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Mundy wins gold at state swim meet; football repeats as region champs

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Moncks Corner – Earning a medal in a state championship event is quite an accomplishment on any level, in any sport. However, if that medal isn’t the gold, an athlete has plenty of motivation to work even harder in an effort to improve.

Berkeley junior swimmer Sarah Mundy took exactly that approach in 2017. After earning a pair of silver medals in the 2016 Class AAAA state swimming championships, Mundy went back to work and focused on taking the next step in the fall of 2017. At the 2017 state swimming championships, the young athlete realized her goals.

Mundy won gold medals in both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle finals at the USC swimming facility in Columbia.

“It was disappointing to come up short last year but it also motivated me to work harder, to improve and try to do better,” Mundy said. “It’s a great feeling to accomplish my goals. I came into the finals hoping to do my best but you really never know until you actually race. I felt strong all day.”

With another year of prep swimming ahead, as well as stiff competition outside of the high school ranks, Mundy is striving for even more over the next year.

“Just keep improving my times, get stronger and hopefully win some more next year,” she said of her goals.

Hoping to join Mundy as state champion is the Berkeley football team. The Stags completed a 9-1 regular season on October 27th, beating rival Cane Bay, 30-27 in overtime, to claim a second consecutive region 8-AAAA championship.

The next step is a state title and the Stags will be one of the favorites in the lower state. Berkeley opens the AAAA state playoffs on November 3rd against Marlboro County.

“Winning the region is the first goal and I am really proud of our kids for being able to do it again,” head coach Randy Robinson said. “But all these guys will tell you, we have bigger goals and aspirations. Hopefully winning the region is just the first step.”

Berkeley hopes to avoid the upset bug for a second straight year. Last season, Berkeley entered the playoffs with a 9-1 record and won a first-round game before getting upset in the second round.

The Stags have had plenty of players contributing to the success this fall. Junior quarterback Eric Tuttle, a first-year starter, has steadily improved over the course of the season. He finished the regular season with 1,860 passing yards and 16 touchdowns.

Junior running back Keshawn Wicks has anchored the running game, rushing for 1,452 yards and 11 touchdowns in 10 games.

Junior DJ Chisolm has been a huge factor in several areas. He leads the team with 49 pass receptions for 884 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also has nearly 400 yards rushing and excels as a kick and punt returner. He has nearly 1,600 all-purpose yards.

Dervon Pesnell also has been a factor in the passing game with 32 catches for 519 yards and four scores.

Defensive leaders include Blake Jenkins-Williams and Xavier Watson along the front. Jake Dunn and Gary Stevens at linebacker, and defensive back Tre Morrison. Morrison blocked an extra point and the potential game-tying field goal in overtime to preserve the win over Cane Bay.

 The boys cross country team qualified for the Class AAAA state meet in November 4th by finishing seventh in the lower state qualifier. The team was led by Evan Hulst, who finished 16th overall. Also scoring for the Stags in the lower state meet were Cortez Gonzalez, Noah Nussbaum, Jase Williams and Sullivan Matkovich.

Sophomore Kennedy Yonce qualified as an individual for the state girls meet. Yonce finished as the runner-up in the lower state qualifier.

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