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Hartsville’s Berger, Lynch claim state gold in wrestling

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Hartsville – The 2019-20 wrestling season will go down as the best ever for Hartsville High School.

As a team, the Red Foxes won their first-ever AAAA Lower State title, defeating region foe North Myrtle Beach in the Lower State finals. The win avenged an earlier season defeat to the Chiefs and Hartsville ended up as the runner-up in region 6-AAAA.

Hartsville advanced to the AAAA championship match against powerhouse Eastside. Hartsville lacked the overall depth to dethrone Eastside, which won their fourth consecutive state championship.

Once the dual playoffs were complete, the focus turned to the AAAA individual competition. After qualifying three wrestlers out of the Lower State qualifier, two wrestlers came away as state champions in the finals in Anderson.

Jordan Lynch won the state title at 113 pounds after placing second in the Lower State qualifier. Logan Berger, who won the Lower State title at 132 pounds, repeated the success by winning the state title the following week.

Richard Williamson finished second in the Lower State at 195 pounds and brought home a fourth-place finish in the state tournament.

Hartsville’s basketball teams failed to have the desired success this season but look to be stronger next year with a bevy of returning talent.

The boys team finished 9-13 overall and 4-6 in a very competitive region race. The Red Foxes were led by junior all-state forward Cesare Edwards, who is racking up college offers, including one from Clemson. The 6-7 Edwards averaged 15.5 points and 12.7 rebounds per game this season.

Another junior, Jordan Blue, average 6.9 points and 4.1 assists per game. Freshman DeAndre Higgins added 6.5 points and 6.0 rebounds per game while freshman Jamari Briggs contributed nearly five points per contest.

The girls team posted a 1-9 record in region play and finished with a 10-16 record overall.

Senior Jazolyn Pendergrass paced the Red Foxes with 16.5 points per game. Senior Lauren Thomas added 8.4 points and led the team in rebounding at 13.4 boards per game.

Junior Ameonta Sutton averaged 8.4 points and sophomore Aletrice Benjamin added 6.7 points per game. Sophomore Bry Hudson averaged 5.8 points and 6.3 rebounds per game and freshman A’zaria Knox added six points per game.

The spring sports season is underway and the defending Class AAAA state champion softball team is again a heavy favorite in AAAA.

Sophomore pitcher Alyssa Poston returns after a 20-0 record last season. Poston posted a 1.01 earned run average and struck out 171 hitters.

 Senior Abi Stokes is the top returning hitter. Stokes hit .495 last season while also posting a 9-0 record in the circle.

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