High School Sports

York and Clover joining forces

The varsity girls basketball teams from York and Clover are joining forces for a general donation to the Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund at their game on Feb. 8 at York.

A table will be set up with a bucket for donations and Piedmont Medical Center will give out literature on breast cancer, early detection, mammograms, etc. The girls basketball part of the money raised at the 50-50 raffle that night will also go toward the fund.

The raffle will be held as well as a general donation bucket for each team's fans. The school that collects the most money in its bucket will get bragging rights and the coaches will get a gift certificate to the Coal Yard Restaurant in York.

"We encourage fans, local businesses and schools to donate money to this worthy cause,'' York coach Paula Blackwell said. "If you would like to download additional information, go to www.jimmyv.org and click on 'Kay Yow WBCA Cancer Fund.' Checks can be made payable to Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Research and mailed to the high schools' athletic department in attention to girls' basketball.

"As Kay Yow says, 'I want to do something, I want to be part of finding the answer.'''

• TROJANS: Northwestern recently held its Football Awards Night and recognized three teams.

The varsity went 12-2 in coach Jimmy Wallace's return to the the sideline and won the Region 3-AAAA title with a 6-0 record.

Quarterback Will King was named the region's offensive player of the year and linebacker Greg Paige was named the region's top defender.

King completed 280-of-469 passes for 3,395 yards and 41 TDs -- all school single-season records. He was also The Herald's All-Area Offensive Player of the Year and was named to The Orlando Sentinel's All-South Team.

King, Paige, Cordarrelle Patterson, Labris Adams, Jarrett Neely, Nathan Pierce and Jerel Miller were first-team Herald All-Area picks. Adam Layman, Chris Long, Jonathan Shelton, Hakeem Adams, Montavious Gayten and Dewanny Mills were honorable mention picks.

• FALCONS: Nation Ford, in its first year, recently honored its student-athletes and teams that competed in the fall sports season.

Most valuable awards went to Justin Ashcraft (boys swimming); Emily White (girls golf); Ally Lambert, Sarah Bebeau (varsity volleyball); Julia Matthews (JV volleyball); Ashley Trull (girls tennis) and Kati Morris (girls swimming).

The girls cross country runner of the year was Meredith Kilburn. Kevin Coleman was named the top boys runner.

• WRESTLING: In the latest Class AAAA wrestling poll, two local teams moved up a spot.

Rock Hill rose to No. 4, while Fort Mill took Rock Hill's previous spot at No. 5. That could change Thursday, but only if there is a blowout by either team. Rock Hill hosts Fort Mill in the battle for the Region 3-AAAA title at 7 p.m.

South Pointe stayed in the top 10, but dropped to No. 9. Clover is No. 16, Northwestern No. 17.

In Class AAA, Chester is No. 18. Indian Land is No. 2 in the Class A poll.

In the individual rankings, South Pointe's Jake Mitchell (103), Fort Mill's Jon Green (119) and Northwestern's Jared Williams (125) are No. 1 in their weight classes.

The No. 2's are Rock Hill's Weston Beck (103), Clover's Zach Neubert (160) and Fort Mill's Mike Medema (171). The list of No. 3's includes Rock Hill's Chad Beck (135), Indian Land's Thomas Harris (145) and Chester's Bobby Jackson (215).

THIS WEEK'S GAMES

Today

Basketball

Clover at Nation Ford, 6:30 p.m.

Wrestling

Chester at York, 6:30 p.m.

Indian Land at Buford, 7 p.m.

Lancaster at Clover, 7 p.m.

Thursday

Basketball

Blessed Hope at Walnut Grove, 6 p.m.

Wrestling

Eau Claire at Chester, 7 p.m.

Indian Land at North Central, 7 p.m.

Fort Mill at Rock Hill, 7 p.m.

Friday

Basketball

Eau Claire at Chester, 6 p.m.

Clover at Lancaster, 6:30 p.m.

Fort Mill at Rock Hill, 6:30 p.m.

North Central at Great Falls, 6 p.m.

McBee at Indian Land, 6:30 p.m.

Lewisville at Chesterfield, 6 p.m.

Northwestern at Nation Ford, 6:30 p.m.

York at South Pointe, 6:30 p.m.

Covenant Day at Blessed Hope, 6 p.m.

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