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Hartsville winter teams look to finish strong in regular season

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Hartsville – It’s a pretty safe bet to say there will be plenty of state playoff participation on the campus of Hartsville High School when the winter sports state playoffs begin in February.

Hartsville fans can expect both basketball teams, as well as their wrestling team, to be major contenders in the Class AAAA postseason next month.

Hartsville’s wrestling team has been building over the last few years under coach Michael Lynch and the Red Foxes are looking to make a run at the AAAA Lower State championship this season.

Scmat.com, the state’s high school ranking site for teams and individuals, currently has Hartsville as the sixth-ranked team in the state in class AAAA. The Red Foxes also are the second Lower State team listed in the top 10 behind Airport.

Several wrestlers are ranked highly in their respective weight classes in AAAA. Logan Berger is ranked second among AAAA 113-pounders while Jordan Lynch is ranked third at 120 pounds. Lynch was the state runner-up at 106 pounds last season.

Wyatt Wilson is ranked sixth at 145 pounds and Robert Williamson is ranked eighth at 160 pounds. Grant Tucker is ranked fifth in the 170-pound weight class and Richard Williamson is ranked eighth at 182 pounds.

Jake James, a returning state qualifier, is the fourth-ranked wrestler in the 285-pound weight class.

The state duals playoffs for Class AAAA begin on February 2nd with the state championships decided on February 9th. The state individual qualifier is February 15-16 with the state individual finals set for the following weekend in Anderson.

In basketball, both the boys and girls teams are looking for strong finishes in region 6-AAAA play. A top four finish in the region standings earns a spot in the Lower State playoff bracket.

Region six is highly competitive with quality programs from Myrtle Beach, Wilson, Darlington, Marlboro County and North Myrtle Beach.

The girls team is off to a 1-2 start in region play, losing to Darlington and Wilson. Justin Johnson’s crew is 8-7 overall.

The team’s leading scorers are juniors Jazolyn Pendergrass (13.6 ppg) and Tarewyn Dawson (12.1 ppg). Senior Teasia McPhail adds 8.1 points per game and junior Lauren Thomas is averaging 6.7 point and 9.2 rebounds per contest.

Yusef English coaches the boys team and his squad is 8-9 overall but 2-1 in region play. The Red Foxes are led by USC signee Trae Hannibal at point guard. Hannibal is averaging about 26 points per game.

 Sophomore post Cesare Edwards averages about 11 points and 9.5 rebounds per game while junior forward DeMonte Capehart adds about 9.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.

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