Winning ways continue at Wando this spring
By David Shelton
Mt. Pleasant – With a month remaining in the regular season of the 2017 spring sports campaign, the winning ways at Wando High continue.
Wando will once again contend for region and state championships in nearly every sport this spring as several teams currently sit in first-place in region 7-AAAAA.
The baseball team is off to a 12-2 start overall and leads region seven with an 8-2 record. The Warriors have four region games remaining as of April 1st and have clinched a spot in the state playoffs in late April. Senior pitcher Matthew Painter has been the ace of the pitching staff this season.
The boys’ soccer team is the state’s top-ranked team in AAAAA and sports a 10-0 overall record with eight wins in region seven. Wando is currently ranked number one in America among schools that play spring soccer.
The girls’ soccer team leads region seven with a 7-1 record, suffering a rare conference defeat to Fort Dorchester earlier in March.
The defending state champion boys’ lacrosse team is again ranked number one in South Carolina with an 11-4 record. None of the losses this season have come to in-state teams.
Leading the way are veteran seniors Sam Weis, Ryan Lipsky, David Gottesman, Jack Davies, John Kuisel and Ian Kennedy, along with junior Riley Seay.
The girls’ lacrosse team is 6-1 on the season and one of the favorites to win the lower state title. Senior Skylar Horner leads Wando in scoring with 29 goals. Senior Sophie Moore and junior Morgan Mitchell each have scored 15 goals this season while Mitchell adds 12 assists and Moore adds nine. Junior Hannah Nybo has scored 12 goals while keeper Logan Lillie has 68 saves and has allowed only 34 goals.
In track, the top performers on the girls’ team this spring have been sprinters Zeniyah Lawrence and Ciera Smalls, along with distance runner Lily Heinold, Lawrence rates as one of the top sprinters and long jumpers in the state.
On the boys’ side, Patrick Spychalski is one of the top state contenders in the 1600 and 3200 meter events. Dillon McCarthy is a top pole vaulter.