Senior guard Darius Bryant, the UNO’s Pizza Lexington Player of the Week, has spent the greater part of this season leading all Midlands players in scoring while leading the Cats to an outstanding 17-4 record, including a 5-2 mark in a loaded Region 5-5A. The 5-10 senior floor general, who is also a superb passer and leader for coach Bailey Harris’ team, has hovered around 25 ppg this season, while also contributed over 3 assists per game. He is a deadly shooter from behind the arc, one that Harris calls “among the very best that I have coached” over the course his three decades as a head coach. Congratulations Darius!
Lexington basketball coach Bailey Harris has done a terrific job guiding the Wildcat boys to a 17-4 record, including a 5-2 mark in extremely tough Region 5-5A. Harris talked with us on this past Tuesday afternoon before that evening’s 25-point win over White Knoll. The Cats followed that up with a big 80-70 victory over Spring Valley last night, completing a regular-season sweep of the Vikings.
Lexington’s girls golf team, under the superb leadership of Crescent Construction Midlands Coach of the Week Brandon Smith, won its 11th state title in the last 13 years at the Members Club at Wildwood on October 24 and 25, winning the 5A crown by an enormous 38 strokes over runner-up White Knoll. That margin of victory was the third-largest in state history. Smith, in his eighth year coaching the Wildcat girls, produced three golfers in the Top 8 finishers: junior Gracyn Burgess, who shot a two-day total of 154 to finish second; 7th grader Isabella Rawl, who fired a 156 to finish third; and 8th grader Karlee Vardas, who carded a 160 to finish tied for 8th place. All three golfers earned All-State honors for their superb showings. Congratulations and super job, Coach Smith!
Senior safety Eric Ricker, the UNO’s Pizza Lexington Boys Player of the Week, talked with us last week before the Wildcats’ dramatic 29-28 overtime win over Sumter in the first round of the 5A state playoffs. Lexington will play at White Knoll on Friday in a second round match-up of Region 5 rivals. The Timberwolves edged the Cats 17-14 back on October 28 in the regular season match-up between the two. That game was played at Wildcat Stadium. Great job, Eric!
Senior cheerleaders Josie Pickler and Reagan Alverez, the UNO’s Pizza Lexington Girls Players of the Week, talked with us last week before Friday’s competition cheer state championships at Colonial Life Arena. Pickler and Alverez, the Wildcat team captains along with fellow senior Kayley Manini, led Lexington to the runner-up spot in 5A, finishing just behind Dutch Fork by a 364-361 margin. Great job, Josie and Reagan!
Senior Jackson Ward, a 6-4, 315-pound center, anchors a Lexington offensive line whose play will be critical as the Wildcats travel to Sumter in the opening round of the 5A playoffs.
Senior Weston Hutto, the UNO’s Pizza Lexington Boys Player of the Week, led his team to first place in the 5A Mid-State Qualifying Meet on Oct. 29, finishing fourth overall individually with a PR of 16:34:42. Then on Saturday at the State Meet, Hutto bettered his best time with a sparkling 16:14:00, finishing tenth overall individually and earning All-State honors while leading the Wildcat boys to a 3rd-place finish, the best of all Midlands 5A schools. Great job, Weston!
Lexington senior Courtney White, a 3-time All-Region selection, helped the Wildcat girls cross country team to a second place finish in the 5A Mid-State meet on Oct. 29, running 20:47:55 to finish at #15 overall. We talked to White last week before she and her teammates achieved their goal of finishing in the Top 10 in yesterday’s state meet where the Wildcats placed eighth overall in 5A at Sandhills.
Lexington sophomore Jordan Hiller, in his first start at tailback, ran for 206 yards and a TD on 30 carries in a tough 17-14 loss to Region 5-5A rival White Knoll last Friday. Hiller and the Wildcats host Dutch Fork this evening in the regular season finale for both teams.
Junior Gracyn Burgess, the UNO’s Pizza Lexington Girls Player of the Week, led the Wildcat girls to another girls golf state championship, finishing second overall individually and after being medalist in the Lower State qualifier for the second consecutive season. Named All-Region for the fifth consecutive year and All-State the last three, Burgess fluctuates between #1 and #2 in the S.C. Junior Golfer rankings and has been an integral part of Lexington’s state championship teams over 4 of the last 5 years.