High School Sports

Jackson wins coaching honor

Fort Mill boys basketball coach Bailey Jackson recently learned he won an honor presented by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

He was named the federation's 2007 South Carolina Coach of the Year after guiding the Yellow Jackets to a 25-4 record and the Class AAAA state championship last season.

Jackson, also Fort Mill's athletics director, was presented the award during halftime of the Class AAAA boys state championship last week.

Summerville, which Fort Mill beat for the championship last season, won this year's title 50-48 over Spartanburg.

Winning the award qualified Jackson as a candidate for the regional and national awards given by the NFHS.

• GOOD OR NOT?: By now, you've probably heard and maybe even seen one of the many videos of Spartanburg's 50-48 loss to Summerville in the Class AAAA boys basketball state championship.

If not, Spartanburg put Summerville on the line with 1.7 seconds left. Bruce Haynes missed the front end of a one-and-one. Spartanburg rebounded and the ball was passed to guard Zycorrian Robinson just past the top of the key.

Robinson fired the ball toward the basket and it rattled in from about 75 feet away.

The Vikings celebrated. The Green Wave stood stunned on the court. The three referees huddled and ended up waving off the basket that would have given Spartanburg a 51-50 win because they ruled time had expired before the ball left Robinson's hand.

Was it good? Depends on who you ask. Judge for yourself by going to The (Columbia) State's Web site -- thestate.com -- and watching the video. Scroll down to the bottom and click on "most popular videos." It's the talk of the state.

• HAPPENED BEFORE: The Class AAAA boys game was not the first in which a 3-pointer at the buzzer was waved off.

It happened at the 2000 Class A girls state championship between Blackville-Hilda and McBee.

McBee's Emily Roberts, daughter of former McBee coach Laurie Roberts, hit a disputed 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have given her team a 48-47 win.

McBee's players were jumping all over the court. Blackville-Hilda's players were in tears. But hold on just a minute, or maybe 30.

That's how long the referees discussed the shot before ruling it was after the buzzer. Final score: Blackville-Hilda 47, McBee 45.

"Actually, no one knew if it was good or not,'' Roberts told The State. "Later they decided, and I still haven't been able to find out on what basis, but obviously no one made the 'no good' call.

"They all looked at the referees, and not one signaled, not one. Not one made that call, so we assume it's good. That makes it even harder, to think you've won and then have it called back.''

• LEE CENTRAL: Wrote a column praising South Pointe's girls last week that needs a correction.

When looking at the Lady Stallions' opponents, checked with The Associated Press scores from the Upper State championships and one was incorrectly reported. The list had Burke beating Lee Central, 64-62.

Wrong. Lee Central won and went to Columbia to defend its state championship.

What does that have to do with South Pointe?

This. South Pointe was 26-3 and lost to Dorman for the Class AAAA Upper State championship. With the Lee Central girls added in, South Pointe played three teams that played in the four title games.

The Lady Stallions split with C.E. Murray from Class A. Beat Lee Central from Class AA. Lost to Dorman.

And how did they do in Columbia?

Dorman lost 47-45 to Lower Richland, which won its third straight title.

Lee Central, the defending state champion, lost a state final for the first time in five appearances since the school was opened in 2001, 54-50 to Keenan.

C.E. Murray beat Hunter-Kinard-Tyler 77-61.

• SKIING: Rock Hill's Corey Wessinger was invited to race in a USSA major East Coast race this week in Okemo, Vt.

He is a 14-year-old eighth-grader at Sullivan Middle School and skis out of Sugar Mountain, N.C.

Wessinger is competing in Slalom, Giant Slalom and Super G races. He was invited based on World Cup points accumulated throughout the past racing season at Sugar Mountain and Snowshoe, W.Va., and at the championships in Massanutten, Va.

• CLASS AAAA SOCCER: Northwestern's 2-1 loss to Chapin in the Lake Murray Challenge preseason tournament dropped the Trojans from No. 2 in the Class AAAA preseasons rankings to No. 5 in the first official poll of the season.

The poll is put out bi-weekly by the South Carolina Soccer Coaches Association. Fort Mill's boys are No. 11 this week. Fort Mill's girls are No. 12.

The Trojans, who finished second to Spring Valley in last year's state championship game, are 2-1. They open the regular season today at Lancaster.

• JV SOCCER: The Fort Mill girls JV soccer team finished runner-up in Irmo's preseason tournament over the weekend.

Jessica Tooley scored two goals and Whitney Becker got the other as the Lady Jackets opened the tournament with a 3-0 victory over Spring Valley.

In its next match, Fort Mill defeated Irmo 1-0 on a goal by Audrey Parra. Jenna White posted shutouts in both matches.

Dutch Fork tallied three first-half goals to defeat the Lady Jackets 3-0 for the championship.

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