The Spring Valley Varsity football team defeated Spartanburg High School 38-21 in the first round of the AAAA Div. 1 playoffs. The win moves Spring Valley High School to 12-0 on the season and a big game against cross town rival Dutch Fork night at Harry Parone Stadium.
The Vikings were led on offense by RB John Miller who had 17 rushes for 145 yards and 3 TD's. QB Chris Adams had 20 rushes for 89 yards and was 4-7 passing for 138 yards and 2 TD's. Ryan Lee had probably the biggest play of the night catching a 99 yard touchdown reception in the 3rd quarter, which broke the school record for the longest TD catch in school history. Jordan Foster had a 25 yard reception and Christian Miller had a 7 yard TD reception. Cooper Gresham was 5 for 5 on extra points and kicked a 36 yard field goal. He also had 4 punts for a 45.2 yard average.
On defense the Vikings had a great performance led by LB Christian Miller who had 11 tackles. 5 tackles for loss, blocked punt and 2 sacks. LB Josh Harlan had 14 tackles, 1 tackle for loss and 1 forced fumble. Strong safety Tyler Frazier had 9 tackles and 1 tackle for loss. Free safety DeMarcus Muscove had 15 tackles and 2 pass break ups. The Vikings defense held Spartanburg scoreless in the second half.
There was a terrific crowd this past night against Spartanburg! We will need the biggest crowd we have had all season for nights second round playoff game against Dutch Fork. Dutch Fork will bring a big crowd and we need all the school and community support for nights game. Game time is at Harry Parone Stadium!! Bring your pom poms and cow bells. "We need more cowbells."
Girls Tennis (Julia Learmonth)
Congratulations to Julia Learmonth for her tremendous performance in the state singles tournament held at the Cayce Tennis Center this past weekend. Julia started her run by knocking off the number 4 seed in the first round and defeating a tough Aiken opponent in the second round. Julia met up with an eventual finalist in the third round, losing 6-1, 6-2 to a young Dutch Fork player, Lauren Joch. But, Julia wasn't finished as she made her way in the consolation round to the semi-finals where she lost 6-8 in an 8-game pro-set to Natalie Ivey from state champion squad TL Hanna. Julia was named to the All-State Team in recognition of her performance this weekend and will play in the prestigious North-South game this coming weekend.