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Sports Notebook: SEHS girls fall to Woodward Academy at State
Kailyn Chapman
South Effingham's freshman Kailyn Chapman (No. 3) looks inside to freshman teammate Justine Nevels (No. 23) during a 55-31 win over Effingham County on Jan. 19. Despite starting four underclassmen, including two freshmen, the Mustangs were the only county team to advance to the state basketball tournament. (Mark Lastinger for the Effingham Herald.)

By Donald Heath

Special for the Effingham Herald

The South Effingham girls struggled to slow down Woodward Academy and fell to the War Eagles 82-37 in the first round of the Class 6A girls’ basketball state championships Feb. 21.

The Mustangs, the only county basketball team to advance to state, ended their season with a 9-20 record.

South made the state tournament by placing fourth in the Region 2-6A tournament, setting up its matchup with the state’s eighth-ranked team.

Woodward, the Region 3 champion, outscored the Mustangs by 10 or more in every quarter. The War Eagles also finished with 25 steals.

Z Williams led the six Woodward girls in double figures with 18 points.

The War Eagles (24-5) defeated St. Pius X 89-40 in the second round. It was their 18th straight win at home.


SEHS, ECHS competes at Alley Invitational

Effingham County freshman Chloe Adkins won the 3200-meter run and placed second in the 1600 to turn in two top local performances at the Game Changer Alley Invitational Friday at Richmond Hill.

Adkins posted times of 12:05.49 in the 3200 and 5:34.05 in the 1600 in the early-season meet.

South Effingham’s Brooke Crickard (800), Christeon Lewis (100 hurdles), Nora Mason (2000 Steeplechase), Aubrey Edge (Pole) and Caiden Mason (boys 2000 Steeplechase) also had first-place efforts in the 12-team meets.  

Here are the scorers (a top eight finish) in their respective events for South Effingham and Effingham County.

SEHS girls – Addie Archer (400, 8th, 1:07.23), Brooke Crickard (800, 1st, 2:22.47), Lily McDonald (1600, 6th, 5:42.68 and 3200, 7th, 13:03.27), Christeon Lewis (100H, 1st, 15.65 and 300H, 7th, 54.72), Syraiah Wilkins (100H, 6th, 18.10 and 300H, 7th, 54.72), Nora Mason (2000 Steeplechase, 1st, 9:17.82), 4 X 100 relay (4th, 52.34), 4 X 200 (2nd, 1:51.05), 4 X 400 (4th, 4:29.94), 4 X 800 (2nd, 10:23.46), Madison Mills (Triple, 8th, 29-3), Justine Nevels (High jump, 2nd, 4-10), Zoe Robinson (Long jump, 4th, 15-4.75), Aubrey Edge (Pole, 1st, 9-0), Allie Grassi (Pole, 3rd, 8-0), Danni Lynn (Discus, 4th, 87-7 and Shot, 2nd, 31-8.25).

SEHS boys – Kenny Carlton (110H, 5th, 16:07 and 300H, 4th, 41.94), Caiden Mason (2000 Steeplechase, 1st, 7:10.35), 4 X 800 relay (5th, 9:22.43), Harrison Crofts (High jump, 3rd, 6-2), Hayden Purvis (Long jump, 3rd, 21-0.5), Hayden Lloyd (Long jump, 6th, 20-5), Nicholas Garrett (Pole, 7th, 8-0), Tanner Hughes (Discus, 2nd, 146-4), Shane Alvin (Shot, 8th, 41-4.5).

ECHS girls – Dionna Rivers (100, 8th, 13.45), Victoria Foskey (200, 8th, 28.53), Jada Praylo (400, 4th, 1:05.58), Chloe Adkins (1600, 2nd, 5:34.05 and 3200, 1st, 12:05.49), Braylin Nease (300H, 8th, 55.40 and High jump, 2nd, 4-10), 4 X 100 relay (5th, 53.11), 4 X 200 (3rd, 1:51.11), 4 X 400 (7th, 5:06.41), Kameryn Watson (Long jump, 6th, 14-5), Sarah Hinely (Triple, 7th, 29-9.5 and Discus, 3rd, 88-1.5 and Shot, 6th, 28-7.5).

ECHS boys – Jeremiah Chance (100, 7th, 11.18 and 200, 2nd, 22.61), Dakarai Walker (200, 7th, 22.93), Theron Claridge (3200, 7th, 10:29.55), Andrew Moseley (2000 Steeplechase, 8th, 8:14.44), Berry Randolph (Discus, 7th, 127-11).


Mustang Madness set for Saturday

South Effingham will hold its Mustangs Madness track and field meet on Saturday afternoon at SEHS.

Effingham County’s boys and girls will be at the BHS First Friday Night Lights at Baldwin High School in Milledgeville on Friday.