Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Moncks Corner Town Council continued its tradition of honoring local sports teams and athletics for their accomplishments during its November meeting on Nov. 19.
Council honored the Berkeley girls golf team, girls swim team, girls tennis team, and the St. John’s Christian Academy cross country team for their accomplishments on the state level this fall.
“Telling by the standing room only crowd we have here tonight, it is amazing the level of athleticism we have here in Moncks Corner,” said Mayor Bill Peagler.
Each team was introduced and brought before council and the mayor. Town council has made it a regular event to honor the scholastic and athletic achievements of its young people.
“Connor Thornton’s SCISA Individual Cross Country State Championship was the first Cavalier state championship in a very, very long time,” Peagler said.
Thornton brought home the gold medal with a time of 18:33.31, not his best time by his own admission, but plenty good enough against the competition.
Teammate Dillon Biering finished in third place with a time of 19:45.88.
The other four Cavalier runners times and finishes were Adam Kelly, finishing 15th with a time of 21:46.64; Luke Weatherford finishing 17th with a time of 22:10.18; Russell Brown placing 32nd with a time of 24:27.06; and Nicholas Biering finishing 44th with a time of 27:18.60.
Thornton is a junior and will have an opportunity to defend his SCISA state championship in 2014.
The Berkeley Lady Stags tennis team advanced to the Class AAA Lower State Finals before falling to Myrtle Beach. The Lady Stags played three tough matches in a seven-day period, all on the road, downing Wilson in a tight match 4-3 to set up the Lower State finals match with Myrtle Beach.
Kristien Farmer finished out her senior tennis season with a 19-2 mark overall. The four seniors in the Lady Stags’ line-up who played their last match together were Farmer, Jill Funk, Caroline Lamprecht, and Lauren Jackson. All four have been on the team since the seventh grade. Number two singles player Elliott Huxford and varsity players Sarah and Laura Futrell lead the more than 32 tennis players returning to the Berkeley tennis program.
The Lady Stags 200-yard freestyle relay team earned a bronze medal with its third- place finish at the Class AAA-AA-A girls state swim meet at the University of South Carolina Natatorium in Columbia on Oct. 5.
The 200-yard freestyle relay team finished with a time of 1 minute, 44.83 seconds.
Region 8AAA was well represented in the top 10 finishers as the Lady Stags swim team finished tenth behind state champion Hilton Head and fifth place James Island.
Top individual finishers for the Lady Stags include Ashley Thornal with a fourth place finish in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 56.44 and a fifth place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.83; Sarah Mundy with a 14th place finish in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:06.99 and a 16th place finish in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 26.74; Tiffany Hennick placed 18th in the 200-yard intermediate medley with a time of 2:31.80; Jessica Belille finished 20th in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:53.32; Sarah West finished 17th in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:07.77.
The 400-yard freestyle relay team finished seventh with a time of 3:50.73.
TheLady Stags golf team shot a 486 score and finished third in the Region 8AAA golf tournament behind All-Region golfer Shelby Neumann.
Nuemann medaled in two previous matches during the season as well.
Neuemann, Lexi Lucarelli, Ashley Workman, Olivia Hucks and Miranda Simpson advanced to the Class AAA Lower State Qualifier tournament.