Michael Howard Finley is an American retired professional basketball player and current film producer and Vice President of Basketball Operations for the Dallas Mavericks. He played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association, he was a two-time NBA All-Star and won an NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2007. Finley attended Proviso East High School in Maywood, graduating in 1991. In Finley's senior season, Proviso East won the 1991 IHSA class AA boys basketball tournament, Finley was named to the all-tournament team. Finley's teammates, known collectively as the "Three Amigos", included future NBA draftees Sherrell Ford and Donnie Boyce. In 2007, Finley was voted one of the "100 Legends of the IHSA Boys Basketball Tournament"; the 6' 7" shooting guard/small forward was drafted out of University of Wisconsin–Madison by the Phoenix Suns as the 21st overall pick of the 1995 NBA draft. Finley held the all-time scoring record at Wisconsin for eleven years before being passed by Alando Tucker on March 10, 2007.
Finley was named to the 1995–96 NBA All-Rookie First Team and finished third in Rookie of the Year voting after averaging fifteen points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. He became only the third rookie in Suns history to score over 1,000 points in a season. Despite playing all 82 games in his rookie season, Finley was injured on the final day of regular season and did not play in the playoffs, he was traded by the Suns on December 26, 1996 to the Dallas Mavericks along with Sam Cassell, A. C. Green and a second-round draft pick for Jason Kidd, Tony Dumas and Loren Meyer. In his first season with the Mavericks, Finley led the team in scoring and steals. Along with point guard Steve Nash and forward Dirk Nowitzki, he became an integral part of the Mavericks' late'90s "run and gun" offense. In 2000, he was selected to represent the Western Conference in the 2000 All-Star Game, in which he scored eleven points. On January 23, 2001, Finley tied an NBA record by recording eight steals in one half of a game.
In 2001, he was again selected to represent the Western Conference on All-Star weekend. He played for the US national team in the 2002 FIBA World Championship, which lost a record-three games and failed to win a championship for the first time in a major competition since FIBA opened international competitions to NBA players. While Finley began to play more of a supporting role as he aged and teammate Dirk Nowitzki blossomed, he remained a clutch player for the Mavericks. In 2005, he was waived by Dallas to avoid luxury taxes on his 51.8 million US$ salary over the next three years. Finley became an unrestricted free agent and after being pursued by Detroit, Miami and Phoenix, he elected to remain in Texas with the San Antonio Spurs. In San Antonio he adapted well to a secondary role as Manu Ginóbili's backup and emphasizing his outside shooting; the Spurs were knocked out of the 2006 NBA Playoffs by his former team one year after he made the switch. During the series, Finley was punched below the belt by former teammate Jason Terry during Game 5, which earned Terry a suspension for the next game of the series.
In the fifth and final game of San Antonio's first-round series against Denver in 2007, Finley set the Spurs' record for three-point field goals in a playoff game, making eight of nine attempts. He eclipsed the previous record of seven set by teammate Bruce Bowen in 2003. Finley won his only NBA championship in 2007 with the San Antonio Spurs in his 12th NBA season. At Finley's request, the Spurs bought out the final year of his contract and waived him on March 1, 2010, freeing him to sign with another team. On March 4, 2010, Finley reached a verbal agreement with the Boston Celtics to join the team for the remainder of the 2009–10 season, he signed with the Celtics on March 6, 2010. The Celtics would reach the 2010 NBA Finals, but would lose to the Los Angeles Lakers in seven games. At the end of the season, Finley announced. Finley began playing basketball in elementary school, his favorite player was Michael Jordan and he would go to Chicago Bulls games. He majored in business management at Wisconsin.
