Wando rolling through fall sports season
By David Shelton
Mt. Pleasant – Wando High’s fall sports teams once again have competed at the highest level in AAAA in 2014, winning region titles and contending for state championships.
Wando’s volleyball team continues its trek towards another AAAA lower state title. The Warriors went 10-0 in region 7-AAAA and sport a 52-7 overall record heading into an October 28th playoff game against White Knoll.
Balance and depth continue to be Wando’s strength. Senior Daley Gosnell has put together all-state caliber numbers, leading the team with 337 kills, 71 aces with 444 digs.
Senior Maggie Marsh leads the team with 1,071 assists to go with 126 kills and 104 blocks. Sophomore Sydney DeJong has 220 kills and 101 blocks while freshman Lexi Hellberg has 212 kills and 379 digs.
Senior Elisa Aldrich has returned from an earlier season injury and has 207 kills and 133 blocks. Senior Megan Morris has 635 digs and junior Meagan Kimbrell has 249 digs.
The cross country program will head to the AAAA state championship meet as one of the favorites in both boys’ and girls’, though powerhouse Riverside will be difficult to beat.
Nonetheless, Wando rolled through a competitive regular season schedule and captured the region 7-AAAA championship in both boys and girls.
The boys’ team picked up the top four finishes, and eight of the top 10, in the region meet, led by region champion senior Logan Veatch, who won with a time of 16:11. Senior Matias Montiel finished second with a time of 16:55 and freshman Patrick Spychalski was third with a time of 16:58. Bradley Sanders, a sophomore, finished fourth.
Junior Luke Daniell finished sixth, followed by Noah Spencer (8th), sophomore Jarrod Bohr (9th) and freshman Collin Casey (10th).
Senior Rosa Marie Compton led the girls’ team, winning the region title with a time of 19:10. Wando captured six of the top 10 places in the region meet. Eighth-grader Katherine Kaisel was second, junior Madison Paraskeva was sixth, senior Madeline Nelson was seventh, seventh-grader Caitlin Casey was ninth and sophomore Meagan Carraway was 10th.
Wando’s swimming program participated in the 2014 AAAA state championship meet earlier this month. Wando’s girls’ team finished third in the final team standings, led by a balanced effort. Wando’s big win came in the 400-yard freestyle relay, which garnered 48 points. Swimming on that unit were Allison Burton, Rebecca Groves, Victoria Conley and Laura Brotherton.
All four also earned points individually and also teamed to finish fourth in the 200 medley relay.
The top individual performance was turned in by Conley, who finished third in the 100 backstroke and eighth in the 100 freestyle.
On the boys’ side, Emmanuel Emovon earned a sixth-place finish in the 50 freestyle and an eighth-place finish in the 100 butterfly. Nick Wukovits earned a silver medal in the 100 breaststroke.
Wando’s girls’ golf team qualified for the AAAA state tournament with a fifth-place finish in the lower state qualifier. Leading the effort was Kate Harper, who carded a 74, and Rachel Rich, who shot 84.
The state tournament was held in North Charleston on October 27-28.