Midlands state champions

June 21, 2014 

A.C. FLORA

Class 3A Boys Golf

Coach: Harry Huntley

Shot 299 in the second round and finished with a 36-hole score of 605, which was 12 points ahead of runner-up Wren. All-state golfer Dwight Cauthen led the Falcons with a 149. It was the ninth golf state championship for coach Huntley.

A.C. FLORA

Class 3A Baseball

Coach: Andy Hallett

The Falcons defeated Hartsville with 8-7 and 9-3 victories to complete their season with a 28-5 record. The Falcons were led by power-hitting first baseman Donald Gillespie and Everett Eynon. A.C. Flora became the first team to win three consecutive SCHSL baseball titles.

CARDINAL NEWMAN

SCISA 3A Boys Soccer

Coach: Will Eudy

Cardinal Newman defeated Porter Gaud 2-1 at Heathwood Hall for the title. The Cardinals finished 17-8-3 after starting the season with a 0-6-1 slide. The title is the third for the Cardinals in Eudy’s eight-year tenure.

HAMMOND

SCISA 3A Lacrosse

Coach: Jon Patterson

With leadership from five all-state players, including Charlie Black and Calhoun McDougall, the Skyhawks posted a 12-4 record in their championship season. Hammond defeated Heathwood Hall 8-6 in the final on April 26. With the win, the Skyhawks avenged their 2013 title match loss to Heathwood.

CARDINAL NEWMAN

SCISA 3A Wrestling

Coach: Evan Moxie

The Cardinals finished 14-1, defeating runner-up Hammond 39-36. They were led by five wrestlers who won individual championships: Nicky Winterstein (138), Nathanael Petit (145), Bernie Herbkersman (152), Seth Ham (182) and DaSean McMillian (285). Cardinal Newman has won five championships in six seasons, all against Hammond. This was their first under Moxie.

DUTCH FORK

Class 4A Girls Basketball

Coach: Faye Norris

Dutch Fork defeated Greenwood 62-55 at Colonial Life Arena. Senior point guard Sydney Shull and junior center Morgan Williams led the Silver Foxes to a 20-7 finish. The Silver Foxes’ road to a third consecutive title began with a 5-6 start. Norris is 88-18 in five years at Dutch Fork.

DREHER

Class 3A Girls Basketball

Coach: Teresa Jones

Dreher defeated Crestwood 56-44 at Colonial Life Arena. The Blue Devils (22-4) were led by seniors Kaydra Duckett and Makayla Johnson and sophomore Jhileiya Dunlap.

HEATHWOOD HALL

SCISA 3A Girls Basketball

Coach: John O’Cain

The Highlanders capped a 23-4 season with a 66-58 overtime win over Northwood Academy at the Sumter Civic Center. National phenom A’ja Wilson led the Highlanders in scoring and rebounding through the season, and the team also got senior leadership from Victoria Dickerson and Gadson Lefft.

A.C. FLORA

Class 3A Boys basketball

Coach: Leon Brunson

A.C. Flora defeated Darlington 51-42 with a 16-point overtime performance. The Falcons were led by Rion Davis, Diquan Day Grant and Karl Gamble. A.C. Flora had not won the title in 18 years. Carl Williams led the Falcons to championships in the 1980-81 and 1985-86 seasons.

C.A. JOHNSON

Class A Boys Basketball

Coach: Daryl Jarvis

The Green Hornets overcame an 18-point deficit to defeat Whale Branch 64-71 at Colonial Life Arena. Eight seniors led the Johnson effort, highlighted by center William Tobe, guard Mike Knox and all-state forward Peter Goodman. The title was the first for the Hornets since moving to Class A.

DUTCH FORK

Class 4A Division 1 Football

Coach: Tom Knotts

Quarterback Derek Olenchuk and running back Matt Colburn helped power the Silver Foxes through a 12-3 season that concluded with a 54-14 win over Sumter at Williams-Brice Stadium. It was Dutch Fork’s second consecutive appearance in the championship game, and the first title win in the program’s 20-year history.

BATESBURG-LEESVILLE

Class 2A Division 2 Football

Coach: Jerry Brown

Led by running back Terrance Wilson and quarterback Jac’Quiel Chandler, the Panthers posted a 28-24 win over Silver Bluff at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium. It was Brown’s second season at Batesburg-Leesville, and the Panthers finished 12-2. They were 1-10 in his first season.

LEXINGTON

Class 4A Girls Golf

Coach: Charles Smith

The Wildcats defeated Spartanburg 580-635. Medalist Lauren Stephenson led Lexington, shooting two-under in both rounds to finish at 140. The Wildcats’ 2014 score is the lowest girls two-round championship tally on record in Palmetto’s Finest, and their 55-stroke lead is the largest margin of victory in the Wildcats’ nine championships since 2004.

LEXINGTON

Class 4A Cheerleading

Coach: Shannon Canady

After finishing second in the Lower State to qualify, Lexington posted a score of 296 to claim the title, edging runner-up Mauldin by one point at the championships at Colonial Life Arena. The Wildcats were led by seniors Hunter Arnold, Kayla Pickler, Wesley Mitchell and Fantasia Wigfall. The Wildcats were runners-up in 2012-13. They last won the title in 1993.

Compiled by Akilah Imani Nelson

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