The Item’s Wednesday Watch is a weekly look at the buzz around tri-county sports. The Item sports staff will pick its most noteworthy stories, stats and quotes for the week.
1. Clarendon …
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1. Clarendon Hall win second straight title
Last week’s ranking: #3
For the second straight season, the Clarendon Hall Saints are SCISA 1A champions after defeating Andrew Jackson 93-66 on Saturday at Sumter County Civic Center. Four Saints scored 18 or more points in a dominant win, saying goodbye to their seniors with one final victory.
2. Scott’s Branch advances to state title game
Last week’s ranking: #1
The Scott’s Branch boys basketball team will play in their first state championship game in 20 years this Saturday after defeating Charleston Math & Science 64-57 on Friday. The Eagles won back-to-back titles in 1999 and 2000.
3. Top-ranked South Carolina keeps rolling
Last week’s ranking: #5
The South Carolina women’s basketball team maintained its No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press poll after defeating Texas A&M, which was ranked 12th at the time, 60-52 on Sunday. The Gamecocks will open the SEC Tournament on Friday.
4. Davin Jackson finishes second in 5A state wrestling
Last week’s ranking: Unranked
Sumter wrestler Davin Jackson finished in second place in the 220-pound weight class in the 5A state championships in Anderson over the weekend. Jackson had wins over Hunter Dixon of Chapin and Stall’s Damon Loveless before falling to Jake Fernicola from Woodmont in the title match.
5. Justus Boone commits to Florida
Sumter defensive end Justus Boone made an early college football commitment last week, announcing on Twitter that he intends to play at Florida. Boone is still keeping his recruiting window open despite the commitment.
STAT OF THE WEEK
It’s been 20 years since the Scott’s Branch Eagles have played in a state championship game.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“These (senior) kids came in when Clarendon Hall basketball was a joke and now we’re 64-10 in the last three seasons. Such an amazing accomplishment for them and to see them end it with a championship, it’s just great.”
- Clarendon Hall head coach Anthony Reitenour after the Saints won their second straighr state title on Saturday.
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