The Highlander Update – 2/27


379:  Career wins at Heathwood Hall for Head Basketball Coach Jeff Whalen at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season

8:  Highlanders recognized at the High School Sports Report All-State Fall Banquet

11:  Total combined goals on Saturday in wins for MS Lacrosse (AC Flora HS) and Varsity Boys Soccer (Wren HS)

25:  Points scored by Heathwood alum A’ja Wilson on “A’ja Wilson Day” as she helped lead the Lady Gamecocks to a win over Kentucky and the program’s fourth consecutive SEC Championship

M:  JVB Soccer v PAC, 5:30 – VB Soccer v PAC, 7:00
T:  JVG Soccer @ AC Flora, 5:00 – VG Soccer @ AC Flora, 7:00
W:  VG Track @ Irmo, 5:00 – JVG Soccer v PAC, 5:00, VG Soccer v PAC, 6:30
T:  JVB Soccer v AC Flora, 5:00 – VB Soccer v AC Flora, 7:00, V Baseball @ Northside Christian, 5:30
F:  JV Baseball @ Orangeburg Prep, 4:30 – V Baseball @ Orangeburg Prep

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The Varsity Boys Basketball team finished their season as they did in 2016, with a win over Laurence Manning and a tough loss to eventual state champion Porter-Gaud in the semifinals.  

The Highlanders played the Cyclones tough throughout the first half, before a Porter-Gaud run saw HH trail at the half by 14 points.  Behind sharp outside shooting from Matthew Lee and Josh Caldwell, the Highlanders came out looking to score in the 3rd quarter, matching their first half scoring in the next 8 minutes, but a red-hot shooting P-G team would not be denied.

In the loss, the Highlanders saw the conclusion of seniors Benton Mason and Josh Caldwell‘s basketball careers.  Mason, a three-sport Varsity letterman, joined the team in the winter, providing much-needed depth in the post, while the West Point-signee Caldwell wrapped up one of the great hoops careers in Heathwood history, earning a standing ovation from all fans in attendance when he exited the game in the final minute.

Heathwood Hall’s Middle School Lacrosse team beat AC Flora 8-5 on Saturday, behind first-year goalies McIver Merritt and Jackson Ingram, and a veteran defense led by Vincent Genovese and Henry Scouten
Scoring came off the sticks of Michael Moran (4G,0A), Reid Avery (2G, 1A), Ryan Shelley (1G, 1A), William Morris, (1G, 0A) and Pierce Avery (0G, 1A).  AJ Kuse led the team in face-offs won, and Jimmy Ruskell recorded the most ground balls.
The entire team played well on Saturday, including eight Highlanders who were playing in their first-ever game of lacrosse.

The Varsity Boys Soccer team opened their 2017 slate with tough competition this past week in the Capital City Cup, the Midlands’ premier preseason soccer tournament.  The Highlanders opened the tournament against host Chapin HS, currently ranked #1 in SCHSL 4A and #13 in the most recent national poll, proving their toughness in holding the Eagles to a 0-0 halftime score, before surrendering to the Chapin depth and falling in the 2nd half 4-0.  Saturday morning, Heathwood faced SCHSL 2A #1-ranked St. Joseph’s and matched their former SCISA foe for 80 minutes, surrendering a late goal for the 1-0 loss, before rebounding in the afternoon with a key win over 4A Wren HS, 3-1 behind goals from Brandon McCullough (2) & Grayson Byrd.  For his efforts in the tournament, senior captain Aidan Powers was named to the All-Tournament team.

This week, all of the HH soccer teams will be in action, as they boys have home doubleheaders tonight (PAC) and Thursday night (AC Flora), while the girls will travel to Bolden Stadium for two matches with AC Flora, before hosting PAC tomorrow night!

A great crowd of the Highlander faithful took in some college basketball yesterday afternoon, as the Heathwood community celebrated “A’ja Wilson Day” during the South Carolina – Kentucky season finale for the #7 Lady Gamecocks.  Wilson, a 2014 Heathwood alum, and the team did not disappoint as the Garnet & Black defeated the Lady Wildcats and clinched their fourth consecutive SEC Regular-Season Championship.  For her efforts against UK and Texas A&M earlier in the week, Wilson was named SEC Player of the Week!

Highlander Basketball Updates – 2/16

Congratulations to the Boys & Girls Varsity Basketball teams on making the SCISA AAA State Tournament!

