High School Sports

Northwestern vs. Spring Valley match rescheduled for Saturday

Last Friday's Spring Valley at Northwestern boys soccer match has been rescheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m.

It was postponed after a heavy rainstorm soaked the state and wiped out an entire state of high school sporting events.

This is one of those got-to-see matches, a rematch of last year's Class AAAA state championship. Coincidentally, rain played a major role in that one.

The match started on a Saturday night but was suspended because of rain 1 minute and 29 seconds into the first half. Neither team had scored when play was stopped until Monday night at USC's Stone Stadium.

Northwestern outshot Spring Valley 29-7 but lost 3-2 in its bid for back-to-back championships.

The latest South Carolina Soccer Coaches top 10 polls were released on Sunday and Spring Valley is No. 1. Northwestern moved up a spot to No. 4 after sliding to fifth in the last poll. Fort Mill jumped from No. 11 to No. 9 this week.

Fort Mill's girls dropped from No. 12 into a tie at No. 15 with North Augusta.

Going into tonight's 7 p.m. match at Nation Ford, Northwestern junior Enzo Martinez needs only one goal to reach 100 for his career. He ended last season with 93 goals and has scored six this year. The state record for career goals is 141, held by former Andrew Jackson standout Kyle Izzard.

• ALL-STARS: The South Carolina Basketball Association's North-South All-Star game left Rock Hill last year and has found a new home.

The games are being played at North Myrtle Beach High School this year and are coming up on Saturday.

Locally, Northwestern's Gabrielle Bennett, Great Falls' Shardae Lynn and York's Nardia Robbins are on the North team. Indian Land's Tamara Jacobus is an assistant coach for the North.

The day starts with the girls game at noon, followed by the boys game at approximately 2:30 p.m.

• SOFTBALL POLL: The South Carolina Softball Coaches Association has released its first regular-season poll and two Herald-area teams are ranked.

Indian Land is No. 2 in Class A. Chester is No. 6 in Class AAA.

The Class A poll is a testament to the strength of Region 3-A in the Upper State. Three of the region's teams are ranked: McBee at No. 1, Indian Land and Chesterfield at No. 6. The Lady Warriors host McBee today at 5:30 p.m. and go to Chesterfield for a 6 p.m. game on Thursday.

Indian Land coach Monica Barfield's team saw its run of seven straight state championships end last year in the Upper State championship against Landrum, Class A's No. 3 team.

• AWARDS: York Comprehensive High School handed out is Winter Sport Awards last week for basketball, wrestling and cheerleading.

Both basketball teams made the playoffs. York's girls were second in Region 3-AAAA and the boys were fourth.

Robbins and Keisha Thacker got the Cougar Pride awards for girls basketball. The boys award went to O.B. Love. Ryan Dennis got the award for wrestling.