The Wando girls and boys lacrosse teams are a victory away from playing in Saturday's state championships.
Both teams must win today to advance. The girls travel to Blythewood for the Lower State championship at 5:30 p.m. and the boys play at Fort Mill at 6 p.m.
The Wando girls posted two impressive victories to reach the Lower State. The Warriors knocked off Bishop England, 14-3, in the first round and beat Fort Mill, 16-7, to improve to 15-2.
The game at Blythewood is a rematch of last year's Lower State final. The Bengals edged the Warriors, 13-12, in overtime en route to capturing the state championship in the first year the High School League sanctioned the sport.
Whitney Smith led the Warriors with five goals on Monday. Lizzy Reed added four and Holly Good three.
The Wando boys defeated Irmo, 16-4, in the first round of the playoffs and edged Hilton Head, 7-6, Monday night.
The Warrior boys are 11-1 and are seeking their second straight trip to the state championship. Last year, Greenville claimed the title with a 10-8 victory over Wando.
Tradd Pearson led the Warriors with two goals against Hilton Head.
Academic Magnet was the only other local team to reach the second round. The boys squad dropped a 14-5 decision on the road at Fort Mill on Monday night.
The Raptors, who defeated Blythewood in the first round, finished with a 9-4 record.
The boys Upper State final pits Riverside at Greenville. The girls match features Mauldin at Riverside.
The South Carolina Lacrosse Coaches Association has announced its girls all-state team, and four local players made second team. Bishop England's Cali Wright and Wando's Whitney Smith made the second team as attackers. Bishop England's Elaine Rosignol and Wando's Natalie Hale made the second team as defenders.
Good to Stevens
Wando senior Holly Good, a captain on the girls lacrosse team, will play for Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J.
The school is a power among NCAA Division III schools and gets a player who shines on the field and in the classroom.
Good received two academic scholarships and plans to pursue a degree in engineering.
James Island goalkeeper Jasmine Norris recently signed a scholarship to play soccer at Converse College.
"We are delighted to have Jasmine with us," Converse coach John Constable said in a press release.
"She is brave and aggressive and has a good physical presence. Jasmine will challenge to start along with the other two freshman keepers that we will have at our disposal. Jasmine has the potential to do very well here indeed," he said.
Coaches can nominate players for the All-Lowcountry basketball team by emailing nominations to email@example.com. Coaches should include a player's height, weight, position and class. The coach should also include pertinent statistics, and awards from this and past seasons.
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