Green Wave athletes putting in the work this spring
By David Shelton
Summerville – The first half of the 2017 spring sports season has seen some good and bad on the campus of Summerville High but the athletes show no signs of letting up as they look for a strong finish.
Several of Summerville’s spring teams will be headed to postseason playoff competition while a few may be looking to next year to make their splash.
The baseball team has shaken off a slow start to put itself in contention for the region 7-AAAAA championship. Summerville entered this season as the defending class AAAA state champion but struggled out of the gate with just one win in their first four games.
However, talent and experience is taking over when it counts most – in region play. The Green Wave enter their final two region games of the schedule in first-place with a 9-3 record while improving to 10-6 overall.
Pitching and timely hitting has been a strength of the team in the last few weeks. The pitching staff has a combined earned run average of 1.31 while the offense is hitting .311 as a team.
Sophomore southpaw A.C. Heaton has been one of the aces of the pitching staff. Heaton is 4-2 on the season with an .084 earned run average. Junior David Thorpe is 3-0 with a 0.98 earned run average.
South Carolina verbal commitment Daniel Lloyd, a junior, has a win early and a 0.68 earned run average. Lloyd has not been over-worked in the regular season and should be strong for the playoffs.
Junior lefty Graham McCurry also is pitching well.
Offensively, sophomore Brodie Blanton continues to build off his strong freshman campaign. Blanton is hitting .419 with 11 RBI’s this season. Senior Hunter Shaw is hitting .467 and junior Johnny Cook is hitting .368 with 14 RBI’s this spring.
Senior first baseman Johnny Watts is hitting .304 and senior infielder Kyle Jenkins is hitting .324.
The Green Wave’s final two region contests are with Stratford and Fort Dorchester. Following the spring break Hanahan Invitational Tournament, the Green Wave close out the regular season with games against South Aiken and Sumter.
Summerville’s boys’ soccer team will need a strong finish to earn a spot in the AAAAA playoffs. Summerville won only two of their first eight region games as coach Jason Rasner retools the program with a load of underclassmen.
The roster this spring has but three seniors – Jacob Adams, LJ Wynter and Hunter Bagley. Junior returning lettermen include Garrett Qualkinbush, Ray Cotton, Aiden Clark and Jaylen Gill.
The girls’ soccer program split their first eight region games and a good finish would land them in the postseason. Second-year coach Marc Joyce has 11 returning letterwinners, including six seniors.
Senior Morgan Vega is the top returning player and leads the Green Wave with eight goals and nine assists this season. Senior Meredith Harley has added three goals and three assists while senior Yariana Franco has scored four goals with one assist.
Junior Anna Mirl has added four goals and two assists while junior Skyler Jorgenson, senior Ellie Mayeaux and freshman Brynn Brusseau have each scored two goals this spring.
Working in goal is freshman keeper Kayla Tucker, who has 28 saves and a 1.25 goals against average.
Summerville’s track and field program will be a strong state championship contender in class AAAAA in May. Summerville’s girls’ team is one of the top five teams in AAAAA this spring, led by potential All-American Imagine Patterson. The junior is the state’s top hurdler and is a defending state champion.
Summerville also is strong in the sprints, led by De’Avion Nesbitt in the 100 and Angel Frank in the 200 and 400-meter sprints. Lizzie Naval is the top performer in the 800 and Sullivan Long and Caroline Raglin work in the 1600 and 3200 distance events.
In the throws, Madison Farrell is tops in the discus while Alondria Reid is the team’s best shot putter. Kamryn White is the top long jumper on the team while Michaela Jenkins is the top performer in the high jump and triple jump.
On the boys’ team, Derrick White has been the top sprinter, clocking a time of 10.85 seconds in the 100-meter dash earlier this spring.
Chandler Dunmeyer has been the top 400-meter runner and Will Rothemis is the top 800-meter performer.
Jackson Ellenburg competes in the distance events and is one of the state’s best runners in the 1600 and 3200 meter events. Working in the hurdles are Raekwon Weaver (110) and Rasheem Sanders (400).
D.J. Hancock leads the team in the high jump event while Tre Thompson is the top long jumper. Tyrese Grant is the top triple jumper and Will Sears leads the pole vaulters. Chandler Newton leads the team in the shot put and discus.