PAC All-Sport Picnic May 23, 2012

PAC All-Sport Picnic  May 23rd 

Where: Pine Island (150 Pine Island Rd, Columbia SC 29212)
Time: 2:00-8:30

We will not grill until 5:30, but you are welcome to come out early and enjoy the park.

RSVP:  please let me know if you plan to attend with how many
PAC will be grilling hamburgers and hotdogs for all at $1/person

Please bring two 2 liter drinks, a side dish, and dessert to share

There is a beach area, playground, sand volleyball court, tennis courts, and
field for games.  The pool may not be open due to us having it in May.  If it is
open it will be $2 to swim. 
We ask that all swim suits be modest, if you are not sure please bring a t-shirt to wear over top.

Bring volleyballs, tennis equipment, soccer balls, footballs, frisbees, sand toys for youngsters, and water floaties.

This will be a wonderful time to meet and fellowship with others involved in PAC, celebrate another great year of athletics, and kick off the summer!!!

See you there!


Lasertag Fundraiser for PAC Trinidad Missions trip on May 12th

We have a FUN way to help the Trinidad team to raise some additiional funds!

Come play lasertag THIS Saturday at Westside Baptist Church from 10:30 to 12:00. This is the same church where FCA meets – 2100 Platt Springs Rd (Int. of Brooks Ave and Platt Springs). We’ll be using the field which is behind the church. This would be a fun event for a team to do together, as the laser tag is organized with opposing teams. Families are welcome and encouraged to pay together, including children from about 8 up, though younger ones can play if the parents assist them.

Cost will be $5 for half an hour or $10 for the full 1.5 hours. All necessary equipment is provided.

For additional information, contact Kayla Swails or Isie Kenyon

PAC Missions Trip-Trinidad 2012

Dear Team PAC:
Our Varsity Girls Trinidad Team is in its final preparations for their trip in
June.  We have several requests of you:

We have had many people donate used gear, but we are still in desperate need of
soccer balls.  If you have any soccer balls you do not use, please donate them. 
Or consider purchasing some new ones.  Or if you have a local school near you,
please ask their soccer coaches for donations.  Any gear would be great, esp
cleats and shin guards, but we really want to flood the island with soccer

Pastor Derek has a continuing program in the local schools, and he is very low
on supplies.  Please pick up some school supplies (anything except paper
products) In particular, he needs pens, pencils, markers, crayons, glue sticks,
rulers, etc. You can give us used backpacks in good shape. Please gather these
supplies quickly.

THERE WILL BE A COLLECTION BOX at the soccer banquet.  Also, you can get the
docated materials to Jennifer, Charlene, the members of the Varsity team at the
tournament this weekend, or call Charlene to arrange for pickup or a meeting. 

Thank you so much! Your continued prayers are helping us all so much, thank you. 
We have several players in need of additional donations, if you are so led. 
Please contact Jennifer or Charlene concerning that.

God bless you ,

PAC Golf final update

We have completed our season with a solid final week.
Tuesday’s match was much more enjoyable than Thursdays, but as they say, “a bad day on the golf course beats a good day at work and or school.”
Tuesday, Jay Smith Earned low man honors not just for our team, but also for the entire match. He posted the best score out of all the golfers playing for Keenan and Batesburg Leesville. Our team score of 181 was our best of the year. We had all four scores in the 40’s for the first time. Congratulations guys. The course was playing tough and windy conditions made scoring a challenge. We beat both Keenan and Batesburg.
Thursday, David Gray joined the ranks as team low man. David shot a 43 in 30mph wind gust at Charwood in our first four way match of the year. Great round David. This proves my point that you really are a great golfer, and you possess a beautiful swing. If we can bring the confidence up to match the talent, I see scores in the 30’s in your near future.
We spent the afternoon playing against Brookland Cayce, Gilbert, and Lugof Elgin. Though we failed to win the day we did put up a respectable 187 score. 187 would have won most of our matches this year, but the other teams bested us on this day.
For the season we won 3 and lost 7. I’m reminded of the words of or our late great president Teddy Roosevelt who said, “Its hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.” I’m proud of everyone on our team who was brave enough to have stood on the first tee and posted a score. Everyone of you “tried to succeed.” Unlike other sports , your score represents your ability on that given day. Nobody else’s score, your score. No excuses, no one else’s errors, nothing but your number. Some individuals don’t have the fortitude to toe the line and see how they measure up. you do, and you did and for that I tip my hat to you.
Not only did you step up and post a score for yourselves, but you also represented Christ well with your gifts. Gifts that may include great driving and putting ability, but more importantly honesty, creativity, humor, and friendship to those you had never met before.
I’m excited to see how much everyone will improve over the summer and to see the men of God ya’ll grow to be by next December. I consider it an honor and a privilege to have been allowed to work with ya’ll for this season in your life. I hope that you’ve taken heart to some of the wisdom I have attempted to pass along to you via these weekly recaps. Note that the wisdom is not mine, but that granted thru me but for only a moment. Knowledge, from above, destined for the purpose of his glory. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-15)
Look for one last email from me as we look to have a yearend feast, presentation of Letters, and fun time on the golf course sometime in May.
Lee Winters