Finley attended the same high school as current Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers. He works in the front office for the Mavericks. Finley was one of the producers of The Birth of a Nation. List of National Basketball Association career 3-point scoring leaders List of National Basketball Association career playoff 3-point scoring leaders List of National Basketball Association single-game steals leaders List of National Basketball Association annual minutes leaders List of National Basketball Association career minutes played leaders Michael Finley at the Wayback Machine at NBA.com Michael Finley at Basketball-Reference.com SI.com – Pro Basketball – Michael Finley Player Page Michael Finley on IMDb
Tyus Dwayne Edney is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach for the UCLA Bruins. Listed at 5 feet 10 inches, he played point guard for UCLA, from 1991 to 1995, leading the Bruins to the 1995 NCAA National Championship, his game-winning shot for UCLA, in the 2nd Round of the 1995 NCAA Men's Championship, is considered to be one of the most famous plays in NCAA Tournament history. A two-time All-EuroLeague First Team selection, he led Žalgiris Kaunas to the 1999 EuroLeague title. In his freshman season at UCLA in 1992, Edney was named the most valuable freshman player on his team. In his sophomore season, Edney was voted the team's most valuable player, he was named to the first-team All-Pacific-10 Conference team, he was again named to the first-team All-Pac-10 conference team in 1994. As a senior in 1994–95, Edney set personal bests in total points and assists, he was named the team's co-MVP along with Ed O'Bannon, the team's most outstanding defensive player, first-team All-Pac-10 for the third consecutive year, won the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award as the nation's best player under 6 feet tall.
Edney was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009, as well as the Pac-12 Conference Hall of Honor in 2014. Edney's late game heroics in the 1995 Men's Division I Basketball Tournament have earned him a spot in NCAA Tournament lore. Edney's UCLA squad had played well in the 1994–1995 season, earning a No. 1 seed in the West Region of the tournament. Favored in their second round match against eighth seed Missouri, UCLA fell behind 74-73 with just 4.8 seconds remaining. Bruins coach Jim Harrick, after calling timeout, turned to Edney, the point guard, rather than to their star player, Ed O'Bannon. Cameron Dollar inbounded the ball to Edney who caught it in stride and took off up the left sideline. A Missouri defender picked him up at about the top of the key, although not with extreme on-ball pressure due to a fear of fouling. At midcourt, another defender attempted to trap, but Edney used a behind-the-back dribble that evaded the pressure. After Edney reached the Missouri key, 6'9" Missouri forward Derek Grimm slid over in an attempt to stop him.
Edney adjusted his shot around Grimm, banked the shot in at the buzzer. The ball drained through the net as the game ending red light blazed. UCLA won the game 75-74. Two games against the Connecticut Huskies, Edney had another chance at a full court run before the half, drained a 30-foot 3-pointer en route to a 102-96 victory. UCLA went on to win its 11th NCAA basketball championship, defeating the defending champion Arkansas Razorbacks 89-78, but UCLA's record 11th National Championship would have been impossible had Edney's full court runner vs. Missouri not fallen. Edney was named to the Tournament Western Regional All-Tournament team. Edney was selected by the Sacramento Kings, in the second round, with the 47th overall pick of the 1995 NBA draft, he played with the Kings for two seasons. He spent the 1997–1998 season with the Boston Celtics. After playing in Europe for 2 years, he returned to the NBA, played with the Indiana Pacers, in the 2000–2001 season. In total, he played in 4 NBA seasons.
In the NBA, he could never top his rookie year with the Kings, when he averaged 10.8 points per game, had a total of 491 total. In the 1998–1999 season, Edney won the EuroLeague championship with the Lithuanian club Žalgiris Kaunas, earning the EuroLeague Final Four MVP award in the process, he played in Italy, during the 1999–2000 season, with Benetton Treviso. After that season, he spent the next season playing in the NBA. Following his departure from the NBA, in 2001, Edney bounced around several European teams, including another stint with Benetton Treviso and Lottomatica Roma. After the 2004–2005 season, George Garbolas brought Edney to Olympiacos, in order to help the team challenge in Greece and in Europe. Edney was one of the players upon whom the new Olympiacos team was supposed to be built, but he only played there for one season, in 2005–2006. In the 2006 -- 2007 season, he returned to Italy, he started the 2008–2009 season in the Spanish club Cajasol Sevilla, moved to the Polish club Turów Zgorzelec.
