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Summerville fall sports teams perform at high level in 2017

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – After contending for region championships and earning postseason berths, it’s hard not to be pleased with the performance of the Summerville High fall sports teams in 2017.

Summerville competed quite well in the sports of girls tennis, volleyball and cross country this fall.

The girls tennis team finished the season with a 14-9 overall record and was third in region7-AAAAA. The squad knocked off Conway. The season ended in the second-round, however, with a 6-0 loss to eventual lower state champion River Bluff.

In the singles ladder, Paige Reynolds occupied the number one position while Sullivan Long played number two. Lizzie Naval, who split her fall between tennis and cross country, played three singles. Hannah McKee played number four and Annelise Pagan played number five.

When needed, at number two doubles were Gwen Rast and Zakiya Wilson.

Summerville’s volleyball team had a tough go in a competitive region seven battle, posting a 4-10 record. They did, however, earn a spot in the AAAAA lower state playoffs but lost to Lexington, 3-0, in the first round. Summerville’s final season record ended up 17-12 and the program was 40-21 over the last two seasons after going 2-23 in 2015.

Senior Elizabeth Yohe closed out her career as the team’s leader in kills with 161. Yohe also had 239 digs and 29 aces. She had 168 kills last season.

Senior setter Julia Thees tallied 429 assists and 34 service aces. Thees finished with more than 600 assists in the last two seasons.

Senior Madison Farrell had 35 service aces and senior Courtney Harper finished with 252 digs.

Among underclassmen, junior Chelsey Blue finished with 112 kills and 32 aces. Junior Roan Ross added 95 kills and sophomore Marley Myers had 55 kills.

Junior Amanda Harvey had 35 service aces and sophomore Cameron Fox had 57 digs.

Summerville’s boys cross country team won the region 7-AAAAA championship and also was the top team at the AAAAA lower state qualifier. The team advanced to the Class AAAAA state meet on November 4th.

Senior Victor Shellhammer was the region champion and was a third-place finisher in the lower state qualifier. Senior Benjamin Eddy was fourth in the region meet and sixth in the lower state meet, while junior Frasier Byram was 12th in both meets.

Freshman Daren Hinds Lagasca finished 13th in the lower state meet and sophomore Noah Woodbury was 16th at lower state and 17th in the region meet.

Junior Reilly Gobin ran in the region meet, finishing 16th. Summerville won the region title with 39 points and won lower state with 50 points.

The girls team was fifth in the region meet but fourth in the lower state qualifier. They also qualified for the state meet on November 4th.

Summerville’s top runner is junior Caroline Raglin, who was fifth in the region meet and eighth overall at lower state. Junior Lizzie Naval finished 17th at the lower state meet but did not compete in the region meet.

Eighth-grader Sydney Green was 15th in the region meet and 18th at lower state while sophomore Libby Hamilton was 25th in the lower state meet. Eighth-grader Lillian Kriese finished 30th at lower state.

 

Green Wave open playoffs with home game against Irmo

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – Summerville’s football program took a major step in 2017, improving to a 7-2 record and a runner-up finish in region 7-AAAAA.

Head coach Joe Call wanted to see his program get back to winning ways after consecutive losing seasons and the 2017 Green Wave heeded his call.

Summerville earned a home game for the first-round of the Class AAAAA lower state playoffs and will host the 6-4 Irmo Yellow Jackets on November 4th.

Adding to the overall improvement in the program, the junior varsity team and b-team each had only one loss this fall.

“This was a big year for us as a program and I’m pretty pleased overall with the improvements we made across the board,” Call said. “Now we have to take the next step and that step begins with the playoffs. We have an opportunity to get closer to where we want to be, where we should be. Hosting playoff games is what we need to be about here. Winning playoff games is the next step.”

In Irmo, Summerville will face a solid team that competed very well in a tough region 5-AAAAA. Irmo has several college prospects on its roster, including Division I prospects at defensive end (Trajan Jeffcoat), and receiver (Raekwon Heath).

“They’re 6-4 but they certainly don’t look like a 6-4 team on film,” Call said. “They’re really athletic and very well-coached. They’re a big challenge. We’ve got to play well, from the start, and be very focused.”

Summerville lost their final regular season game to Fort Dorchester, ending their bid to win the conference title. Call says his team has handled the loss in a mature way.

“We went to work on Monday and had great energy in practice,” the coach said. “We looked the game on Sunday and put it away. Our focus is good, where it should be.”

The lineup received a boost of sorts with the return of two injured playoffs. Safety and long snapper Graham McCurry is back in action for the playoffs. Senior linebacker Jimmy Mitchum, who missed the entire regular season with a broken leg, has also been cleared to play.

“Really happy for Jimmy because we figured he was done for the year,” Call said. “It’s great for him because he’s a senior and he will at least get to play some.”

Summerville’s defense has been a solid unit all season, led by linebackers Cole Phillips (100 tackles) and Deonte Geddis (94 tackles). Dajon Grant has 55 tackles and tackle Ben Mitchum has 43 hits and four sacks. Colby Taylor (51 tackles), Corey Hewitt (47 tackles, 3 interceptions) and Derek Larry (3 interceptions) also have been solid performers defensively.

 Junior quarterback Johnathan Bennett has combined to pass and rush for more than 1,500 yards this season. The leading rusher has been senior Daryl Hancock, who is nearing 1,000 yards. Top pass catchers are Shaq Davis, Andre Banks and Olin McCurry.

The leader along the offensive front is Jackson Hutto, who was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl all-star game as a member of the South Carolina squad.

 

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