2019 Spring Sports Preview


Rafe Reynolds, Staff Writer

Winter sports are wrapping up their seasons which brings us to the beginning of the spring sports season. Some teams such as soccer, lacrosse, and baseball have already begun their seasons with scrimmages. Overall there are eight varsity teams this spring: boys and girls lacrosse, boys and girls soccer, track and field, baseball, boys golf, and boys tennis.

Boys Lacrosse: The boys lacrosse team finished the 2018 season 4-10 and lost to Greenville High in the second round of the playoffs. The Cavs lost Jack Sanders and Harris Sierra to graduation, but they also bring in St. Joe’s transfer Peter Baer. Baer stated that the team “is excited for a difficult but fun schedule.” Boys Lax has started the season 2-1 with wins over TL Hanna and Asheville School and a loss to Academic Magnet. The boys next game is Saturday against Wesleyan in Atlanta.

Girls Lacrosse: The Lady Cavs finished the 2018 season 10-6 with a loss in the state semifinal to Chapin. The team loses six seniors, but still have high expectations for this year. Junior Eliza Easterby said “the team has been working hard and is looking forward to starting their regular season”. The girls are 1-0 thus far with a win over Eastside, and their next game is today at Spartanburg.

Boys Soccer: The boys soccer team finished the 2018 season 11-12, losing in the second round of the playoffs to St. Joe’s. The boys lose six seniors, three of which are playing college soccer, but are still off to a good start. They beat Clinton High 5-0 last Friday, in a match against Coach Vick’s former team. Junior Tyler Baughcome credited the win to good ball movement. Baughcome also stated that they needed to improve on their endurance and organization before the beef of their schedule.

Girls Soccer: The girls soccer team finished last season 9-9 losing to Southside Christian in the state semi-final. The girls only lost three players to graduation from last year. The Lady Cavs opened the season with a 4-0 loss to Mauldin High and has had two other scrimmages cancelled due to poor weather. The girls’ next game is today against Belton Honea Path.  

Track and Field: The Track team had a successful 2018 campaign. The girls team finished third in the state last year, and Finn Waigand won the individual state championship for pole vaulting. Coach Byrnes is excited about the new year stating “we have a lot of new athletes on the team and have done more preseason conditioning this year than in the past.” This is also the first year that javelin will be offered on the team in several years. The team’s first meet is later this week at Southside Christian.  

Baseball: Boys Baseball finished the 2018 8-7, and they struggled coming in losing their final five games. The boys lost four players to graduation, including Ben Wettenhall who now plays for the College of Charleston. Junior Jack Sanford stated “we only have five returning starters and several players have had to step up”. Senior Walt Garrison said he has been impressed with the team’s pitching this year. The boys are 1-1 so far and have a game tonight against Powdersville.

Boys Golf: The boys golf team finished the 2018 season finishing second place in the region and won the state championship with a score of one under par. The team loses Harry Reynolds who is now playing golf at the University of Indiana. However, they also bring in seventh grader William Jennings. Senior Sam Pazdan says “I’m very excited for the depth of the team, we have a lot of young guys who are talented.” The boys finished third at the Red Raider Invitational on Monday, led by William Jennings who made the all tournament team.

Boys Tennis: The boys tennis team had a rebuilding year last year according to Coach Burford, and they look to improve this year. Burford stated “we are off to a great start this season, I believe we have a legitimate shot at returning to state and bringing home the trophy. We look to bring honor to the school.” The boys finished last season third in the region.