The Blue Devil Invitational wrestling tournament, sponsored by PDQ and hosted by Dreher, is bigger than it has been in recent years.
The tournament features 31 teams, up from 16 last year, with many Midlands’ powerhouses.
Chapin, led by Trent Hodges and John Remensnyder, are one of the top contenders in the challenging brackets. Ranked third in Class 3A by SCmat.com, Chapin puts a balanced and highly skilled crew on the mat.
Class 4A No. 10 Dutch Fork, led by senior Parker Grizzle, is among the contenders.
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SCISA powers Hammond (No. 2) and Heathwood Hall (No. 4) are in the mix, along with A.C. Flora, Airport, Blythewood, Bluffton, Camden, Columbia, Gilbert, Irmo, Lower Richland, Richland Northeast, Ridge View, Swansea, and Westwood.
The tournament begins at 5 p.m. Friday and continues through Saturday evening.
Cardinal Newman wrestling on reboundThough not competing at the Blue Devil, Cardinal Newman wrestling has gotten the new year off on the right foot. The Cardinals were ranked No. 1 in SCISA in December, but went 0-6 at the Wildcat Duals to close out 2014.
This week, the Cardinals have strung together wins over Whitmire, Westwood and Heathwood Hall to improve to 10-6.
Coach Evan Moxie said seniors Matt Hayes, Kenyante Bush, Bernie Herbkersman and junior Seth Ham have led the charge for the Cardinals.
The Cardinals will compete in the Knight Duals at North Central on Saturday.
Schimoeller hit strideAdding to a string of local athletes who excelled in holiday basketball tournaments, Cardinal Newman’s Madeleine Schimoeller was selected tournament MVP at the Medi-Thrift Christmas Classic in Georgia over the break.
Schimoeller, a senior, averaged 10 points and 13 rebounds in the tournament.
“We call her Mr. Clean because she’s does a great job cleaning the boards,” coach Jomont Ware said. Schimoeller posted 20 rebounds in the opening game of the Cardinals’ 1-2 outing.
Schimoeller will lead the Cardinals on Friday in a non-conference contest at River Bluff.
Chapin swimmer earns scholarshipAfter helping the Chapin girls swim team to 10th in the Class 3A state meet earlier this year, Eagles senior Cynthia Spence has earned a college scholarship. Spence will sign a National Letter of Intent next week to swim for Columbia College.
Spence was part of the Eagles’ silver medal 200-yard freestyle relay and seventh-place 400-yard freestyle relay squads.