IRMO, SC (WIS) - Championship Saturday on the pitch went perfectly for Midlands high school teams. Five programs won titles. Three were first-time state champs.
THE LEGEND DELIVERS ANOTHER TITLE
Coaching legend Phil Savitz guided River Bluff boy's soccer to its first-ever championship. The Gators beat Clover 5-0 in the 4A boys State Championship game at Irmo.
Truly ironic, when you consider Savitz spent 33 years coaching at Irmo high school. In fact, the field house bears his name. He won 14 titles as a head coach with the Yellowjackets.
On Saturday, he led River Bluff to school history on his old stomping grounds, where he picked up 700th career win, and 15th state championship.
WILDCATS CAP OFF PERFECT SEASON
The Lexington girls soccer squad capped off their dream season in dramatic fashion. The Wildcats came from behind to beat JL Mann in the 4A title game to finish the year undefeated.
Lexington won 2-1 in overtime.
Megan Classer delivered the game-winner in sudden death, as her shot hit the cross bar and bounced just inside the line. Initially, the officials did not believe she scored.
"I knew the goal was good," said Classer. "As soon as they said the goal was no good, I said that's not right. We just won."
Indeed the Wildcats did, as the officials came together to rule Classer's shot to be a goal. A golden moment for Classer and the Wildcats.
THE EAGLES SOAR TO VICTORY
It was a banner day for Chapin high school. Both the boys and girls teams won 3A State Championships.
The Chapin boys defeated Myrtle Beach 3-2, with Colin Harris delivering the game-winner with under ten minutes to play.
The Chapin girls took down Hilton Head Island 7-3 in the title game, to win the program's first-ever state title.
Rachel Cosby led the way with four goals.
"It feels so good," said Cosby. "Our team is such a family. We knew from the beginning we wanted to be in this game. Our whole season was getting ready for this game. Winning this game means the world to all of us."
CARDINALS ERASE LAST YEAR'S MISERY
A year after losing the SCISA 3A girls championship game, Cardinal Newman returned to the 2016 title showdown, and won.
The Cardinals defeated Ashley Hall 2-0.
A great feeling for a group that overcame injuries throughout the season, to earn redemption. "We lost a lot of girls to injuries," said coach Will Plexico.
"We kept talking about next girl up, and we had a bunch of kids step up this year."