Fall playoff fever hits Wando High
By David Shelton
Mt. Pleasant – As one of the state’s top AAAA athletic programs, it is no surprise that the fall athletic teams at Wando High are heavily involved in statewide playoff competition in 2013.
State titles in several sports will be decided over the next few weeks and Wando will play a part in determining those titles. Wando has won region titles this fall in volleyball, girls’ tennis, golf, cross country and swimming.
The swim program completed its season in the class AAAA state swimming championships earlier this month. Wando’s girls’ team finished fourth in the final team standings while the boys’ placed sixth.
The top performer for the girls’ team was Megan Kingsley, who captured gold medals in the 200 individual medley and the 100-yard butterfly. Laura Brotherton was a third-place finisher in the 200-yard freestyle.
Emmanuel Emovon was the top performer for the boys’ team, placing sixth in the 100-yard freestyle event.
Wando’s cross country teams dominated the region 7-AAAA championship meet, winning both the boys’ and girls’ titles.
Wando took the top three positions in the boys’ race, led by winner Andrew Gawryluk. Logan Veatch finished second and Jacob Spencer was third. Wando claimed positions six through 13, though the only scoring runners Reid Haigler in sixth and Liam Emery in seventh.
Rosa Marie Compton was the region seven champion in the girls’ race. Emily Pitts took fourth and Lisa Mignone was fifth. Rounding out the scoring were Meagan Caraway in seventh and Molly Gerber in ninth.
Wando’s girls’ golf team won the region seven title and competed in the AAAA lower state tournament, finishing fifth. Wando advanced to the class AAAA state tournament, held earlier this week.
Leading Wando’s effort in lower state was senior Savannah Hallman, who shot 78 in the event. Sophomore Kate Harper shot 80 and junior Camille Karren and seventh-grader Gaby Martinez shot 102. Junior Courtney Fox rounded out the scoring with a 103.
The always strong girls’ tennis team capped the regular season with a 10-0 record in region play, finishing the regular season 10-4 overall.
Wando began play in the lower state playoffs on October 29th against Colleton County. Members of the team this fall include senior Emily Kuester, juniors Emma King, Hannah Sinclaire and Foster Kirkpatrick, sophomores Alex Hickey and Meredith Berly, freshman Sophie Moore, and seventh-grader Katherine Lyman.
The Wando High volleyball team also began action in the state playoffs on October 29, hosting Summerville in a first-round matchup. Wando enters the playoffs with a 44-5 record this season and is ranked third in class AAAA.
Balance along the net has been a key strength for Wando this season. Entering the playoffs four one player has more than 200 kills and three others are within 10 kills of 200. Junior Elisa Aldrich leads the team with 211 kills. Junior Daley Gosnell has 199, followed by junior Sydney DeJong (192) and senior Britney Vallez (191).
Aldrich leads the team in blocks with 138 while DeJong has 109 blocks. Senior Natalie Tucker leads the team digs (299) and assists (828). Senior Alex Casale has 231 digs and Gosnell has recorded 225 digs.
Wando’s football team enters the final two weeks of the regular season with a 3-6 record. Wando will close out with games against Cane Bay and Sumter and will head into the AAAA Division I playoffs on November 8th.
Sophomore running back Kenny Waring continues his fine season, having rushed for 1,120 yards and 14 touchdowns this season. Bailey Hart, Dalton Stubbs and Will Coleman have spent time at quarterback. Hart leads the team with 483 passing yards.
Trevor Pedersen is the top receiver with 27 receptions for 244 yards. Zola Davis has 18 grabs and Waring has 17 receptions.
Offensive tackle Nolan Kelleher was selected to play in the 2013 Shrine Bowl all-star game, which takes place in Spartanburg on December 21. Kelleher has recorded 31 pancake blocks and 27 knockdowns this season.
Linebacker Tyler Ragsdale leads Wando in tackles defensively with 63.5 hits. Linebacker Matt Norman has 62 tackles and 10 tackles for loss. Ross Cary has 12 tackles for loss and Ryan Williams has 46 tackles.