In a 2005 profile in the L. A. Times, former UCLA Bruin teammate Ed O'Bannon, said that Edney was hugely popular in Europe, saying, "his style, his size, the fact that his teams always win; when my teammates overseas found out that I played with him, it would be like someone in the States finding out that you played with Michael Jordan." On August 2, 2010, it was announced by UCLA head coach Ben Howland, that Edney had joined the Bruins as director of men's basketball operations. On April 21, 2017, UCLA announced that Edney had been promoted to a full assistant, on head coach Steve Alford's staff, replacing Ed Schilling, who left to join Archie Miller's staff at Indiana. Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season, he played in domestic competition, regional competition if applicable. Edney married his first wife, shortly after graduating from UCLA, they have two daughters and Kolbi-Rae. Edney met his Italian-Brazilian second wife, Aiñoa Da Si
Corliss Mondari Williamson is an American basketball coach and former basketball player who played for four teams during his 12-year NBA career. He serves as an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns, his nickname is "Big Nasty", a moniker he received from his AAU coach when he was 13. Williamson was a dominating power forward in college, but an undersized power forward in the NBA and played at the small forward position. Corliss Williamson played basketball at Russellville High School, where he achieved numerous accolades, he was a three-time all-conference and all-state selection, was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 1991 and 1992. Prior to his senior year, Williamson held his own against future teammate Chris Webber in an AAU championship game, getting 37 points to Webber's 38 points; as a senior Williamson averaged twenty-eight points and nine rebounds per game, led his team to the King Cotton Classic championship. In the title game, Russellville defeated a team led by Jason Kidd, with Williamson blocking a potential game-winner by Kidd at the buzzer.
Williamson gave his medal to Kidd at the award podium. Williamson closed out his high school career with a selection to play in the 1992 McDonald's All-American Game, he came in second in scoring to game MVP Othella Harrington, with fourteen points, had ten rebounds. His #34 jersey has been retired by Russellville High and hangs on the wall of the school's arena, along with his McDonald's All-American jersey. Williamson played at the University of Arkansas for head coach Nolan Richardson from 1992 to 1995. In the 1992–93 season, Williamson led Arkansas to a 22–9 record and a Sweet 16 appearance in the NCAA Tournament, losing to the eventual national champion, the North Carolina Tar Heels. Williamson averaged 14.6 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team. In the 1993-94 season Williamson was named Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Tournament while leading the Razorbacks to a 31–3 record and their only championship under coach Richardson by defeating the Duke Blue Devils, 76-72, in the title game.
Williamson led the team into the championship game in 1995 as well, but Arkansas lost to UCLA, finishing 32–7. In three seasons at Arkansas, Williamson was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team in 1993, was 1st Team All-SEC in 1993, 1994, 1995, he was named the SEC Player of the Year for the 1993–94 and 1994–95 seasons, was named 2nd Team All-American for both years as well. In addition to the 1994 NCAA National Championship, Williamson led the Razorbacks to the SEC West Division title all three seasons, the SEC regular season championship in 1994. Williamson finished his career at Arkansas with 1,728 points, which ranks 8th all-time in school history. Williamson was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2009, his jersey is one of only two that have been retired by the University of Arkansas, along with Sidney Moncrief. He is considered one of the five greatest players in school history. Williamson declared for the NBA Draft following his junior season, was selected by the Sacramento Kings as a lottery pick in the first round of the 1995 NBA Draft.
His best career year was in the 1997–98 season when he played 79 games and averaged 17.7 points per game for the Kings, finishing second to Alan Henderson for the NBA Most Improved Player Award. After Sacramento traded him prior to the 2000–01 season to the Toronto Raptors, for whom he played 42 games, Williamson was traded to the Detroit Pistons, along with Kornel David, Tyrone Corbin, a 2005 first-round draft choice in a package for Jerome Williams and Eric Montross. In the 2001–02 season he was named the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year and was a member of the Pistons' 2003–04 NBA Championship team. Although coming off the bench, Williamson served a pivotal role in the Detroit offense, his coaches looked to him in the low post when the Pistons needed a basket, where his unique skill set made him a difficult matchup as he was too powerful for small forwards to guard and too quick for power forwards. After being traded by the Pistons along with an undisclosed amount of cash to the Philadelphia 76ers for Derrick Coleman and Amal McCaskill on August 8, 2004, he was again traded back to the Kings along with Brian Skinner and Kenny Thomas for power forward Chris Webber on February 22, 2005.
