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Warriors, Vols top 10 Director’s Cup finish

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By Robert Howey

 Robert Howey

rhowey@thelancasternews.com

Lancaster County high schools Indian Land and Andrew Jackson have been recognized for a strong athletic season for the 2013-14 school term.

ILHS, for the 10th time in the last 13 years, has garnered a top 10 finish in the annual S.C. Athletic Administrators Association Director’s Cup top 10 standings in Class AA.

Indian Land, for the 2013-14 school term, finished in a three-way tie for 10th overall among Class AA schools with county and region foe Andrew Jackson High School and Battery Creek High School in Beaufort.

The Commissioner’s Cup is awarded to recognize the athletic departments in each classification, which have excelled and displayed superior performance.

Points are determined based on positions earned in the S.C. High School League’s playoffs for each year.

“All but two varsity teams made the playoffs,” said Indian Land High athletics director Mike Mayer, the Region IV-AA athletic director of the year. “One more goal, basket or score in several different games could have easily vaulted us into the top five this year.

“Another impressive fact for Indian Land is that we do not field teams in girls golf, boys tennis, competitive cheer and boys and girls swim,” Mayer said. “Our kids continue to excel in the sports that we offer, even though some schools score more points than Indian Land since they have more teams than we have.”

The Indian Land High boys soccer team, which won the Class AA Upper State title for the third straight year, finished as the state runner-up in May.

The Warriors’ boys basketball team also finished as the Upstate runner-up after falling to eventual state champion Newberry in the Class AA Upstate title game in Greenville.

The Warriors also made strong runs in girls soccer and wrestling.

Andrew Jackson High athletics director Jimbo Barton, in his first year leading the AJ athletic program, was elated with the Vols’ solid finish.

“I was ecstatic to see AJHS was in the top 10 of the SCAAA Director’s Cup Standings,” Barton said. “I knew we had a good year in our athletics program, but I had no idea about the standings. I was so excited to see our position in the standings that I immediately forwarded the results to all of our coaches and congratulated them on an outstanding year. They deserve all the credit for us making the top 10.”

Barton noted the AJ Vols accomplishments for 2013-14:

u The AJ girls volleyball and basketball teams finished the season as Region IV-AA champions as well as Upper State Champions before falling short in their respective state championship bids.

u The Vols football team advanced to the second round of the AA Upper State playoffs before falling to Central.

u The AJ girls competition cheerleading earned a state championship bid and finished 16th in the state.

u The Vols boys basketball team earned a bid to the AA Upper State playoffs before falling to Keenan High School.

u AJ’s wrestling program had a freshman wrestler place third in his weight class.

u The Lady Vols softball team won the Region IV-AA championship and District IV crown. The AJ girls advanced to the Class AA Upper State Championship bracket, winning one game and losing two games to end their championship run.

u The AJ girls soccer team advanced to the second round of the AA Upper State playoffs before falling to St. Josephs.

u The Vols boys soccer team advanced to the third round of the AA Upper State playoffs before falling to Saluda.

u The AJ girls track and field team had a qualifier for the AA state track and field event participating in the long jump.

u The AJ boys golf team finished fifth in the state along with one individual golfer who placed fifth in the state.

“We hope the future is as bright for AJHS athletics as the 2013-14 year,” Barton said. “We now have a goal annually to finish in the top 10 of the Director’s Cup standings, but as for this past year, we were very pleased with our success and hope to duplicate that and more in the coming years.”

The Director’s Cup standings are based on 22 sports, 11 male and 11 female.

The female sports are volleyball, cross country, tennis, swim, golf, cheer, basketball, softball, soccer, track and lacrosse.

The male sports are football, cross country, swim, basketball, wrestling, baseball, soccer, tennis, golf, track and lacrosse.

Class AA final standings: 1. Bishop England, 2. Waccamaw, 3. Academic Magnet, 4. Pendleton 5. Dillon, Mid Carolina (tie), 7. Landrum, Ninety Six, Pelion (tie), 10. Andrew Jackson, Battery Creek, Indian Land (tie).

A state champion receives 100 points, with 80 points for a state runner-up. Teams finishing third through fourth receive 60 points, with 40 points awarded for fifth through eighth place. 

Teams finishing ninth through 16th place earn 20 points and teams 17th through 32nd net 10 points.

 

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