The Varsity Girls have earned the #6 seed and will travel to Wilson Hall to face the Barons in the first round, with tipoff at 8PM!  Admission for the tournament is $8 for adults, $5 for students.

Leading the Lady Highlanders into postseason play will be senior Rachael Whittaker, who was named today to the All-Region team!

The Varsity Boys finished the regular season as Co-Region I Champions, and have earned the #2 seed in the lower half of the bracket!  With their seed, the Boys will have a first round bye, before facing the winner of Augusta Christian and Laurence Manning at 8PM on Wednesday at the Sumter Civic Center (Admission: $8 – Adults, $5 – Students)

For the Highlander Boys, Head Coach Jeff Whalen was named Region Coach of the Year, while senior guard Josh Caldwell earned his second consecutive Region Player of the Year award, and junior guard Matthew Lee earned his first All-Region nod!

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The Highlander Update – 2/9

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Make plans to catch some of the final Winter Sport competitions over the next few weeks!

Thursday (2/9):  V Boys Basketball vs. Camden Military – 5PM
Saturday (2/11):  SCISA Wrestling Individual Championships @ Hammond – 10AM
Tuesday (2/14):  V Boys Basketball @ Camden Military – 5PM
Friday (2/17):  SCISA State Basketball Tournament – TBD
Saturday (2/18):  Sporting Clays @ Hermitage Farm – 2PM

The Varsity Boys Basketball team claimed a 2-1 mark in their last three outings, earning a home win over arch-rival Hammond and a key road region win over Ben Lippen.  With the two wins, the Highlanders have claimed at least a share of the Region I Championship, their first since 2012!  The team will open a home/away series with Camden Military before the playoffs, starting tonight at home at 5PM.

The Varsity Girls Basketball team dropped three tough games over the past week, falling to Hammond at home, on the road to Ben Lippen, and falling in a heartbreaker against Porter-Gaud on Senior Night.  The Highlanders finish the regular season in a tie with Augusta Christian, and will learn their postseason fate this week.  The SCISA State Basketball playoffs will begin on February 17.

The Varsity Wrestling team battled their way to a 3rd place finish during Saturday’s SCISA State Wrestling Tournament, their third consecutive top-three finish in SCISA!  After a convincing win in the quarterfinals, the Highlanders lost in the semifinal round by just two points, despite not filling all weight classes, and competing with up to 6 Middle School wrestlers.  In the 3rd place match, the Highlanders won every match on the mat over Orangeburg Prep for a 54-6 win.

This Saturday, the wrestlers will compete in the Individual Championships at Hammond, with weigh-ins and competition beginning at 9AM.  During last week’s team event, sophomore Reagan Olsen collected his 98th career win, giving him the opportunity for win #100 on Saturday!  If Olsen achieves this feat, he would become just the third Highlander ever to reach that mark (Harrison Penndarves & Woodson Bagnal).  Come out Saturday and support our Highlanders!

Congratulations to the Coach Ashley Jordan and the Middle School Girls Basketball team on capturing the Region I-AAA Championship!  The Highlanders earned the #3 seed in the region tournament after finishing the regular season with a 5-3 record.  The Highlanders avenged two previous losses to Cardinal Newman with a convincing win in the semifinals, and then put away arch-rival Hammond in the championship game!


Gabe Brandner (Duke): Named to the Academic All-ACC team for the 2nd consecutive year. The two-year starter will return for the Blue Devils in 2017 to anchor one of the conference’s top offensive lines!

A’ja Wilson (South Carolina): Named to the Naismith Trophy Top 30 List. The consensus All-American has helped the Lady Gamecocks to a #6 national ranking, and they are currently the top team in the SEC!

Congratulations to our Fall High School Sports Report All-State Honorees:
Madison Branum (Golf)
Savannah Hillmeyer (Swimming)
Francis James (Tennis)
Benton Mason (Football)
Brandon McCullough (Football)
Maryah Nasir (Cross Country)
Hugh Willcox (Cross Country)
Coach Cindy Scannella (Cross Country Coach of the Year)

The Highlander Update – 1/24

What A Time To Be A Highlander!
Come out and support our Heathwood Hall teams and athletes in action!

The Highlander Bowling teams had a home match at the Royal Z Lanes on Tuesday, January 17th. There were 7 school attending with 18 teams competing. Our boys’ teams finished 1st and the girls’ teams finished in 2nd place. The girls were led by Catie Johnson, Olivia Hampton, Amelia Robinson-Brown and Kate Nassab, while the boys’ team had particularly strong showings from Xander Postic, Davis Buchanan, Spears Goodlett, Daniel Lucas and James Lucas.