Williamson has the distinction of being one of the few professional basketball players to win championships at three different levels, AAU, the NCAA with Arkansas, the NBA with Detroit. Williamson announced his retirement in September 2007 to become an assistant coach at Arkansas Baptist College, he worked as a volunteer coach during his three years at Arkansas Baptist, succeeding Charles Ripley as the head coach for his final season at the school. On March 12, 2010, Williamson was announced as the men's head basketball coach at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas. Promising to play an exciting style of play similar to his former head coach Nolan Richardson, Williamson's teams improved each season, but still never won more than half of their games. On August 2, 2013, Williamson left Central Arkansas to become an assistant for the Sacramento Kings. On June 29, 2016, it was announced that Williamson had left the Kings to take an assistant coaching position with the Orlando Magic under new head coach Frank Vogel.
Vogel was an assistant coach to Williamson back when he played under the 76ers. However, after Frank Vogel was fired in 2018, Williamson would be fired as well. On May 22, 2018, it was announced that Williamson would be hired by the Phoenix Suns as an assistant coach under new head coach Igor Kokoškov
The Brooklyn Nets are an American professional basketball team based in the borough of Brooklyn, in New York City. The Nets compete in the National Basketball Association as a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference; the team plays its home games at Barclays Center. They are one of two NBA teams located in New York City; the team was established in 1967 as a charter franchise of the NBA's rival league, the American Basketball Association. They played in New Jersey as the New Jersey Americans during their first season, before moving to Long Island in 1968 and changing their name to the New York Nets. During this time, the Nets won two ABA championships. In 1976, the ABA merged with the NBA, the Nets were absorbed into the NBA along with three other ABA teams. In 1977, the team returned to New Jersey and played as the New Jersey Nets from 1977 to 2012. During this time, the Nets won two consecutive Eastern Conference championships, but failed to win a league title. In the summer of 2012, the team moved to Barclays Center, took its current geographic name.
The Brooklyn Nets were founded in 1967 and played in Teaneck, New Jersey, as the New Jersey Americans. In its early years, the team led a nomadic existence, moving to Long Island in 1968 and playing in various arenas there as the New York Nets. Led by Hall of Famer Julius "Dr. J" Erving, the Nets won two ABA championships in New York before becoming one of four ABA teams to be admitted into the NBA as part of the ABA–NBA merger in 1976; the team moved back to New Jersey in 1977 and became the New Jersey Nets. During their time in that state, the Nets saw periods of losing and misfortune intermittent with several periods of success, which culminated in two consecutive NBA Finals appearances in the 2001–02 and 2002–03 seasons by teams led by point guard Jason Kidd. After playing 35 seasons in New Jersey, the team moved back to the state of New York, changed its geographic name to Brooklyn, began playing in the new Barclays Center, starting with the 2012–13 NBA season; the Boston Celtics were once rivals of the Nets during the early 2000s because of their respective locations and their burgeoning stars.
The Nets were led by Jason Kidd and Kenyon Martin, while the Celtics were experiencing newfound success behind Paul Pierce and Antoine Walker. The rivalry began to heat up in the 2002 Eastern Conference Finals, preceded by trash-talking from the Celtics who claimed Martin was a "fake" tough guy. Things progressed as the series started, on-court tensions seemed to spill into the stands. Celtic fans berated Kidd and his family with chants of "Wife Beater!" in response to Kidd's 2001 domestic abuse charge. When the series returned to New Jersey, Nets fans responded, with some brandishing signs that read "Will someone please stab Paul Pierce?" Referring to a night club incident in 2000 in which Pierce was stabbed 11 times. When asked about the fan barbs being traded, Kenyon Martin stated, "Our fans hate them, their fans hate us." Bill Walton said at the time that Nets-Celtics was the "beginning of the next great NBA rivalry" during the Eastern Conference Finals in 2002 with the Nets advancing to the NBA Finals, though New Jersey swept Boston in the 2003 playoffs.
On November 28, 2012 there were indications that the rivalry might be rekindled when an altercation occurred on the court, resulting in the ejection of Rajon Rondo, Gerald Wallace, Kris Humphries. Rondo was suspended for two games in the aftermath, while Kevin Garnett were fined; the story was revisited on December 25, when Wallace grabbed Garnett's shorts and the two had to be broken up by referees and players alike. However, the rivalry between the Nets and the Celtics appeared cooled off by the June 2013 blockbuster trade that dealt Celtics stars Garnett and Paul Pierce to the Nets in exchange for Wallace and others; this move was billed as a merger of the two Atlantic Division teams. Celtics announcer Sean Grande said, "It's as if you found a great home for these guys. You couldn't have found a better place; these guys will be in the New York market, they'll be on a competitive team, they'll stay on national TV. It's funny. So with Celtics fans feeling the way they do about the Heat, feeling the way they do about the Knicks, the Nets are going to become the second team now."
