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Lady Barons win SCISA AAA softball title; Wilson Hall honors athletes


By Justin Driggers

Special Correspondent


Sumter – There were two things the Wilson Hall softball team had in spades this season, coach Teresa Alexander said – experience and closeness as a unit.

“I felt like the group of 10 girls that I had this year were really united and created a family within each other,” Alexander said. “They really pulled for and believed in one another.

“…I think that was part of the reason we were able to push through some really mentally tough situations that we faced.”

None tougher than in the SCISA AAA state championship series against Cardinal Newman. The Lady Barons had to rally late in both games – winning each in their last at bat to claim the program’s fourth state title with a two-game sweep of the Cardinals.

WH won the opener 6-5 in extra innings thanks to a couple of clutch hits by a trio of seniors. Drake Ives belted a 3-run homer that tied it at one point and Liza Lowder came through with a two-out, game-tying RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning. Kathryn Sistare then won it in the eighth with a game-winning RBI single.

In the second game, Lowder once again kept WH alive. Down to their last strike, the Lady Barons rallied for five runs in the seventh inning to win 7-3. Lowder got things rolling with an RBI single and Becca Noyes drove in Lowder with a hit as well. Madison Sliwonik broke the game open with a two-run inside-the-park homer.

It was a closely-contested series that gave Alexander her third title at Wilson Hall. She coached the Lady Barons to back-to-back crowns from 2013-14.

“Honestly, that’s really the way you want to win a championship,” said Alexander, whose team finished the year 26-9. “For our seniors, that’s how you want to win. You want to earn it. I think we really put into practice a lot of the things we learned through the year and we were able to execute in some big situations.”

Ives wound up the winner on the mound both times, striking out 27 batters over two games and finishing as the SCISA Region II-AAA Player of the Year. Noyes had a pair of RBI in the second game while Carly Allred collected three hits in the opener. Allred was named to the all-region team along with Lowder, Sliwonik, Sydney Jarecki and Madison Elmore.

Amelia Weston and Caitleigh Bryant were also key contributors for WH.


Spring Sports Awards

Members of the Wilson Hall softball team also picked up some more hardware recently as part of the annual spring athletic awards ceremony.

Ives was named the team’s Most Valuable Player while Jarecki picked up the award for Best Offensive Player. Sistare received the Coach’s Award.

On the junior varsity side, Sophia Greene and Kailee Poston won Best Offensive and Defensive Players, respectively, while the Most Improved Player award went to Olivia Beasley.

For varsity baseball, Charlton Commander was the recipient of the Pitcher Award while Tanner Epps took home the Coach’s Award. Daniel Reynolds was recognized for Highest Batting Average while Daulton Dabbs was selected as the Best Defensive Player.

All three earned all-region honors as well along with Corbin Bruce. Dabbs was also chosen as the school’s Male Athlete of the Year for both baseball and basketball.

Tyler Jones won the Barons’ JV Pitching Award while Hunter Ives and Tate Sistare were selected as the Best Offensive and Defensive Players, respectively.

The Wilson Hall varsity boys golf team honored Walker Jones as the Most Valuable Player and tabbed Evan Hoffman as the Most Improved. Jones also made the all-region team alongside Miller Jones and was named the Player of the Year for the region.

For girls varsity track, Kayla Porter won the High Point Track award while Chandler Patrick took home the High Point Field honor. The Baron Award was given to Betsy Noyes while the Breakthrough Female of the Year honor went to Breland Jones. Chandler Curtis was the recipient of the Gaither Spencer Track Award.

On the boys side, Noah Harvin and Grey Holler received the High Point Track and High Point Field awards, respectively.  Bo Brogdon was chosen as the Baron Award winner while Graham Van Patten was named the Breakthrough Male of the Year. The Gaither Spencer Track Award was given to Layton Creech.

Two middle school track honors were handed out as well. Doc Walker was selected as the Top Boys Performer while Emma Bradley was named the Top Girls Performer.

Luke Kinney was chosen as the MVP for the varsity boys soccer team. Justin Timmons was named the Best Defensive Player and Brandon Carraway took home the Coach’s Award. Mills Herlong earned all-region honors.

On the JV side, Colton Muszynski grabbed MVP honors with Nick Craine earning the Coach’s Award. John Osteen was selected as the Best Offensive Player while Tate Mociun nabbed Best Defensive Players honors.

The Wilson Hall varsity equestrian team gave out a trio of awards, including two to Kaitlyn Smith. Smith earned the Hunt Seat – High Point award and the Coach’s Award. Isabelle Weston was named Most Improved. The middle school equestrian Hunt Seat – High Point award went to Grace Beasley.

Six awards were handed out for sporting clays. Bryce Lyles was the recipient of the Highest Overall score honor for varsity while Matthew Blankenship was the JV winner and Alex McLeod the middle school winner. Blankenship also won the Coach’s Award.

The Most Valuable Shooter award was presented to Mason Payeu while Bennett Wilson was named Most Improved.

In other special presentations, the Female Athlete of the Year Award went to Courtney Clark for both volleyball and basketball while Britton Academic Excellence Awards were given to Tod Yang and Chandler Curtis.


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