Wando spring sports performing at high level….as usual
By David Shelton
Mt. Pleasant – As is par for the course, the Wando High spring sports season is full of early success and several of the school’s teams will contend for state titles in the coming weeks.
The baseball team began the season as the top-ranked team in class AAAA but has slipped out of the top spot. The Warriors competed in the Hanahan Invitational Tournament over spring break, advancing to the tournament semi-finals before being eliminated by West Ashley.
Wando enters an April 6th region 8-AAAA contest with Stratford at 10-5 overall, 4-2 in region play.
The softball team entered spring break with a 6-5 overall record and a 1-1 region slate. The Warriors finished 19-11 last season and this year’s team is led by four seniors – outfielders Virginia Moore and Jess Cain, and infielders Sydney Segars and Amber Watson. Junior catcher Kayla Bannister returns as well as an all-state candidate.
The boys’ and girls’ soccer teams – both defending state AAAA champions – are again the teams to beat in AAAA. Both teams are currently ranked number one in South Carolina while the boys’ team has garnered a number one ranking nationally.
The boys are off to a 10-2 start overall and an 8-0 region record. Coach Shilo Tisdale’s group is led by four key seniors – Tucker Heffron, Jon Milligan, Josh Masten and Nat Edwards. All four have signed to play on the college level next season.
Coach Shannon Champ’s girls’ team is out of the gate with a 7-0 record. The two-time defending state champions have yet to allow a goal this season. Champ has guided Wando to six titles in her first nine seasons as coach.
Both of Wando’s lacrosse teams will contend for state titles later this month. The boys’ team, coached by Lance Renes, is currently the number one ranked team in the state. At 13-0, 12 of Wando’s wins have been by double digits. Wando won the state title in 2012 and 2013 before finishing second last season.
The girls’ team is 6-2 overall and ranked in the state’s top four. One of the losses came to top-ranked Bishop England, 15-14.
Coach Jerry Lloyd has another competitive golf team this spring. The team has three seniors – Wayne Glore, Hunter Hartley and Kyle Hartley.
Wando also will be state title contenders in track as both the boys’ and girls’ teams are among the best in AAAA.
The boys’ team is a balanced unit with solid state contenders in all areas. Senior Kenny Waring is one of the state’s top long jumpers and also competes in the 100 meter dash. Montez Frost is a top 400 meter performer while Kevin Brown is solid in the 200 and 110 hurdles.
Anchoring the distance unit are Matias Montiel and Logan Veatch in the 1600, and Zach Davis and Scott Stroman in the 800 meter run.
Peter Pinckney will be a region title contender in the 200 and long jump while Austin Marshall is the team’s top 400 meter hurdler.
Terrell Venning heads up a solid group of throwers in the shot put and discus, with Johnnie Ray also competing well in the shot put.
Gauge Wood has been the state’s top pole vaulter so far this spring. Trevor Behrens is the team’s best high jumper while Darius Wade and Rylee Ellsworth are solid performers in the triple jump.
Zeniyah Lawrence and Cierra Smalls are the top sprinters on the girls’ team. Rosa Marie Compton and Katherine Kuisel are the top distance performers while Madeline Nelson and Madison Paraskeva are tops in the 800.
Emma Hughes, Sydney Langley and Chandler Robinson are the top hurdlers. Robinson also is solid in the long and triple jumps. Another top jumper is Haley Baker while Kendall Mercer and Taylor Arent are competing in the pole vault.
Monea Akinjobi is the top discus thrower while Ashley Markow and Varanda Wilson are tops in the shot put.