The Knicks–Nets rivalry has been a geographical one, with the Knicks playing in Madison Square Garden in the New York City borough of Manhattan, while the Nets played in the suburban area of Long Island and in New Jersey, since 2012 have been playing at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Media outlets have noted the Knicks–Nets rivalry's similarity to those of other New York City teams, such as the Major League Baseball Subway Series rivalry between the American League's New York Yankees and the National League's New York Mets, the National Football League rivalry between the National Football Conference's New York Giants and the American Football Conference's New York Jets, the result of the boroughs' proximity through the New York City Subway; the boroughs of Manhattan and Brooklyn competed via the Dodgers–Giants rivalry, when the two teams were known as the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants. Like the Knicks and Nets, the Giants and Dodgers played in Manhattan and Brooklyn and were fierce intraleague rivals.
The rivalry between the New York Islanders and New York Rangers of the National Hockey League has taken on a similar dimension since the Islanders moved to
Greece the Hellenic Republic, self-identified and known as Hellas, is a country located in Southern and Southeast Europe, with a population of 11 million as of 2016. Athens is largest city, followed by Thessaloniki. Greece is located at the crossroads of Europe and Africa. Situated on the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula, it shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, North Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, Turkey to the northeast; the Aegean Sea lies to the east of the mainland, the Ionian Sea to the west, the Cretan Sea and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Greece has the longest coastline on the Mediterranean Basin and the 11th longest coastline in the world at 13,676 km in length, featuring a large number of islands, of which 227 are inhabited. Eighty percent of Greece is mountainous, with Mount Olympus being the highest peak at 2,918 metres; the country consists of nine geographic regions: Macedonia, Central Greece, the Peloponnese, Epirus, the Aegean Islands, Thrace and the Ionian Islands.
Greece is considered the cradle of Western civilisation, being the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, Western literature, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, Western drama and notably the Olympic Games. From the eighth century BC, the Greeks were organised into various independent city-states, known as poleis, which spanned the entire Mediterranean region and the Black Sea. Philip of Macedon united most of the Greek mainland in the fourth century BC, with his son Alexander the Great conquering much of the ancient world, from the eastern Mediterranean to India. Greece was annexed by Rome in the second century BC, becoming an integral part of the Roman Empire and its successor, the Byzantine Empire, in which Greek language and culture were dominant. Rooted in the first century A. D. the Greek Orthodox Church helped shape modern Greek identity and transmitted Greek traditions to the wider Orthodox World. Falling under Ottoman dominion in the mid-15th century, the modern nation state of Greece emerged in 1830 following a war of independence.
Greece's rich historical legacy is reflected by its 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The sovereign state of Greece is a unitary parliamentary republic and developed country with an advanced high-income economy, a high quality of life, a high standard of living. A founding member of the United Nations, Greece was the tenth member to join the European Communities and has been part of the Eurozone since 2001, it is a member of numerous other international institutions, including the Council of Europe, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Trade Organization, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie. Greece's unique cultural heritage, large tourism industry, prominent shipping sector and geostrategic importance classify it as a middle power, it is the largest economy in the Balkans. The names for the nation of Greece and the Greek people differ from the names used in other languages and cultures.
The Greek name of the country is Hellas or Ellada, its official name is the Hellenic Republic. In English, the country is called Greece, which comes from Latin Graecia and means'the land of the Greeks'; the earliest evidence of the presence of human ancestors in the southern Balkans, dated to 270,000 BC, is to be found in the Petralona cave, in the Greek province of Macedonia. All three stages of the stone age are represented for example in the Franchthi Cave. Neolithic settlements in Greece, dating from the 7th millennium BC, are the oldest in Europe by several centuries, as Greece lies on the route via which farming spread from the Near East to Europe. Greece is home to the first advanced civilizations in Europe and is considered the birthplace of Western civilisation, beginning with the Cycladic civilization on the islands of the Aegean Sea at around 3200 BC, the Minoan civilization in Crete, the Mycenaean civilization on the mainland; these civilizations possessed writing, the Minoans writing in an undeciphered script known as Linear A, the Mycenaeans in Linear B, an early form of Greek.
