Heathwood Announces Marcus Lattimore As New Head Varsity Football Coach


Heathwood Hall announces the hiring of Marcus Lattimore as the Head Football Coach, upon the resignation of outgoing coach Steve Victory.  Victory, 3-15 in his two seasons at the helm, will be returning to his home state of Louisiana to tend to family matters.  Lattimore, a former South Carolina All-American and San Francisco 49ers draft pick, served as Heathwood’s Varsity Running Backs coach and Head B-Team Coach in 2016.  He helped coach junior running back Brandon McCullough to 1st Team SCISA All-State honors, and the B-Team to the SCISA Region 1-AAA Championship, after they had gone winless in 2014 and 2015.

In addition to his duties as the Head Football Coach, Lattimore will serve as Heathwood Hall’s School Advancement Associate.  In this role, he will work with the athletic administration, admissions office, school development office, and Head of School Chris Hinchey.  He will begin both roles on January 16, 2017.

CHRIS HINCHEY:  “Marcus has articulated a vision of excellence for the entire football program (Varsity, JV and B-Team), and I am confident that, through his exceptional work ethic, genuine concern for player development, advanced understanding of the game, and commitment to character and sportsmanship, he will build a very competitive team and outstanding program.  He is excited about the challenge ahead and he is the right man for the job.”

JEFF WHALEN:  “We are extremely pleased that Marcus has accepted our offer to become our head football coach and a member of our staff at Heathwood. Marcus is very knowledgeable in football but brings to us a more important characteristic in that he understands the importance of developing character and discipline.  I would also like thank and wish Steve Victory future success as he and his wife move back to New Orleans.”

MARCUS LATTIMORE:  “Heathwood Hall is a special community that I am thrilled to be a part of. The kindhearted people make this place feel like home. The genuine care for our students is evident, and it all starts with great leadership from our Head of School, Chris Hinchey. The sport of football has provided me with a platform to motivate and inspire thousands of kids over the years, and this will give me an opportunity on a daily basis to continue to make an impact on the lives of our young men.  Our coaching staff will immediately began to create a uniform system, developing the program from top to bottom, with the foundation built on an emphasis of accountability.  Our young men will know they represent something bigger than themselves.  Our players will work with pride to have people respect the name on the back of their jersey and more importantly, the name on the front.”

STEVE VICTORY:  “My wife and I are expecting our first child in February and it is our desire to be closer to our family in Louisiana. The Heathwood community has been very supportive of me and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with such great people. I wish them nothing but the best in the future.”

Marcus Lattimore’s Biography

Marcus, a native of Duncan, SC, graduated from Byrnes High School in 2010.  As a senior, he earned USA Today’s high school All-American honors and was named South Carolina’s “Mr. Football.”  Marcus then signed with the University of South Carolina and was a three year letterman for the Gamecocks and led the team to their first SEC championship game in 2010.  Marcus holds the South Carolina all-time record with 41 career touchdowns in only 23 games.  In 2013 Marcus was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round of the NFL draft. After two seasons, Marcus retired from the 49ers and returned to South Carolina to finish his degree in Public Health. He is committed to growing the image of The Marcus Lattimore Foundation, whose mission is to provide assistance to high school athletes who may not have sufficient insurance to obtain quality rehabilitation from sports-related injuries.

Heathwood Announces New Girls Soccer Staff

Come meet the new Women’s Soccer staff at the 2017 Preseason Meeting – Monday, November 7th, 5:30PM (Hospitality Suite)


A familiar face will take over the Women’s Soccer program this spring, as Andrew Richardson has been named the new Varsity coach.  Richardson will serve as the Head Coach for the Varsity Boys and Girls teams, and will assist in all facets of the programs.  He replaces 2016 Head Coach Darien Vercillo.

