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Lamar tracksters compete in Class A state meet

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Lamar – Five members of the Lamar High track and field program earned their way to the Class A state track and field championship meet on May 13-14 at Spring Valley High School.

Competing against the best in Class A was an experience these five athletes will not soon forget, especially three underclassmen who got a taste of what to expect in the future.

Senior Jeblonski Green, noted for his exploits on the championship football team at Lamar, qualified for the Class A state finals in the shot put. When all was said and done, the South Carolina State football signee came away with a silver medal finish in the finals.

Another senior, Roderico Epps, qualified for the final in two events. Epps earned a sixth-place finish in the 400-meter run finals and placed eighth in the finals of the 200-meter dash.

Sophomore Travion James earned a competitive fourth-place finish in the finals of the 110-meter hurdles, while freshman Tavaris Dolford finished seventh in the high jump finals.

The lone member of the girls team to qualify for the state championships was junior Miranda Robinson, who posted an eighth-place finish in the finals of the 100-meter sprint.

Lamar’s baseball and softball teams had a good run in the Class A Upper State playoffs this spring.

The baseball team swept through the district tournament and advanced into the final four bracket of the Upper State championship, a four-team double-elimination bracket. The Silver Foxes battled through the loser’s bracket to reach the championship against McBee, needing two wins to advance to the state finals.

Lamar got the first win, a 10-8 decision, to force the deciding game. One game for all the marbles. Short on pitching, Lamar fell behind early and ended up on the short end of a 10-5 score. The Silver Foxes finished with a 19-11 season.

Among the stars for the season was senior Rashard Coleman, who was Lamar’s top pitcher and one of the leading offensive threats. Coleman entered the playoffs with a .357 batting average and 18 RBIs, while also posting a 1.63 earned run average in more than 50 innings of work.

Sophomore Cameron Galloway was hitting .375 at the start of the playoffs while junior Jaquez Lucas was hitting nearly .340. Senior Will Hickson led the team in RBIs.

Sophomore Mykal Mack served as a quality number two pitcher with an earned run average under two in more than 40 innings of work. Galloway also logged quality innings on the bump. The duo will serve as the strength of next year’s pitching staff.

The softball team also ended its season in heart-breaking fashion. The Silver Foxes won their way into the district IV finals as the lone undefeated team. Ware Shoals was the opponent in the finals and needed two wins over Lamar to advance.

After taking the first game, 5-3, Ware Shoals was able to outlast Lamar in game two, winning 11-10. Lamar’s season ended at 14-13.

 

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