The teams participated in the SCISA State Championship matches at Sumter’s Gamecock Lanes on Thursday, January 19th. At this year’s state championship, the format was a two-round play-off format. All 12 school teams participated in the first round, with the top 4 teams moving into the championship round. Both our boys’ and girls’ teams were in that top four. Our boys’ teams finished in 2nd place in the state and the girls finished in 3rd place – Congratulations to the boys’ and girls’ teams!
Boys’ Team Members – Wade Allen, Davis Buchanan, Xander Postic, Daniel Lucas and James Lucas
Girls’ Team Members – Olivia Hampton, Catie Johnson, Emmye Mullins, Amelia Robinson-Brown and Kate Nassab.


Join us this Friday, January 27th, for a Facebook Live Q&A with Heathwood Head Football Coach Marcus Lattimore at 10AM!

The Highlander Varsity Wrestling team picked up some valuable big-match experience last week in their tri-match against SCHSL powers Blythewood HS & Columbia HS. Sophomore Reagan Olsen inched closer to history, as he collected his 95th career win. Tomorrow night, the team will travel for their final regular-season contest against Camden Military, before the MS wrestlers host their tournament on Saturday.

Next week, the Highlanders will open play in the SCISA State Quarterfinals at Hammond, as they look to make consecutive trips to the State Championship – Make sure to come out and support our wrestlers!

The Basketball program is full of positive momentum as they head toward the end of the regular season!

MS Girls: Can clinch a home semifinal game in the region tournament with a win today at Augusta Christian, or Friday at home against Cardinal Newman.
MS Boys: Split their games last week against Camden Military & Ben Lippen, but look to finish out the regular season strong this week with AC, PAC, and CN.
JV Girls: Host AC today before traveling to Cardinal Newman for the season finale on Friday.
JV Boys: Picked up a great road win against Camden Military last week, and look to work their way into the playoffs with games this week against AC, PAC, and the regular-season finale at CN.
Varsity Girls: Collected a big home win last night against Pelion, avenging a loss from earlier in the season, and can clinch a playoff berth at home tonight against AC, or on the road Friday against the Cardinals.
Varsity Boys: Currently standing alone in first place in the region, the boys defeated Pelion last night at home and look to collect season sweeps this week against AC and CN.

Hillmeyer Commits to South Carolina Swimming

savannahh Senior swimmer Savannah Hillmeyer helped lead the Lady Highlander Swim Team to their second State Runner-Up finish in the last three years, ash she won three state titles (setting two state records) in the SCISA State Swim Meet.  To follow-up one of the best swimming careers in SCISA history, Hillmeyer recently committed to join the Lady Gamecock Swim Program at South Carolina!

Hillmeyer, a mainstay in SCISA swimming throughout her career, has dominated annually at the Augusta Aquatics Center for the state meet, as this year she established new SCISA records for the 100 Backstroke and 100 Freestyle events.  Additionally, she was a member of the 200 Freestyle relay team that collected the gold medal for the fourth consecutive year.

Hillmeyer, will join a Gamecock program that finished 11th in the 2015 SEC Championships, and will be a student in the prestigious South Carolina Honors College – Congratulations Savannah! GO HALL!

Highlander Athletics Top 10 of 2016

2016 brought the Highlander Nation some terrific moments!
In no particular order, we’ve highlighted 10 of the top stories in the Heathwood Hall calendar year – ENJOY & GO HALL!


The Boys Cross Country team capped off an incredible 2016 season by winning their final four races, including the SCISA AAA State Championship!  Despite losing their top runner from 2015 and having lost senior captain Harrison Boorda to an injury, Coach Cindy Scannella’s team combined youth with experience to win the title on the Heathwood home course, behind the efforts of seniors Matt Quan and Aidan Powers, junior Nick Basile, and middle schoolers Joseph French and Hugh Willcox.


Under the direction of first-year head coach Marcus Lattimore, the Highlander MS Football team entered the 2016 season having not won a game since 2013.  By game three, the Highlanders had ended that streak, and by the end of the season, the Highlanders had won their final four games and their first Region I Championship!  A huge Heathwood contingent packed out Hammond’s Edens Stadium and were treated to two second-half scores and a 12-0 win!

