ATHLETICS: BY THE NUMBERS
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
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!