Wando lacrosse wins state; spring teams rolling in playoffs
By David Shelton
Mt. Pleasant – The boys’ lacrosse team got things rolling by winning the state championship and the Wando High spring athletic teams just continue to win.
The lacrosse team capped an undefeated season with a championship game win over Fort Mill in April and May has been just as good for the Warriors in other sports.
The baseball and softball teams have claimed district championships to advance to the final four of the lower state AAAA playoffs. Both did so in dramatic fashion against the same school.
The baseball team hosted White Knoll in the district V championship game on May 6th. White Knoll needed to beat Wando twice in order to advance and made things interesting by winning game one, 14-8.
The Warriors (20-8), however, were able to pull out a 2-1 win in game two to advance as district champions. Wando was set to play South Aiken on Saturday, May 9th.
Continuing to lead the way for the Warriors are senior leaders Noah LoCascio, Oliver Hill and Owen Ravenel – all three named to the region 7-AAAA all-region team. LoCascio is among the state’s leaders in homeruns with eight.
The Wando softball team also hosted White Knoll on May 6th and also needed to lose twice to not advance. The Warriors lost game one, 9-6, and trailed 9-0 after one inning in game two. The never say die Warriors continued to battle deep into the night before finally winning the district title with a 16-15 victory.
Wando (21-8) will play Summerville on May 9th in game one of the final four bracket. Leading the way for Wando are all-region 7-AAAA selections pitcher Alyssa Heinrich, catcher Kayla Bannister, outfielder Virginia Moore and infielder Amber Watson. Wando coach Steve Legette was named the region coach of the year.
Per usual, the Wando soccer teams are gearing up for a run at the AAAA state title. The Wando boys’ team enters the 2015 AAAA lower state playoffs as the top-ranked team in South Carolina, sporting a 22-1 record. Wando is led by seniors Tucker Heffron, Josh Masten, Jonathan Milligan and Jeffrey Owens.
Heffron and Masten were recently selected to the South Carolina select all-star team, which plays the North Carolina select team in the Clash of the Carolinas on June 27th in Charleston.
Milligan and Owens will play in the North-South all-star classic on June 13 in Mt, Pleasant as members of the South all-star team.
Wando’s girls’ team, the defending AAAA state champions, enters the lower state playoffs with a 17-2 record, including eight straight wins. Wando is ranked fourth in AAAA entering the playoffs and recorded a 2-1 win over South Aiken in the first-round on May 5th.
Raymera Barretto and Katie Leen will play in the girls’ Clash of the Carolinas as members of the South Carolina select all-star team.
Wando’s track and field program turned in some impressive performances at the region 7-AAAA meet in late April.
Winning region titles in boys track were Matias Montiel (1600), Logan Veatch (3200), Zack Davis (800) and Gauge Wood (pole vault). Other highlights for the boys’ team included Kenny Waring (2nd in triple jump and third in the 100), TJ Venning (second in discus), Patrick Spychalski (2nd in 1600, 2nd in 3200), and Evan Bailey, Bailey Hart and Worth Burnette, who finished second, third and fourth respectively in the pole vault.
Winning region championships on the girls’ side were Zeniyah Lawrence (200), Rosa Marie Compton (3200) and Sydney Langley (400 hurdles). Cierra Smalls was a second-place finisher in the 200 and Compton also was second in the 1600 meter run.