Baseball Holds Season Ending Banquet

The baseball teams formally wrapped up the 2012 season this past Saturday at Saluda Shoals.  After a good old fashioned pig picking, the coaches took the floor to discuss this season.  Thad Brunson, the JV head coach, discussed this year’s JV team and their final 19-5-1 record.  He was pleased with their overall performance and with the progress of some their younger players.  This year’s team owned wins against some of the largest private schools in the state such as Hammond, Augusta Christian and Ben Lippen; as well as several public schools, such as North Central and Swansea.  Thad also handed out several season ending awards.  They were as follows: Offensive MVP – Jacob Cain; Defensive MVP – Anderson Blevins; Most Improved – James Reed; Pitching MVP – Trevor Dacus and the Panther Award went to JC Ellis.  The Panther award is probably the baseball team’s most important award because it goes to the player who most exemplifies Christian manly character.  For the JV team, this award is voted on by their peers.  Congratulations to the whole team on a fine season.

Varsity Head Coach Joel Castles discussed the season (final record of 13-13) and the progress the team had made by moving from five wins in the 2011 season to 13 in the 2012 season (this represented an improvement of 160%).  This included wins against Cardinal Newman, Ben Lippen, Heathwood and Augusta Christian.  They also finished second in a tournament at Lower Richland; owning wins against 3A Lakewood out of Sumter and 1A Branchville High School.  Other public schools that the Varsity team defeated this year include Wagener-Salley and North Central High School.  Joel handed out the season ending awards and they were as follows: Offensive MVP – Alex Blevins; Defensive MVP – Josh Hanna; Most Improved – Sean West; Pitching MVP – Logan Dickinson and the Panther Award went to Logan Dickinson as well.  Congratulations to the award winners but to the entire team as well for a fine season.

Panthers Split with Generals

In the last game of the 2012 season for the Panthers junior varsity and varsity baseball teams, the Panthers earned a split with the Generals from Thomas Sumter Academy.  The jv team won 16-2 to run their final record to 19-5-1 for the year.  Jacob Cain earned the win on the mound; pitching two innings, allowing one hit while striking out two.  James Reed toed the rubber for one inning striking out all three batters he faced.  Drew Hankins pitched one inning; allowing two hits and one run.  Drew struck out two.  Pat Brunson pitched the last inning giving up one run.  At the plate, the Panthers ran wild against the Generals.  They scored five runs in the first inning; one run in the second; eight runs in the third; and two more runs in the fourth.  Anderson Blevins was the only Panther player with multiple hits, knocking three singles.  Others with hits included Caleb Wilson, Jacob Cain, Clay Dickinson, James Reed, Cole Owens and Pat Brunson.  Clay’s hit was a double.  Clay had two rbi’s on the night.  Congratulations on another great year.

In the last game of the 2012 season for the Panthers junior varsity and varsity baseball teams, the Panthers earned a split with the Generals from Thomas Sumter Academy.  The varsity team lost their game 5-7 evening their record at 13-13 on the season.  Alex Goodwin started the game on the mound for the Panthers and pitched four and one third innings before tiring.  He allowed three earned runs on four hits.  He struck out five batters and walked two.  Joseph Sightler relieved Alex in the fourth inning and ended up taking the loss.  He pitched two and two thirds innings giving up four runs, three of which were earned, on three hits.  He struck out one and walked two.  The Panthers took the lead in the bottom of the second inning when they plated one run on a rbi single by Alex Blevins scoring Joseph Sightler from second.  The Generals marched back into the game by scoring two runs in the top of the third inning.  After two quick outs, the Generals pitcher singled to left field.  Another single, plated one run when the Panther left fielder let a ball get by him. The Generals scored another run on the third straight hit of the inning.  Thomas Sumter added another run in the fourth inning when a lead-off walk and a steal put a runner at second.  The next batter stroked a single into left center scoring the run.  Both teams were quiet until the bottom of the fifth when the Panthers scratched back into the scoring column plating two runs.  Jonathan Liva reached on an infield error and Reese Hankins walked.  After a strikeout, Thomas Castles lined a single to left center scoring one run and advancing Daniel Reed (courtesy runner for Reese) to third base.  Danny Morales then hit a sacrifice fly to center field scoring Daniel from third.  The Generals scored run in the top of the sixth inning when they took advantage of a walk and a double.  The Panthers responded in the bottom of the frame by scoring two more runs.  After a fly out to center field, Josh Hanna and Alex Blevins hit back to back singles.  Reese Hankins lofted a fly ball of right field which the Generals right fielder dropped for an error allowing Josh to score from second.  Matthew Lord then stroked a clutch two out single scoring Alex from third and giving the Panthers their first lead of the night.  Unfortunately, the Generals scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning to win the game.   They took advantage of a walk, and two singles to load the bases.  A ground out scored the first run of the inning for the Generals and then an error in a run down situation allowed two more runs to score.  The Panthers could not get anything going in the bottom of the inning and so the game and their season ended.  For the game, the Panthers had seven hits; two by Alex Blevins (both singles).  Others with hits included Matthew Lord, Thomas Castles, Josh Hanna, Danny Morales, and Joseph Sightler.  Panther batters with rbi’s included Thomas, Danny, Alex and Matthew.

