JL Mann girl's Cross Country team won 2nd place in 4A State Meet in Columbia on Saturday, Nov 9th. Team
Two Greenville County cross country coaches have been named coaches of the year by the South Carolina Track and Cross County Coaches Association in their respective classes. Eric Cummings, Riverside HS cross country coach, was named the Girls AAAA Cross Country Coach of the Year for 2013. His girls team literally left all competitors in the dust as all seven of the team's runners finished in the top 20 finishers at the state meet compiling a low point score of 43. Only one other team had two runners finish ahead of Riverside's seventh place finisher. The team's winning point margin was a wopping 127 points! Coach Cummings can look for great things in the future as his top seven consists of all underclass runners with the exception of one senior.
Delmer Howell, the long-time cross country coach at Mauldin High School, was named the Boys AAAA Coach of the Year. His boys team also won the AAAA state championship, but not in the same fashion as the Riverside girls. The Mauldin boys squad won the championship by a slight four-point margin over 2nd place Wando HS. It was a classic team effort because the top four runners from Wando all finished ahead of the top four runners from Mauldin. However, it was Mauldin's fifth place runner that made the difference in the race by finishing well-ahead of Wando's fifth place runner and, therefore, made up the point difference needed for the winning margin.
Congratulations to these fine coaches. We appreciate what you do for the youth in Greenville County Schools and are most proud of you both.
AAA Upper State Cheerleading: Qualifying competition will be held tonight, Tuesday, 12 November, at Eastside HS in Greenville at 6:00 PM. Four Greenville County schools have qualified for this competition: Greenville HS (will open competition at 6:00 PM), Travelers Rest HS (on the floor at 6:35 PM), Eastside HS (on at 6:56 PM), and Blue Ridge HS (on at 7:17 PM)
AAAA Upper State Cheerleading: Qualifying for the state championships will be held on Wednesday, 13 November, at Northwestern HS in Rock Hill. Six schools in Greenville County have qualified and will be competing: Mauldin (who had the top qualifyiing score of 294), Wade Hampton, Hillcrest, Riverside, J.L. Mann, and Woodmont.
The SCHSL State Competition Cheer Championships will be held on Saturday, 23 November, at the Colonial Life Center in Columbia.
Carolina HS, Greenville County's lone AA school, visited Newberry last night for a first round AA playoff matchup. Newberry outscored the Trojans 36-14.
AAAA Boys: The Mauldin Boys Cross Country team was the surprise of the day at the SC State Cross Country Championships at the Sandhills Course in Columbia on Saturday. The team scored the victory and AAAA State Championship with a five-point margin over Wando of Mt. Pleasant. The team was led by Ryan Smith (8th), Zach Girvin (11th), Sawyer Willingham (15th), and Zach Marion (32nd). Every Wando runner in their top four finished (2nd, 9th, 14th, and 27th) ahead of each of the above top four for Mauldin, but it was the 33rd place finish by Mauldin’s fifth runner Brayden Leopold that provided the winning margin giving Mauldin a 99 point total to Wando’s 104 (Wando’s fifth runner came in 52nd). Congratulations are in order for the entire Mauldin team, program and, especially, to their long-time coach Delmer Howell. Click here for full results: http://sc.milesplit.com/meets/136237/results/276897
AAAA Girls: No surprise here as the Riverside Girls team coasted to an easy first place and the AAAA Girls State Championship. They were led by Allie Arsiniega with her 2nd place finish. Abigail Smith (8th), Carly Howell (9th), Emma Spencer (11th) and Kate Ambrose (14th) rounded out the top five finishers for Riverside giving them their total of 43 points—an astonishing winning margin of 127 points over 2nd place finisher J.L. Mann with 170 points. What was more amazing was not only did Riverside have five of their runners in the top fifteen places, their sixth runner, Mikie Harris, finished 15th and their seventh runner, Carter Marchbanks, finished 18th—all seven runners in the top 20, unheard of in state championships! Third place was secured by Wade Hampton with 171 points. Congratulations to the Riverside girls, their coach Eric Cummings, and also to Greenville County’s J.L. Mann and Wade Hampton for their superb performances. Click here for full results: http://sc.milesplit.com/meets/136237/results/276899
AAA Boys: The AAA Boys State Championship was won by Hilton Head. Four Greenville County schools finished in the top ten with the state runner-up going to a surprising 2nd place finish by Eastside High. Greenville HS came in fourth, Blue Ridge sixth, and Travelers Rest eighth. Click here to see results: http://sc.milesplit.com/meets/136237/results/276901
AAA Girls: The Hilton Head girls team was much too strong to overcome. Regardless, the Eastside girls team garnered the State AAA Runner-up trophy with a good second place finish. Click here to see results: http://sc.milesplit.com/meets/136237/results/276904
Trailing 2-3 to Myrtle Beach going into the doubles matches on Saturday, the Travelers Rest's number 1 and 2 doubles team rallied to win both of their matches and garnered the first ever State AAA Tennis Championship. Click here to see the results follow the route of the Travelers Rest girls in AAA playoffs: http://www.schsl.org/2013brackets/gte3.pdf
The Hillcrest Rams survived their biggest scare of the season but rallied from two games down to win the next three, upending Wando, to clinch their second consecutive AAAA championship and their fourth in the last seven years. Click here to follow results, http://www.schsl.org/2013brackets/vb4.pdf .
Defending State AAA Golf Champions Greenville HS fell just short this year and came in second place in the AAA Championship Tournament. Click here to see results http://www.schsl.org/2013brackets/gg3finals.pdf .
Seven players from five different Greenville County schools were selected to play in the annual North-South All-Star Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl to be held Dec. 14 in Myrtle Beach. This annual all-star game is over fifty years old and most of its participants have gone on to play college football and many on to professional ball. Players on this team, selected by the football coaches in the state, are the best of the best in South Carolina and are considered as "All-State football players. Heading the list of players is the record-breaking running back Quez Nesbitt of Greer High School. He was joined by his teammate, offensive lineman Rolland Nall. Mauldin also placed two players on the roster. Dre Massey, a record breaker in his own right and Mauldin's quarterback, and their star offensive lineman, David McDaris both made the team. Probably one of the most talented athletes in Greenville County, Zykiesis Cannon of Carolina (and a Univ. of Louisville commitee), was selected as a defensive back. Rounding out the group from Greenville County were defensive lineman Jordan Hawthorne from Greenville HS and offensive lineman Ian Fabian of Hillcrest HS.
2013 Greenville County Middle School Volleyball Champions--Ralph Chandler MS
Ralph Chandler MS won its first county volleyball championship in a hard-fought victory over powerhouse Beck Academy. After winning the first game, Beck came back to win the second game 25-8. Chandler then won the third game in a back and forth close game. The final fourth game was also a back and forth game with Chandler pulling away at the end for a 25-21 victory to seal the Championship!
Bill Utsey, Director of Athletics
301 E. Camperdown Way
Greenville, South Carolina 29601
Each year high school football players get the opportunity to be selected for and play in two separate end-of-season all star games (North Carolina vs. South Carolina Shrine Bowl Game at Wofford College or the annual coaches all-star game in Myrtle Beach--The North-South All-Star Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl). This year is an exceptional year in that two of our coaches have been selected to coach in each of these games. Phil Magdic, head football coach at Greenville HS, was selected to be an assistant coach in the North vs. South game and Joe Watson, defensive coordinator at J.L. Mann HS, will be an assistant coach in the Shrine Bowl game. It is a great honor to be named to coach in these two prestigious all-star games. We congratulate them!
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