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East Clarendon High School
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ECHS football eyes second-half turnaround

By Justin Driggers
Consulting Editor

Turbeville – As head coach Scott Cook put it, the East Clarendon High School football team has had three games and three bye weeks.
One of those weeks was scheduled, but the other two were not as Hurricane Florence forced the Wolverines into a long break.
“We’ve been able to practice,” Cook said. “You basically just go back to what you did in August fall camp. We went back to teaching and focusing on things that we saw in those three games. 
“We went back to the basics.”
ECHS finally got back on the field on Sept. 28 against Hannah-Pamplico but lost 32-13 to fall to 0-4 overall and 0-1 in region play.  
“The kids are playing hard and I’ve seen the competitiveness from them,” Cook said. “I think were a few plays here and there from winning a couple of those games. I feel good about where we’re at and the direction we’re going.
“We’ve just got to get that win and it will carry on from there.”
The Wolverines have been close. They lost 14-12 to Timmonsville in a game that was split between a Friday and a Monday due to lighting. They fell 27-13 to Scott’s Branch in a game where the Eagles returned a number of interceptions for scores and ECHS was beaten by Aynor 38-30.
“We knew our defense was going to be pretty good because they had been together for four years,” Cook said. “Our offense started out a little slow but really came around against Aynor. But we’ve done a lot of things to hurt ourselves as well.”
The break did allow EC to work on some things, including improving its blocking schemes along the offensive line, Cook said.
“We were able to really some time and really got to hammer down on that,” he said.
The offense has put up 68 points so far this year led by quarterback Lane Robison and running backs Garrick Powell and Marques Webb.
“They’re really given us a 1-2 punch a running back,” Cook said. “We’ve got them and some help on the outside with Tyjhai (Calvin) and Treyvon (Elmore).”
The defense has also been solid. Dequan McElveen, Ashton Mixon, Austin McKenzie, Fashaun Barnes, TJ Owens, Calvin, and Da’Ronald Harrison have all contributed on one side or the other.
“We’ve really been getting after the ball a lot more lately and done a good job of that,” Cook said. “We’re working hard. We just need that reward and I think that’s really going help us a lot moving forward.”

Sednick takes over Lady Wolverines tennis team

By Justin Driggers
Consulting Editor

Turbeville – Coming from the Charleston area, Cameron Sednick was new to Turbeville and new to being a high school coach when the school year began.
Even so, the new East Clarendon girls tennis head coach brings a wealth of experience to the table and is looking to help the Lady Wolverines reach new goals this season.
Sednick grew up playing junior tennis and also worked for the United State Tennis Association working with kids in elementary school.
“It’s my first time working with teenagers,” she said. “But I love it. All of the girls really want to be out there and compete and that’s been great.”
Weather has wreaked havoc on the schedule as the Lady Wolverines have only been able to complete one full match, a 4-3 victory over Green Sea-Floyds. Another contest against Johnsonville was postponed by rain halfway through.
Then Hurricane Florence came through and wiped out all the matches for the last two weeks heading into October.
“We have been able to practice,” Sednick said. “The improvements from June when we did tryouts until now has been huge. I’m really proud of them.”
East Clarendon returns experience from last season, but has a lot of depth with 14 players on the roster. Even with just one match under their belts, Sednick has seen strides in practice.
“As far as ground strokes and fundamentals, the improvement is huge,” she said. “They get out there and attack the ball now more so than ever.
“I think the comradery is great. The team is close and I think that has a big impact. Everybody is supportive of each other.”
The top seven players for the Lady Wolverines are strong, Sednick added. Junior Emily Thigpen is the No. 1 singles player with freshman Layla Barrett behind her at No. 2.
Senior Cassey Springs occupies the No. 3 spot followed by junior Toni Robinson and sophomore Christine Fleming. 
Senior Cheney Ingram and junior Sherly Garcia are penciled in at Nos. 6 and 7 and also are the No. 2 doubles team. The top team is Thigpen and Barrett. 
“The biggest key going forward is just for them to take in everything new they’ve learned,” Sednick said. “Making sure they drive through the ball and follow through with their groundstrokes, and not fall back into old habits that they might have before this season. 
“It’s taking all that from practice and applying it on the court during matches.”

 

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