Richardson, 48-41-1 in his first five years as the Varsity Boys coach, helped lead the Varsity Boys to the 2016 SCISA State Championship game.  He brings experience to the role, having also served as the Technical Director for U13-19 Boys/Girls for Congaree Rapid FC, as well as assisting with the Women’s Soccer program at Greensboro College.

The 2016 Varsity Girls team missed the SCISA Playoffs, but is eager to return to its prominence that included three consecutive trips to the State semifinals, including the 2013 State Championship.


Joining him on the staff will be Alexis Pendergraft, a junior in the South Carolina Women’s Soccer program, who served as a coach for the Junior Varsity in 2016.  Pendergraft will become the Varsity Assistant Head Coach.  Kevin Coleman, a 2016 Varsity Boys assistant, will serve as the Director of Goalkeeping for both programs.  The remainder of the staff will be announced at the Preseason Girls Soccer Meeting, held on Monday, November 7th at 5:30PM in the Athletic Center’s Hospitality Suite.

The Boys Soccer Staff will remain in place, as Coleman, Cameron Powell (Varsity Associate Head Coach), Caleb Kussro (Varsity Assistant/JV), and Damion Patterson (Varsity Assistant/JV) will all return in 2017.

All girls and families, grades 6-12, interested in participating in soccer this spring are asked to attend Monday’s meeting.  If you are unable to attend, please email Coach Richardson for details.

The Highlander Update – 11/1


To the outside eye, it probably seemed improbable on paper.  After the loss of two-time All-State performer Luke Spurrier to Oklahoma (Spurrier finished 7th in the 2016 OKHSAA 6A State Championships), the likelihood of a deep team run in 2016 may not have been much more than a dream.  On Saturday, however, that dream became a reality as Coach Cindy Scannella and the Highlander Boys Cross Country team claimed the 2016 SCISA State Championship, the program’s first since 1993!

Behind the power of middle schoolers Hugh Willcox (7th Place) & Joseph French (9th Place), the Highlanders dominated their home course, earning PR’s from most of their top five, which also included Nick Basile, Matthew Quan, and Aidan Powers.  After earning the Region I team title, Willcox and French followed up their All-Region honors with All-State honors!  Coach Scannella, the Region I Coach of the Year, remains the clear-cut favorite to win the State Coach of the Year, after a remarkable third year at the helm, where she led the Highlanders to wins in their final 4 events!

In addition to the quality day for the boys team, junior Maryah Nasir captured State Runner-Up honors as an individual, all while battling illness!  This marked her 7th top-2 finish this season for the Lady Highlanders, who finished  7th in the team standings.

The story behind the MS football team’s championship run can be easily defined in one sentence: What a difference four years can make!

On October 27, 2012, Marcus Lattimore was a prolific running back who had seen his illustrious playing career come to a screeching halt.  As fate would have it, October 27, 2016 found Lattimore back on a football field, this time with a new purpose and a new team.

This team, winless since 2014, would capture the inaugural Region I Middle School Championship, upsetting top-seeded Hammond on the road, 12-0!

Defense was the story of the game early, as the Highlanders’ offense struggled to find their rhythm.  The Heathwood defense, led by linemen Evan Javis and Pete Peterson, would keep the Skyhawks at bay, providing two goal-line stands to keep the game scoreless at halftime.  To open the second half, the Highlanders would strike first. After a long pass from Alexander Roberts to William Morris provided the Highlanders with great field position, Walker Draffin would break through to give Heathwood the 6-0 lead!

Heading into the final quarter, the defense remained tough, squashing several Hammond attempts at first downs with key sacks, tackles, and pass breakups.  With under 5 minutes to play, Ryan Shelley took a reverse handoff and went streaking down the Highlander sideline, setting up a Roberts 4th down TD run to double the Heathwood lead.  As the Skyhawks set up their final offensive attack to remain in the game, the crowd, which neared 1000 people — of which more than 75% were faithful Highlander fans donning white — were treated to the final championship-clinching play, as Draffin intercepted a pass with less than two minutes to play.

