Highlander Athletic Updates – 9/14

Weekly Schedule: 9/13 – 9/17

Tuesday: JV Tennis @ Cardinal Newman, 4PM | V Tennis vs. Cardinal Newman, 4PM | V Volleyball vs. Cardinal Newman, 5:30PM | Golf @ Wilson Hall/Pinewood Prep, 4PM
Wednesday:  Boys Cross Country @ Orangeburg Prep, 4PM
Thursday:  V Tennis @ Hammond, 4PM | JV Tennis vs. Hammond, 4PM | Volleyball @ Hammond, 4:15PM | MS Football @ Hammond, 5PM | JV Football @ Hammond, 6:30PM
Friday:  V Football vs. Laurence Manning, 6:30PM
Saturday:  V Volleyball @ River Bluff Invitational, 8AM | Cross Country @ Lake Murray Invitational, 8AM
The Varsity Football team (1-2) suffered bad breaks early in their game last Friday against defending state runner-up Pinewood Prep (4-0), and couldn’t overcome them, falling 45-7 on the road.  Despite the loss, several Highlanders provided great individual performances.  Junior Jaelen King collected a season-high in both receptions and tackles, Reagan Olsen led the defense with 9 tackles, and Brandon McCullough registered his third straight game with a touchdown.

Friday night, the team will host Laurence Manning at 6:30PM (moved up from the original time of 7:30 due to the possibility of inclement weather).

The JV Football team (0-1) fell to a tough Ben Lippen team in their season opener, 26-0.  The Highlanders played a very strong defensive game, only allowing two touchdowns, led by strong performances by lineman Joe Pope, and safeties Hayden Wrenn and Justin Lange, while the offense was led by a great rushing performance from Darius Bates.  They will travel to Hammond for a 6:30 kickoff on Thursday.

The MS Football team (0-1) played in a great game last Thursday, losing a heartbreaker to Ben Lippen, 8-6.  The Highlanders got on the board first, as Alexander Roberts found Walker Draffin on a touchdown pass with less than 10 seconds to play in the first half.  The Falcons would respond on the first drive of the second half, scoring the touchdown and ensuing two-point conversion to claim the lead.  The play of the game, however, came in the fourth quarter, as a Highlander fumble gave Ben Lippen what looked to be a sure scoop-and-score.  Center Ryan Shelley tracked back nearly 30 yards to not only make the tackle, but force another fumble, which was then recovered in the endzone by Hugh Willcox.  The Highlanders will face Hammond on the road on Thursday at 5PM.

Senior Jaylen Davis will be recognized tomorrow at noon as the WLTX Player of the Week!
Both the Varsity Volleyball and MS Volleyballteams enjoyed great weeks last week.  The Varsity moved to 1-0 in region play with a key win over Augusta Christian on the road.  The MS team traveled to Hammond on Saturday for their early season tournament, and claimed a second place finish!  The Varsity will host Cardinal Newman today at 5:30, while both teams will travel to Hammond on Thursday.

In addition to the early season success, junior Flinn Christian was named a SCISA Player of the Week and senior Jaylen Davis will be recognized on campus tomorrow by WLTX News 19 as their Player of the Week!

The Heathwood Hall Girls’ Cross Country team competed in the International Division of the Coaches Classic cross country meet today and finished in 25th place out of 26 schools. The race, which featured some of the state’s most competitive schools, was the second meet of the season for the Lady Highlanders. Junior Maryah Nasir finished in 4th place with a time of 19:04, and was the top finisher among all Midlands area girls!

The Boys Cross Country team will run on Wednesday at Orangeburg Prep.

The Highlander Varsity Tennis team started region play Thursday at Augusta Christian. After Heathwood swept all 6 singles games, Augusta Christian forfeited doubles. Heathwood earned wins at #1 singles from Francis James, #2 Olivia Merritt, #3 Daisy McLeod, #4 Carter Smith, #5 Caroline Bunch, and #6 Kit Mullins. The Highlanders won 9-0 and advanced to 3-2 on the season.

