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Hammond fall sports teams enjoy solid success in 2018

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Columbia – With only football remaining in the 2018 fall sports season, athletes at Hammond School have been able to celebrate solid performances in the SCISA postseason this fall.

The boys swim team made a run at the SCISA AAA state team title but could not overcome a strong performance by defending state champion Porter-Gaud. Hammond, however, did come away as the state runner-up in the team standings and several individuals had solid performances.

Andy Chow earned a silver medal in the 200-yard freestyle and took bronze in the 100-yard breaststroke. Sumpter Clarke finished third in the 50-yard freestyle and was fifth in the 100 while Tobi Ogunfowora was third in the 100-yard butterfly and fourth in the breaststroke.

James Runge was fifth in the butterfly and sixth in the backstroke and Emmanuel Gadson was fifth in both the 200-yard individual medley and the breaststroke. The 200-yard relay team of Clarke, Runge, Wade Oliver and Chow won the state championship. The Skyhawks’ relay team of Oliver, Ogunfowora, Runge and Josh Lipsitz was second in the 200-yard medley relay. Ogunfowora, Clark, Chow and James Bai were second in the 400-yard relay.

The top performer for the girls team in the state meet was Caroline Mueckler, who finished third in the 200-yard freestyle and fifth in the 100-yard free.

In the SCISA state cross country meet, Hammond’s boys finished fifth in the team standings while the girls were eighth.

Julien McCue was the top runner for the boys team, finishing eighth and earning all-state honors. Merritt Brazell was 20th and Reece Bluestein finished 21st. Walker Lilly was 31st and Arman Riley finished 36th.

On the girls team, the top finisher was Anna Malanuk in 24th place. Lilly Angel (37th), Abby Park (50th), Kate Oliver (52nd) and Camille Kristinik (59th) also competed in the state meet.

All eyes focus on the football team now as the defending SCISA state champions take center stage in the AAA playoffs.

Hammond completed the season with a perfect 10-0 record and extended the win total by one with a first-round playoff win over Wilson Hall. The Skyhawks enter the semi-finals against Cardinal Newman on November 9 with a 23-game winning streak. Hammond beat Cardinal Newman, 62-27, in their regular season meeting.

The Skyhawks have an average margin of victory of 26.1 points this season. Their two closest games game in their opener against Charlotte Country Day, a 15-12 win, and against First Baptist, a 28-21 win.

Junior quarterback Jackson Muschamp has passed for more than 2,500 yards and 32 touchdowns in 11 games. Jordan Burch is the team’s leading rusher with CJ Stokes and Hal Croswell also contributing in the run game.

Cleo Canty (47-895-11 TD) and Andre Wilson (53-782-8 TD) are the primary receiving targets.

Linebacker Will Locke leads the defense in tackles with more than 90 total hits. Burch has nine sacks and Bradley Dunn has six. Fabian Goodman and Brig Brannon each have four interceptions.

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