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The number of Heathwood alums taking their talents to the next level grew in 2016, as four Highlander graduates headed off to begin their collegiate careers, and one senior signed to pursue a collegiate career.  Brandon Hill signed on National Signing Day with Duke University, while Justin Taylor (Furman), Ben Wilson (Mississippi State), and Woodson Bagnal (Hampden-Sydney) all committed to their respective schools.  In November, senior Josh Caldwell signed with the United States Military Academy at West Point (Army) for collegiate basketball.


Thanks to the generosity of Highlander donors, Heathwood renovated and updated a brand new Strength & Conditioning facility in the Lower Gym facility.  The facility features new weight equipment from Sorinex, a rehab and cardio room overlooking Highlander Stadium, updates to the Athletic Training room, and new athletic offices and storage rooms.  The top-of-the-line facility continues to keep Heathwood Hall at the forefront of facilities in SCISA and across the state.


Maryah Nasir entered 2016 coming off the 2015 SCISA Cross Country State title, and dominated the calendar year from start to finish.  She claimed three individual state titles at the SCISA State Track Meet, claimed two gold medals during the summer in the South Carolina Junior Olympics, and then put together one of the great seasons in Highlander Cross Country history, winning eight events including the Region I title, en route to being named the Midlands Runner of the Year by The State Newspaper.

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With so many of the Highlander teams succeeding in 2016, honors were awarded to several members of the Highlander coaching staff.  Boys Soccer’s Andrew Richardson earned Region I Co-Coach of the Year honors, and was named the State Private/Parochial School Coach of the Year by the NSCAA after leading the Highlanders to the state championship match.  In her first year as HH’s Volleyball coach, Ashley Jordan earned Region Coach of the Year honors and coached in the SCISA North-South game after leading the Highlanders to a runner-up finish in region play and a top seed in the state tournament.  After leading the Boys Cross Country team to the first Highlander state championship since 2014, Cindy Scanella was named the State Cross Country Coach of the Year.


While so many of our teams enjoyed great success, several excelled in competition and brought home hardware back to South Beltline!  The Wrestling team closed out the 2015-16 season with State Championship appearance, while the Girls Track team and Boys Soccer team both earned State Runner-Up finishes in the spring.  This fall, the Girls Swim team had a great showing at the Augusta Aquatics Center, narrowly finishing behind Ashley Hall to finish as the runner-up for the second time in three years.


Senior Boys Basketball player Josh Caldwell became the third member of the Highlander Boys Basketball program to join the 1,000 point club with his first basket at Porter-Gaud on December 2nd.  The reigning Region 1 Co-Player of the Year, helped lead the Highlanders to the SCISA State Semifinals in 2015-16, and is looking to take the team even farther this season before heading to West Point.


The Highlander Volleyball program engineered one of the great fundraising events of the year with their first annual Dig Pink game.  Honored during the event included our own golf coach Lynn Humphrey, who is in remission after battling Breast Cancer.  The event took place the night of the Hammond match, bringing in a terrific crowd donning pink, and featured bake sales, auctions, and a serving contest–to go along with a 3-0 sweep of the Skyhawks!

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The Highlander Athletic Department heads into 2017 with great momentum!  Our thanks to the entire Heathwood community for their continued support!  There’s something great happening over on South Beltline!


2016 Home Pest Control Holiday Classic – Tournament Bracket

Come Out This Weekend & Catch Some Great Basketball Before Christmas!

Heathwood Hall will be hosting the Home Pest Control Holiday Classic on Friday, December 16th and Saturday, December 17th. The tournament will include numerous college bound basketball players. Admission for the tournament is $7.00 for Adults and $4 for Students.


Home Pest Control Holiday Classic
Tournament Schedule – Friday, 12/16

Game 1 – Lower Gym – Northwood Academy Girls vs. Cardinal Newman Girls – 6:00pm
Game 2 – Lower Gym – Northwood Academy Boys vs. Cardinal Newman Boys – 7:15

Game 3 – Athletic Center – Hammond Boys vs. Heathwood Hall Boys – 6:00pm
Game 4 – Athletic Center – Wilson Hall Girls vs. Heathwood Hall Girls – 7:15pm

Saturday, 12/17 – All games to be played in the Athletic Center

2:00pm – Loser from Game 1 vs. Loser from Game 4
3:15pm – Loser from Game 2 vs. Loser from Game 3
4:30pm – Winner from Game 1 vs. Winner from Game 4
6:00pm – Winner form Game 2 vs. Winner from Game 3