The Varsity and JV Tennis teams will face region rivals Cardinal Newman today and Hammond on Thursday.

The Lady Highlander Swim Team continued their perfect start in 2016, as they won the Battle of the Midlands Invitational on Saturday at Maxcy Gregg Park!
The Highlander Women’s Swimming Team remain unbeaten by placing 1st  (133 pts) at the 2016 Battle of the Midlands Invitational for the fourth consecutive year. The Highlander Women defeated Cardinal Newman High School (106 pts), Hammond (47 pts), Wilson Hall Swim Team (43 pts), Ben Lippen School (38 pts), Mead Hall Episcopal School (38 pts), Trinity Byrnes Collegiate School (25), and Augusta Christian (2 pts).

The Highlander women continued to qualify additional swimmers and events for the SCISA State Championship in October!

Highlander Women Top 5  Finishes:
200 Medley Relay: (L. Richter, A. Wilson, O. Moran, S. Conner) – 1st Place
200 Freestyle Relay: (L. Richter, A. Wilson, O. Moran, S. Hillmeyer) – 1st Place
400 Freestyle Relay: (S. Conner, S. Pagett, M. Manos, S. Hillmeyer) – 2nd Place

Savannah Hillmeyer
200 Freestyle – 1st Place
100 Freestyle – 1st Place
Lily Richter
100 Backstroke – 1st Place
500 Freestyle – 3rd Place
Abby Wilson
50 Freestyle – 3rd Place
100 Breaststroke – 1st Place
Sarah-Northey Pagett
500 Freestyle – 2nd Place
200 Freestyle – 4th Place
Sophia Conner
100 Backstroke – 3rd Place
Olivia Moran
100 Butterfly – 1st Place
50 Freestyle – 4th Place
Melina Manos
200 IM – 2nd Place
100 Fly – 4th Place

The Highlander Men’s Swimming Team, lead by McIver Merritt’s season best 4th place finish in the 200 I.M., continued to race hard and improve on the season. Luke Gabel and Jake Sawyer have locked in State qualifying times and look to add more events as the season continues.

Highlander Men Top 5 Swims:
McIver Merritt
200 IM – 4th Place – 4 pts
Jake Sawyer
100 Fly – 5th Place – 3 pts

The Girls Golf team won their sole match last week, defeating Lugoff-Elgin by 41 strokes on Thursday.  Madison Branum (36) and Olivia Antonetti (45) claimed the two low scores on the day, and will look to lead the team as they travel to Sumter today for a tri-match against Wilson Hall and Pinewood Prep.  For her efforts over the opening portion of the season, Branum earned nomination as a SCISA Player of the Week!
Congratulations to Maryah Nasir, who had the 4th-fastest time out of 619 girls who competed in the Coaches Classic varsity cross country races on Saturday. Maryah now has the fastest 5K time of any girl in the Midlands, and the 5th fastest time in the state among both private and public school girls!

The Highlander Update – 9/7

Check out these Highlander teams in action!
Tuesday: Varsity Volleyball vs. Mead Hall, 5PM
Wednesday: MS/Varsity Volleyball vs. Wilson Hall, 4:15PM
Thursday: JV Tennis @ AC Flora, 4:30PM // Varsity Tennis @ Augusta Christian, 4PM // Golf vs. Cambridge/Lugoff-Elgin, 4:30PM // Varsity Volleyball @ Augusta Christian, 5PM // MS/JV Football vs. Ben Lippen, 5PM
Friday: Varsity Football @ Pinewood Prep, 7:30PM
Saturday: Girls Cross Country @ Coaches Classic, 8AM // Swimming @ Battle of the Midlands, 12PM

With the inclement weather from Tropical Storm Hermine, the Varsity Football game against Christ School was cancelled, and will not be made up. The Highlanders (1-1) will travel to Pinewood Prep on Friday, while the JV & Middle School teams will open their season at home on Thursday against Ben Lippen!