The Mycenaeans absorbed the Minoans, but collapsed violently around 1200 BC, during a time of regional upheaval known as the Bronze Age collapse. This ushered from which written records are absent. Though the unearthed Linear B texts are too fragmentary for the reconstruction of the political landscape and can't support the existence of a larger state contemporary Hittite and Egyptian records suggest the presence of a single state under a "Great King" based in mainland Greece; the end of the Dark Ages is traditionally dated to the year of the first Olympic Games. The Iliad and the Odyssey, the foundational texts of Western literature, are believed to have been composed by Homer in the 7th or 8th centuries BC. With the end of the Dark Ages, there emerged various kingdoms and city-states across the Greek peninsula, which spread to the shores of the Black Sea, So
Ruston High School
Ruston High School is a 4-year public high school located in the Lincoln Parish School District of Ruston, United States. The school has an enrollment of 1200 students with 85 faculty members; the school colors are white. Black students were first admitted in 1970. Ruston High School serves as a memorial to the survivors of the Gulf War; the 7 acres campus area, comprising two contributing buildings, was added to the National Register of Historic Places on October 8, 1992. Ruston High School is known for the number of classes and organizations that are offered to students. Classes can range from a difficulty level of CP, AP, to College Dual Enrollment. Classes offered: Advanced Math, Agriscience Classes, Algebra I, Algebra II, Algebra III, American History, Fine Arts, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry II, Choral Music, Credit Recovery, Ed. for Careers, English I, English II, English III, English IV, Environmental Science and Consumer Science, Financial Math, German, Journey to Careers, Physical Science, Piano, Read 180, Social Studies, Spanish, Special Education, Debate, Sports Medicine, Standard 1 and 1/2 year PE, STEM Marine Biology, STEM Physical Science, STEM Physics and Conditioning, Talented Art, Website Design, World Geography, World History, Yearbook.
Ruston High School Athletics are highly regarded at Ruston High and all sports have gathered a high number of National and State Championships. Sports are: Baseball, Cross Country, Golf, Softball, Tennis and Track and Field. Coach Jimmy "Chick" Childress led Ruston High School, to a 131-27 record and four state championships in 1982, 1986, 1988, 1990, he was the Bearcats' head coach from 1979 to 1991. The 1990 team, 15-0, was Childress' most successful; the team was ranked No. 1 nationally following a 52-10 victory over Baton Rouge Catholic in the Class AAAA state championship game. The 52 points were a state finals record until shattered in 2013 when Acadiana High School scored 77 vs. Parkway; as a player in 1947, he was on the Ruston state championship team. From 1958 to 1973, Childress coached at Neville High School in Monroe, which he helped to lead to four state titles, he was the coach at Carroll High School in 1973 and at the private Cedar Creek School in Ruston from 1976 to 1978. He received his undergraduate degree at University of Louisiana at Monroe known as Northeast Louisiana State College.
He obtained his graduate training at Louisiana Tech University. In 2001, he was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame; the organizations mentioned in this section are called "co-curricular", meaning that they are designed to complement and expand upon the lessons learned in the classroom. RHS encourages the growth of the whole person, believes that one of their goals is to help students become a good citizen of the community, this country, the "Bearcat family"; the Bearcat Belles consist of 9th– 12th grade students. The objectives of Bearcat Belles is to promote school spirit and a feeling of loyalty to RHS. To become a Bearcat Belle, tryouts are held before a panel of judges in the spring. Candidates must have 2.0 GPA for the previous grading period or a 2.0 cumulative GPA. She must have no out-of-school suspensions for the current school year. All candidates must be a member of Pom Squad or a Freshman Cheerleader as a freshman in order to try out for Belles. All candidates must be a member of at least one sport and/or two clubs as a sophomore or junior in order to try out for Belles the following year.
