2016 Highlander Athletics Highlights
2016 brought the Highlander Nation some terrific moments!
In no particular order, we’ve highlighted 10 of the top stories in the Heathwood Hall calendar year – ENJOY & GO HALL!
HIGHLANDERS WIN STATE
The Boys Cross Country team capped off an incredible 2016 season by winning their final four races, including the SCISA AAA State Championship! Despite losing their top runner from 2015 and having lost senior captain Harrison Boorda to an injury, Coach Cindy Scannella’s team combined youth with experience to win the title on the Heathwood home course, behind the efforts of seniors Matt Quan and Aidan Powers, junior Nick Basile, and middle schoolers Joseph French and Hugh Willcox.
B-TEAM FOOTBALL, LATTIMORE DELIVER
Under the direction of first-year head coach Marcus Lattimore, the Highlander MS Football team entered the 2016 season having not won a game since 2013. By game three, the Highlanders had ended that streak, and by the end of the season, the Highlanders had won their final four games and their first Region I Championship! A huge Heathwood contingent packed out Hammond’s Edens Stadium and were treated to two second-half scores and a 12-0 win!
GROWTH IN THE COLLEGIATE HIGHLANDER FRATERNITY
The number of Heathwood alums taking their talents to the next level grew in 2016, as four Highlander graduates headed off to begin their collegiate careers, and one senior signed to pursue a collegiate career. Brandon Hill signed on National Signing Day with Duke University, while Justin Taylor (Furman), Ben Wilson (Mississippi State), and Woodson Bagnal (Hampden-Sydney) all committed to their respective schools. In November, senior Josh Caldwell signed with the United States Military Academy at West Point (Army) for collegiate basketball.
DEBUT OF THE TOURVILLE CENTER
Thanks to the generosity of Highlander donors, Heathwood renovated and updated a brand new Strength & Conditioning facility in the Lower Gym facility. The facility features new weight equipment from Sorinex, a rehab and cardio room overlooking Highlander Stadium, updates to the Athletic Training room, and new athletic offices and storage rooms. The top-of-the-line facility continues to keep Heathwood Hall at the forefront of facilities in SCISA and across the state.
THE YEAR OF NASIR
Maryah Nasir entered 2016 coming off the 2015 SCISA Cross Country State title, and dominated the calendar year from start to finish. She claimed three individual state titles at the SCISA State Track Meet, claimed two gold medals during the summer in the South Carolina Junior Olympics, and then put together one of the great seasons in Highlander Cross Country history, winning eight events including the Region I title, en route to being named the Midlands Runner of the Year by The State Newspaper.
With so many of the Highlander teams succeeding in 2016, honors were awarded to several members of the Highlander coaching staff. Boys Soccer’s Andrew Richardson earned Region I Co-Coach of the Year honors, and was named the State Private/Parochial School Coach of the Year by the NSCAA after leading the Highlanders to the state championship match. In her first year as HH’s Volleyball coach, Ashley Jordan earned Region Coach of the Year honors and coached in the SCISA North-South game after leading the Highlanders to a runner-up finish in region play and a top seed in the state tournament. After leading the Boys Cross Country team to the first Highlander state championship since 2014, Cindy Scannella was named the State Cross Country Coach of the Year.
While so many of our teams enjoyed great success, several excelled in competition and brought home hardware back to South Beltline! The Wrestling team closed out the 2015-16 season with State Championship appearance, while the Girls Track team and Boys Soccer team both earned State Runner-Up finishes in the spring. This fall, the Girls Swim team had a great showing at the Augusta Aquatics Center, narrowly finishing behind Ashley Hall to finish as the runner-up for the second time in three years.
CALDWELL JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB
Senior Boys Basketball player Josh Caldwell became the third member of the Highlander Boys Basketball program to join the 1,000 point club with his first basket at Porter-Gaud on December 2nd. The reigning Region 1 Co-Player of the Year, helped lead the Highlanders to the SCISA State Semifinals in 2015-16, and is looking to take the team even farther this season before heading to West Point.
DIG PINK GAME PROVES HUGE SUCCESS
The Highlander Volleyball program engineered one of the great fundraising events of the year with their first annual Dig Pink game. Honored during the event included our own golf coach Lynn Humphrey, who is in remission after battling Breast Cancer. The event took place the night of the Hammond match, bringing in a terrific crowd donning pink, and featured bake sales, auctions, and a serving contest–to go along with a 3-0 sweep of the Skyhawks!
THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT
The Highlander Athletic Department heads into 2017 with great momentum! Our thanks to the entire Heathwood community for their continued support! There’s something great happening over on South Beltline!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!