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Shun Eison signs with North Greenville College

Shun could have got caught up in the signing day hoopla but he was patient and weighed his options. He wanted to go somewhere where they really wanted him, North Greenville does. North Greenville is close to home and best of all it will be a free college education.

The coaches say Shun is smart, determined and very physical on the field. He will help North Greenville college.

North Greenville is currently in its second year as NCAA Division II Independent after being a JUCO for most of their existence and then NAIA for roughly 8-10 years. They are also a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association.

North Greenville has a new coach - Brian Smith. He played for Clemson, coached at Strom Thurmond, and most recently, was head coach at Riverside just last year.

Six Yellow Jackets Sign on dotted line

Six Yellow Jacket Football players signed letters of intent on national signing day.

* Mickey Rice, DL, 6-2, 285, had 97 tackles, 21 for loss, 12 sacks and 20 quarterback pressures. Signed with UNC.
* Josh Harris, QB, 6-3, 175, passed for 3,007 yards and 32 touchdowns with only three interceptions. Signed with Middle Tennessee State.
* Roberto Smith, RB, 5-9, 175, rushed for 1,376 yards and 17 touchdowns, caught 20 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown. Signed with Wingate.
* Antonio Shippy, DL, 6-1, 325, had 66 tackles, 11 for loss and a sack. Signed with Akron.
* Chris Clayton, WR, 6-0, 183, caught 30 passes for 479 years and had five touchdowns. Signed with Savannah State.
* Michael Land, DB, 5-9, 178, 14 tackles, two fumble recoveries and three interceptions. Signed with Wingate.
ily Times

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some juniors that are getting recruiters attention

Chris Clayton Commits
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Antonio Shippy Commits
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Roberto Smith Commits
Roberto Smith has committed to Wingate. Prior to the state championship game he had carried the ball 241 times for 1376 yards and 17 touchdowns. Smith also caught 20 passes for 160 yards and one touchdown.

Harris makes Max Emfingers All America Team
Max Emfingers All America

Josh Harris Commits to MTSU
Harris glad to be a Blue Raider

Rice Commits to UNC
Defensive lineman Mickey Rice has verbally commited to UNC

Associated Press All-State football selections
Josh Harris and Mickey Rice named to Associated press All-State team

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Roscoe Crosby

Roscoe Crosby had 4 receptions for 69 yards and a touchdown against Louisiana Tech in the bowl game. The freshman had 18 catches for 311 yards and four touchdowns over his last four games of the season.

Kentucky Basketball Tournament

Union Yellow Jackets win 3 of 4 and Take Fourth Spot

Championship Game Videos

2001 3A State Championship Game videos are available. Anyone who would like a copy should contact Coach Mike Anthony at the high school, 429-1754, Ext. 41. The cost is $25.00 and all profits go to the athletic dept.

All Southern Selections

Josh Harris received Honorable Mention
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HSSR All-State Football Team

Union players named to the HSSR (High School Sports Report) All-State Football Team are: Josh Harris, David Smith, and Mickey Rice.

H-J offensive player of the year

Josh Harris

H-J All-Area Football Team

Union Players named to the H-J All-Area Football Team are: Josh Harris, Roberto Smith, David Smith, Eric Young, Mickey Rice, Mike Land, and on second team, Antonio Shippy

SCPigskinPrep 3A Coach of the Year

Honorable Mention: Mike Anthony

SCPigskinPrep 3A Offensive Player of the Year

Josh Harris

SCVarsity All-Underclassman All- State 2001

Charles Brandon, Eric Young, and David Smith
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SCVarsity All-State 2001 1st Team

Josh Harris and Mickey Rice
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PRESBYTERIAN: Wide receiver D.J. Humphries (Union) was named best offensive player at the team's annual banquet on Wednesday.

Josh Harris ranked #1 on SCVarsityXtra's Top Seniors List

North all-stars win 39-38
With 48 seconds on the clock, a two point conversion pass from Josh Harris to Dorman's Jack Ross gave the North all-stars the go-ahead points. The South all-stars then took the kickoff and drove 38 yards in four plays to set up a field goal opportunity that was missed wide right, cinching the victory for the North. Other Notables: Roberto Smith caught a 5-yard TD pass from Greenwood's Sam Williams. Josh Harris was named MVP after going 22 of 45 for 303 yards, two TD's and two INT's.
Josh Harris and Roberto Smith were selected as Team Captains for the North-South All-Star Game

South Wins Shrine Bowl 17-0

Union's own Mickey Rice had a great day at the Shrine Bowl including two sacks for -18 yards. The North squad finished the day with -59 yards rushing and only 32 yards of total offense. This was the third straight win for the south. The attendance was estimated at more than 13,000.

Region III 3A selects its best


WHEREAS, ninety-two young men from the City and County of Union were called upon by Union High School and by their love of the game of football and all that it represents; and

WHEREAS, these young athletes, through their superb training, pride and dedication, were able to fight their way to a 12-3 winning season; and

WHEREAS, these young men played well and brought honor both to themselves, to their community, and to the State of South Carolina.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and City Council of the City of Union in Council assembled, that the 2001 Union High School Football Team is commended for its winning season.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this football team is publicly thanked for its sportsmanship and for the outstanding way in which it has represented our community.

DONE, RATIFIED, AND PASSED this 11th day of December, 2001

Photos and Info From 2001 Season
Hall of Fame Inductee Photos
2001 Varsity Team Roster
Roscoe's Number Retired Photos
Union VS Greer Photos

Aug .24 Spartanburg Home (8:00) Lost .11 - 14
Aug .31 Laurens Home (8:00) Won .27 - .9
Sept .7 Gaffney Away. (8:00) Won .51 - 28
Sept 14 Strom Thurmond Away..(8:00) Won .41 - .7
Sept 21 Timberland (Hall of Fame) Home (8:00) Won .45 - .7
Sept 28 *York Away .(8:00) Lost .14 - 20
Oct   5 *Clover Away .(8:00) Won. 27 - 21
Oct .12 *Chester (Homecoming) Home (8:00) Won .31 - 13
Oct .19 *Fairfield-Central Home (8:00) Won .38 - 17
Oct .26 *Broome Away .(7:30) Won .28 - 7
*Denotes Region III Games

2001 Regular Season Results
Region 3 AAA Region Overall Scoring
Team W L W L Pts. Opp.
#1 York 4 1 8 2 302 103
#2 Union 4 1 8 2 323 143
#3 Chester 2 3 5 5 181 159
#4 Broome 2 3 7 3 265 247
#5 Fairfield Central 2 3 6 4 279 210
#6 Clover 1 4 5 5 238 230

Union 2001 Playoff Schedule
Date Round Opponent Time/Result
Nov 2 1st Round (Home) Wade Hampton Won 56 - 22
Nov 9 2nd Round (Away) Belton-Honea Path Won 36 - 35 (OT)
Nov 16 3rd Round (Away) York Cougars Won 44 - 10
Nov 23 Upper State (Away) Greer Yellow Jackets Won 6 - 0
Dec 1 State Championship Camden Bulldogs Lost 24-21 (OT)


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