What an incredible year! The 2017-2018 school year has earned a spot in Porter-Gaud lore as one of the most successful years in our athletic history. There are many blessings and benefits to education-based athletics that count as "intangibles," and many of those are as important--even more important--than the wins and losses. However, the only math this history teacher was ever really good at was sports stats. So here are just a few of the incredible numbers put up by the Cyclones this year:
1,000,000 - Dollars pledged by Khris Middleton ('09) so that other qualified students could share the PG experience he had.
52,560 - Ads displayed on the new CYCLOTRON video scoreboard this year.
7,371 - Summer miles logged by the cross-country team during their pre-season.
4,000 - Points commemorated by game balls during this year's boys' basketball championship season (2000 for Aaron Nesmith, 1000 each for Jake Lanford and Josiah James).
1000+ - Cyclone games attended by Hall of Fame super-fan Elizabeth Anderson, who passed away this year.
564 - Games, matches, meets, and contests in which the Cyclones competed this year.
511 - Scholar-athletes who have represented the Cyclones this year.
431 - Number of athletes competing in our home track meet on April 11th, a school record set because I foolishly told Coach Knight that the biggest meet we ever held was 410 when I was head coach.
.488 - Batting average of James Newlands, winner of the "Slugger Award" for varsity baseball.
301 - Our varsity boys' golf team's score on day two of the state championship tournament, the best single-day score of all team.s
150 - Years of PMA, Gaud, Watt, PG, and OQ excellence celebrated in 2017-18.
149 - Seconds for Jasmine Smith to run 800 meters, a new school record.
133 - Total state championships won by PG since 1975, the year we closed the dorms and could first join the SC High School League.
96 - Most points ever scored by the Cyclones boys' basketball team in the Wendell Center, set this year on senior night.
95 - Coaches of Cyclone teams this year
80 - Minutes of offense (with a 96-degree heat index) for our girl's Varsity soccer team to clinch its first state title since 2002.
75 - Percentage of seniors in the class of 2018 who have played for a championship team in their PG caree.r
69 - Home games played on John Singleton Field, all but 12 of them in the Spring.
60 - Teams fielded by the Cyclones this past year.
54 - Ground balls recovered in boys' lacrosse by Graham Kaplan en route to a state championship season.
12 - SCISA state championship teams this year, a new school record.
8 - Consecutive state championships now won by volleyball and boys' track, tying the 1991-98 boys' soccer team for the longest streak in school history.
8 - Cyclone seniors continuing their athletic careers in college.
4.2 - Miles my running watch says I paced back and forth in TD arena during the state volleyball championship game.
2 - Years that SCISA has sanctioned a girls' lacrosse championship.
1 - Team that has ever won the SCISA girls' lacrosse championship (yep, the Cyclones).
1 - Gatorade Player of the Year, Aaron Nesmith in boys' basketball. He joins Brent Demarest (PG 2014), a 2-time winner in boys' cross-country.
1 - Proud Cyclone family.