Prep Notebook, Aug. 10: Battery Creek wrestler Johnson going to Spartanburg

mmccombs@islandpacket.comAugust 10, 2013 

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Battery Creek's DeAndre Johnson will be wrestling at Spartanburg Methodist College this year.

SARAH WELLIVER — File -- The Beaufort Gazette

It looks like Battery Creek's DeAndre Johnson got the job done just before the buzzer.

The two-time state runner-up wrestler will be attending Spartanburg Methodist College on a wrestling scholarship.

"It's not too far from home," Johnson said. "I wanted to wrestle and further my education. It seemed like that would be a good place to wrestle and do that. Honestly, I've been looking at Spartanburg all year."

Johnson, who finished second in Class 2-A at 160 pounds last season after finishing second at 152 his junior year, said he really didn't consider any other schools that were as close as SMC. He said the late announcement was a result of some paperwork that had to be taken care of.

After wrestling for coach Rob Sater and the Pioneers, Johnson hopes to move on to a four-year school in the state.

"Right now, I'm thinking Limestone or Newberry," Johnson said. "I wanted to take engineering, but SMC doesn't have that. So I plan on getting an associates degree in criminal justice, my second choice, which they do have."

Johnson, who went 2-0 at the North-South All-Star matches this spring, moves in on Aug. 16 and starts classes Aug. 22.

"I'm ready," Johnson said. "I've been waiting on this for a while."

QUINLAN HONORED BY FCA

Hilton Head Island boys soccer coach Wayne Quinlan was named the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' Coach of the Year for Beaufort County at last week's Beaufort County Coaches Convocation at Beaufort High School.

Quinlan, the Island Packet and Beaufort Gazette's coach of the year for 2013, led Hilton Head High to a 22-4 record and its first Class 3-A state championship.

The FCA continues to be involved with 11 huddles throughout Beaufort and Jasper County middle and high schools.

Details: http://www.southcoastalfca.org/

JASPER COUNTY HONORS TOOMER

The Jasper County School District's athletic department held its third annual leadership institute July 25 at Sergeant Jasper Park, where the Beyond the Call Award was presented to Frederick Toomer, head coach of the Ridgeland-Hardeeville varsity girls basketball team.

The award is presented each year to a member of the athletic department who goes above and beyond their responsibilities to help others during the school year.

BEAUFORT MIDDLE FOOTBALL MEETING TUESDAY

Beaufort Middle School football practice will begin Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 6 p.m.

In order to be eligible to practice, players and their parents must attend a meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. in the Beaufort Middle School gymnasium. Players must bring a completed physical form with them to the meeting. The physical forms are available in the middle school office.

For more information, contact coach Al Wallace at 843-252-6334.

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