Wando wins state title in boys’ lacrosse to highlight big spring
By David Shelton
Mt. Pleasant – The Wando boys’ lacrosse team won its third title in four years – and second straight – as they defeated Fort Mill, 6-5, in double overtime.
Wando finished the 2016 season with an 18-2 record. Junior Sam Weis scored two goals, including the game-winner with just over two minutes remaining in the second overtime period.
Wando held a 5-3 lead in the fourth quarter but Fort Mill rallied with two late goals to force the extra periods.
“I am so proud of our guys,” Wando coach Lance Renes said. “We showed great character there at the end when they tied it up. We have been through a lot of tough games with some really good out-of-state teams all season. We’ve had illness and been banged up. We have faced a lot of adversity all season. This is a tough-minded group of kids and that paid off today.”
Wando was well-represented on the coaches association all-state teams as well. Weis was named the lower state attack player of the year while defender Thomas Gribben was the lower state defender of the year. Gavin Howley and John Kuisel joined Weis and Gribben on the first-team all-state team.
Selected to the second team were Ryan Lipsky and Jack Davies.
The Wando girls’ lacrosse team reached the lower state finals before losing to eventual state champion Bishop England. Maggierose Connell was named the lower state attack player of the year by the coaches’ association. Hannah Nybo also was a first-team all-state selection.
Earning second-team all-state honors were Skylar Horner and Eileen Stribling.
The Wando boys’ soccer team enters the state AAAA playoffs as the top-ranked team in AAAA, sporting a 24-1 record. Four players are recent selections to postseason all-star games. Tucker Holly and Sam Ross will play for the South Carolina all-star team in the Clash of the Carolinas in July, while Andrew Johnson and Nick Ullo will play in the North-South all-star game in June.
The girls’ soccer team also won the region championship and enter the state playoffs with a 14-2 record. Ellen Hayes and Lauren Karinshak were selected to play in the Clash of the Carolinas while Brittney Heri and Anna Gignilliat will play in the North-South all-star game.
Wando’s baseball team finished fourth in region 7-AAAA and got bounced in two games in the lower state AAAA playoffs. Zack Ahearn and Kaden Hack were all-region selections.
The softball team finished third in region seven and made the state playoffs. Wando lost its playoff opener to Lexington but beat Socastee to stay alive. Wando played Ashley Ridge in an elimination game on May 2nd.
Earning all-region honors in softball were catcher Kayla Bannister, pitcher Alyssa Heinrich, and shortstop Kendall Schweers.
Wando ran away with region titles in boys’ and girls’ track at the region 7-AAAA meet in late April. Several athletes qualified for the lower state AAAA meet on May 7th and Wando won several individual region titles.
Winning region championships from the girls’ team were Zeniyah Lawrence (100, 200, long jump), Anne Caroline Huggins (1600), Sydney Langley (400 hurdles), and Haley Baker (high jump).
On the boys’ team, region championships were won by Evan Bailey (pole vault), Stephen McDaniel (shot put), Patrick Spychalski (3200) and Jordan Coakley (high jump).