Baseball Party

Saluda Shoals Park

Saturday, April 28th

11:00 – 3:00 pm

Redbud Shelter (same as last year)

Each family is to bring a side dish, dessert and a minimum of one 2 liter drink.  The team will provide the meat, paper products and ice. Families can enjoy the park at no charge anytime during park hours before the party or after the party.  Park hours are 7:00-8:30 pm.

Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia


Any questions, please contact: Kathy Lord – 603-3329, or Susan Liva – 920-9121,


PAC Baseball Cages Lions

On Saturday, April 21st, the PAC baseball teams swept the Augusta Christian Lions by 11-8 in the jv game and 11-5 in the varsity game.  After a shaky start, JC Ellis settled down and pitched a complete game for the Panthers.  He gave up eight runs (six were earned), twelve hits and walked one.  He also struck out four.  The Lions jumped on Ellis and the Panthers early scoring three runs in the top of the first inning.  The lead-off hitter walked and the second batter of the inning laid down a successful bunt which gave the Lions runners on first and second with no outs.  After a groundout to the pitcher, the Lion’s clean-up hitter hit a single scoring the first run of the inning.  The next two batters both hit into fielder choices, each scoring a run.  The Panthers went quietly in the bottom of the first but this team has shown resilience time and time again this year and this game would be no exception.  After the Lions went 1-2-3 in the top of the second, the Panthers managed to claw onto the board.  James Reed led off with a double. He was sacrificed to third by Cole Owens and scored on a rbi single by Pat Brunson.  The Lions jumped back on the board in a big way in the third inning when they plated three more runs when they strung together a single, two doubles and a triple.  The Panthers finally got out of the inning on a groundout to the first baseman, Trevor Dacus, stranding one runner at third.  The Panthers plated three runs of their own in the bottom of the third inning.  The inning started when Anderson Blevins reached on an error by the Lion’s shortstop.  Caleb Wilson walked and Jacob Cain grounded out, moving Anderson and Caleb to third and second respectively.  Clay Dickinson hit a single scoring Anderson and Caleb scored when the left fielder let the ball get by him and go to the fence.  Later in the inning, Cole Owens hit a triple scoring Clay from third.  Both teams went quietly in the fourth inning but the fifth inning is when the Panthers took the lead for good.  After getting the Lions 1-2-3 in the top of the fifth, the Panthers exploded for seven runs in the bottom of the frame.  Jacob Cain led off the inning with a triple.  He scored when Clay Dickinson reached on a error by the Lions shortstop.  James Reed then hit a triple scoring Clay.  Consecutive singles by Cole Owens and Pat Brunson both scored runs and the Lions defense began to reel from the onslaught as two more runs scored due to errors by Augusta Christian fielders.  The Lions scored two runs in the seventh but it was not enough to prevent the Panthers from notching another victory.  The jv team is now 18-5-1.

In the second game of the doubleheader, the Panthers prevailed by a score of 11-5.  The Lions roared out of the gate, when their lead-off batter slammed a home run to deep left field.  The Panthers came to bat in the bottom of the inning and scored three runs o a two out rally after the first two batters had popped up.  Logan Dickinson and Joseph Sightler both singled and then Josh Hanna hit a ground rule double to score Logan.  Alex Blevins reached on an error by the Lions second baseman which allowed both Joseph and Josh to score.  After holding the Lions scoreless in top of the second inning, the Panthers plated two more runs in their half of the frame.  Reese reached on single and was sacrificed to second by Matthew Lord.  Thomas Castles hit a double scoring Reese with Thomas taking third on the throw.  Thomas scored when Danny Morales singled.  In the top of the third inning, the Lions scratched back by scoring two runs on a double by their pitcher (DeWitt).  The Panthers got on of those runs back  in the bottom half of the inning when Josh led off with a single and eventually scored on another Reese Hankins single.  Both teams scored single runs in the fourth inning and the Panthers added another in the fifth.  For the Panthers,  Danny Morales scored after hitting a triple in the fourth and, in the fifth, Alex Blevins scored after reaching base via a single.  The Lions scored another run in the top of the sixth inning making the score 8-5 Panthers.  The Panther team put the game away in the bottom of the sixth inning when they scored three additional runs; taking advantage of two errors, one hit batsman and three singles.  Alex Goodwin came on to pitch the final inning and held the Lions at bay after allowing a lead off double. For the game, Danny Morales and Reese Hankins both had three hits.  Danny’s included a triple.  Jonathan Liva chipped in with two singles.  Alex Blevins had three rbis and Reese had two.  The Panther varsity squad is now 13-12 on the season.


PAC JVG Soccer team Win the Irmo JV End of Season Tournament!

Both PAC JV soccer teams participated in the Irmo JV End of Season Soccer Tournament on April 20-21.

The JV Girls have had a very successful season with a record going into this tournament of 15 wins, 2 ties, and 2 losses. Due to thier tremendous success this season, they were place in the highest division in the tournament against the top teams in the state.

Thier first game against Irmo ended in a 0-0 tie. