The seventh annual Sandlapper Track and Field Classic will have its biggest field ever with 36 schools and more than 1,250 athletes expected to compete Saturday at West Ashley High School.
It just might be the best collection of talent ever with many individual state champions in the mix. Bishop England is the defending boys Class AA state champion.
“It’s going to be diverse with the teams,” West Ashley track and field coach Richard Luden said. “We’ll have schools like Wando that will bring 80 athletes. We even have a school that will send one athlete — Cardinal Gibbons from Raleigh. They have a pole vaulter who has cleared 14 feet.”
The boys sprints should be outstanding. Wando’s Kenny Waring made a splash as a freshman at the Class AAAA state meet last May. He won the 100-meter dash in 10.7 seconds and was second in the long jump with a leap of 23-9.
Summerville’s Davon Anderson was a sophomore at last year’s state meet and won the 200-meter dash in 21.69 and finished third in the 110-meter high hurdles.
Brent Demarest of Porter-Gaud is one of the best distance runners in the state.
The girls meet will feature plenty of talent as well. Bishop England won the Class AA 4x800-meter relay, while Wando won the Class AAAA race. The Warriors’ Georgia Compton is aiming to qualify for her fourth state meet in the distance runs.
The SCISA North-South All-Star basketball games will be held Saturday at Wilson Hall in Sumter.
Local players selected to the boys Class AAA South team include K.J. James, Michael Preddy and Sterling Smalls, Porter-Gaud; John Eck and Randy Young, Hilton Head Prep; TayVaughn Major and Douglas Dwight, Northwood Academy; and Reid Radebaugh, Pinewood Prep.
Local players picked for the girls Class AAA South team include Amber Campbell, Antoinette Davis and Katelyn Powell, Northwood Academy; Ziaria Doe, Hilton Head Christian; and McKala Rhodes, First Baptist.
Presley Singleton of Northwood is the coach.
Local players selected to the boys Class AA-A South team include Greg Gamble and Bobby Winters, St. John’s Christian; J.T. Waters and Joe Siegwald, Palmetto Christian; Therron Reddy, Faith Christian; Stokes Brownlee, Dorchester Academy; Tanner Crosby, Colleton Prep; Keynnard Campbell, Bible Baptist; and Raglan Gregg, Coastal Christian.
Bob Winters of St. John’s Christian is the coach.
Local players selected to the girls Class AA-A South team include Corey Caulder and Julia Strout, Palmetto Christian; Laura Reynolds and Kendall Jumper, Colleton Prep; Miranda Weslake, Beaufort Academy; Carolina McAdory, Coastal Christian; Ashlyn Fralix, Dorchester Academy; and Alyssa Whitford and Akua Nelson, Bible Baptist.
Spring Valley is hosting the 21st annual Taco Bell Viking Cup. The event, which showcases 32 of the top girls soccer teams and more than 700 players in the Palmetto State, got under way Thursday and concludes with the championship on Sunday.
This year’s field includes Academic Magnet, West Ashley, Wando and Bishop England.