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Singletary brings home pair of silver medals for R-HHS

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Ridgeland—It was eventful spring for the Ridgeland-Hardeeville athletic department.  Several Jaguars competed at the Class AAA state track meet, and the football team hired its new coach.

The girls’ track team was led by junior Lenasia Singletary, who raced in both the 100-meter dash and 200-meter dash.  She was second in the former, clocking in at 12.13 seconds, just six one-hundredths of a second behind Waccamaw’s Tyaisha Edwards.

In the 200-meters, Singletary once again earned a silver medal after she crossed the line in 24.78 seconds.  And again it was Edwards who narrowly edged past her.

Senior Kera Robinson wrapped up her high school career in the 100-meter dash as well.  Unfortunately, she just missed out on a medal after taking fourth in a time of 12.44 seconds.

The 400-meter relay team of Singletary, Robinson, Latrina McFadden and Dee Johnson came into the meet with the fastest qualifying time, but suffered a bit of bad luck and was unable to finish their heat.

In other news, the Ridgeland-Hardeeville football team has a head coach for the 2018 season after a somewhat revolving door this winter and spring.

Former head coach Jahmaal Nelson, who led the Jaguars for four seasons, wasn’t retained after the team went 3-6 and failed to make the playoffs this fall.

Defensive coordinator Thomas Balkcom was tabbed the interim coach in January, but left at the end of March to take a position in the college ranks at his alma mater, Georgia Tech.

A month and a half later, Ridgeland-Hardeeville named Will Lampkin its new man in charge.  Lampkin has an extensive resume over the past 23 years, including head coaching stints at Kingstree and Darlington.  He has also been an assistant at Stratford, Berkeley, Ridgeland, West Ashley and Goose Creek.

The Jaguars were unable to go through spring practice with Lampkin, so the summer will be critical as the team tries to develop chemistry and learn the playbook for the upcoming season.

“It just felt right,” Lampkin told Bluffton Today.  “Everybody I talked to kept talking about the kids and what good kids they are.  It seems like the kids want to be successful and are willing to listen.”

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