Awards pour in for state lacrosse champion Wando
The Wando Warriors won their second straight boys lacrosse state championship with a victory over Fort Mill over the weekend, and the honors continue to pour in for the Warriors.
Tucker Dodson, Andrew Pehlan, Thomas Gribben and Trevor Pearson were selected first team All-State, and Wright Bailey and Chase Robinson were named to the second team.
Three Warriors earned All-Lower State honors: Fred Dotterer, Jack Ufkes and Alex Wonderlic.
Wando’s Lance Renes was named the state coach of the year. He has a three-year record of 39-4.
The High School League sanctioned lacrosse four years ago, and the Warriors have been to three state championship matches, compiling a 50-6 record. They went 15-1 this season.
Ten local lacrosse players were named to the S.C. Lower Atlantic State team that will compete in the National High School girls tournament. The tournament is next month at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.
The local players are Allie Bucknam, Maggierose Connell, Christian Oliver, Alyssa Smith and Brenna Walsh of Wando; Elena Bosco, Caitlan Greenho, Jordan Mitchel and Taylor Rice of Bishop England; and Hunter Leckonby of Academic Magnet.
The national tournament will have two divisions for high school players — the Schoolgirls Division and the Seniors Only Division. The Schoolgirls Division is the largest segment of the national tournament. Approximately 50 teams from around the country will compete in the event.
The Pinewood Prep softball team is having its best season in a decade under first-year coach Marcus Smith.
The Panthers are 7-5 and in first place in SCISA Region I-AAA.
Austin Utsey is among the state leaders with a .744 batting average and a .783 on-base percentage. She also is 39 for 39 in stolen bases.
Olivia Coyle is hitting .514 and Kayla Owens is batting .419. Pitcher Megan Kuhn has an ERA of 0.88 with 104 strikeouts in 12 games. She is batting .500.
“This group of girls has amazing drive and heart,” Smith said. “I am so proud of what they have already accomplished and look forward to big things to come this year. Austin Utsey is one of the best athletes I have coached in my 15 years of coaching.”
Six Pinewood Prep student-athletes will sign national letters of intent on Thursday.
The players include Omar Al Quzah, soccer, Erskine College; Briana Boyd, basketball, Winthrop; Ali Clynes Schmieding, equestrian, St. Andrews University; Kara Guertin, equestrian, University of South Carolina; Meagan Evans, tennis, Charleston Southern; and Molly Polk, tennis, USC Aiken.
The Post and Courier will publish baseball statistics Friday on the PrepZone Page.
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