It was a hot weekend of firsts for GSSM’s Men’s Soccer and Track and Field teams as they traveled to Columbia and brought back state championship trophies.
The action began at 10am at Irmo High School where the Men’s Soccer Team took on the Charleston Math and Science Charter School Riptides in the 1A State Final.
Joseph Bhoi and Niko Peterson scored in a mostly defensive first half to book a half-time lead of 2-0. The heat of the day and relentless pressure from the Eagle’s offense lead to three more goals in the second half from Bhoi, Jay Occilien, and a final goal to go up 5-0 from Jacob Nalley less than 30 seconds after he came into the game.
The defense held off a motivated Riptide offence for the shut-out. Goalie and team co-captain Will Rumsfelt made quality saves in the few challenges offered by their offence.
The team showed patience and determination throughout the game, keeping control of the ball and feeding it forward with surgical passing. The defense was largely unpenetrated with only one serious threat on goal from the Riptide on a free kick.
This is GSSM’s first state championship in soccer.
Shortly after hoisting the soccer trophy, Track and Field action started across town at Spring Valley High School. After a day of outstanding individual and team efforts, the team brought home 7 championship trophies and landed an overall 3rd place finish in the state. Coach O'Connor said that a 3rd place overall finish was a remarkable achievement since the men only participated in 6 of 17 possible events and GSSM's women participated in 11 of 17. In the day's competitions, each team member medaled in at least one event.
- Victoria Paul - long jump ; 100m hurdles
- Brendan McManamom - 3200; 1600m
- Austin Geer - 800m
- Girls 4X800 State Champion relay team
- Catlin McDade
- Maddie Tedrick
- Darby Porter
- Layne Scapono
- Boys 4X800 State Champion relay team
- Brendan McManamom
- Kolin Campel
- Richard Sandvoss
- Austin Geer
When added to the men’s cross-country championship earned earlier in the year, Saturday’s action brings GSSM’s state championship trophies to 9. Athletics Director Hugh O’Connor appreciated that our atheletes displayed their skill, drive, and sportsmanship through the year, “Our student body represents academic and athletic excellence. I could not be more proud of our teams and their coaches and the support staff.”
Congratulations to these champion student athletes!