Heathwood finishes the season 5-3, and claimed victories over in-town rivals Ben Lippen, Cardinal Newman, and Hammond.

Region Coach of the Year Ashley Jordan, Region Co-Player of the Year Jaylen Davis, and All-Region Team members Flinn Christian and Towns Christian represented Heathwood in the SCISA North-South All-Star Volleyball Game on Saturday in Sumter, leading the South to a 3-1 victory!

The trio and Coach Jordan helped lead the Highlanders to the semifinal round of the SCISA State Tournament, after finishing 2nd in region play!

Highlander Athletic Updates – 10/19

It’s A Great Time To Be A Highlander!

Come out and support the Highlanders in action the remainder of the week!

Thursday:  B-Team Football @ Ben Lippen (Region Semifinal) – 5:00
Friday: Varsity Volleyball – SCISA State Tournament (Myrtle Beach) – TBD |Varsity Football @ Orangeburg Prep, 7:30

Boys Cross Country & Maryah Nasir Win The Region Title!
The Heathwood Boys Cross Country team captured the Cross Country Region 1-AAA title, Tuesday Oct. 18th at Hammond School.  The Highlanders defeated Cardinal Newman by two points to take the title for the first time in five years, and after a fourth place finish last year.  Lead by 7th grader Hugh Wilcox, who holds the second fastest time in the state for all 7th graders, the Highlanders were able to capture the title by placing four runners in the top ten for All-Region honors and five runners in the top fifteen.  Hugh crossed the finish line in fourth place with a time of 18:15, Joseph French (8th grade) finished 6th overall in 18:30, Junior Nick Basilewas 7th 18:31, while seniors Matt Quan and Aidan Powers finished 9th and 13th with times of 18:49 and 18:57.  The Highlanders will compete next on Saturday Oct. 29th at Heathwood as they host the State Championship Meet!

The Heathwood Hall Girls cross country team finished 4th  in the SCISA AAA Region I Cross Country Championship on Tuesday night. The Lady Highlanders matched region champion Ben Lippen with 3 girls in the top 10, but were unable to get their fourth and fifth runners in the top 20. Ben Lippen finished well ahead of the pack with 37 points, but the second place team finish was a dog fight between Heathwood (65 pts.), Hammond (62 pts.), and Cardinal Newman (59pts.).

The Highlanders’ Maryah Nasir continued her dominate racing by winning the region individual championship with an impressive 19:00 (a Milesplit.com National Elite Silver time). The victory is Nasir’s fifth consecutive victory, and gives her 6 wins in 8 cross country meets for the 2016 season. She has the fastest time among all Midlands area and Low Country area runners (both private & public schools). Nasir’s region title is the 7th consecutive for the Lady Highlanders’ team. Heathwood also received outstanding performances from Emmye Mullins (7th) and Kate Nassab(10th) who went out with the top 15 runners and moved up during the second half of the race to earn all-region status.

Lady Highlander Swimming Finishes as State Runner-Up!
Savannah Hillmeyer claimed state titles and new state records in both the 100 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke, and the Lady Highlanders claimed their second state runner-up finish in the last three years.  The 200 Freestyle relay team of Lily Richter, Olivia Moran, Hillmeyer, and Abby Wilson captured the state title as well, while the four placed second in the 200 Medley relay.  Moran also earned runner-up finishes in the 200 medley and 100 butterfly, while Richter (100 backstroke), Wilson (100 breaststroke), and Sarah Northey-Pagett (200 freestyle) also earned 2nd place finishes.

Madison Branum Wins the SCISA State Golf Championship, Girls Team Finishes 5th
Heathwood’s Madison Branum fired a 72 to win the SCISA 3A girls golf championship Tuesday at Orangeburg Country Club.  Branum won the tournament by one shot over Hilton Head Christian’s Anna Leesman Eddy. Branum and Leesman Eddy tied for medalist honors last year.  The team finished in fifth place after a team score of 400, behind Hilton Head Christian, Ashley Hall, Cardinal Newman, and Wilson Hall.

