High School Sports

Prep Notes: Lexington’s Burgess commits to play golf at Clemson

Lexington rising junior Gracyn Burgess, the state’s top junior girls golfer, has commited to play at Clemson.
Lexington rising junior Gracyn Burgess, the state’s top junior girls golfer, has commited to play at Clemson. Submitted

South Carolina’s top junior girls golfer has made her college choice.

Lexington’s Gracyn Burgess verbally committed to Clemson this week. She’s the first commitment for new Tigers coach Kelley Hester.

“Everybody told me that you know when you’re at the place you’re suppose to be, and when I went up to Clemson on Saturday and talked with coach Hester, I got that feeling and I knew this is where I want to be,” Burgess said.

Burgess is ranked No. 1 in the latest South Carolina Junior Golf rankings. The rising junior, a member of the team since seventh grade, had a 74 scoring average this season in helping Lexington to a runner-up finish in the Class 4A state championship. She earned all-state honors after finishing eighth in the tournament.

This summer, Burgess qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur, won the CGA Twin States tournament and had a runner-up finish in the WSCGA Junior Championship. She’s playing at the Carolina Junior Girls championship this week and will play in the Beth Daniel Azalea in Charleston on Aug. 9-10.

Baseball coaches make initial pitch-count proposal

South Carolina baseball coaches took the first step this week in coming up with guidelines for the state’s pitch-count rule.

Earlier this month, the National Federation of State High School Associations announced that each state would be required to regulate how many pitches a player can throw in a game this season.

According to the Charleston Post and Courier, the initial proposal has a 120-pitch count maximum limit for an outing. There also are guidelines for required rest after each outing: 0-30 pitches (can pitch consecutive days); 31-45 (one day rest); 46-60 (Two days rest); 61-75 (Three days rest); 76-105 (Four days rest); 106-120 (Five days rest).

“I believe this is a good starting point and appreciate the high school league for allowing our coaches association to be a part of the process,” Lexington coach Brian Hucks said. “I believe the large majority of our baseball coaches are very proactive with arm care and do a tremendous job of protecting their players as it pertains to pitch counts. Most of the issues we face are pre-existing arm injuries from year-round baseball at the youth levels. That is where we need real reform.”

The proposal will be submitted in the fall. SCHSL associate commissioner Charlie Wentzky said this month once a proposal is submitted, it will go before the league’s medical team and the final proposal will have to be approved by the league’s executive committee.

High school all-star baseball games coming to Columbia

The South Carolina Baseball Coaches All-Star games are moving to Columbia next season.

The games will be May 25-26, and possibly take place at Spirit Communications Park, the home of the Columbia Fireflies. In previous years, the games were held in Myrtle Beach and the SC-NC Select game was in North Carolina game this year.

There will be no SC-NC Select game. Instead, there will be a SC Select Game between the top seniors in the state and four North-South all-star teams.

RNE’s Caldwell transferring to Wilson

Richland Northeast point guard Alex Caldwell is transferring to Wilson High in Florence this year.

The move comes because Alex’s mother and former RNE girls coach Precious Caldwell has accepted a job at Wilson.

Caldwell was an all-state guard as a sophomore last season, and has an offer from College of Charleston. He’ll play his former team this year when Wilson plays RNE at the Crescent Construction MLK Bash on Jan. 19 in Keenan.

A.C. Flora, Gilbert announce coaching hires

A.C. Flora named Charles Foster as its new girls soccer coach, and Kim Gould as the new swimming coach.

Foster spent last season as an assistant at Irmo, and also was an assistant at A.C. Flora for six years. He has head coaching experience through Congaree Rapids Football Club and South Carolina United.

Gould has 10 years of coaching experience at Blythewood and Carolina Aquatics.

Gilbert also announced four coaching hires – Austin White (boys soccer), Mike Kleinfelder (girls soccer), Sarah Minchew (softball) and Dylan Taylor (cross country).