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Wrestling Recap – Silver Fox Invitational
On Friday and Saturday, December 13-14, the Spring Valley varsity wrestling team competed in the Silver Fox Invitational.  The beginning of the tournament, on Friday, set the seeding for a 16 man single elimination tournament on Saturday.  The team has benefited from an early season challenge schedule. They have performed extremely well, gaining more invaluable experience, for the relatively young squad.  The team had three wrestlers advance to the finals, seniors Rene Rodriguez and Brandyn Thompson as well as Freshman Jordan Stiffler.  Jordan Stiffler, ending his impressive weekend of wrestling, fell to a River Bluff wrestler in the finals. Rene Rodriguez continued his winning status, until suffering his first loss of the season and falling by 1 point to an opponent from Socastee.  Brandyn Thompson finished the competition undefeated. He did not only claim the title of the 220 pound weight class champion, but also avenged his only loss of the season. He won convincingly over Lower Richland’s 220 pound challenger. Congratulations to the wrestling team, as they represent our school and program well!  The team heads into the holiday season with an extremely busy week. They travel to dual River Bluff on Tuesday night followed by two matches at Irmo on Wednesday before they head Durham North Carolina on Friday afternoon to wrestle at the prestigious Sonny Inksip Tournament.

B-Team Boys Basketball
The B-Team improved to 5 – 1 with a win Wednesday, December 18th, against Sumter. This was a hard fought game from the start until the end. The game went back and forth the entire game, until we pulled out in front with 2 minutes to go and held on to our lead. The final score was 38 – 43. The leading scorer was Jonathan Mikell with 18 points. Daveon Davis added 8 points and Rob Gantt had 7 points. Brendan Hicks (6 points) and Noah Guyton (2 points) were key to us getting and holding onto our 4th quarter lead by having game changing steals and rebounds. Overall, we had a great bounce back game with solid play by all.

JV Boys Basketball
Great team win against a very good Sumter team. We ended this year on a winning note.  We had 6 players score Wednesday night.  Desmond Williams was our leading score with 10pts., Jhavon Bryant had 7pts, Kiyon Nelson, Isaiah York and Ryan Lee all had 6pts, and Nicholas Brown had 4pts.

JV and Varsity Wrestling
Both the varsity and JV wrestling teams traveled to Irmo Wednesday night. The teams wrestle matches against Greenwood and Laurens High School.  The JV team looked great and was led by freshman Adam Brickle who showed tremendous sportsmanship beyond his years.  At the Irmo coaches request Adam wrestled, and allowed a disable student to secure his first ever win. The varsity team split the evenings matches losing to Laurens and defeating Greenwood.  Senior Rene Rodriguez continued his winning ways and was joined by senior Kyree Harris, junior Arius Thomas, sophomore Tyler Bacon and freshman MacQuise Simpson all winning both matches.  Both teams are in action this weekend as they travel to North Carolina to wrestle in the prestigious Sonny Inskip invitational.

Wrestling Recap – River Bluff  
The wrestling team traveled Tuesday, December 17th to River Bluff High School wrestling a single dual against the Gators.  The team showed great fight and promise, but eventually fell by a score of 48-26.  Rene Rodriguez, Tyler Bacon and Kadarius Bunch all led the team with pins, while Brandyn Thompson and Kyree Harris turned in solid performances earning bonus point victories.  The team is back in action Wednesday, December 18th as they travel to Irmo to take on Greenwood and Laurens High School in a tri-match before heading to North Carolina on Friday.  

Varsity Boys Basketball (Tuesday)
Boys Varsity Basketball had a tough lost on the road against Aiken 53 to 67. Our leading score was Jordan Bruner with 15 points. Please come support us tomorrow and Saturday as we play in the Chic-fil-A Classic at NE High School. 

Girls Varsity Basketball
On Tuesday, December 17th, the Lady Vikings defeated Aiken 51-31. Cierra Carter led all scorers with 17 points, 4 rebounds,  4 steals and 3 assists. Akia Dunlap netted 12 points, 5 steals and 3 assists, followed by Megan Davis with 10. The next contest is against Newberry in the Capital City Classic at Keenan High School on Dec. 27th @ 4:00 pm. Overall Record :  8 wins and 0 losses. The Lady Vikings wish all of you a restful, fun & safe holiday season!!