Volleyball Earns 2nd Place Region Finish, Jordan Named Coach of the Year

The Varsity Volleyball team defeated Ben Lippen at home last week to finish 2nd place outright in the region, 3-0!  Behind stellar play from seniors Anna Allen, Isabella Antonetti, and Jaylen Davis, the Highlanders dominated the back part of the season, including a season sweep of archrival Hammond.  With the All-Region Player of the Year and All-Region team still to be determined, Coach Ashley Jordan started the first of several accolades for the team, as she was named the Region I-AAA Coach of the Year.  The team will open play in the SCISA State Tournament on Friday in Myrtle Beach.

JV (CN) & B-Team (CN & Hammond) Football Close Out Regular Season With Wins, Varsity Travels to Orangeburg Prep Friday Night

The JV Football Team closed out the 2016 season with a convincing win on the road, defeating region rival Cardinal Newman 38-12!  The team enjoyed some revenge on the Cardinals, who won a tight first matchup at HHES.  Led by a ground attack from Thomas Harris, Ryan Liester, and Darius Bates, the Highlanders controlled the clock and put up big points in the second half, scoring 30 unanswered points.  The defense dominated all night, keyed by Chris Lou and Xander Postic,and an interception from Jake Clarkson.
The B-Team Football team wrapped up the #3 seed for the Region Tournament after a dominant win on the road against Cardinal Newman, and a thrilling home win over archrival Hammond!  At CN, the Highlanders put the game away early, limiting to CN offense to negative first-half yardage, and putting 28 points on the board behind touchdowns from Evan Javis, Ryan Shelley, Rom Kelis, and Alexander Roberts.  Yesterday, the terrific home crowd was treated to one of the more exciting football games one could see, as they Highlanders came from behind for the 14-12 win over the previously undefeated Skyhawks!

Hammond took the early lead 6-0, before Shelley tied up the game on an interception return for a TD midway through the 2nd quarter.  Tied at 6-6 going into halftime, the Skyhawks opened up the scoring in the second half to make the score 12-6 in the third quarter.  From that point on, the Highlanders dominated the game, as a Javis sack in the endzone made the score 12-8 early in the fourth.  On the ensuing drive, Roberts found a streaking Kelis for a 30-yard touchdown pass with 4 minutes to play.  Consecutive stops by the Highlander and Skyhawk defense gave Hammond the ball with 1 minute to play, and Heathwood holding a 14-12 lead.  With 30 seconds to play, Hammond looked to have potentially won on a long pass down the Highlander sideline, before Shelley caught the Skyhawk receiver on the HHES 3-yard line.  Two key defensive stops led to the final Hammond play with 10 seconds left, as a pass intended for the endzone was intercepted by William Morris, icing the Highlanders’ win!  HH will face #2 seed Ben Lippen tomorrow at 5PM in the region semifinal game.

The Varsity team heads into Friday night’s matchup with Orangeburg Prep, looking to turn quality performances into quality results after two tough games against Wilson Hall and Cardinal Newman.  In the CN matchup, the Highlander defense held the Cardinal spread offense to just 200 total yards, and forced 3 interceptions fromBenton Mason, DQ Joseph, and Stuart Williams.  Mac Hardy created the offensive play of the night taking a reverse 60 yards for a touchdown, while Duffy Beal had his best night passing since the opening week, spreading the ball around to several HH receivers.  Friday night should also mark the return of starting running back Brandon McCullough, who missed the previous three games due to injury.

James Earns All-Region Honors, Tennis Finishes 4th In Region

Senior Francis James earned a spot on the All-Region I team after leading the Highlanders to a 4th place finish in region play.  James played the majority of the season in both the #1 singles and #1 doubles position, helping the Highlanders to several key wins in and out of region play.  The 4th place finish left the Highlanders just outside of the State Tournament, which began on Monday.

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.