Excitement Abounds at Palmetto State Swimming Championships

This Saturday, the opulent Carolina Natatorium housed in the Sol Blatt P.E. Center on the University of South Carolina campus will be the setting for the 2014 South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) boys and girls state swimming championships.

When the smoke clears, state champions in SCHSL Classes AAAA (the state’s largest enrollment classification) and AAA (second-largest) will be crowned.

Click here to watch the Class AAAA championships.  Click here to watch the Class AAA championships.

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Top Ranked Lacrosse Teams Meet Again for Monday’s State Championships

For the second consecutive year the South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) State Championship in boys lacrosse features the Wando Warriors (Mt. Pleasant, SC) and the Fort Mill Yellow Jackets.  Wando (15-2), the No. 1 ranked team in SC according to LAXPower, defeated Fort Mill (12-3) in last year’s title matchup.

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Weather Delays

This  week, the Southeast, MidAtlantic and Northeast were slammed with wintry weather.  Putting safety first means that many state’s have postponed planned championships for this weekend in order to give their student athletes safe roads to travel and ample time to prepare.

Below is a quick recap of all the scheduling changes we are currently aware of. Please check in with your local association for further details and check the schedule at the NFHS Network for updates.

ALABAMA

Wrestling: The AHSAA has moved some of its preliminary matches from Friday to Saturday. The NFHS Network was originally only going to be covering the finals on Saturday, however, we will now stream a switched production of the whole day’s events on Saturday starting at 10am leading up to the  finals coverage on Saturday at 2pm ET.

CONNECTICUT

Indoor Track:  Connecticut is delaying their Indoor Track Championships originally scheduled for this Saturday to Monday, February 17 at 3:00 pm ET.

GEORGIA

Wrestling: Originally scheduled for this weekend, the wrestling championships have been rescheduled for next Friday, February 21 and Saturday, February 22. New times and schedule of events to be announced.

  • Class A: Saturday, February 22 at Commerce High School, Schedule TBA
  • Class AA: Saturday, February 22 at Toombs County High School, Schedule TBA
  • Class AAA: Saturday, February 22a t Buford High School, Schedule TBA
  • Class AAAA: Friday & Saturday, February 21 – 22 at West Laurens High School, Schedule TBA
  • Class AAAAA: Friday & Saturday, February 21 – 22 at Loganville High School, Schedule TBA
  • Class AAAAAA: Friday & Saturday, February 21 – 22 at Chattahoochee High School, Schedule TBA

Basketball: Semifinal rounds will remain on Saturday, March 1st, however, some earlier rounds have been affected:

  • 1st Round (AA – AAAAAA): Girls on Friday, February 21; Boys on Saturday, February 22
  • 1st Round (Class A) and 2nd Round (AA – AAAAAA): Girls on Monday, February 24; Boys on Tuesday, February 25
  • Quarterfinal Round (All Classes): Girls on Wednesday, February 26 an dBOys on Thursday, February 27
  • Semifinals (AA – AAAAAA & Class A Public): Saturday, March 1
  • Semifinals (Class A Private only): Monday, March 3

Check back here for updated wrestling and basketball broadcasting schedules – we will schedule them as soon as possible.

MARYLAND

Wrestling: Maryland’s Wrestling Championships-Duals have been moved from this Saturday, February 15 to Tuesday, February 18.

RHODE ISLAND

Gymnastics: RIIL Gymnastics will now take place at 10:00 am ET instead of the planned 1:00 pm ET start time this Saturday, February 15.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Wrestling: SCHSL has postponed the AA, AAA and AAAA Dual Wrestling Championships originally scheduled for tomorrow, February 15 to several dates next week.

  • AA will be Tuesday, February 18 at 6:30 pm ET at Airport High School
  • AAA will be Wednesday, February 19 at 7:30 pm ET at River Bluff HIgh School.
  • AAAA is yet to be determined.

4 Overtimes, A Comeback Win, A New Championship Record and Brett Favre the Stories in the South This Past Weekend

Despite treacherous weather conditions amongst much of the southeast this past weekend, there were many fantastic finishes to the 2013-2014 football season with some incredible highlights, statistics and celebrations.

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School of the Week: Westwood High School

Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I was so tripped up on tryptophan that we are a bit behind in recognizing last week’s School of the Week. Hopefully you saw Westwood High School in Blythewood, S.C., featured on the NFHS Network home page.

The program advisor, Lynn Washington, was also traveling last week, but was nice enough to take a moment to share a little bit more about their program. Westwood is a new high school, opening just last year. The School Broadcast Program had their first broadcast in November of 2012 and streams sports in addition to special events and a daily morning news show, The Red Hot Report.

“PlayOn (NFHS Network) has given the students so many opportunities and experiences,” Lynn said. “We have grown in many ways this year and really think our program has as well.”

The School Broadcast Program is part of Westwood’s news and sports broadcasting class and has about 25 students participating. They stream and post the morning news show each day and also post it on the school blog.

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“A great story is last year we were broadcasting a boys basketball game and we also tweet – we got one from the high school rep for ESPN that said  that he did not who was the girl broadcasting but he would hire her for ESPN in the future.”

Which reminds me – are you following the NFHS Network on Twitter? We’d love to connect with you, share your links and promote your events. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @NFHSNetwork. We’ll follow back and can’t wait to see what interesting events you are covering this year! And don’t forget to tag your behind the scenes photos of your broadcast team in action with #WeAreHighSchool for a chance at being recognized as  School of the Week.

You can follow Westwood High School’s School Broadcast Program at @RedHawkTV.

Two South Carolina Competitive Cheer Powerhouses Look to Add to Impressive History This Weekend

The South Carolina High School League Competitive Cheer Championships will feature 48 teams from three classifications on Saturday, November 23 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, SC.  

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