The Wilson Hall Volleyball team has been selected as an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Academic All-American Team for the sixth year in a row. For the fourth time in six years, the team was also recognized as an "Honor Roll" team, setting it apart as one of the top 100 programs in the country. The AVCA, in partnership with the United States Marine Corps, recognizes volleyball programs across the country in high school and college that excel in academics as well as on the court.
As a team, Wilson Hall compiled a 4.397 GPA while team members were enrolled in 15 Advanced Placement courses and 20 honors courses. On the court the Barons earned a 26-6 record, finishing second in the region and in a tie for fifth in the state tournament. They had three players selected to All-Region Teams, along with the Co-Region Coach of the Year, and had two players recognized on a state level. Two players, Abbie Beatson and Lucy Matthews were named to the AVCA Preseason Watch Lists.
The following students were members of the 2020 team: (seniors) Abbie Beatson, Camryn Bateman, Gracyn Coker, Hayley Champion, Madison DesChamps, Mary Claire Lee and Andi Grae Wingate; (juniors) Mary Jones, Annie Lauzon, Lucy Matthews and Mary Ellis Waynick; (sophomores) Sarah Sonntag, Emma Bradle, and Campbell Bauman; and freshman Rylee Bath. Mr. Rip Ripley was the head coach and he was assisted by Mr. Enrique Medina, Ms. Sierra Meiers, Mr. Joseph Perez, Enrique Medina, and Mrs. Lucion Hall Scott.
Male Athlete of the Year - Graham VanPatten (football, basketball and track & field)
Female Athlete of the Year - Andi Grae Wingate (basketball, shotgun team, softball, track & field and volleyball)
All-Star Team: Britton Beasley, Tyler Jones & Jes Schwedler
All-Region Team: Britton Beasley, Tyler Jones & Jes Schwedler
Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week: Britton Beasley & Tyler Jones
All-Region Team: Miller Jones
All-Star Team: Evan Bell, Nick Craine & Wade Payne
All-Region Team: Evan Bell, Nick Craine & Wade Payne
Co-Region Coach of the Year: Mr. Jason Bartlett
All-Star Team: Ansleigh Epps, Dani Hanley, Ellie Stone, Amberly Way & Andi Grae Wingate
Co-Region Player of the Year: Andi Grae Wingate
All-Region Team: Ansleigh Epps, Dani Hanley, Ellie Stone, Amberly Way & Andi Grae Wingate
WLTX News 19 Player of the Week: Andi Grae Wingate
Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week: Dani Hanley, Ellie Stone & Andi Grae Wingate
Region Athlete of the Year: Sumter Cooper
Region Athlete of the Year: Molly Jones
Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week: Molly Jones
Senior Andi Grae Wingate was voted the Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week by the readers of The Sumter Item.
Senior Andi Grae Wingate, a member of the state champion softball team, was named the WLTX News 19 Player of the Week. For this program News 19 honors exceptional high school seniors who participate in varsity sports, maintain a high GPA, and are outstanding citizens in their community. Andi Grae was nominated by her coach, Mrs. Teresa Alexander. News 19 Sports presents each winner with a letter jacket and a plaque, and the student is then featured in a 30-second promotional announcement that airs for one week. A five-sport athlete, Andi Grae was a member of the state champion ladies shotgun team as well as the basketball, track & field, and volleyball teams
The varsity softball team won the 2021 SCISA AAA State Championship, the fourth title in eight years. The Region Champion Barons, who finished the season with a record of 20-7, won the championship by defeating Cardinal Newman two of the three games in the state tournament. Mrs. Teresa Alexander is the head coach for the Barons.
Sophomore Coker Cutler won first place and a blue ribbon at the S.C. Independent School Assoc. State Equestrian Championship in the varsity intermediate over fences category. She also received a second place ribbon in the varsity intermediate on the flat competition.
Eighth-grader Molly Jones, a member of the varsity track & field team, was voted the Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week by the readers of The Sumter Item on April 22.
The ladies shooting sports team swept the three S.C. Independent School Assoc. State Tournaments, winning the championship in skeet, sporting clays and trap. The team of Ann Weathers Blankenship, Samantha Richards and Andi Grae Wingate won for skeet and trap, and the team of Ann Weathers, Madisen Galiano and Andi Grae won for sporting clays.
At the sporting clays tournament Wilson Hall had the top shooters in four divisions, winning the Highest Overall (HOA): Ann Weathers - ladies junior varsity, James Hiott - mens junior varsity, Sam Louis Tisdale ‘21 - mens varsity, and Andi Grae - ladies varsity. Madisen tied for second place in ladies junior varsity.
The team of James, Dominic Marro and Sam Louis was the runner up at the state trap tournament, and at the state sporting clays tournament was runner-up in the mens senior varsity division and placed third overall. The shooting sports team is coached by Mr. Brent Hiott.
