Emotions flowed in a special manner on Senior Night at Providence Grove.
Thursday night’s ceremony between the girls’ and boys’ basketball games against Wheatmore included recognition of senior basketball players and cheerleaders.
Cheerleading and boys’ basketball seniors were honored before the girls’ basketball seniors. The final of those recognitions drew a tearful standing ovation.
That’s when the parents of the late Lily Butler came onto the court. Butler, who had been a member of the girls’ program, died in July at age 17. She also had been on the cross country team.
Her parents, Chip and Carol Butler, received numerous hugs as the ceremony concluded. It was an emotional moment for seniors Maddie King, Reanna Saunders and Edi Austin as well.
Saturday at Ramseur, the Grady Lawson Memorial Baseball Classic is scheduled with scrimmages involving several teams at Eastern Randolph.
The matchups at Grady Lawson Field are slated to involve Eastern Davidson vs. Providence Grove at 11:30 a.m., Lee County vs. Southwestern Randolph at 2 p.m. and Jordan-Matthews vs. Eastern Randolph at 4:30 p.m.
Proceeds will go to the Grady Lawson Memorial Scholarship Fund.