2017 Highlander Volleyball


Dear Heathwood Parents,


Thanks to all who attended spring practice! It was great to meet you all and get a feel for where we will be next year! Based on the number of girls that attended it looks like we should be able to have a B team, JV Team, and a Varsity team. We have a lot of energy and talent and look forward to their progress!

Summer Practice Schedule: JV and Varsity:

Monday July 10th 4pm-5:30pm

Thursday July 13th 4pm: 5:30pm (will use lower gym)

Monday July 17th 4pm-5:30pm

Wednesday July 19th 4pm-5:30pm


We do not have listed practices for June. That doesn’t mean you don’t touch volleyball! Work on your skills play with friends! If we arrange open gyms we will let you know! Enjoy your summer!


Strength and Conditioning:

Coach Spearman has designated a time on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 3:00-4pm for upper school Volleyball, Basketball, and Cheerleading. 4pm-5pm for middle school girls. Take advantage of an opportunity to get stronger! Stronger athletes make better players!


Contact Information:

Please text us you contact information so we can keep communication fluid. Please send your emails and telephone numbers. We are both new to the school so please let us know who your child is and grade.


Thank you so much and we look forward to a great season! Go Hall!


Stefani Koelbel: Head Volleyball Coach


cell: 516-361-9666


Kelly Carter: Assistant Volleyball Coach



2017 Highlander Strength & Conditioning – Summer Calendar

**Start date for Varsity, JV and B-Team Football S&C is Friday, June 2nd**
**Start date for all other S&C is June 12th**


  • JV/Varsity FB (8:30am to 10am)
  • B-Team FB/ Boys Basketball (10:30am to 12:00pm)
  • Boys Upper School (Boys and Girls combined CC/SOC/ Any other) (2:00pm to 3:00pm)
  • Girls Upper School (Cheer/VB/BB/Soccer/ Any other) (3:00pm to 4:00pm)


  • JV/Varsity FB (8:30am to 10am)
  • B-Team FB/ Boys Basketball (10:30am to 12:00pm)
  • Boys Upper School (Boys and Girls combined CC/SOC/ Any other) (2:00pm to 3:00pm)
  • Girls Upper School (Cheer/VB/BB/Soccer/ Any other) (3:00pm to 4:00pm)
  • Girls Middle School (4pm-5pm)
  • Boys Middle School (5:15pm- 6:15pm)


  • Recovery Day Time (TBD)


  • JV/Varsity FB (8:30am to 10am)
  • B-Team FB/ Boys Basketball (10:30am to 12:00pm)
  • Boys Upper School (Boys and Girls combined CC/SOC/ Any other) (2:00pm to 3:00pm)
  • Girls Upper School (Cheer/VB/BB/Soccer/ Any other) (3:00pm to 4:00pm)
  • Girls Middle School (4pm-5pm) o Boys Middle School (5:15pm- 6:15pm)


  • JV/Varsity FB (8:30am to 10am)
  • B-Team FB/ Boys Basketball (10:30am to 12:00pm)

**Email Coach Jay Spearman with questions – jspearman@heathwood.org**

South Beltline Shirts Are On Sale Through May 12th!

South Beltline

Great news for Highlander Nation: If you’re looking for our popular SOUTH BELTLINE shirts, a new order will be placed next week! The $15 performance t-shirt will be Navy, with “SOUTH BELTLINE” across the chest in White, and the Highlander Athletic logo on the back, as well as a Gray shirt with Navy lettering, and a White shirt with Navy lettering.

For orders, email colors and sizes to richardsona@heathwood.org by Friday, May 12th – #GoHall

Track & Field’s Tester & Whittaker To Sign On Thursday

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The Lady Highlander Track & Field team has enjoyed a long-standing tradition of excellence, both in SCISA and throughout the entire state.  Now, the defending state runners-up will produce two more collegiate athletes as Louise Tester and Rachael Whittaker will join the ranks of Highlander runners in college!  They will become the first collegiate athletes from the Track & Field program since Brooke Grice (University of Virginia) in 2013.

Tester, has collected points in the several SCISA Region & State meets, highlighted by a 3rd-place finish in the 2015 SCISA State Meet, and an 2nd-place finish in the 2016 State Meet in the Pole Vault, as well as a 4th-place State finish in the Discus.  She will join the Roanoke College program this fall.

Whittaker will cap one of the top individual SCISA track careers in recent history this spring, as she will look to claim a third-consecutive High Point Champion award at the SCISA State Track meet.  A staple in S.C. running since 2011, she has captured the 100m state title in each of the past two seasons, as well as the 400m title a year ago, in addition to running the anchor leg on the state champion 4 x 100m relay team.  This fall, she will join the Winthrop University program.

Join us on Thursday, April 20th, as they will sign with their respective colleges at 12:45 in the Dining Commons – Go Hall!

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)