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Highlanders News · The Highlander Athletic Update – September 6th

This Week’s Remaining Athletic Schedule:

MS Volleyball at Holly Hill Academy – 5:00PM
JV/Varsity Volleyball vs. Augusta Christian – 4:15PM/5:30PM
JV Tennis at AC Flora – 4:30PM
B-Team/JV Football at Ben Lippen – 5:00PM/6:30PM
Varsity Football vs. Pinewood Prep – 7:30PM
**Girls Track Halftime Recognition & Houston Clothing Drive**
Cross Country at Coaches Classic – 8:00AM
Swimming at Battle of the Midlands – 9:00AM
The Varsity Tennis team picked up a key region win on the road Tuesdayagainst Cardinal Newman!
The Volleyball teams dropped tough, but close matches on Tuesday at Cardinal Newman, but will look for their first region wins on Thursdayagainst Augusta Christian!
The Cross Country and Swim teams will return to action this weekend, as the Highlander runners will compete in the Coaches Classic in Sandhills, while the swimmers will participate in the annual Battle of the Midlands at Maxcy Gregg Pool!

The Middle School Volleyball team will travel this afternoon for a road match against Holly Hill Academy, with play beginning at 5PM!

The B-Team and JV Football teams will open their 2017 seasons with road games on Thursday at Ben Lippen!  Action begins at 5PM for the B-Team against the Falcons.

The Girls Golf team was off this week, but will compete next week at Beech Creek Golf Course in a match with Wilson Hall!

The Tennis teams faced off against Cardinal Newman yesterday, as the Varsity won away from home 6-3, while the JV fell 8-1 to the Cardinals.  The JV will turn around quickly with a match on Thursday at AC Flora.

In the Varsity match, #1 Kendall Couch, #2 Hanna Coetsee, #3 Daisy McLeod, #4 Olivia Merritt, and #5 Caroline Bunch all collected singles wins, while the doubles team of Coetsee and McLeod picked up a win at #2 doubles.

Couch and Coetsee collected singles wins in last week’s 7-2 loss to Wilson Hall, while the JV dropped a tough match to the Barons 5-4, despite wins from Sophie KaelinLucy DeLong, Virginia Bowers, and a doubles win from Bowers and Addie Grace Cook.

Both teams will face off with Wilson Hall and archrival Hammond next week, with Varsity on the road and JV at the Cayce Tennis Center, ahead of the September 25th dedication of the Averyt Tennis Center!

The Varsity Football team (1-2) traveled across state lines last Friday for a matchup against two-time defending NCISAA State Runner-Up Christ School, for a final tuneup before SCISA play.  The Greenies, featuring several highly-rated prospects, flexed their muscles early, despite a solid effort from the Highlanders, and raced out to an early lead before the Heathwood team settled in.

Despite the 41-14 scoreline, the Highlanders featured several outstanding performances, including a season-high grade for junior OL Juwan Hayes, a third-consecutive double-digit tackle performance from senior LB Griffin Harden, senior Wade Allen‘s 5th blocked kick in less than a year, and a strong rushing debut from freshman Ronnie Porter.

The Highlanders will return home after two tough weeks on the road with SCISA foe Pinewood Prep7:30PM kickoff inside Highlander Stadium.  The game will serve as the last opportunity to bring in new and gently-used clothes for our Houston Clothing Drive.

At halftime, the 2017 SCISA State Champion Girls Track & Field team will be honored and receive their rings — Make sure to come out and support the Highlanders!

The Varsity Volleyball team swept the visiting Orangeburg Prep Indians last Thursday in their 2017 home opener!  All three sets were tightly contested, as the Indians posed a tough test for the Highlanders, coming off of a heartbreaking defeat early in the week at Wilson Hall. However, Coach Koelbel’s girls battled through the finish and came away with the big win.

Last night, the Highlanders traveled to defending region champion Cardinal Newman, and fell to the Cardinals, despite playing some of their best volleyball of the season in the 2nd and 3rd sets, falling 3-0.  CN opened with a 25-10 win in set one, before Heathwood (25-20, 26-24) mounted a solid push for the remainder of the match.

The JV team continues to improve, but dropped tough matches against the Indians and Cardinals.  Both teams will look for their first region wins of the season on Thursday as they host Augusta Christian.