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Northwood Academy High School
North Charleston

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – The boys’ and girls’ soccer teams played well enough during the 2017 regular season to earn a spot in the SCISA class AA state playoffs.

The boys’ team, coached by David Harrison, was expected to be a serious state title contender in the AA ranks but was knocked off in the first-round by another lower state power, Hilton Head Prep, 3-1, on May 8th.

The loss ended Northwood’s season at 14-4 overall. The team will lose a handful of key senior leaders, including the top two offensive threats in Tyler Harrison and Wes MillerCameron Roberts and Ryan Holmes shared time in goal this season and were solid defenders.

The girls’ team opened their playoffs, on the AAA level, against defending state champion and top-ranked Cardinal Newman on May 9th. Senior McKenzie Yon remains the team’s top offensive threat, having topped 12 goals on the season.

Burns shines at SCISA state track meet

Northwood Academy does not have a full track and field program but Raena Burns is one of the state’s top athletes nonetheless.

Burns competed in the SCISA Class AAA state track and field championships on May 6th and was one of the meets top performers. Burns qualified for the finals in four events, bringing home two gold medals with victories in the 400-meter hurdles and the pole vault. She also posted second-place finishes in the high jump and the 100-meter hurdles.

Burns also won state championships in the pole vault and 400 hurdles in 2016.

Chargers headed to next level

A handful of Northwood Academy athletes recently made their college intentions official at a signing ceremony conducted at the school.

Track and field star Raena Burns is headed to run track at Winthrop University next school year. Burns won two gold medals in the 2017 state track and field meet on May 6th.

Basketball player Jailah Melvin and football player Nolan Lytchfield will be attending Wingate University. Melvin directed the show from the point guard position this season, helping lead the girls’ program to a third straight state championship. She was a three-year starter at Northwood. Lytchfield passed for more than 1,500 yards last season.

Defensive back/wide receiver Cameron Roberts accepted a walk-on opportunity at The Citadel and basketball player Dante Jackson is headed to Methodist College. Roberts was a two-sport star at Northwood, also playing point guard on the basketball team. He leaves as the school’s career leader in interceptions.

Jackson also played football and basketball. He and Roberts played in the SCISA North-South all-star game in November.

Placekicker Kip Lewis is walking on at The Citadel while punter Caleb Anderson is walking on at Liberty University. Both specialists were among the best in SCISA this season.

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