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Porter Gaud High School

Porter-Gaud spring sports teams enjoys success


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Charleston – As is often the case, the spring sports season was highly successful for the athletes at Porter-Gaud School.

Several of the school’s spring sports teams contended for region championships in 2021, and a few others even challenged for SCISA state championships.

The boys soccer team nearly won a state title before losing in the finals to Cardinal-Newman, 3-0. The Cyclones were seeking their first championship since winning in 2016. They finished with a 15-4 record this season.

“Little unlucky but really proud of our guys for making a fight of it,” first-year coach Sachin Patel said. “We were a little short-handed and if we had been at full strength, who knows? But we had a great season and we’re going to continue to re-invigorate the program and produce more success in the future.”

Senior captain William Finnegan, a center midfielder, finished his season with 22 goals and 21 assists.

“William exemplified leadership on and off the field that has been integral to transforming the varsity program to its most successful record since the 2016 season,” Patel said.

Senior Jack Barnes was another captain and leader this season. The center back scored four goals and three assists. Sophomore center midfielder Luca Tozzi finished with eight goals and five assists.

Senior captain James Hill added five goals and four assists and senior center back Kyler Psenka tallied six goals and five assists.

“We had 13 seniors but not a lot of them played a lot over the years,” Patel said. “We have a good solid group of underclassmen. We will put in the work to improve.”

The school’s baseball team earned a spot in the SCISA AAA playoffs, finishing the postseason with a 1-2 record.

In track, the boys track team finished as the AAA state runner-up to Heathwood Hall. Freshman Trevor Wilder led the effort with a second-place finish in the 400 meter dash, and third-place finishes in the 100 and 200 meter dashes.

Kyle Lafayette won the triple jump, took second in the long jump, and second in the pole vault. Walker Carswell won the state championship in the high jump. He also finished fourth in the 400 and fifth in the 100.

The girls team also finished as the state runner-up behind Heathwood Hall. Ginger Arnold won state championships in the javelin and discus. Emmy Keogh won the shot put and finished second in the discus. Callie Harper ran to second-place finishes in the 800 and 1600 meter run.




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