Pinewood athletes ink college deals

  • Thursday, April 25, 2013

Pinewood Prep celebrated its second round of athletic signings for the 2012-2013 school year on April 18.
Students, teachers, administrators and family members joined in the school’s gym to honor five Pinewood athletes who officially announced their decision to participate with the college sports program of their choice and signed a national letter of intent.
Mollie Polk signed with the USC Aiken women’s tennis team. Meagan Evans signed with the Charleston Southern University women’s tennis team. Ali Clynes Schmieding signed with the St. Andrew’s University equestrian team. Kara Guertin signed with the USC equestrian team. Brianna Boyd signed with the Winthrop University women’s basketball team.
“Today we will add to our exceptional list of talented individuals five more student-athletes that have chosen to continue their athletic careers after high school,” Pinewood Athletic Director Nancy Beatty said. “The national average is that only two percent of high school athletes win sports scholarships every year at NCAA colleges and universities. Our signing today brings our total of student-athletes signing a NLI to 12 with the possibility of adding a few more before the year is over. That is 18 percent of our senior class receiving athletic money to help attend their institution of choice.”
Polk has been a Pinewood student for the past 14 years and a member of the Panther tennis team since she was a fifth-grader.
She was a member of the SCISA Mixed Doubles Championship Team in 2009, 2010 and 2011, member of the All-region Team in 2011 and member of both the All-state Team and All-Lowcountry Team in 2012.
The term tennis all-star has also been synonymous with Evans. She, along with teammate Shauna Fletcher, won the SCISA Girls Double state championship this year. Evans was also a member of the mixed doubles state champion team with Joel Roberts in 2010 and has been named All-State and All-Region each of her varsity years at Pinewood.
In junior tennis, Evans has been ranked as high as third for South Carolina as well as in the Top 100 for the nation. At the age of 14, she won a team tennis nationals title.
Schmieding began riding horses when she was 5 and has participated in competitive horse shows since 2003. In 2007 she was the Western Champion for the South Carolina Pinto Horse Association for ages 13 and under and the Woody Williams Saddle Club Champion. In 2009 she was the Tall Pines Horse Show Circuit Grand Champion.
She has been a member of the Pinewood Equestrian team since its introduction in 2010 and was a member SCISA state runner up team in 2012 and 2013 as well as a National Qualifier for the IEA Zone 4 competitions in 2012 and 2013.
Guertin is also an accomplished equestrian. In 2010 she placed third in Horsemanship at Southern Regionals. At the 2011 IEA Nationals she finished as the Varsity Intermediate Individual Horsemanship Reserve National Champion and Varsity Intermediate Individual Reining Reserve National Champion. At the 2012 IEA Nationals she placed third in Varsity Open Individual Horsemanship. At the 2013 IEA Zone Finals she finished as the Varsity Open High Point Rider.
Boyd only spent a few years at Pinewood, but Beatty says in that time she made a significant impact on the girls’ basketball program. She also played competitively with her AAU team.
Boyd finished her basketball career with 1,262 points, 802 rebounds and 194 blocks. She was a member of Pinewood’s back-to-back state championship teams in 2012 and 2013 and led Pinewood in scoring her sophomore and junior seasons.
She was a High School Sports Report All-state honoree for 2012 and 2013; Co-Statewide SCISA player of the year for 2012; All-Lowcountry Team member for 2011, 2012 and 2013; MVP for the 2013 Carolina Classic; and the third Lady Panther to meet the 1,000-career-points benchmark.
Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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