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Porter-Gaud rakes in state titles during fall season


By David Shelton

Porter-Gaud honors top performers from fall sports season


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Charleston – Another successful fall sports campaign is in the books for Porter-Gaud as the athletic department celebrated five state championships during the 2017 season.

Recently, the athletic department honored the top individual performers from each of the fall teams.

In sailing, Neil Walters was named the most valuable performer and William Chapman was most improved. The Commodore’s Cup went to Joey Chomyn.

From the state championship volleyball team, which won an eighth consecutive state title, Sammy Roskill was tabbed most valuable player and Sally Branton Crawford was most improved. Anna Rhett Allen was recognized with the coaches cup and also for setting the school’s career assist record. Lauren Tapp was recognized for setting the career digs record and Priyanka Fernandes received the Bess Rosen award.

The boys and girls swim teams each won SCISA Class AAA state team titles in October. Co-most valuable performers for the boys team were Daniel Kassis and Willem Goedecke. Henry Lewis was most improved on the boys team and Noah Steyer received the coaches cup.

Elysse Pardus and Kaila Pardus shared most valuable honors on the girls team. Lexi White was most improved and Alexa Johnson received the coaches up.

The girls’ tennis team also won a SCISA Class AAA state championship this fall. Alex Hildell, who will play at Wofford College next year, was named most valuable player and Ellie Walter was most improved. Rebecca Kahn earned the coaches cup.

Porter-Gaud’s girls cross country team won the AAA state championship. Chloe Elebash and Bryce Marion shared most valuable runner honors. Marion finished second in the state meet and Elebash was third. Jasmine Smith received the coaches cup.

In boys cross country, most valuable honors went to Michael Martin and most improved honors went to Kelly Carswell. Braxton Snyder received the coaches cup.

Nelle Alexander was named most spirited in cheerleading this fall. Mona Bailey was most improved cheerleader and Caroline Vail received the coaches cup.

In football, Andrew Thomas was the offensive most valuable player while Graham Kaplan was the defensive most valuable player. Amir Smalls received the leadership award and was honored as the best defensive lineman, while Jones Alexander was named best offensive lineman.

Receiving coaches cups were Peter Zervos and Parks Cochrane.

The athletic season now shifts to the basketball court as Porter-Gaud already has opened the season. The boys team enters this season seeking a third consecutive state championship and has won its first seven games of the season.

Senior wing Aaron Nesmith, senior center Jake Lanford and junior guard Josiah James lead the way this season. Nesmith signed scholarship papers with Vanderbilt in November while Lanford signed with Yale. James is considered one of the state’s top underclassmen prospects and holds numerous scholarship offers.

 The girls team has only three seniors on the roster, led by Bailey Walpole. The girls team will play in the Carolina Invitational tournament after Christmas (December 27-29) while the boys team will participate in the 16-team Rotary Roundball Classic, December 27-30.

Senior Writer

Charleston – The Porter-Gaud athletic department continued to dominate in the SCISA ranks this fall, winning state titles in girls tennis, girls cross country, boys and girls swimming and volleyball.

The girls cross country program won its first SCISA state title, led by seventh-grader Bryce Marion’s second-place fun at the state meet in Columbia.

Marion, who crossed the line in 19:13, was followed by junior Chloe Elebash (19:20) in third-place. Six of the team’s seven participating runners set personal records.

“It’s certainly a big day for us,” said coach Hugh Knight, who has won eight titles with the boys team. “This group has been focused and dedicated since the summer. They all worked hard to get here and today they ran their best.”

Freshman Connor McMahon (7th) and senior Jasmine Smith (10th) also placed in the top 10 finishers for Porter-Gaud.

 In swimming, Porter-Gaud again dominated the Class AAA SCISA championships. The boys team captured their fourth straight team title and their eighth overall while the girls team won their third consecutive state championship.

Willem Goedecke won two individual gold (100-yard backstroke and 200-yard freestyle), setting a state record in the backstroke.

Daniel Kassis won individual gold in the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley. Kassis and Goedecke also swam on the winning 200-yard medley relay team, joined be Alex Hannegan and Michael Doyle.

Porter-Gaud’s girls were led by Kaila Pardus, who set state records in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke. Elysse Pardus set a state record in the 100-yard butterfly and also won the 500-yard freestyle. Anne Thompson won gold in the 100-yard backstroke.

Porter-Gaud also set a state record in the 200-yard medley relay with Kaila Pardus, Elysse Pardus and Thompson joined by Alexa Johnson. Thompson and the Pardus sisters were joined by Eliza Ford on the gold medal winning 400-yard freestyle relay.

“Fifty-two of our swims today resulted in season bests times so our kids certainly came to perform

today,” Porter-Gaud coach Michael Walsh said. “Our depth is very important.”

The volleyball team won its eighth consecutive SCISA AAA title, beating Ashley Hall, 3-1, in the finals.

Senior Sammy Roskill had a superb season, finishing with 334 kills, 308 digs and 55 aces. Senior Priyanka Fernandes added 317 kills and 57 blocks while senior Ally Roskill had 250 kills.

Sophomore Elise Pearson tallied 172 kills and 31 blocks and junior Olivia Varner added 151 kills. Senior setter Anna Rhett Allen had 1,148 assists to go with 54 aces and 274 digs. Senior libero Lauren Tapp paced the way defensively with 656 digs.

The girls tennis team beat Ashley Hall in the state finals of class AAA, 5-0. Sophie Williams played number one singles, followed by Alex Hildell at number two and Rebecca Kahn at number three.

Piper Brown played four singles and McKenzie Davis played five. Rounding out the ladder at number six was Michaela Cuoco.


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