SCTCCCA honors Jenkins by renaming event
The South Carolina Track and Cross Country Coaches Association (SCTCCCA) is renaming its SCTCCCA Coaches Classic “The Bob Jenkins Coaches Classic Cross Country Invitational” in honor of Jenkins who passed away in his sleep earlier this week at 79 years old.
Jenkins, a longtime running coach in Rock Hill and a three-time National High School Athletic Coaches Association National Track Coach of the Year, was a legend in the state of South Carolina for promoting track and field and cross country, his success, and for the impact he had on thousands of students.
“This is an honor to a man, a father, a husband, a coach, and a friend who started our association and fought for what was best for our sport everyday of his life,” SCTCCCA President Eric Cummings said in a statement.
“Bob Jenkins was cross country and track & field in the state of South Carolina, and this is just a small token of what he did for the past runners/coaches, the current runners/coaches, and the future runners/coaches of The Palmetto State.”
South Pointe coaches on the move
There is movement on the coaching front at South Pointe High School. Head baseball coach Jason Terry resigned his position shortly after the Stallions’ season ended.
“We’re in the process of evaluating the program and see what direction we’ll want to go in next year,” said South Pointe athletic director Mike Drummond.
And Stallions offensive coordinator and assistant football coach Justin Hardin has taken the head coaching job at Charlotte’s Providence High School.
Hardin’s father Bruce, a three-time state champion, coached at the school, and his twin brother Blair is the head coach at Freedom High School in Morganton, N.C.
“He definitely comes from a great bloodline of high school football coaches,” said Drummond.
“Coach (Strait) Herron is definitely looking at some candidates right now.”
Hardin was previously head coach at Weddington High School for two years before coming to South Pointe.
Northwestern boys soccer thumps Blythewood
Northwestern captain Austin Newman scored a hat trick as Northwestern routed Blythewood 5-0 on Senior Night Wednesday. Newman also assisted on the Trojans’ final goal as they improved to 18-1-1 and celebrated the Region 3-AAAA title. Northwestern seniors Newman, Patrick Raad and Jakari Golden were recognized at halftime.
Northwestern: Taylerson (14), Newman (17), Newman (23), Newman PK (47), Wooley (58)
Northwestern: 11 shots, 9 shots on goal, 7 corners, 7 saves
Blythewood: 14 shots, 7 shots on goal, 0 corners, 4 saves
Clover softball to host Byrnes Saturday; Lewisville on the road
Clover will continue its march in the Class AAAA softball playoffs with its fourth straight postseason home game. The Blue Eagles host District 4 champions Byrnes at 2 p.m.
Lewisville also advanced to the Upper State championship Wednesday night. The Lions, Region 3-A and now District 3 champs, will face Fox Creek Saturday.
Lewisville 9, Christ Church 3
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WP: Madison Vinson (13-4). Leading hitters: Christ Church- Millen 1-2; Lewisville- Stacie Ernandez 2-3, Haley Love 2-3, RBI, Brooke Love 1-2, 2 RBI.
Record: Lewisville 22-5