High School Sports

South Point jumps into AP poll; coaches association names players of the week

RICHBURG -- Week 2 of the high school football season is history, but the Founders Federal Tri-County Coaches Association held its second meeting Tuesday and picked its top players from last week.

The biggest winner was Lewisville, which lost 15-7 to Fort Mill last week.

The Lions took three awards in the Class AAA/AA/A Division: Iwanza Colvin (offensive player), John Jordan (offensive line) and Dion Foster (defensive player).

In Class AAAA, Fort Mill's Ed Susi, in his first season, has his first winner in defensive back Jared Shaw, the defensive player of the week.

With 8:48 remaining against Lewisville, Shaw returned a punt 82 yards for a touchdown and later put the game away with a 32-yard interception return for a score.

The week's offensive player was South Pointe's Devin Wherry, who rushed for 175 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries in the Stallions' 35-6 win over Lower Richland.

Rock Hill's Breon Love won defensive lineman after helping the Bearcats win their first game, 38-18 over Fairfield Central.

• CROSS COUNTRY: Maybe because it was a holiday Monday, the state cross country poll wasn't released Tuesday.

Last week's had defending Class AAAA boys state champion Fort Mill ranked No. 1 and state runner-up Northwestern No. 2.

Going by last Saturday's Trojan Invitational, the rankings should hold up and carry over into another season of good races between the two.

Fort Mill won the Invitational, beating out Northwestern 28-49. Looking at the individuals, it's going to be fun again this season.

Three runners each from Fort Mill and Northwestern finished in the top 10.

Fort Mill's Mark Blackmon won, Peter Jurewicz was second, Ryan Felden fifth and Daniel Kalshoven seventh.

Northwestern's Ian Schoenfuss was fourth, David Faircloth ninth and Michael Marshall 10th.

Clover's Mick Francis was third, Irmo's Ryan Graczyk sixth and Boiling Springs' Ted Nisbett eighth to complete the top 10.

Northwestern's Mary Kate DuBard won the girls' race, Fort Mill's Tiayonna Blackmon was second and Rock Hill's Hanna Robinson third. Going to be some good races between those three.

• APPEAL: As you know by now, Region 3-AAAA's appeal to keep Rock Hill and South Pointe in York County for the 2008-10 school years was voted down 9-5 last Thursday in Columbia.

That should do it unless enough pressure is applied to get the South Carolina High School's League to revisit the situation with its Executive Committee.

If you feel strongly that this shouldn't be the final word, call Executive Director Jerome Singleton at the SCHSL office in Columbia at (803) 798-0120 or e-mail schsl@schsl.org and let your feelings be known.

• THIS WEEK: Looking for some good events to attend this week before Friday Night Football?

A full slate of other fall sports is scheduled for Thursday and includes six volleyball matches, three swim meets, three girls' tennis matches, two girls' golf matches and four cross country meets.

In volleyball, a good bet is Northwestern at York. In tennis, the rivalry begins with Nation Ford hosting Fort Mill in golf and Fort Mill hosting Nation Ford in tennis.

Fort Mill is hosting a three-way cross country meet that includes South Pointe and Lancaster.

• AP POLL: South Pointe's football team made school history last week, becoming the first sports team at the school to earn a spot in a top-10 poll.

The Stallions (2-0) were ranked No. 8 in the Prep Writers Poll, comprised of high school writers from the five McClatchy newspapers in South Carolina -- The State, The Herald, The Myrtle Bach Sun News, The Beaufort Gazzette and the Hilton Head Island Packet. The sixth vote is cast by the Spartanburg Herald Journal, which is owned by the New York Times.

The Stallions made history again this week, getting voted into the South Carolina Associated Press Poll, picked by high school writers from across the state. South Pointe made its debut at No. 9.

Coach Bobby Carroll's Stallions are No. 7 in this week's Prep Writers Poll. South Pointe moved into the poll last week after opening the season with a 13-10 over highly regarded Irmo.

The Stallions, who travel to South Aiken on Friday, beat Lower Richland 35-6 in their second game.

Clover is No. 3 this week in Class AAAA, Chester is No. 4 in Class AAA and Great Falls is tied for No. 6 in Class A.

• PREP WRITERS POLL: After saying it was going to be released Tuesday, The (Columbia) State received enough votes to send this week's Prep Writers Poll on Monday.

Clover is sixth and South Pointe seventh in Class AAAA, Chester fourth in Class AAA and Great Falls ninth in Class A.