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Playoff seeds in flux as season nears end

Indoor track closes in on its start as sanctioned sport

ainelson@thestate.comFebruary 5, 2013 

With undefeated region marks, the boys and girls of Keenan have clinched Region 3-2A’s top seeds. The Irmo boys, Dutch Fork, Spring Valley, Airport and Lower Richland girls squads have accomplished the same feat.

But for several area teams, playoff seedings remain up in the air as the final week of regular-season competition looms.

In the Region 4-3A boys race, Lower Richland has clinched the No. 1 seed, and A.C. Flora is playoff bound, but Dreher and Chapin are jockeying for third and fourth seeds.

Dreher has split decisions with Chapin and has a one-win advantage over the Eagles. The Blue Devils close the regular season against A.C. Flora — a team they already have defeated once. A win would not be enough to move them into second but would give them a solid hold on third.

Lexington’s boys team, coached by Bailey Harris, is at the top of the Region 5-4A standings, but after splitting games with Aiken, the Wildcats need wins against Dutch Fork and White Knoll or at least one Aiken loss to hold onto that top spot. Aiken is tied with North Augusta in second, and those two squads will resolve their standing with a game today.

In Class A, C.A. Johnson looks to hold on to the fourth seed out of Region 3, and only Lamar stands in its way. The Hornets defeated Lamar, which sits in second place, 55-50 in their first meeting. The Hornets are looking for their second consecutive playoff berth under coach Daryl Jarvis.

Meanwhile, the C.A. Johnson girls (6-10, 5-1) are in second behind McBee (11-4, 5-0).

If at first you don’t succeed …

The S.C. Track and Cross Country Coaches’ Association has submitted another proposal to the S.C. High School League to add indoor track and field to its list of sanctioned sports, a request the League’s executive committee rejected in May 2012.

But the coaches’ organization voted unanimously in its winter meeting to start indoor track as a winter sport, with 82 schools electing to establish teams. The group has submitted another proposal, which is being reviewed by the executive committee, requesting that the league develop guidelines for governing the new sport.

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