If you are looking for a theme for this weekend's state lacrosse semifinals and championships, how about "The Revenge of the Warriors."
The High School League sanctioned the sport for the first time this academic year and both the Warriors' boys and girls teams are in the state semifinals.
Both teams have only one loss on the season, and both teams have a chance to gain revenge this weekend.
The Warrior boys are 10-1 with their only loss coming against Hilton Head. The two teams play today at 7 p.m. at White Knoll High School. The winner advances to Saturday's 3:30 p.m. state championship against the winner of the Greenville- Riverside match.
The Wando girls lost to Blythewood in the regular-season final and can get revenge and a berth in the state championship with a victory today in the 5 p.m. rematch. The winner will play the Riverside-J.L Mann winner at 1 p.m. Saturday.
The boys reached today's semifinal match with a 10-9 victory over Fort Mill. Thomas Carter led the team with four goals and an assist. Connor Johnson scored two goals and recorded two assists. Hunter Horner and Myles Loadholt each scored two goals. Loadholt had the game-winner against Fort Mill. Goalie Logan Windham had an impressive effort.
The Warriors also had a nail-biter in the opening round, edging Socastee, 18-17.
Coach Garret Rosecrans said his squad is ready for the rematch. Hilton Head gained a 14-8 win at home March 10.
"I think we've gotten better and we're ready to play them again," he said. "It's very important at this point in the season that the preparation is more mental than physical."
Rosecrans was one of the founding fathers of the program, which began as a club sport at Wando in 2007. The Warriors played the Greenville entry in non- sanctioned state championships the first couple of seasons.
The Wando girls reached today's semifinal with a 17-4 victory over Bluffton.
Strong defensive efforts by Haden Barnhart, Anderson Wiksell, Nicole Hale, Natalie Hale and Beka Briggs keyed the victory. Briggs logged nine saves for the game.
Page Fortuna collected six goals and four assists. Lizzy Reed scored six goals.
Six Wando girls players were recently named to the South Carolina All-State Team. First-team honors went to Reed, Fortuna, Abby Greta and Barnhart.
Second-team honorees were Holly Good and Wiksell. Head coach Ann McCormick was named co-coach of the year while Justin Ferdinand was named assistant coach of the year.