14U district champs

Due to statewide COVID-19 restrictions, there was no SCAP State Volleyball Tournament this year, but that didn’t stop the Western District SCAP agencies from participating. Adapting to precautionary safety protocols, three departments had teams vie for the 14U volleyball district title. Pickens started off the tournament by defeating Easley in Westminster on Nov. 7. Westminster had received the bye and was resting and waiting to see who it would face in the championship match. After losing several players to prior commitments, the Pickens team was ready and determined to prove its abilities and took the Western District championship. Coach Celia Bridges said she was elated at how well the girls gelled in such a short time. “They played like they had been together all season,” she said. Pictured are the members of the 14U volleyball all-star team. Back row, from left, are coach Celia Bridges, Hannah Hall, Lydia Hancox, Jessie Gillis, Kenslee Butler, Breeanna Adams, Emma Dowdal, Miriam Hudson and Holly Lee. In front are Hannah Kelley and Naomi Bridges.