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Hammond wrestlers highly ranked as state finals near

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Columbia – With the individual and dual state tournaments just around the corner, several wrestlers at Hammond School are expected to be in contention for gold medals.

Currently, the state’s wrestling ranking service, scmat.com, has 10 Hammond wrestlers ranked as solid state title contenders when the championships are decided in February.

Among the top prospects for a state championship is Mills Clark, a defending state champion and currently ranked number one in the 220-pound weight class.

Two other Skyhawks currently hold number one rankings in their respective weight class. Logan Sheppard is the top-ranked SCISA grappler in the 132-pound division while Drew Turner is top-ranked at 170-pounds.

Ryan Kane is ranked second in the 145-pound weight class and Owen Hales is ranked second in the 182-pound weight class. Harper Meachum also rates a number two ranking in the 126-pound division while Jameson Phillips is ranked second at 195 pounds.

Freshman Leo Addeo is ranked third at 120-pounds and sophomore Henry Cole is ranked third in the heavyweight division. Zavier Harrison is ranked fifth in the 138-pound weight class.

The SCISA state duals championships will be contested on February 2nd with the state individual tournament scheduled for February 9th. Hammond is currently ranked second in the team list behind defending state champion Cardinal Newman.

While the wrestling team is gearing up for its championship run, the basketball teams at Hammond also plan on extended stays in the state playoffs next month.

 Hammond’s boys team started the season a little slow as several football players worked into basketball shape. But, the Skyhawks made a big conference splash last week, pulling off a 53-52 upset win over top-ranked Cardinal Newman. Junior post Jordan Burch scored the game-winner on an offensive rebound and put back with under two seconds left in the game.

The win pushed Hammond to a 2-0 start in region play.

The girls team is off to a 5-10 start overall and a 1-1 mark in region play. Junior Lauren Scott continues to set the pace for the squad, averaging 17.5 points and five rebounds per game. Freshman guard Tyra Myers adds 15 points and 5.9 rebounds per contest.

Football players to be honored at all-state banquet

The 2018 SCISA AAA state championship football team will be honored at the High School Sports Report’s all-state football banquet on February 10th at the Seawell’s Restaurant in Columbia. The event begins at 4 p.m.

Head coach Erik Kimrey will be recognized as the SCISA AAA Coach of the Year. Junior defensive end Jordan Burch is the SCISA Statewide Player of the Year while junior quarterback Jackson Muschamp is the SCISA Class AAA Player of the Year.

Junior defensive end Alex Huntley is the Class AAA Defensive Player of the Year. Earning all-state honors are Andre Wilson, Cleo Canty, Bradley Dunn, Will Locke and Sam Edens.

 

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