Robert Hellams has stepped down from his job as varsity boys baseball coach at South Pointe High School.
Hellams took over the program last season and there were high expectations going into this year. But the Stallions started slowly and are 0-9.
South Pointe athletics director Mike Drummond said the record had nothing to do with the move. Hellams will stay on as a teacher and assistant football coach.
“I met with the baseball coaches last week and we discussed several things, including coach Hellams' plans to step down at the end of the season,” Drummond said. “The next day coach Hellams and I met again and we decided together that he'd step down now.
“Our pitching coach, Jason Terry, is our interim coach. He pitched at Winthrop and is not on staff here. He's a part-time coach and we think he'll do a good job.”
FM COACH: It didn't take long for the Fort Mill grils basketball team to get a new coach.
All AD Bailey Jackson had to do was look down the bench and hand pick the successor for Todd Bowser, who recently stepped down.
The choice is Christene Venyak, who spent the last two years as Bowser's top assistant. She played at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio.
“She knows the game and has coaching experience in Ohio,” Jackson said. “She's familiar with our girls and is absolutely the best fit for the team.”
Northwestern boys are still No. 1 in the state, and Fort Mill's boys stayed at No. 3.
But beyond that, this week's Class AAAA boys poll is quite interesting.
Rock Hill was No. 12 last week, but dropped out after one-goal Region 4-AAAA losses to Blythewood and Spring Valley. The region is more respresented this week than at any point this season.
Ridge View is No. 6, Spring Valley No. 9 and Blythewood No. 10. South Pointe beat Fort Mill 4-2 on Sunday and is unranked. A lot will change this week, but the biggest game on the schedule is South Pointe at Rock Hill at 7 p.m. Tuesday at District Three Stadium.
Fort Mill's girls held on to the No. 8 spot in Class AAAA, and Indian Land's boys stayed at No. 4 in Class A.
S.C. Soccer Coaches Association
Top 15 polls
1. Northwerstern 8-0; 2. Irmo 8-0; 3. Fort Mill 5-2-1; 4. Wando 5-2-1; 5. White Knoll 6-0-; 6. Ridge view 6-2; 7. Lexington 6-3; 8. Dorman 4-3; 9. Spring Valley 4-2-1; 10. Blythewood 4-2; 11. Dutch Fork 4-2; 12. Wren 8-0; 13. Stratford 5-1; 14. Beaufort 4-1; 15. Fort Dorchester.
1. Mauldin 4-0; 2. Wando 5-0-1; 3. Dutch Fork 6-0; 4. Spartanburg 5-0; 5. Wren 8-0; 6. Dorman 6-2; 7. Irmo 6-1; 8. Fort Mill 5-3; 9. T.L. Hanna 5-2; 10. Summerville 4-3; 11. Ridge View 6-1; 12. Hillcrest 5-1; 13. West Florence 8-4; 14. White Knoll 5-2, Blythewood 5-3.
Baseball standings, leaders
WLNorthwestern30Gaffney20Clover12Fort Mill11Nation Ford12York03
WLRidge View40Spring Valley31Rock Hill22Blythewood12Lancaster12South Pointe04
WLLewisville30Chesterfield41Great Falls41Indian Land23Buford12McBee14North Central04
Daniel RawlsChester.633Robbie ThompsonFort Mill.556Zach WattsNorthwestern.538Shane WaldropYork.520Chad SmithNorthwestern.517Chad CarltonIndian Land.500Daniel ThomasIndian Land.500Josh BowersRock Hill.481Chris SkidmoreLewisville.448Drew HardeeNorthwestern.444Seth NeelyRock Hill.481Logan PembertonLewisville.423Chaztin VenziaClover.414Josh VallejosYork.400Eli WindhamFort Mil.438Danny TillFort Mill.391Josh GreeneYork.390T.J. EstesNorthwestern.385Alex WilsonRock Hill.381Kent PetersonNation Ford.370Will RobbinsLewisville.368Brantley RumfordRock Hill.364Jacob MidkiffSouth Pointe.357Spencer YarnellNation Ford.353Ben BoykinNation Ford.345Chad NaderNorthwestern.333Kris ThompsonClover.324Casey SeayRock Hill.321Hayden HenryClover.320Brad ZebedisSouth Pointe.304
