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Year-End Cyclone Sports Update: By the Numbers
Year-End Cyclone Sports Update: By the Numbers

Dear Cyclones,

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.

GO CYCLONES!

Coach Salley