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Strickland ends 11 year
career with no regrets
Posted 9.2.14 by Chris Haulsee
Varnville— Last May student athletes gave their opponents a final handshake, patted each other on the back, and headed to the showers, another successful soccer season over for the Wade Hampton Red Devils. Not only did the season come to an end but so did the career of a coach whose name is spoken with reverence when you talk of Red Devil Soccer.
After eleven years as the boy’s varsity soccer coach at Wade Hampton, Stacy Strickland leaves a program that is now one of the most respected in the entire state of South Carolina…………A program, that for years has celebrated consistency.
“I couldn’t even tell you what my overall record is,” said Strickland in an interview with hcgt.com last spring. I know that we won more than we lost and I know that we never had a losing season while I was coaching. It wasn’t about what my record was; it was about turning these kids into disciplined young men. I knew if we could do that all the rest would fall into place, including the victories.”
As far as victories are concerned, Strickland’s record ranks high on the Wade Hampton list when it comes to a winning tradition and reaping titles.
“We went to the playoffs all eleven years,” Strickland noted. Along the way we won four region titles in a conference that has always been competitive. Normally it has been between us and Barnwell. They are always strong. Some of our greatest moments have come in games against the Warhorses. Some of our greatest seasons have come down to whether we beat them that particular year or not.”
Strickland, the owner of NOLA convenience store on Main St. in Varnville, began coaching at the ‘Little League” level with the H-V United Soccer Club a few years before taking over the reins at Wade Hampton.
“My oldest child (Daniel) wanted to play so I thought that I would help out, recalled Strickland. He jokingly remembered, “It was all a learning experience with me. My youngest, Zac, decided to play as well so I stuck with it. When Daniel went to Wade Hampton I started helping out as a volunteer there, and when they needed a new head coach I accepted the position. Both of my kids went through the program here and put up with me. All of us survived, so I guess it’s time to bow out unscathed. I will say this, I am a soccer junky now. I watch it constantly and I’m sure I will still see some games at the high school. I even keep it on down here at the store during the day. I’ll never be able to escape it.”
The 2014 season was the best season ever for the Devils as they went 18-2, undefeated in the region and made it to the AA Lower State semi-finals.
“I guess this was the year to give it all up. These kids gave me a great finish. We started out with two early losses but then ripped off 17 straight wins and then to make it as far as we ever have in the playoffs. You can’t ask for much more than that. I wish we could have gone all the way but AA soccer is so tough with teams like Bishop England and Waccamaw to compete against. No matter what you do, the playoffs pass through one of those stadiums and you rarely win in either of them. But that’s okay, we had a great year!
Stacy continued, “A lot of our success this year came from our past philosophy. Lots of coaches like to play patsy schedules early in the season and pad their record. We always believed that to make us a tougher, more competitive team, we needed to play stiffer competition early on. That’s why we seemed to always start out slow, record-wise, because we were playing Bluffton, Beaufort, Hilton Head and everyone else in the Lowcountry. We were always playing AAA & AAAA teams that had lots of talent. It made us a better team when the region season rolled around.” That’s probably why Wade Hampton had three undefeated years in region play along with several seasons where they only had one region loss. Even in lean years they never finished worse than 3rd in region play.
As we closed out the interview, Stacy was asked what he will miss the most out of it all.
“It certainly won’t be the late night bus rides after a loss or seeing a kid laying on the field hurting after an injury. No, I guess I’ll miss the kids the most. We’ve had so many good ones come through here with several going on to play at the next level. If I was able to change just one of their lives in a positive manner then it was all worth it. Yes, I will miss it. The program is at a good ‘jumping off’ point right now. Don Sral will move up from JV and take over and I think he will do a great job! I feel I have something to be proud of to leave behind.”
Gators strike again
on the road !
Beaufort— Maybe the Estill High football team needs to stay away from home as the Gators are now 2-0 on the year without stepping on their own football field..
On the road for the second week in a row the 10th-ranked Gators powerful running game rolled into Battery Creek Friday night and left with a 24-18 victory.
Gator running backs Jarvis Singleton and DeAngelo Bryant carried the ball 29 times for 243 yards and four score which included Bryant's 90-yard dash during the fourth quarter that made the difference in the game. Bryant also scored on carries of 53 and 6 yards.
Singleton's touchdown came on a 62-yard burst up the middle in which he was untouched.
On the first play from scrimmage, Dolphins quarterback Rocky Smalls hit Eric Freeman on a slant he took 75 yards for a score. The touchdown would be the only scoring in the first period.
