High School Sports

Rock Hill enters soccer poll

Northwestern's Emily Smith clears the bar during the high jump at the Trojan Relays at Northwestern High School on Saturday.
Northwestern's Emily Smith clears the bar during the high jump at the Trojan Relays at Northwestern High School on Saturday.

It doesn't matter which high school you attend or attended, give the Rock Hill boys soccer team a well-deserved cheer.

The Bearcats moved into the coaches' top 15 poll at No. 14. Don't be surprised to see them climb in coming weeks.

Rock Hill beat favored Fort Mill 2-0 last week, then turned around and defeated Lancaster 3-1. With the pair of wins, Rock Hill moved to 5-0, 3-0 in Region 3-AAAA, tying for first place with rival Northwestern.

Rock Hill has outscored opponents 18-3.

There are several key matches to watch.

Rock Hill plays at South Pointe at 7 p.m. today; at Northwestern on March 25; a rematch at Fort Mill on April 4 and a home match against Northwestern on April 18. The Bearcats play home matches at Castle Heights Middle School.

Northwestern held on to its No. 4 ranking this week, but Fort Mill fell out after losing to Rock Hill.

Fort Mill is No. 10 in the girls' poll.

• SOFTBALL POLL: There is a new but familiar team sitting atop the latest top 10 Class A poll released Monday by the S.C. Softball Coaches Association.

With its 1-0 win over last week's No. 1 team, McBee, Indian Land moved from second into the top spot.

McBee dropped to No. 3 and East Clarendon moved to No. 2.

Indian Land won seven straight state championships before losing in the Upper State championship to Landrum last year.

Chester held firm at No. 5 in the Class AAA poll.

• CLOVER AWARDS: Clover High School recently handed out its sports awards for the winter season.

Among those honored was Zack Neubert (160 pounds), who became the first Blue Eagle wrestler to win an individual state championship. Neubert, a senior, was one of five wrestlers to win titles that were recently named Herald All-Area Wrestlers of the Year.

• TROJAN RELAYS: Defending Class AAAA track state champions Spartanburg (girls) and Dorman (boys) won the Trojan relays at Northwestern High School.

The event was almost completed, with four events scratched because of rain and an afternoon tornado watch.

Northwestern's girls were second, Rock Hill's 11th and Fort Mill finished tied for 16th.

The top local boys team was South Pointe, which finished seventh. Northwestern was eighth, York 11th, Lancaster 12th and Rock Hill finished in a three-way tie for 13th.

• PUMPING IRON: York's athletes turned in good performances at the recent Region 9 strength meet at Gaffney, with seven in the varsity division and five from the JV group medaling.

In the varsity event, the top Cougars were Vernon Mills, Nick Feemster and Billy Donahue with second-place finishes. Omario Bigger and Chris Suggs were first in the JV competition.