The Boys Cross Country team participated in the Palmetto Festival at Ben Lippen on Saturday, placing 5th amongst the 13 teams participating! Joseph French finished 11th, while Nick Basile claimed a personal best time in his 16th place finish! The Girls Cross Country team will participate in the Coaches Classic at 8AM this Saturday!

The Boys & Girls Swim Teams will participate this Saturday at Maxcy Gregg Park in the Battle of the Midlands Invitational, where the Lady Highlanders will look to claim their 3rd title of the 2016 season.  Competition begins as noon!

golf16The Girls Golf team collected wins in a tri-match last week over Hammond and Wilson Hall! The Highlanders were led by Madison Branum (37) and Olivia Antonetti (42), who claimed the two lowest scores of the day! Branum also participated in the Palmetto Golf Preview on Tuesday, featuring the top teams and players in the state, finishing at +1 for the 18-hole event, and earning a top-10 finish! The team will be back in action on Thursday, as they host Lugoff-Elgin HS and Cambridge Academy!
vb16The Highlander MS Volleyball team will open its season on Wednesday at home as they host Wilson Hall, with first serve scheduled for 4:15PM. The Varsity (1-2) will host matches today (Mead Hall) and tomorrow (Wilson Hall), before traveling for a road region match on Thursday at Augusta Christian.

jvtennisJV Tennis fell last week to Ashley Hall, 6-3, but saw some great performances! Claiborne Bunch and Sophie Kaelin collected singles and doubles wins for the Highlanders. The team will host AC Flora on Thursday at the Cayce Tennis Center. The Varsity Tennis team lost at AC Flora last week, but will look to rebound this week as they travel to Augusta Christian on Thursday in a key region match!

The Highlander Update – 8/23

Congratulations to Coach Justin Kata and the Lady Highlander Swim Team on winning the Spartanburg Day School Invitational on Saturday!

Check out these Highlander teams in action this week!
JV/Varsity Volleyball (8/23) – vs. Thomas Sumter, 4PM
Varsity Tennis (8/23) – vs. Pelion HS, 4:30PM
JV/Varsity Volleyball (8/25) – at Richard Winn, 4PM
Varsity Tennis (8/25) – vs. Orangeburg Prep, 4PM
Varsity Golf (8/25) – at Spring Valley, 4:30PM
Varsity Football (8/26) – vs. Ben Lippen, 7:30PM
Cross Country (8/27) – at Skyhawk Invitational, 9AM
Swimming (8/27) – at Newberry Invitational, 9AM

For the fifth consecutive year, the Highlander Women’s Swimming Team placed 1st (77 pts) at the 2016 Spartanburg Day School Invitational, held at Converse University!

The Highlander Women defeated Cardinal Newman High School (60 pts), Hammond (48 pts), Spartanburg Day School (48 pts), Mead Hall Episcopal School (40 pts), Shannon Forest Christian School (9 pts), Pinewood Prep Swim Team (8 pts), Newberry Academy (8 pts), Oakbrook Prep (6 pts), Palmetto Christian Academy (3 pts), and Ben Lippen School (1 pt).

The Highlander women attained a combined 16 SCISA State Championship qualifying times!
Highlander Women Top 5 Finishes:
200 Medley Relay: (L. Richter, A. Wilson, S. Hillmeyer, S.N. Padgett) – 1st Place
200 Freestyle Relay: (L. Richter, A. Wilson, O. Moran, S. Hillmeyer) – 1st Place

Savannah Hillmeyer
100 Backstroke – 1st Place
100 Freestyle – 1st Place
Lily Richter
100 Backstroke – 2nd Place
100 Breaststroke – 4th Place
Abby Wilson
50 Freestyle – 2nd Place
100 Breaststroke – 1st Place
Sarah-Northey Pagett
500 Freestyle – 2nd Place
200 Freestyle – 2nd Place
Sophia Conner
50 Freestyle – 5th Place
100 Backstroke – 4th Place

