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Summerville wrapping up spring sports with playoff berths

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – The 2017 spring sports season is winding down with state champions in all sports being crowned over the first three weeks of May.

Summerville High’s spring sports teams have been heavily involved in lower state AAAAA playoff competition. The athletic program qualified for the playoffs in every spring sport.

After a very successful regular season, the track program will have several athletes competing in the state AAAAA meet on May 12-13 at Spring Valley High School.

Summerville qualified for the state meet in four relay events – the girls 400 and 1600 relay and the boys 3200 and 1600 relay.

The girls 400 relay team finished second in the lower state qualifier. That unit consisted of Imagine Patterson, Kamryn White, Angel Frank and De’Avion Nesbitt. The 1600 relay team also placed second in the lower state qualifier. Patterson, Nesbitt, Frank and Isabella Darce made up that relay team.

The boys 3200 relay team finished second at the lower state meet. Comprising that team are Jackson Ellenburg, Chandler Dunmeyer, Frederick Scruggs and Victor Shellhammer. Dunmeyer joined Corey McDonald, DeVreon Varner and Anthony Taylor on the 1600-meter relay team, which finished fourth in the lower state qualifier.

Individually, Patterson qualified for the state finals in the 100 and 400 hurdles. Patterson finished second in both events at lower state and is the defending state champion in both events.

“I don’t feel like I have reached my peak yet,” said Patterson at the recent Tri-County championships. “I hope to get it all together here at the end. I am looking forward to the state meet.”

Frank qualified for the state finals in the 200 and 400 sprints. She finished fifth in the 400 and eighth in the 200 at the lower state meet.

On the boys’ side, Scruggs qualified for the 800 finals with a seventh-place finish at lower state while Shellhammer finished seventh in the 1600 to qualify for the finals. Derrick White was second in the 100-meter dash and fifth in the 200, earning state final spots in both events.

Winning individual region championships at the region 7-AAAAA meet were Ellenburg (800, 1600) and Patterson (100, 400 hurdles).

The baseball team, under first-year head coach Bo Charpia, finished the 2017 season with a 20-11 record. Summerville tied for the region 7-AAAAA championship and won the district championship to advance to the lower state final four tournament. The season ended with losses to River Bluff and Dutch Fork.

Offensively, senior outfielder Hunter Shaw led the team in hitting with a .376 batting average. Shaw had 35 hits and 23 RBI while also scoring 23 runs.

Junior infielder Johnny Cook batted .362 with 22 RBI and 34 hits while senior first baseman Jonny Watts hit .324. Sophomore infielder Brodie Blanton batted .304 with 16 RBI and junior Daniel Lloyd hit .314. Senior infielder Kyle Jenkins finished with a .310 batting average. Summerville hit .297 as a team this spring.

On the mound, sophomore lefty A.C. Heaton proved to be the ace of the staff. Heaton posted a 7-3 record with a 1.36 earned run average. He led the team in innings pitched with 56 1/3.

Junior Graham McCurry was 3-2 with a 1.48 ERA while Lloyd was 3-1 with a save and a 2.12 ERA. Junior David Thorpe had three wins and sophomore Daylen Powell added two. The Green Wave had a solid 1.65 team earned run average and their top five arms return next season.

The softball team, coached by Heather Tucker, qualified for the state AAAAA playoffs and advanced to the district finals before losing to White Knoll in the championship game. Summerville notched playoff wins over Socastee (9-1) and Goose Creek (11-0). The Green Wave finished 17-12 overall and was 10-4 in region 7-AAAAA play.

The boys’ tennis team finished second in the region with a 10-2 record and 12-4 in the regular season. Summerville qualified for the state playoffs but was upset by Spring Valley in the first round, 4-3.

Stephen Wills played number one singles for the team this spring, followed by Taylor Reynolds at number two. Thomas McGinnis played three singles and Reginald Lewis played number four, while Rahi Gajjar played the number five position.

The girls soccer team finished fifth in region seven but earned a spot in the AAAAA playoff bracket. The Green Wave pulled off an upset in round one, knocking off West Florence, before dropping a 3-0 decision to River Bluff.

The boys soccer team also finished fifth in the region and also pulled off a first-round playoff upset with a win over Sumter. The season ended in the second-round with a 1-0 loss to Dutch Fork.

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