Summerville will honor Tripp Rabon on senior night

The Summerville High School baseball team will present the family of Tripp Rabon with a check for $10,000 as part of its senior night pre-game ceremony on Wednesday.

Rabon was a senior first baseman in the Summerville program who tragically lost his life in a car accident on the morning of Dec. 23, 2015.

The money was raised from donations and the sale of “All In For Tripp” t-shirts. The baseball program has sold more than 1,900 t-shirts since February. High school baseball teams from all over the area and state have purchased t-shirts in their show of support.

Rabon’s family has set up a memorial scholarship fund at Summerville.

“His attitude and his work ethic were contagious,” Green Wave coach Banks Faulkner said of Rabon, who also played football at Summerville. “He was an unbelievable teammate. He never complained about not playing. He loved this team. He loved being around the game and instead of coming here every day and just going through the motions, he showed up and busted his tail. Never once did I see poor body language or hear him say a discouraging word. It’s definitely different not having him here every day, smiling and laughing and just being Tripp.”

Rosters for the state’s two high school all-star soccer games were announced this week by the S.C. Soccer Coaches Association and the Lowcountry is once again well-represented.

The Carolinas Classic, an event pitting the top players from North and South Carolina, will be played July 9 in Raleigh, North Carolina. The South Carolina roster typically includes the state’s top senior players.

Selected to the boys’ roster were Tucker Holly and Sam Ross of Wando, along with Joel Bunting of Bishop England.

The South Carolina girls’ roster is loaded with area talent, led by Maddy Carens and Allyson Peurifoy of Academic Magnet. Selected from Wando were Ellen Hayes and Lauren Karinshak while Bishop England will be represented by Jessica Mellin. Also chosen were Allyn Wiggins (Colleton County), Caitlyn Reilly (Fort Dorchester) and Madyson Reed (Ashley Ridge).

The North-South All-Star Classic — pitting rosters comprised of upper state players versus lower state players — will be played June 18 in Rock Hill. Chosen for the South boys’ roster were Jake Michel and Freddy Brown of Bishop England, Andrew Johnson and Nick Ullo of Wando, and Dylan Robinson of Academic Magnet.

Berkeley coach Will Chassereau will be the head coach of the South girls’ team. Selected to the South roster were Lauren Baldo and Maegan Reed of Academic Magnet, Brittany Heri and Anna Gignilliat of Wando, Natalie Drouillard and Logan Leask of Bishop England, Kaelen Harper of Fort Dorchester, and Kayla Kleinfeldt of West Ashley.

The latest statewide soccer rankings were released on Monday as well with Wando maintaining the top spot in the boys’ Class AAAA list and Bishop England remaining the state’s top-ranked AA boys’ team.

Other ranked teams in the AAAA boys include Ashley Ridge (13th) and James Island (15th). Hanahan’s boys are ranked 11th in AAA while Academic Magnet is ranked third in AA boys.

Porter-Gaud remains the second-ranked team in SCISA AAA and Northwood Academy is ranked second in SCISA AA/A.

In the girls’ rankings, Wando is ranked fourth in AAAA while Fort Dorchester is ranked sixth and James Island 10th in AAAA. Hanahan’s girls’ are ranked 11th in AAA and Bishop England is ranked second in AA with Academic Magnet ranked third in AA.

Porter-Gaud is the top-ranked SCISA AAA team while Ashley Hall is ranked fifth. Northwood Academy is ranked third in the SCISA AA/A classification.

The S.C. High School League state lacrosse playoffs began Tuesday with five area teams involved in the lower state brackets.

Among the boys’ teams qualifying for the playoffs were top-seeded Wando, second-seeded Bishop England and sixth-seeded Academic Magnet. Wando is the defending state champion in boys’ lacrosse and has won three of the last four titles.

Bishop England is the top seed in the lower state girls’ bracket while Wando is seeded second. Bishop England is the defending lower state champion.

The state championships for lacrosse will be decided April 30.

State playoffs in baseball and softball begin next Thursday while soccer and tennis state tournaments begin May 3.

The Class A state golf tournament takes place on May 2-3 while the AA, AAA and AAAA tournaments are May 16-17.

The state track and field championships are set for May 13-14. State tennis and state soccer champions will be decided on May 14 as well.