STUDENT-ATHLETES HONORED WITH SIGNING CEREMONY

Seven SJCS senior student-athletes who will continue competing in college were honored during a signing ceremony Wednesday in the gymnasium. The seven, who have established themselves both on and off their athletic venues while at St. Joseph’s, are:

Annika Bissinger (track/cross country, Cornell University)
Lili Jaraczewski (cross country, Presbyterian College)
Josh Powers (cross country, Furman University)
Zac Palmer (cross country, College of Charleston)
Colin Burns (basketball, Roanoke College)
Matthew Marchal (baseball, Furman University)
Brandon Hodge (tennis, University of Idaho)

In cross country, Annika Bissinger is a two-time state champion, five-time all-state and a member of six state championship teams. This year in track, she has qualified for state in the 400 and the 4×800 relay.

Lili Jaraczewski, in her one year on the cross country team, finished fifth in the state, made all-state and helped the Knights win the state title. In track, she has qualified for state in the 1,600, the 3,200 and the 4×800 relay.

Zac Palmer and Josh Powers helped the boys cross country team to four straight state championships. Zac is a four-time all-state runner, and Josh has made all-state three times. In track, Josh has qualified for state this year in the 800, 1,600, 3,200 and the 4×800 relay. Zac has qualified in the 800, 1,600 and 4×800 relay.

Colin Burns, a four-year starter in basketball, leaves as the school’s all-time leader in blocked shots.

“He had to guard the other team’s best player three years in a row,” boys basketball coach Paul Assinesi said. “You couldn’t ask for a better teammate or a better player.”

Baseball coach George Turmon said he has spoken with the Furman coaches about future Paladin Matthew Marchal, a Class 2A all-state selection.

“The thing they told me was they could not find out one single thing that was not positive about this young man,” Turmon said.

Brandon Hodge has helped the boys tennis team to back-to-back Upper State championships.

“He became a leader of our team,” assistant coach Kevin Meyer said, “and from the time since he started two years ago, we’ve lost a total of two matches.”