2015 SCISA State Meet Qualifiers as of 08/20/2016:

Lily Richter: 100 Back, 100 Breast, 50 Free
Melina Manos: 200 IM, 100 Fly
Abby Wilson: 50 Free, 100 Breaststroke
Savannah Hillmeyer: 100 Free, 100 Backstroke
Lucy Derrick: 50 Free, 200 Freestyle
Sarah-Northey Pagett: 500 Freestyle, 200 Freestyle
Sophia Conner: 50 Free, 100 Backstroke

The Highlander Men’s Swimming Team raced very well this weekend. Many young swimmers are very close to attaining SCISA State Championship Qualifying times. All swimmers are working extremely hard in practice. With continued focus on hard work and attention to technique, the Men’s team is destined for many more state qualifiers!

2015 SCISA State Meet Qualifiers as of 08/20/2016:
Jake Sawyer – 100 Fly, 200 IM
Check out these Highlander teams in action this week!
– JV/Varsity Volleyball (8/23) – vs. Thomas Sumter, 4PM
– Varsity Tennis (8/23) – vs. Pelion HS, 4:30PM
– JV/Varsity Volleyball (8/25) – at Richard Winn, 4PM
– Varsity Tennis (8/25) – vs. Orangeburg Prep, 4PM
– Varsity Golf (8/25) – at Spring Valley, 4:30PM
– Varsity Football (8/26) – vs. Ben Lippen, 7:30PM
– Cross Country (8/27) – at Skyhawk Invitational, 9AM
– Swimming (8/27) – at Newberry Invitational, 9AM

JV & Varsity Volleyball opens the 2016 season tomorrow at home against Thomas Sumter!

The Varsity Girls Tennis team will host Pelion HS in their season opener tomorrow at the Cayce Tennis Center!

The Highlander Varsity Football team opened the 2016 season with a dominating performance on the road last Thursday, defeating Oakbrook Prep 36-7. After lightning delayed the start of the game by 25 minutes, it took little time for the Highlanders to get on the board. Starting quarterback Duffy Beal got things going with his first of two touchdown passes to senior wideout Benton Mason, for the quick 6-0 lead. The Highlander defense proved stout for the entire course of the game, limiting OPS to just 12 total yards of offense in the first half, propelled by Griffin Harden’s 6 tackles, along with a sack and forced fumble.

By the end of the first half, the Highlanders had raced out to a 30-0 lead, as Beal would find Mason twice and Mac Hardy for touchdown passes. Beal finished the half completing 9 of 15 passes for 194 yards and three TD’s, while Mason hauled in 6 receptions for 127 yards and two scores. For his efforts, Mason was named the Cici’s Pizza Athlete of the Week by Midlands High School Sports. Junior running back Brandon McCullough book-ended the second and third quarters with touchdown runs of over 30 yards.
Defensively, 21 players collected tackles, while sophomore Reagan Olsen (interception) & sophomore Trevor Squirewell (fumble recovery) contributed 5 tackles each, along with a turnover.

This Friday, the team will play their first home game of 2016 as they welcome in the Ben Lippen Falcons (1-0) to Highlander Stadium for a 7:30 kickoff. The Falcons won a rain-shortened game on Friday against Northwood Academy, 13-0, behind two scores from Virginia Tech-commit Bryce Thompson.

2016-17 Highlander Summer Recap

Get ready for the 2016-17 edition of Highlander Athletics!

Thursday, July 28th marked the beginning of the 2016-17 athletic year on campus for our Highlander athletes and coaches!  Excitement levels are as high as ever on campus, as our teams look to build on a successful 2015-16 year that saw three SCISA State Runner-Up finishes, one Region I-AAA Title, 32 All-State Athletes, and seven Individual State Champions!

