Sports briefs for Oct. 10

October 8, 2013 

CHS swimmers, runner earn state honors, more

Athletes from Clover High School brought home medals and state championships during the weekend. They are:

• Junior swimmer Morgan Rulevich won two state championships at the South Carolina state high school swim meet in Columbia on Oct. 5. She won the 50-yard freestyle and set a state record in the breaststroke, with a time of 1:04.78. Morgan is the daughter of Tina and John Rulevich of Lake Wylie.

Rulevich was also dominant in the Region 3-AAAA Swim Meet the previous week at the Rock Hill Aquatics Center. She won the breaststroke with a 1:06.72 clocking and placed first in the 50 freestyle at 24.48.

Senior swimmer John Slavens also collected honors at the state swim meeting, where he took a second place in the breast stroke. John is the son of Dawn and Gary Slavens of York.

• Senior cross country runner Emily Sparrow picked up a medal at the prestigious Wendy’s Invitational in Charlotte, where she placed 21st. Emily is the daughter of Ruth and Steven Sparrow of Clover.

CHS runners celebrate senior night, history

For the first time in more than eight years, Clover High School cross country varsity boys and girls defeated Northwestern High School in a dual meet on Oct. 1. The course ran behind the school, through the woods and around the football practice field.

Seniors were later recognized in front of family and friends for their dedication. Clover seniors Austin Highfill, on the boys’ team, and Emily Sparrow, on the girls’, both took first place in the meet.

Clover dominated the boys’ meet, with Johnathan Bruney finishing third, Alex Wilson finishing fourth and David Cole finishing seventh. Eli Allen and Cameron Marvin were 11th and 12th place, respectively.

Nathan Vogt, Harrison Priode, Ben Clark, Leland Capps, Austin Roller, Will Brown, Kristopher Gross, Clay Rollins, Jake Ficarlla, Brady Leatherwood, Harrison Brooks, Brody Greene, Chamond Brewington, Joel Ramirez, Brady Watson, Luke Barz, Brandon Parker, Robert Hicks, and Harrison Pratt completed the race with many runners having personal best time.

In the Clover girls’, Alex Peeler, Cassie Caldwell and Hannah Holcombe came in third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Ericka Pence finished seventh and Brittany Traw and JuHee Bhatt finished in 14th and 15th place, respectively.

Other Clover runners were Rachel Capps, Caitie Bowman , Jewel McBee, Valerie Glanker, Esmeralda Albarran, Ann Marie White, Emily Horton, Melisa Alpizar and Estefani Alpizar.

The team is coached by Bailey Jackson, Chris Greene and Nancy Hester.

Myers leads York swim team at state

Jessica Myers, a sophomore York Comprehensive High School swimmer who qualified for the state in five events, made her presence known at Saturday’s meet in Columbia.

Assistant YCHS swim coach Dave Prescott said high school swimmers are limited to two state events. Myers placed 15th in the 50 freestyle and ninth in the 100 freestyle.

“Jessica scored 22 points for YCHS by herself, with our school finishing 22nd in the state out of 41 teams,” said Prescott. “Only 31 teams scored points. Jessica outscored 19 teams, including Northwestern, Rock Hill, Lancaster and Nation Ford.”

Prescott said only automatic times are guaranteed a spot at state. Consideration times are included on an alternate list in case automatic time swimmers pull out of an event and spots need to be filled.

YCHS boys’ team members with state consideration times included captains Sam Ferguson and Dylan Reid, Garrett Johnson and Jack Phillips. Other team members were Seth Miller, Cameron Gardner, Tristan Blue, Travis Parker and Daniel Barral Calvo.

Myers and Ariel Prescott are the girls’ team captains, with Prescott earning a state consideration time. Others were Morgan Yandel, Kirsta Needham, Kaitlyn Bolick, Kayla Maloney, Hayley Maylor, Michelle Long, Emily Kolk, Anna Littlejohn, Anya Alicea, Breonna Chapman and Ashley Sigmon.

Prescott said he and varsity swim coach Wayne Lowery “are looking forward to a larger number of students coming out to swim next year as we continue to grow in numbers.”

Little Cougars win over P & R team

The York Little Cougars’ 12U team defeated the York P & R Volunteers 19-0 Oct. 3.

The Little Cougars, who compete in the Southland Youth Football League, lost to the Huskies on Saturday, with the Huskies prevailing 48-0 in 8U competition, 28-0 in 10U and 34-0 in 12U.

York Middle seventh-grade team defeats Saluda Trail

The York Middle School seventh-grade football team defeated Saluda Trail 18-6 last week.

“This was a hard fought victory,” said head coach Rob Farris. “The defense played great all night.”

The Cougars’ record for the season improves to 3-1.

YCHS tennis falls to Indian Land

The York Comprehensive High School girls’ tennis team traveled to Indian Land last week in hopes of defeating the Warriors for a second straight time. After six matches, it was all tied up at 3-3.

No. 3 singles player Kaitlyn Felske was down 1-5 in the first set and came back to win the match 7-5, 6-1.

Also winning her match 6-1, 6-4 was Katherine Wilkins playing No. 4 singles. Stepping up to play No. 5 singles, Shelby Bailey prevailed 6-4, 6-1.

No. 1 singles Heba Abdin and No. 2 Heather Bomar lost closely-contested matches. Abdin’s scores were 6-7 (5-7) 5-7 and Bomar’s 6-7 (4-7) 4-6.

Mikayla Madden and Leanna Moser lost No. 2 doubles 2-6, 2-6.

The match came down to a No. 1 doubles, eight-game pro set to decide the outcome, with Abdin and Bomar falling short, 6-8.

“Despite the heartbreaking loss, I am very proud of these young ladies,” said coach Rusty Graham.

CHS tennis nudges Fort Mill

The Clover High School girls’ tennis team improved to 7-2 for the season and 7-2 in Region 3-AAAA play after defeating Fort Mill 4-3.

Playing No. 3 singles, Grace Miller prevailed 6-0, 6-2, while No. 5 Anna Miszkiewicz won her match 6-0, 6-1.

The No. 1 doubles team of Harriet Hall and Corey Brom won 3-6, 6-4 and 13-11 and No. 2 doubles, Anna Drechsler and Ali King, won their match 6-2, 6-4.

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