Senior Camryn Bateman signed to participate on the Columbia International University Volleyball Team. She had a signing ceremony, held in the Nash Student Center, attended by classmates, faculty and family.
Senior Jerica Bozio signed to participate on the equestrian team of St. Andrews University in North Carolina. She had a signing ceremony, held in the Nash Student Center, attended by classmates, faculty and family.
Junior Tyler Jones, a member of the varsity baseball team, was voted the Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week by the readers of The Sumter Item on April 8.
Sophomore Ellie Stone, a member of the varsity softball team, was voted the Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week by the readers of The Sumter Item on April 1.
Sophomore Dani Hanley, a member of the varsity softball team, was voted the Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week by the readers of The Sumter Item on March 18.
Senior Britton Beasley, a member of the varsity baseball team, was voted the Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week on March 6 by the readers of The Sumter Item.
Seniors Mary Claire Lee, Sam Louis Tisdale, and Andi Grae Wingate signed to participate on the Clemson University Shotgun Team. The students had a joint signing ceremony, held in the Nash Student Center, attended by classmates, faculty, and family.
The co-ed bowling team won the runners-up trophy in the S.C. Independent School Assoc. State Bowling Tournament held at Gamecock Lanes in Sumter. Coached by Mr. Curtis Helms, the members of the co-ed team are Mackenzie Helms, Warren Jolicoeur, Storm Owens, Ga-In Shin and Victoria Singleton.
SCISA All-Star Team: Tate Sistare & Graham VanPatten
All-Region Team: Tate Sistare & Graham VanPatten
SCISA All-Star Team: Vivian Bryant, Becca Cromer & Andi Grae Wingate
All-Region Team: Vivian Bryant & Andi Grae Wingate
Mr. Rip Ripley, head coach of the varsity volleyball team, was recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association for his 200th career victory on September 22. He has been coaching volleyball for 10 years, the last six years at Wilson Hall. Mr. Ripley is the assistant athletic director, boys and girls track and field head coach, JV volleyball head coach, and varsity boys basketball assistant coach, and he teaches digital media.
Mr. Eddie Talley, head varsity boys basketball coach, earned his 600th career victory on December 4. Mr. Talley has been coaching for 34 years, the last 27 at Wilson Hall. In addition to serving as a coach, Mr. Talley is the Assistant Headmaster, Lower School Head, and economics teacher.
Boys Cross Country
All-Region Team: Connor Smith ‘23
Girls Cross Country
Region Runner of the Year: Abby Bradley ‘25
All-Region Team: Abby Bradley ‘25, Molly Jones ‘25, Jordan McCart ‘22, Bailey McInerney ‘23 & Kaitlyn Smith ‘21
Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week: Abby Bradley '25
All-Star Team: Michael Towery '21 & Graham VanPatten '21
All-Region Team: Michael Towery ‘21 & Graham VanPatten ‘21
Sumter Touchdown Club Defensive Player of the Week: Miller Jones '21
Sumter Touchdown Club Offensive Player of the Week: Graham VanPatten '21
Region Swimmer of the Year: Syd Richardson '23
Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week: Syd Richardson '23
All-Region Team: Carlie Fort ‘22 & Halle Stone ‘22
American Volleyball Coaches Association Phenom Watch List: Lucy Matthews '22
Under Armour All-American Watch List: Abbie Beatson '21
SCISA Player of the Week: Abbie Beatson '21 & Lucy Matthews '22
All-Star Team: Camryn Bateman ‘21, Abbie Beatson ‘21 & Lucy Matthews ‘22
All-Region Team: Camryn Bateman ‘21, Abbie Beatson ‘21 & Lucy Matthews ‘22
Region Coach of the Year: Mr. Rip Ripley
Hines Furniture Athlete of the Week: Camryn Bateman '21
Senior Abbie Beatson and junior Lucy Matthews of the varsity volleyball team earned recognition from the American Volleyball Coaches Association as they were added to major watch lists. Abbie was selected to the 2020 Under Armour All-America Watch List, which recognizes the top senior volleyball players in the country. She was one of just 20 players from all of South Carolina on the list and one of just two S.C. Independent School Association athletes to be chosen. Lucy was named to the 2020 AVCA Phenom Watch List, which is a recognition of volleyball excellence for some of the top underclassmen in the country. She is one of 33 South Carolinians on the list, while being one of just two SCISA volleyball players to be selected. Mr. Rip Ripley is the varsity volleyball head coach.
Ladies Shotgun Team
Skeet State Champions
Sporting Clays State Champions
Trapp State Champions
Varsity Softball (20-7)
Mens Shotgun Team
Trap State Runner-Up
Girls Track & Field (54-3)
3rd in State
Boys Track & Field (53-5)
4th in State
JV Soccer (11-2)
Middle School Equestrian (7-2)
JV Boys Basketball (11-2)
JV Girls Basketball (10-1)
B-Team Boys Basketball (12-2)