Nineteen Rebels named to Winter Sports All-County rosters
Posted March 26, 2017
Nate Harrison-Moore successfully clears the high jump pole during an indoor track meet at the HCC ARCC. Recently, the Herald-Mail released the results for All-County as voted on by the local media and coaches. Indoor Track lead the way with ten athletes receiving All-County honors.
By Brayden Leather
Professional leagues distribute post-season awards. The NCAA hands out All-American honors. In high school sports, you receive All-County honors. It means the local media and the coaches you competed against that season recognized your athletic talent and placed your name on their ballot when deciding who should be considered one of the best players in the county that season for their respective sport. Recently, 19 student-athletes from South High were recognized for the hard work and determination they put forth during the winter sports season. Without further delay, let's meet those All-County athletes.
It was not a surprise to see so many names included in the list of Washington County indoor track athletes who received All-County honors, especially considering South’s head track coach Dwayne Freeman holds multiple impressive track and field records himself. Junior high jump athletes Nate Harrison-Moore and Kaithon McDonald have enjoyed great success not only at the county, regional, and state level, but also at the national level. Both Harrison-Moore and McDonald competed in the National Junior Olympics in Sacramento, California last summer before the start of the current 2016-2017 school year and both recently were part of the New Balance Nationals finishing fourth and sixth and raising thier PR’s in the high jump. But Nate and Kaithon are not alone. After Chelsea Wright graduated with the Class of 2016 and moved on to the collegiate level with Mount Saint Mary’s, the “three-headed monster” the Rebels had at the high jump position had a hole. That hole was quickly filled by freshman Sadie Leisinger who earned All-County honors playing volleyball in the fall sports season. Leisinger and McDonald claimed county titles for indoor track this winter with Harrison-Moore finishing as the county runner-up to his teammate. All three earned All-County honors from the local media and will likely be a headache for competitors who also eye gold.
After producing a state champion and NCAA Division-I wrestler in Brandon Ngati last season, the wrestling team’s goal was to remain competitive. The team had one wrestler qualify for states and finish fourth in junior Shawn King-Pombo, an All-County lineman for football. The team finished as county runner-ups to rival North Hagerstown and saw seven wrestlers qualify for regionals. Derrick Hannah, Nick Kelbaugh, and Shawn King-Pombo claimed county titles in their respective weight classes while Caleb Everhart, Durise Morton, and Michael Teunis finished as county runner-ups.
In what was a tough season thanks to another unforgiving out-of-county heavy schedule, the girls team showed improvement in may areas. Tajah Goodman, one of the main ball controllers for South, earned All-County honors this season playing on a court which featured many standout players with a strong mix of experienced upperclassmen player like Goodman and young, inexperienced players joining the varsity roster. As South High prepares to rejoin conference play next year after spending the last few seasons as “independents” after the disbandment of the MVAL, the Central Maryland Conference (CMC) will bring another goal to play for despite the conference being made up mostly of Frederick County schools which should be nothing new to the sports teams at South High. You can catch Tajah Goodman on the court representing South one last time when she plays in a Roundball Classic senior All-Star game at North High the weekend of March 31st - April 2nd.
A very talented group of seniors will graduate with the Class of 2017 this June. Over the last few years, they have accepted the role of being a team leader and have made a lasting impact on their younger teammates. The boys team had a balanced mix of senior players to pair with a group of talented sophomores such as second year varsity player Anthony Pimentel and Davion Spann who spent last season playing on the freshman team. Xzavion Roman and Jeff Wetzel will take to the court for South High one last time when the play in a Roundball Classic senior All-Star game at North High the weekend of March 31st - April 2nd.