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St. John’s wraps up spring sports season

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Johns Island—It was a busy end to the spring sports season at St. John’s High School. Several teams were vying for playoff spots while other individuals tried to keep their seasons alive on the track. Spring football practice was right around the corner as well.

Both the St. John’s baseball and softball teams competed hard throughout the regular season, but both came up just short of qualifying for the district tournament. They each will try to rebuild and be back in a successful position in 2018.

On the pitch, the Islanders soccer team made the playoffs as the No. 7 seed in the Lower State. Unfortunately, they lost to conference foe, Charleston Math & Science, 3-0, in the first round.

The girls’ track team finished second in the region and had several athletes advance to the Class A Lower State meet. Junior Mary Stanley earned a runner-up finish in the shot put while her classmate Bernadica Brown took second in the 400-meter run and third in the 200-meter dash.

Senior Sarah Rucker placed third in the 100-meter dash, and sophomore Asha Bangura was fourth in the same event. Shania Green came in fourth in the 200-meter dash. Alexus Smiley (400-meter run) also participated but did not qualify.

The boys’ track team only had four athletes entered, but one of those still did enough to move on to the next weekend. Sophomore Jaheim Gadsen finished fourth in the 400m to punch his ticket to Lower State. Jalen Jones and Gaven Finley ran in sprinting events while Anthony Smith threw the shot put.

St. John’s is looking for a new football coach for the 2017 season after Dennie McDaniel abruptly stepped down after two seasons at the helm. The Islanders were 7-4 and won the Region 4-A title last fall before losing to Hemingway in the first round of the playoffs.

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