She must be clubs in good standing. Coaches/sponsors will request a recommendation from coaches and club advisors about participation and responsibility of the candidate, it is recommended that candidates have private dance training prior to try-outs. Pepettes may see the Bearcat Belles sponsor at the beginning of the school year for information regarding private dance lessons. There is a $50 transportation fee, a monthly fee for a choreographer, camp attendance, uniforms are required. Bearcat United Making Spirit raise spirit for all RHS sports by decorating or sponsoring spirit activities. Membership is open to any Sophomore, Junior, or Senior girl with a minimum 2.0 GPA, willing to work at least one afternoon per week during football season and whenever called upon by the president or sponsor during the remainder of the year. Dues are $10.00. The Chatterbox is the RHS newspaper; the objectives of the members of the staff are to publish the school newspaper and to publicize the Ruston High events in the local paper.
Applications for the staff are available in the spring from the adviser. Juniors and Seniors with a "B" average in English may apply. Students must be able to learn all aspects of journalism; this includes writing, editing and selling ads. There are no dues; the objectives of the Debate Club are to foster leadership qualities and to learn skills such as public speaking, logical thinking, application of information, thinking on one's feet, etc. through competition in debate tournaments. Meetings are conducted during debate class. Students must have a 3.0 grade point average, must sign a c
Keravnos Strovolou B. C. is a professional basketball club based in Strovolos, Cyprus. The plays its home games in the Costas Papaellinas Arena; the club’s president since 1996 is businessman Paris C. Papaellinas, the main sponsor of the club for the last 20 years; the men's basketball department of Keravnos was established in 1964. The club was one of the founding members of the Cyprus Basketball Federation in 1966 and won its first national league in 1989. Keravnos competed for 18 consecutive years in European competitions from 1995 to 2013; the first time Keravnos B. C. took. In the 1997–98 season, just after winning their second league, the team reached the second round of a European Cup for the first time. In the Second Round, Keravnos achieved one of their greatest victories in the history of Cypriot Basketball after defeating Žalgiris Kaunas 61–57 in Nicosia. In the second leg, they were eliminated from the competition. Žalgiris progressed to win the European Cup that year as well as the European Championship the following year, known as Euroleague.
The year 2001 was a great one for Keravnos. The team won the Championship for a second consecutive time and recorded the greatest success, achieved by any Cypriot sports team, in Pan-European competitions by qualifying for the quarter-finals of the European Saporta Cup, they defeated the Bosnian team KK Borac Banja Luka. During this campaign, the team had unbelievable success defeating Red star of Belgrade and Paris Basket of Tony Parker among others. In 2004, the team qualified to the Final Four of South Conference of FIBA Europe Cup Challenge, where the team finished fourth in the competition, they qualified to the final four again the following year and this time they finished in the third position. In 2007, Keravnos again recorded a new success story; the team qualified for the final of the EuroCup Challenge after beating in the semi-finals Dnipro twice in the semi-finals. Keravnos was the only Cypriot club from any sport to reach a major European Final. In the EuroCup Challenge Final, Keravnos faced the Russian Club from Samara, defeating them by 85–83 at home but the score was not enough to give the team the trophy after losing in Samara 101–81 away.
After this success, Keravnos achieved two more national titles, in 2008 and 2017. Lance Blanks Cedric Henderson Mike King FIBA EuroCup Challenge Finalist: 2007 Cyprus Basketball Division A Winner: 1988–89, 1996–97, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2007–08, 2016–17 Runner-up: 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1995–96, 1997–98, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2008–09, 2011–12, 2017–18 Cyprus Men's Basketball Cup: Winner: 1988–89, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2009–10, 2011–12 Runner-up: 1986–87, 1987–88, 2012–13 Cyprus Men's Basketball Supercup: Winner: 1998–99, 1999–00, 2012–13 Cypriot Second Division Winners: 1978–79, 1987–88 Since 1987, the club is focused nearly 100% in basketball and Keravnos Basketball Academies are considered as being the most dynamic and the most professional all over the island; the Basketball Academy has over 300 members and overall with Tennis and Football reach over 750 members. Head of the Academy is Mr. Nicos Lambrias. Official homepage Eurobasket.com Keravnos BC Page Team presentation at Basketball Champions League website Team presentation at FIBA Europe Cup website