Runs batted in
Daniel RawlsChester18Josh VallejosYork18Josh BowersRock Hill13Shane WaldropYork13Seth NeelyRock Hill12Kevin LawsonIndian Land12Cody JohnsonNation Ford10Chad SmithNorthwestern9T.J. EstesNorthwestern8Scott HeiseNorthwestern8Heath MyersNorthwestern8Brantley RumfordRock Hill8Eli WindhamFort Mill8Brad ZebedisSouth Pointe8Josh YannottiNorthwestern8Harrison MorrisClover7Robbie ThompsonFort Mill7Kris ThompsonClover6Danny TillFort Mill5Kyle WhitmanNation Ford5Kyle LowderSouth Pointe4
Josh VallejosYork6Seth NeelyRock Hill4Daniel RawlsChester3Kris ThompsonClover3T.J. EstesNorthwestern2Cody JohnsonNation Ford2Shane WaldropYork2Chris SkidmoreLewisville2Brad ZebedisSouth Pointe2Justin BoylstonNorthwester1Garrett DukeClover1Austin HicksNation Ford1Isaiah JohnsonLewisville1Ross LiseeRock Hill1Kyle LowderSouth Pointe1Shell McCainNation Ford1Tyler MillerFort Mill1Heath MyersNorthwestern1Chad NadarNorthwestern1Kent PetersonNation Ford1Jacob PizzutiFort Mill1Chad SmithNorthwestern1Robbie ThompsonFort Mill1Kyle WhitmanNation Ford1Eli WindhamFort Mill1
T.J. EstesNorthwestern4Kody ClackChester2Logan CribbRock Hiil2Evan JacksonClover2Kody KirklandLewisville2Seth RaineyRock Hill2B. Van NostrandLewisville2Logan PembertonLewisville2Chad SmithNorthwestern2Tyler WatkinsIndian Land2Eli WindhamFort Mill2Justin BoylastonNorthwestern1Bruce NealFort Mill1Nathan NelveFort Mill1Will RobbinsLewisville1Craig DeanClover1Stephen NiesleyClover1Chaztin VeneziaClover1Justin WorleyNorthwestern1
T.J. EstesNorthwestern37B. Van NostrandLewisville29Tyler WatkinsIndian Land28Evan JacksonClover24Logan CribbRock Hill19Jesse BrewerRock Hill18Kody KirklandLewisville17Chad SmithNorthwestern17Will RobbinsLewisville16Austin KerrChester14Jonathan CauthenSouth Pointe13Brad ZebedisSouth Pointe12Kody ClackChester9Josh BowersRock Hill8Kent PetersonNation Ford7Chaztin VeneziaClover7Justin ParhamClover6Kent PetersonNation Ford6Eli WindhamFort Mill6Nathan NelveFort Mill4
Earned run average
B. Van NostrandLewisville0.68T.J. EstesNorthwestern0.37Zac LightNation Ford0.78Casey SeayRock Hill0.78Justin WorleyNorthwestern0.88Kody ClackChester0.95Chaztin VeneziaClover1.04Seth RaineyRock Hill1.05Logan PembertonLewisville1.40Will RobbinsLewisville1.47Evan JacksonClover1.76Clay BatesNorthwestern2.33Eli WindhamFort Mill2.63Chad SmithNorthwestern2.72Josh BowersRock Hill2.74Kody KirklandLewisville2.92Tyler WatkinsIndian Land3.00Austin KerrChester3.06Nathan NelveFort Mill3.15Logan CribbRock Hill3.82
Zharne' GloverNation Ford.500Brittany BakerNation Ford.467Casey KillianClover.455Jasmine JacksonNorthwestern.375Carolina SchillClover.364Brittany CraigRock Hill.350Alexis BrowningRock Hill.345Tonya PettusClover.333C. RobinsonNorthwestern.333Alexis PeddyNorthwestern.323Morgan BrazzellRock Hill.313Macey BrazzellRock Hill.290
Runs batted in
C. RobinsonNorthwestern12Alexis BrowningRock Hill9Morgan BrazzellRock Hill6Macey BrazzellRock Hill7Brittany CraigRock Hill5Jessica BonhamNation Ford4McKenzie BarborNation Ford4Casey KillianClover4
Macey BrazzellRock Hill3Brittany CraigRock Hill3H. HammondNation Ford2
Bradley HolemanNation Ford37