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Pinewood Prep produces solid results in fall sports season

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – While not winning any state championships this fall, the fall sports teams at Pinewood Prep continued their tradition of competing well and earning postseason berths.

The Pinewood Prep football team earned their shot in the SCISA AAA playoffs, ending the regular season with a win over Porter-Gaud on October 27th. The victory put the Panthers in the fourth-seed of the six-team AAA playoff bracket. They hosted fifth-seeded Porter-Gaud in a rematch on November 3rd.

The Panthers finished the regular season with a 5-5 record. Senior running back Matthew Latham has been a force on both sides of the ball for the Panthers. Latham leads team in rushing with more than 1,200 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also leads the team in receiving with more than 200 yards and is the team’s leading tackler with more than 60 total tackles.

Senior Austin Murphy also has been a key leader. Murphy has added nearly 400 yards rushing and is among the team’s top tacklers. Quarterback Ethan Hirsch has thrown for more than 700 yards as a first-year starter under center.

Another key weapon has been senior placekicker/punter Steven Ross. Ross has connected on seven field goals and is a perfect 31-for-31 on extra points. He also averages 36.4 yards per punt.

Pinewood Prep’s girls’ tennis team ended their season with a loss to Heathwood Hall in the state playoffs but their youth gives reason for optimism for the future.

Jessica Osborne was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and Mary Hannah Rodgers received the Leadership Award. Ellie Rodgers received the Panther Award.

The girls’ golf team participated in the SCISA state tournament. The event was shortened to nine holes due to threatening weather. Pinewood Prep finished in fourth-place in the team standings.

Karla Correa was Pinewood’s top finisher, shooting 41 and earning a spot on the all-state team. Other teams members include Aubrey Merryman, Leighanna Sawer, Anna Parker and Kendsay Gilmer.

Pinewood Prep’s swim team participated in the SCISA AAA state meet a few weeks ago. The boys team finished fourth in the final team standings while the girls team was fifth.

Among the top performers for the boys team were Connor Campbell and Daniel Grimes. Campbell earned a pair of silver medals in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle. Grimes won gold in the 100-yard butterfly finals and was third in the 100-yard backstroke.

Campbell and Grimes also swam on the 200-yard medley relay team that finished second. The other two swimmers on the relay were Krish Patel and Jack Murray. Patel also finished fourth in the 100-yard backstroke and was fifth in the 100-yard freestyle. Murray was seventh in the 200-yard freestyle.

The same foursome finished third in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Jared Snell finished eighth in the 200-IM and ninth in the 100-yard butterfly. John Michael Stagliano finished eighth in the 500-yard freestyle. Stagliano and Snell joined Connor Ruddy and Connor Kecian finished sixth in the 400-yard freestyle.

On the girls side, Brea Fields finished third in the backstroke and fifth in the 500-yard freestyle, while Madison McSwain finished sixth in the 50-yard freestyle. Lauren Saeger was eighth in the 100 and 10th in the 200.

 Fields and McSwain joined Anna Rook and Julia Meyer on the fourth-place finishing medley relay team. Rook, Saeger, Meyer and Emma McGuire finished sixth as the 200-yard relay team. McGuire, Fields, McSwain and Eliza Smith were fourth in the 400 relay.

 

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