As she works to rebuild the softball program at West Ashley High School, first-year head coach Amanda Matsumoto will enlist any help she can get.
Matsumoto’s team received great support on April 23 when Dick’s Sporting Goods presented the program with a $5,000 gift that can be used to purchase softball equipment and other items.
All it took to get the ball rolling was a visit to the Dick’s Sporting Goods website by West Ashley parent Kristen Cook, who filled out an online sponsorship form, like many schools and recreational programs have done in recent years have done for years. A representative for Dick called West Ashley athletic director Jeff Fipps and also spoke with Matsumoto about her goals and aspirations for the program.
“This is all about Amanda’s vision for the program,” Cook said. “When they spoke to her, they could tell that she’s working so hard to grow the program.”
During spring break, Matsumoto interviewed a Dick representative and answered questions about their needs and vision. A surprise visit from Dick’s officers during a recent training session resulted in the delivery of a check and a pizza for the team.
“They contacted me and asked if they could throw a pizza party for the team,” Matsumoto said. “I thought it was cool that they wanted to feed the team and everyone. After the pizza, they came with a big check. It was a total surprise. It was very exciting for the girls.”
Matsumoto, who played collegiately at Charleston Southern, said the funds will help her build a winning culture.
“We’re very young, but I’m committed to making this a competitive program,” she said. “The money will definitely help and we will make sure it is put to good use for these girls.”
SCISA Golf Championships
The Porter-Gaud boys’ golf team placed third in the 2022 SCISA Class AAA State Gold Tournament, which ended April 26 in Conway. Due to bad weather in the afternoon, the event was shortened to 27 holes.
Porter-Gaud’s Rowan Sullivan was the tournament’s overall medalist. Trinity Collegiate won the team championship.
Palmetto Christian played in the State Tournament in Class AA and placed 10th in the team standings.
All Star Softball Coach
The coaching batons for the 2022 North-South All-Star Softball Games to be played at USC Aiken in June were recently announced by the state’s coaching association. Two area coaches will serve in the competitions.
Ashley Ridge head coach Larissa Shannon will serve as one of the coaches for the South’s AAAA/AA/A team, while Hanahan’s Katrina Moffett will assist the South’s AAAA/AAA team.
Porter-Gaud and Philip Simmons announced several athletes who signed letters of intent for the college on April 27.
Philip Simmons signees include Tripp Williams (The Citadel, football), Tori Parulis (CSU, Cheer), Ludy Borges (NC Wesleyan, volleyball), De’Andra Brown (USC Beaufort, track and field), Ella Cooper (Kentucky, athletic training). ). , and Naj Watson (Georgia Southern, Circuit).
Porter-Gaud’s athletes include Georgia Arnold (Claremont McKenna, athletics), Ellis Chang (College of Charleston, baseball), Eliza Dieck (University of the South, tennis), John Michael Dupree (University of the South, lacrosse), and Robert Freeman (Lenoir-Rhyne, lacrosse), Emmy Keogh (University of Pennsylvania, crew), Katey Van Kirk (Dickinson College, football) and James Winterfield (Air Force Academy, swimming).