Lowcountry sending dozens to state wrestling finals

Burke wrestler Santarion Frasier ran his record to 43-0 with a win at 152 pounds in the Lower State qualifying tournament and will compete for a state title on Saturday in Anderson. (David Shelton/Special to The Post and Courier)

Wrestlers from the Lowcountry fared well in last weekend’s Lower State qualifying individual tournament. More than 40 wrestlers in three classifications earned top four finishes in their respective weight classes, and will compete this weekend for state titles in Anderson.

Lower State champions from the area in Class AAAA include Colleton County’s Caleb O’Quinn (120 pounds), Ashley Ridge’s Robert Cameron (126) and Maurice Phillips (160), Goose Creek’s Caleb Rubin (220), and Fort Dorchester’s A.J. Alford (170) and John Simpson (285).

In Class AAA, Berkeley’s Dougie Metts was the Lower State champion at 106 pounds and Hanahan’s Alex Todd won at 195 pounds.

In the Class AA/A Lower State meet, Bishop England’s Jack Grooms won at 132 pounds and Burke’s Santarion Frasier ran his record to 43-0 with a win at 152 pounds.

Earning Lower State runner-up honors in Class AAAA were Wando’s Seth Hughes (195), Summerville’s Koree Morgan (220), Stratford’s J.D. Harrelson (170), and Ashley Ridge’s Tanner Trephan (145).

Lower State runner-ups in Class AAA included Stall’s Kentron Kelley (120) and Hanahan’s Dalton Coker (152). In the Class AA/A meet, runner-ups were North Charleston’s Anthony Wells (113), St. John’s Brandon Blake (145), Military Magnet’s Ezekial Thomas (126), and Timberland’s David Mitchum (220).

Basketball coaches in Region 7-AAAA have announced their all-region selections.

Region champion James Island has three players — Vince Cole, Jordan McDaniel and Maurice Hardiman — on the boys’ all-region list. Region runner-up West Ashley is represented by David Hodije and Shelton Brown, while Wando’s selections are Jordan Coakley and Trevor Behrens. Allen Robinson and Chris Ross are Goose Creek’s selections, with Craig Sabb and Eric Burks from Stratford and T.J. Johnson of Cane Bay rounding out the team.

The girls region champion, Goose Creek, is represented by Mariah Linney, Shayla Nelson and Ericka Broughton, while runner-up Wando’s selections are Clare McTighe and Skylar Blackstock. Haliyah Sumter and Breauna Robinson are West Ashley’s picks, and Arianna Ellis and Mikell Robinson were selected from James Island. Rounding out the team are Carrington Simpson and Amber German of Cane Bay, and Tyashia Bostick of Stratford.

Lowcountry high school swimmers Nick Wukovis, Cooper Pitts, Emmanuel Emovon and James Ducker, competing for Live to Play Racing Club, broke a 25-year-old record at the recent S.C. state championships. The foursome swam the 200-meter medley relay in 1 minute, 34.8 seconds, breaking the record 1:35.02 set by Y-Spartaquatics in 1991.

Pitts, a Virginia Tech commitment, split 24.01 seconds in the backstroke leg; Wukovits, (Miami University), split 25.52 in the breast; Emovon (Georgetown) split 22.44 in the fly leg; and Ducker (Old Dominion), split 22.63 in the free.

Wukovits, a Wando senior and The Post Courier’s All-Lowcountry swimmer of the year for 2015-16, took home five individual titles and set a record in the 100-breast with a time of 55.85 seconds.

Area basketball coaches are encouraged to nominate players for The Post and Courier 2015-16 All-Lowcountry team. Coaches can send statistics and nominating information to shelto66@hotmail.com.

Former Stratford head football coach and athletic director Ray Stackley will be inducted into the S.C. Athletic Administrators Hall of Fame on March 13 in a ceremony at the Charleston Marriott Conference Center. The ceremony takes place at 1 p.m. as part of the association’s annual spring meetings.

Stackley, who served 29 years at Stratford, has already been inducted into the S.C. Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame and the S.C. Strength Coaches Association Hall of Fame. He was a 15-time selection as region coach of the year and led Stratford to one state title (1999) and a pair of state runner-up finishes (2004, 2013). Stackley retired from coaching after the 2013 season.

Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney and South Carolina coach Will Muschamp will speak at the Legacy Gala honoring former Summerville coach John McKissick. Dorchester 2 Educational Foundation will present the event at 6 p.m. March 5 at Bud Knight’s Party Barn in Summerville. The gala will include dinner, cocktails and live and silent auctions.

Gifts made in honor of McKissick will be used to expand and update the Summerville High School sports medicine program.

Limited sponsorships are available for the event. For more information, contact Jennie Crosby at 843-695-5353.

Summerville High has announced the hiring of Paul Thees as its new varsity volleyball coach. Thees served last season as an assistant at Ashley Ridge. He won 512 games and four state championships during a 33-year career in Connecticut.