In a championship matchup of two of the area’s winningest volleyball programs, Wando edged Ashley Hall to capture the 2015 Porter-Gaud Invitational tournament over the weekend.
Wando rallied from a set down in the best-of-three finals, taking the second set (25-16) and third (16-14) to claim the crown. Ashley Hall took the early lead with a 25-23 win in the first set.
Ashley Hall reached the finals of the gold bracket by beating SCISA rival and host Porter-Gaud (25-19, 25-20). Wando advanced to the finals with a win over Savannah Christian (25-21, 25-14).
Leading the way for Wando was senior outside hitter Megan Kimbrell — the tournament’s most valuable player. Joining Kimbrell on the all-tournament team were teammates Karen Majewski and Sydney DeJong.
Other members of the all-tournament team include Mattison Matthews and Bel Thompson of Ashley Hall; Landon Jones of Savannah Christian; Sissy Freshley of Porter-Gaud; Allison Whitten of St. Joseph’s; Montana Swanson of Bishop England; Kelli Martin of Nation Ford; Olivia Jenkins of Science Hill; and Taylor Kornegay of West Ashley.
The championship match of the silver bracket pitted a pair of defending state champions in the finals. Class A champion St. Joseph’s Catholic of Greenville knocked off AA state champion Bishop England (25-19, 19-25, 16-14).
West Ashley won the championship match in the copper bracket.
Two seasons after failing to win a game, the Pinewood Prep football team is making up for lost time in a big way. The 3-0 Panthers have knocked off SCISA powerhouse programs in each of the last two weeks.
Pinewood Prep beat defending SCISA AA state champion Northwood Academy, 35-6, two weeks ago. Last Friday night, the Panthers upset Laurence Manning, 13-0. Laurence Manning played for the SCISA AAA state title last season.
One of the wildest games in recent state history was completed on Saturday afternoon when Chapin defeated Swansea, 63-60, in overtime. The game began on Friday night and with 2:38 left in the game, the teams were pulled off the field due to heavy storms. After a three-hour wait, it was decided the game would resume on Saturday with Chapin leading, 57-50.
On Saturday, Swansea was able to tie the game and force overtime before Chapin earned the victory. The final numbers were mind-boggling. The teams combined for 56 points in the fourth quarter alone.
Chapin quarterback Logan Bailey accounted for 355 yards passing and four touchdowns while also rushing for 141 yards and four more touchdowns. Swansea’s Chance Walker rushed for 349 yards and six touchdowns and also passed for 62 yards and a touchdown.
The state’s top prospect, Spartanburg running back Tavien Feaster, is off to a great start for the top-ranked Vikings. In last week’s win over Union County, Feaster accounted for 142 yards rushing and two touchdowns, 119 receiving yards and two scores, and returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown.
Last season, Feaster topped 1,000 yards in both rushing and receiving.
Berkeley County rivals Cane Bay and Berkeley will battle on Friday night at Cane Bay. The night has been dubbed “Freedom. Friends. Football,” as the school will honor and remember Sept. 11, 2001, with an extended fireworks show following the game. Attending military personnel will also be honored during the game.