Heath Lorick, Chapin cross country
Placed second in the Disney World Classic with a time of 17 minutes, 22.6 seconds, on Oct. 10 and placed third in the Oct. 17 Heritage Park Invitational with a personal-best 17:03.41.
Joe Keitt, Ridge View cross country
Won the Sandhills Invitational with a time of 16:21, leading the Blazers to victory.
Caleen Hawkins, Blythewood volleyball
Senior was named Region 4-4A Player of the Year and selected for North/South All-Star game.
Alex Van Dine, A.C. Flora golf
On Oct. 19, shot a 72 to place second and lead her team to a win in the Class 3A Upper State qualifier at Northwoods Golf Club.
Halloween a big day for S.C. runners
Runners from across the state will hit the course on Oct. 31 looking for a shot at the state title.
- At Heathwood Hall, SCISA's state championship races begin at 9 a.m.
The Hammond Skyhawks girls, who last year finished third, have had a tough schedule this year leading up to the final race. In the past two weeks, the Skyhawks, led by Catherine Herring and Charlotte Bristow, placed fourth in the Lexington Invitational and won the Darlington Carnival. Hammond looks to regain its place at the top of Class 3A.
On the boys side, Ben Lippen senior Hunter Frady leads the Falcons as they try to improve upon last year's fourth-place finish in Class 3A. Frady ran a season-best 17:37 at the Skyhawk Invitational in September.
Josh Benore leads defending champion St. Joseph's.
- In S.C. High School League competition, region meets and qualifiers abound two weeks ahead of the state finals.
On Oct. 24, Spartanburg Christian plays host to the Spartanburg County meet- with Byrnes, Dorman, Broome and Spartanburg in the field- and Daniel plays host to the Tri-county Championship. Region 2-3A holds its title meet at Riverside on Oct. 28.
But the big day is Oct. 31, with Class 4A Upper State (Dorman) and Lower State (James Island) qualifiers. Class A/2A girls, 2A boys and Class 3A Lower State and Class 4A midstate qualifying races will be run at Sandhills Research Park. The Upper State qualifiers for Class A/2A girls, 2A boys and Class 3A are to be held at Heritage Park in Simpsonville.
The first races at all locations begin 9 a.m.
SCISA to crown tennis champion Saturday
The private school tennis tournament quickly is drawing to a close. Semifinal matches for Class 2A and 3A will be played Friday at Sumter's Palmetto Tennis Center.
The championships are scheduled for Saturday at 9:30 a.m. for 3A and 10:30 a.m. for 2A.
Golf season wraps up with Monday, Tuesday tourneys
Class 3A and 4A golf finishes next week, with both divisions playing their two-round tournaments on Monday and Tuesday.
At Three Pines Golf Club in Woodruff, the Class 4A tournament is dominated by two juggernaut programs.
Dorman, led by Taylor Pleier, is a favorite to win after three consecutive runner-up finishes. Five-time defending champion Lexington, with a new coach and shuffled foursome, likely will make that difficult, though. The Wildcats are led by Maureen Dunnagan and Kathryn Miranda, and look for a strong performance from their young star, seventh grader Lauren Stephenson.
Another youngster who might make a splash is Nicole Chin. The eighth-grader from Dutch Fork shot a 32 earlier this season and has been a consistent low-scorer for the Silver Foxes.
In the Class 3A tournament to be played at Conway's Quail Creek Golf Club, A.C. Flora likely will battle Strom Thurmond and Bluffton for the top spot.
The Falcons, led by Alex Van Dine and Collins Bradshaw, shot a 307 to win the Upper State qualifier. Bluffton topped the Lower State competition with a 312 and Strom Thurmond, last year's runner-up, stroked 323 to place second. A.C. Flora has finished third for the past two seasons.
SCISA playoffs begin today
The SCISA volleyball playoffs begin today at the Sumter County Exhibition Center.
Class 3A begins with two rounds of competition today, and wraps with three rounds on Saturday. Class 2A's four-round competition begins Friday and ends Saturday.
High School League playoffs begin with Class A and 2A action on Monday, and Class 3A and 4A on Tuesday. Brackets are set to be completed by Saturday.