All summer long our athletes have continued their development, participating in events across the country as they hone their skills for what will surely be an outstanding year for Heathwood Hall Athletics!

Josh Caldwell, the reigning Region I-AAA Player of the Year, pledged a verbal commitment to Army (Basketball).
Brandon Hill was named one of just 5 soccer players from South Carolina to theNSCAA All-South Region team.
Maryah Nasir claimed two gold medals in theSouth Carolina Junior Olympics and earned a top-15 finish at the prestigious App State Cross Country Camp.
Matthew Lee (2018) and Jaelen King(2018) helped lead their AAU Basketball team to a tournament title in the Big Shots Myrtle Beach Tournament, the weekend of July 23-24.  Lee finished as the 2nd leading scorer, while King averaged double digit points and assists.

Several Highlander Lacrosse players participated and claimed titles at theCoastal Lax Classic, including Nick Basile, Griffin Harden, and Stuart Williams (U-17), Spencer Hann andJackson Avery (U-15), Henry Scouten, Michael Moran, Vincent Genovese, Jackson Ingram, and William Black (U-13), and Pierce Avery (U-11).  Basile, Harden, and Williams also captured theCatawba Classic.
Flinn Christian (2018), Towns Christian (2020), and Audrey Osborne(2020) formed a U17 team in “The Crown” Grass Volleyball Tournament,finishing 3rd as they lost in the semifinals by just 2 points.
Jaelen King (2018) participated in the Hoop Group Elite Camp in Pennsylvania that featured over 900 participants, and finished rated in the Top 40 and was named to the event’s All-Star Game.
Make sure to keep notes of some key upcoming dates for Highlander Athletics!
August 9: First Football Scrimmage vs (CA Johnson)
August 12: Jamboree @ Orangeburg Prep
August 13: Athletic Cleanup Day & Varsity/JV Picture Day
August 19: Middle School Team Picture Day

Former Gamecock Great Marcus Lattimore to Join the Highlander Football Staff

marcus lattimore

A familiar and legendary name in football will be on the Heathwood Hall sideline this fall, as former Byrnes HS standout, South Carolina All-American, and San Francisco 49er Marcus Lattimore has joined the Highlander Football staff!

Lattimore, who graduates today from USC, has served as an ambassador for the University after concluding his professional career, in addition to creating and maintaining the Marcus Lattimore Foundation. Marcus will work within all phases of the HHES program, serving as the B-Team Head Coach, as well as an offensive assistant with the Varsity.

Lattimore: “First, I want to thank Jeff Whalen, his staff, and Heathwood Hall Episcopal School for welcoming me with open arms. This has been an easy process, and I’m excited to get to work with this team and this great staff. I was fortunate enough to play this game for 16 years, and have been around great coaches, who were teachers of the game. My philosophy is simple: Play with 100% effort on the field, and give 100% effort every day. I’ve always focused on the fundamentals, which will be my focus everyday working with our players, particularly our running backs. Together, we’ll work to help our student-athletes improve both on and off the field.”

Athletic Director Jeff Whalen: “We are extremely excited to have Marcus Lattimore join our football staff at Heathwood Hall. Not only will Marcus bring his knowledge of football to the Highlander staff, but more importantly he will be able to share with our athletes the three pillars of commitment (Outreach, Life Skills, and Sports Performance) that are part of the basis of his Marcus Lattimore Foundation. Combining this with the excellence that Heathwood Hall offers to student athletes will lead to a winning formula.”

Head of School Chris Hinchey: “We are so excited to welcome Marcus Lattimore to our football staff. Not only is he an accomplished football player, but a favorite son of South Carolina. We are most excited that Marcus’s life has been committed to the development of young people and the mentoring of successful young adults.”

Heathwood will open Spring Football practice on May 16th.

