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Summerville High School
Summerville

By Roger Lee

 

Summerville – The Green Wave Wrestling team had a fantastic season, but a storybook ending wasn’t in the cards.

Summerville (31-3) was edged out by White Knoll (26-10) Feb. 12 during the Class AAAAA Wrestling Lower State Championship. The Green Wave took a 10-point lead with only four weight classes remaining to be contested, but could only manage to win one of those classes as it fell 28-27. White Knoll advanced to the 5A state championship match, where it lost to defending state champion Hillcrest (36-5).

The good news for Green Wave fans is their team should be a contender again next year. Summerville will lose seniors Reco Robinson, Kyle Nicholson and Parker Warder, but stands to return 11 other wrestlers to the lineup. Plus, the team has some promising athletes waiting in the wings.

“We have created a lot of quality depth and we have some younger kids that will fill in nicely for us,” Summerville coach Darryl Tucker said. “We are excited about this group moving forward. Preston Hernandez will slide in at 113 and has been in the program for a while. He did some really nice things for us on JV. Another wrestler looking to make a name is Jonas Long, He has been practicing hard and we are looking for him to make an immediate impact.”

Long was the team’s backup grappler for the heavyweight class this season.

Summerville sent five wrestlers to the South Carolina Class AAAAA individuals wrestling championships in Anderson Feb. 28-29.

Gavin Butler placed second at 106. He lost a 6-2 decision to Greenwood’s Carter Anderson in the finals.

Robinson placed third at 113. He earned a 6-3 decision over Fort Mill’s Sabastian Colon in the third-place match.

Brayton Killiri placed fourth at 120. He lost an 11-2 major decision to Lugoff-Elgin’s Jacob Vincent in the third-place match.

David Rundell competed at160 and Nicholson competed at 170, but neither placed in the Top 4. 

Wave Girls BB

A solid season for the Lady Green Wave Basketball team ended with a loss in the second round of the playoffs.

After earning a 57-36 win over White Knoll in the first round, Summerville was eliminated Feb. 21 with a 49-42 loss to Wando. Summerville only trailed Wando by 2 points with just more than two minutes remaining, but the Wando shooters hit some key shots to hold off the Lady Green Wave.

Summerville, which won its region championship outright, finished the season with a 21-7 record. It is the team’s most successful season since coach Calvin Davis took over the program and he is confident the work put in this season will carry into the next.

“The girls now understand the details and the little things they didn’t before so we can start working on those things earlier in the year,” Davis said. “This was a great season. The girls played hard and were dedicated. This group bought into what I believe and they worked hard at it.”

Teliya Johnson and Abigaile Piper are the only seniors so the core of the team should return.

Junior Kylie Sims led the team in scoring this season, averaging 7.6 points per game. Sophomores Nique Polite and Jasmine Grant averaged 6.9 and 6.6 points per game, respectively. Grant also led in rebounds with 7.3 per game while Polite averaged 5.2 and sophomore Larrysha Smiley averaged 5.5.

Junior Carya Manick had 3.3 assists per game and 2.9 steals to lead in both categories. Junior Lexi Shepard averaged 2.5 assists and 2.8 steals per game.

Others expected to return next season include Cynthia Lawerence, Rachel Davis, Kendal Elmore and Rebeccah Harley.

Davis was named the 2019-20 Region 8-AAAAA Girls Basketball Coach of the Year. Manick, Shepard and Sims were all selected for the All-region Team.

Wave Boys BB

The Summerville Boys Basketball team finished its season at 10-16 with a 1-7 mark in region games.

The team had better percentages than its opponents in many categories, but that wasn’t the case for rebounding and turnovers. However, some young players started to shine during the season and Summerville will only lose two players to graduation.

Senior Nick Freitag averaged 11 points and eight rebounds per game and is the sole member of the team to receive all-region honors. Senior Carson Stevens was the team’s best defensive player this season.

“We'll have eight returners next year, but only two will be seniors and the returning starting back court will be sophomores and freshmen,” Coach David Long said. “Rebounding and turnovers will be our off-season focus.”

Freshman Matty Foor averaged 12 points, four rebounds and four assists per game. Eighth-grade JV call-up Yannick Smith became a key player by the season’s end and Long says the bench provided quality minutes when called upon.

Others expected to return next season are Ryan Foor, Oziais Holmes, Lavell Glenn, Tyler Free, Keith Elmore and Sam Graham.

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