athlete in honor of coach Winborn.
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This year's eight-team girls field consists of Boiling Springs, Lancaster, Indian Land, Northwestern, Strom Thurmond, Myers Park (N.C.), Great Falls, and Rock Hill. The tournament begins Saturday at noon, followed by four games each day on Monday and Tuesday.
"We feel good about this tournament and its success after only one year," Rollings said. "I had 16 schools call and want to play in it, but had to cut it off at eight. We have six teams already committed for next year."
A four-team boys tournament this year, with games at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday. The teams are Strom Thurmond, Dreher, Indian Land, and Rock Hill.
Monday and Tuesday games will begin at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., for girls and boys teams.
Admission is $5 Saturday and $6 on Monday and Tuesday. Two-day tournament passes for those two days are $10.
THE BEEF: Fort Mill's wrestling team will host the third annual Beef O'Brady's Tournament starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and picking back up Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
This year's field includes 10 teams. Locally Fort Mill, Rock Hill, South Pointe, and Northwestern are in the field. The other six teams are Weddington (N.C.), Byrnes, Eastside, East Gaston (N.C.), Lexington, and Irmo.
"I've been particular about who I invite and we have an excellent pool that provides for some good final matches," Fort Mill coach Chris Brock said. "It's a great opportunity for the wrestlers. The format guarantees each kid four matches, and the ones making the final get two more.
The format is an individual round-robin with two pools of five teams. The first and second place finishers out of each pool go into a four-man, single-elimination tournament for the championship in each weight class Saturday after lunch.
The cost is $5 for each session, or an $8 pass will get you into both days.
WARRIORS: Indian Land's Fall Sports Awards Night, originally scheduled for last night, has tentatively been rescheduled for 7 p.m. on March 12.
Warriors athletics director and football coach Mike Mayer said the plaques were delivered at lunch on Thursday and that 20 had silver writing and a silver logo instead of a gold logo and gold writing.
"I believe in trying to do things the correct way the first time instead of doing them half way," Mayer said. "I am not about to honor our students with incorrect awards."
• MORE MATS: The Rock Hill Bearcats ran their record to 8-1 overall and 2-0 in Region 4-AAAA with a 79-0 win over Spring Valley.
The Bearcats got nine pins, two forfeits, a disqualification win, a major decision and a decision in missing a perfect score by five points.