Marcus Lattimore’s Accolades Include:
– ESPN RISE National High School Junior Football Player of the Year
– USA Today High School All-American
– US Army All-American
– South Carolina Mr. Football
– SEC Freshman of the Year
– NCAA Freshman of the Year
– 1st Team All-SEC
– 2nd Team All-American
– 4th Round NFL Draft Pick (San Francisco 49ers)

Highlanders Announce New Varsity VB & WBB Coaches

Press Release (5/4/16) — Heathwood Hall Athletics: Heathwood Hires Jordan (Volleyball) and Edwards (Girls Basketball) As New Varsity Head Coaches


The Heathwood Hall Episcopal School Athletic Department would like to announce the hires of Ashley Jordan as the new Varsity Volleyball Coach, and Rich Edwards as the new Varsity Girls Basketball Coach.


From Heathwood Athletic Director Jeff Whalen: “We are extremely excited to have Ashley Jordan and Rich Edwards leading our women’s volleyball and basketball programs. They both understand the commitment needed to be successful head coaches, and they bring the experience and enthusiasm needed to make our young women successful on the court and in the classroom.”


Coach Ashley Jordan is a native of Miami, FL, where she was a two-sport athlete (Volleyball and Basketball) at Immaculata and Miami Senior High.  She went on to play Volleyball and Basketball at the collegiate level for California State University and Ohio University. As an Opp/RS hitter, she was named team captain.  Transitioning from player to coach, Coach Jordan began coaching with the national organization NYSP as the head volleyball coach, teaching youth from all over the state of California the wonderful sport of Volleyball.  She then began coaching Junior Olympic volleyball with Valley Juniors, leading her 17U & 18U National Power teams to national tournament bids. Coach Jordan has continued to coach Junior Olympic, AAU, and Club volleyball for over a decade with many successful teams as well as former players who have played and/or are playing at the collegiate level.  Since moving to Columbia, SC, she has coached at Richland Northeast High School, where the team has made it to the state playoffs the last two seasons.  Coach Jordan is also a proud member of the SC Midlands Volleyball Club as the Head Coach of the 15U National Elite team.


Quote from Jordan: “This is a dream job and a remarkable opportunity for me to continue to grow the volleyball program here at Heathwood, as well as assist with  continued success in the classroom and giving back and being stewards in our Highlander community.  I believe that it is a privilege to be awarded this opportunity to impact the lives of our student-athletes.  As a coach, I am committed to assisting every player in becoming the best student-athlete possible by first assisting them in becoming the best young person they can be in our community and on campus.”



Coach Rich Edwards will lead the Highlander Girls Basketball staff, after years of work within the Heathwood Athletic Department that has included coaching stints with Football, and most recently as the JV Boys Basketball Head Coach.  Edwards is a native of Chattanooga, TN and earned varsity letters in football, basketball, and track at the Baylor School in high school, before playing collegiate basketball at Sewanee.  He earned his M.Ed. from Lesley University in 2004, and he finished his PhD in education in December, 2014. For the last 22 years, 8 of those at Heathwood Hall, Rich has held a variety of roles, from teaching five history classes in the middle school to being an athletic director for nine of those years to directing the summer programs at two different schools.  Rich has been coaching basketball, for boys and girls, and football over that time at every possible level.  For several of those years, he coached the Varsity Girls, leading them to a handful of region championships, plus the SCISA State Semis on numerous occasions during that time; and he received a couple of SCISA Region Coach-of-the-Year honors.  Currently, Rich is in his third year as the Dean of Students in the middle school and teaches one 7th grade World Geography/World History class.


Quote from Edwards:  “I am very excited about this wonderful, yet challenging, opportunity.  I am grateful for the support from Coach Whalen, Mr. Hinchey, and our school community.  This is something that I have wanted to do again for a very long time, and I have been blessed to have received the reins of our program at Heathwood.  My hope is that our program at Heathwood will prepare our young women for success in the classrooms, on the basketball court, and in the real world after graduation.”