The second quarter started as quickly as the first when Bryant scored his first TD just six seconds in. The 2-point conversion failed and the score was 6-6. But that wouldn’t stay the same for long when less than three minutes later Singleton scored on his 62-yard romp to give the Gators the lead at 12-6.
Big plays ensued on both sides when with less than five minutes left in the half when the Dolphins Tyrone Dilbert toting it 60 yards for the score. With neither team able to convert an extra point all night, the score stood at 12-12 at the half.
The 2nd half started the same as the first with quick scoring, this time by the Gators, as they scored with only 34 seconds gone in the quarter. This time it was Bryant on his 53-yard race to the end zone. Six minutes later the Dolphins tied the score again when Dilbert scored his 2nd TD of the night on a 52-yard run. The 3rd quarter ended with the two teams knotted at 18.
Both team’s defenses managed to play a little football with neither team able to score on four straight possessions before the Gators unlocked the door to victory with Bryant’s 3rd score on the night on his 90-yard gallop. Again the conversion was missed and the Gators would wrap up their 2nd straight win against no losses. The Dolphins would manage to get the ball two more times, but turnovers wiped out both opportunities.
The Gators will open their home schedule next week against cross-county rival Wade Hampton. The game is scheduled for a 7:30pm kickoff.
Devils can't keep pace with Tigers
Devil Hill— The evening started out well for the Wade Hampton Red Devils Friday night, but it only lasted for twenty-four minutes as the Allendale-Fairfax Tigers turned a 10-8 halftime deficit into a 36-10 win at Devil Hill.
Defense was the name of the game in the first half with both teams giving up very little from a yardage standpoint. The scoring did finally get underway when A-F quarterback William Ward hooked up with receiver Justin Johnson on a 55-yard toss. The extra-point was good and Tigers led 8-0 with just under a minute left in the first quarter.
The Devils took over and decided it was their turn to score as they began a 12-play scoring drive that was highlighted by a fake punt by kicker George Skinner on a 4th and short play near midfield. A few plays later the drive ended on a Bryson Butts one-yard scoring drive. The point-after was good by Skinner and the score was 8-7 Allendale.
On Allendale’s next drive the managed to fumble for the third time on the night. Although the Devils didn’t capitalize the first two times, the third time would be the charm. Four plays later Skinner was called on to attempt a 40-yard field goal. As both team came set a 5-yard motion penalty was called on the Devils backing the ball up for a 45-yard attempt. Skinner’s kick was good with room to spare and Wade Hampton went into the locker room with a 10-8 lead.
The second half was not as kind to the Red Devils as they gave up 28 unanswered point. The quarter was highlighted by an opening possession score and then a Wade Hampton fumble which led to another score for the Tigers. Just like that A-F was up by 12 with a 20-10 lead and all of the momentum. The Tigers would score again before the end of the period on a Kenarda Smith 48-yard run.
Both teams bounced back and forth with neither able to score in the fourth quarter until A-F found the end zone one last time on a Trevonte Williams 15-yard run followed by a 2-point conversion with half a minute left making the final 36-10 in favor of the Tigers.
Offensively for the Devils running back Treyvon Williams had another good game with 93 yards on 16 carries. Bryson Butts has 35 yards on 11 carries with a touchdown and was 6-21 passing for 61 yards and an interception. The leading receiver for the Devils was Deonte White with two catches for 29 yards. Skinner was good on one PAT and had the 45-yard field goal, just two yards short of his school record 47-yarder he converted last season.
Defensively the Red Devils had 18 players with at least one tackle. Individually, Leeshawn Williams had 9 tackles including three solo stops and 1 tackle for a loss. Williams also recovered two A-F fumbles. Sophomore Adrian Scheller had 6 tackles on the night.
The Devils will be on the road again next week against Estill. The game is set for 7:30pm. Wade Hampton is now 1-1 on the year.
"Freaky Friday" costs Patriots
by Greg Jones
Summerton- Sometimes, a football score does little to really tell the story of a game. Friday night’s result, a 28-14 Clarendon Hall win over Patrick Henry, is just such a result.
The home standing Saints took the opening kickoff, and in four plays, put up their first touchdown of the young season. The conversion left the score 8-0. After exchanging punts, the Patriots managed an eleven play drive, with Will Tuten scoring from the 5 yard line. Blair Moore’s conversion pass to Kelly Pittinger tied the score 8-8. For the remainder of the half, neither team was able to sniff the end zone.
The third quarter was more of the same, until Will Tuten scored again with 2:49 left in the quarter; the conversion failed, and the Patriots led 14-8. Clarendon Hall then embarked on a drive of their own, scoring with 20 seconds to go in the half, and took a 16-14 lead.
With 4:52 to go in the game, PHA took the ball at their 18, hoping to mount a game winning drive. Despite holding the ball for eight plays, the Patriots last real chance ended on an incomplete pass from their own 16 yard line.
Two bizarre fumble recoveries led to two very late Saint touchdowns, leaving the Patriots with a 28-14 loss.
The Clarendon Hall hurry up offense kept the Patriot defense on the field for nearly 60 plays. Linebackers Gill Griner, Levi Williams and Kelly Pittinger notched 7, 6 and 6 tackles respectively. The PHA offense was led by Tuten with 132 yards, with Moore’s 76 yards and Griner’s 38 yards contributing to the total.
The Patriots open region play against James Island Christian School next week in Charleston. Kickoff is set for 7:30 at the Fort Johnson Middle School field.
Other Region Scores:
Estill 24, Battery Creek 18
Clarendon Hall 28, Patrick Henry 14
Allendale-Fairfax 38, Wade Hampton (H) 10
Ashley Ridge 56, James Island 21
Bamberg-Ehrhardt 42, Edisto 7
Barnwell 42, Blackville-Hilda 14
Batesburg-Leesville 42, Woodland 22
Branchville 36, North 22
Calhoun County 48, Denmark-Olar 0
Charleston Collegiate 40, Coastal Christian Prep 12
Colleton County 32, Beaufort 20
Aiken 14, South Aiken 10
Colleton Prep 48, Pee Dee Academy 12
Effingham County, Ga. 21, Bluffton 8
Hilton Head Island 20, Whale Branch 6
Hilton Head Prep 28, Bethesda Academy, Ga. 16
Hunter-Kinard-Tyler 34, Cross 22
Military Magnet Academy 32, North Charleston 18
North Augusta 44, Midland Valley 21
Orangeburg-Wilkinson 16, Lake Marion 6
Ridgeland-Hardeeville 40, New Hampstead, Ga. 10
Saluda 47, Ridge Spring-Monetta 20
St. John’s 34, R.B. Stall 8
Stratford 38, Berkeley 21
Summerville 15, Cane Bay 13
Thomas Heyward Academy 20, Bible Baptist 7
Timberland 25, Hanahan 14
W. Wyman King Academy 28, Beaufort Academy 12
Wagener-Salley 27, Bethune-Bowman 24
Whitmire 42, Calhoun Falls 0
Williston-Elko 7, Silver Bluff 6
Nicholas Wallover will give a presentation about shorebirds at 3 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island.
Every year, tens of thousands of shorebirds descend in mass on South Carolina’s coast as part of migrations that span thousands of miles every year to nesting grounds as far as Alaska and the high Arctic, according to a museum news release. Many more will spend non-breeding months overwintering on our beaches, and a few species will nest along our coasts.
Those who attend Wallover's presentation can learn more about these birds and the role of communities in South Carolina in protecting this important part of our coastal heritage.
Wallover is the regional biologist for the ACE Basin National Estuarine Research Reserve and manager of the McKenzie Field Station at Bennett’s Point. This program is sponsored in part by the Kroger Foundation.
The Museum is at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head.
Lowcountry native and "American Idol" winner Candice Glover will perform during Homecoming Weekend at the University of South Carolina Beaufort on Oct. 4th. Glover's concert will take place on the Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton. Gates will open at 5:00pm with the concert starting at 7:30pm preceded by an opening act at 6:30pm.
Tickets are free to USCB students and children under 5. All other tickets are $15 in advnce for the general public and $20 at the door. For details go to www.uscb.edu/homecoming.
Bus Drivers needed!!! Drivers needed!!! If anyone is interested in a job with benefits Hampton District One is actively seeking bus drivers. We are hosting a class Monday, Sept 8-11 8 am to 3 pm in the Harrison Peeples Clinic conference room. We guarantee 30 hours a week (6-8 am & 2-4:30 pm). Apply at the district office on Pine Street in Varnville! Pass the word around!!!
John Keler will speak on the "Formation of the Confederacy" at 3:00pm, September 18th at the Coastal Discovery Museum.
Keller will bring his ollection of 21 flags flown by various groups during the Civil War, address the origins of the Confederacy, and trace the history of the many flags used by military regiments, state and local governments and the Confederacy. The program is sponsored in part by the Kroger Foundation and costs $7 per person for ages 12 and older. Reservations are required by calling the museum at 843-689-6767 ext. 223, or going to www.coastaldiscovery.org.
The museum is located at 70 Honey Hill Dr. on Hilton Head Island.
Early voter registration is underway for 17 year old citizens who will turn 18 on or before the General Election on November 4th. Remember, voters must be registered by October 4th to vote in the November 4th General Election.
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