Hand it to the Lander Bearcats baseball team! They deserve more than just a thumbs up for giving their best in the NCAA Division II College World Series. Yes, Tampa secured the win to take Lander’s chances of a World Series trophy away, but it wasn’t for lack of drive, determination and great effort. Welcome back to Greenwood, Bearcats. Hold your heads high because your 52-9 season is a school record. As the saying goes, “ya done good.”

While in the world of sports, a big thumbs up and congratulations to the Ninety Six Wildcats for their win against Loris on Tuesday, which secured the Wildcats the Class AA state championship trophy. The game, played at Spring Valley High, was suspended Friday night because of a severe storm that included hail. So the team had to wait all through the Memorial Day weekend before resuming fourth-inning play Tuesday afternoon. That did not slow the Wildcats down a bit, as they defeated Loris 8-4 in the best-of-3 deciding game. Dixie High School’s softball team also gets a thumbs up for securing its state champ title by defeating East Clarendon 12-0 last Friday night in a winner-take-all contest. All in all, it’s been a decent ball season for our area schools.

Olivia McConnell gets a thumbs up. Who’s she? Olivia’s a third-grader who is fascinated with fossils, so much so that in her research she learned that South Carolina was one of only seven states without an official fossil. We have the official state drink, flower, bird, dance, spider -- oh, the list goes on and on, but no official state fossil. Thanks to Olivia, there are now six states in the dark when it comes to naming an official fossil.
Olivia wrote to Gov. Nikki Haley and suggested the Palmetto State adopt the Columbian Mammoth as the state’s official fossil. Why the mammoth? Because in 1725, slaves in the state reportedly found mammoth teeth, which are believed to be the first identified vertebrate fossils in all of North America. Olivia’s representatives agreed with the student, presented House Bill 4482 and with the stroke of a pen this week, the Columbian Mammoth became the state’s official fossil. Great initiative on Olivia’s part. And not to take anything away from her endeavor, but another thought comes to mind with regard to the mammoth. Perhaps the Columbian Mammoth also should occasionally represent the Legislature as it often makes good legislation become extinct. Or slowly ambles through the legislative year. Or ... well, you can fill in with your own thoughts on that.