This weekend wrapped up a historic season for High Point Academy Spartanburg winter sports programs culminating with boys basketball winning the SCHSL 1A State Championship in Columbia. They defeated defending state champs Hemingway HS 70-55 Friday night at the Colonial Life Arena. The win is the school’s first-ever state championship. Junior Jayden Byrd led all scorers with 29, including six three-pointers. “This win means a lot for High Point,” said Byrd. “Now people know our name and that we are about business. This is our first time, but I know we’ll be back.” Junior Isaiah Owens, the 1A State Player of the Year, added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Grizzlies. “Our goal from the beginning of the season was to win a state championship. I put that pressure on them because I felt like we were capable if they came and worked and they did,” said Head Coach, Marcus Watts. The team also set the state record for three-point shots made this season, hitting 269.
The Lady Grizzly basketball team also made it to the state title game under first-year Head Coach, Grace Franklin. Unfortunately, they lost to Scott’s Branch HS, 63-49. Finishing as the state runner-up is the best season in school history and sets a new bar for all future teams. Nonetheless, it was a fantastic and historic season for the Lady Grizzlies, and we are incredibly proud of them.
This season the Grizzly wrestling team also saw two wrestlers qualify for state, sophomores, Zane Van Vleet, and Chad Rowlette. Van Vleet made it to the State Championship match and finished runner up. He became the school’s first SCHSL state finalist.
In victory and defeat, our athletes competed with honor and integrity. We are incredibly proud of them and their accomplishments. Thank you for all the support from our student body, teachers, staff, and fans!
We now turn our attention to our spring sports. The Grizzly baseball, soccer, and softball teams are getting underway for their 2019 campaigns. This year will be the third year for softball, the second season for soccer, and the inaugural baseball season.
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