The spring sports season is rapidly drawing to a close with postseason play hitting full stride in the coming days.
Already the playoffs have begun in lacrosse with the state championships being decided on Saturday at Chapin High School. The girls finals will begin at 11 a.m. to be followed by the boys finals at 1:30 p.m.
The state baseball and softball playoffs begin next Thursday with district tournament play. SCISA’s state softball tournament begins on May 8, while the baseball playoffs begin next week.
On May 2, Porter-Gaud will host the 2015 SCISA state track and field championships with Porter-Gaud seeking a fifth consecutive state AAA boys title and Ashley Hall seeking a third straight AAA girls title.
The state soccer playoffs get underway on May 4-5 with the boys tennis playoffs starting on May 5 as well. State championship matches for soccer and tennis are slated for May 15-16. The SCISA state soccer playoffs also begin on May 4 with the finals set for May 9.
The SCHSL state track and field championships will be on May 15-16, while the state golf tournaments in all classifications will be held May 18-19. The SCISA state golf tournaments will be held on Monday and Tuesday in Conway.
Garrett Academy’s Omega Smalls, currently the top-ranked high jumper in South Carolina, has chosen to continue his athletic career at North Carolina Central University next fall. Smalls, who has recorded the best high jump (6’8”) in the state this season, also considered The Citadel. He won the Charleston County championship last week and is the prohibitive favorite to win the AA state championship in May.
Dorchester, Charleston and Berkeley counties held their annual county championships last week. In the Dorchester County meet, hosted by Summerville, Fort Dorchester won the boys team title while Summerville won the girls team title.
Top individual performances included Woodland’s Kenneth Mack, who won the 110- and 400-meter hurdles events; Summerville’s Zack Bailey, who won the shot put and discus; and Summerville’s Braylon Wilkerson, who won the 400- and 800-meter races.
Summerville freshman Imagine Patterson was a double-winner in the girls meet, capturing first place in the 200-meter dash and 400-meter hurdles.
In the Berkeley County meet, hosted by Cane Bay, Hanahan’s Sam Denmark (100, 200), and Goose Creek’s Timothy Davis (triple and long jump) were dual winners in the boys meet.
Berkeley’s Jonnay Anthony (100, 200, 400) and Stratford’s Bethany Reeves (800, 1600, 3200) were top performers in the girls meet. Destiny McKnight of Goose Creek won both hurdles events, while Stratford sophomore Aaliyah Deveaux won the shot put and discus.
James Island senior McKyla Stanley stole the show at the Charleston County championships. Stanley helped James Island to the girls team title by winning the 100-meter dash, as well as the high, long and triple jumps. Teammate Hailey Sweatman added titles in the 100-meter hurdles and the pole vault.
Wando won the boys team title, while West Ashley sprinter Darrell Singleton was the top individual — winning the 100- and 200-meter sprints.
Three Stratford High senior athletes signed their letter-of-intent at a ceremony held by the school last Friday.
Football player Ty’reik Faulks — a first-team All-Lowcountry selection in 2014 — signed with Brevard College. Alexandra Zimmer signed with Columbia College in cross country, while baseball player Jamison Mobbs signed with Charleston Southern.
Mobbs joins teammate and fellow pitcher Eddie Hiott as a CSU signee. He originally committed to Clemson.
Wando High freshman gymnast Alaina Raybon has qualified for the 2015 Junior National championships to be held May 15-17 in Iowa.
Raybon earned the invitation by finishing seventh in the USA gymnastics Region VIII qualifier last weekend in Bradenton, Fla. Raybon is a level 10 competitor and is the only athlete from South Carolina to qualify for the national championships.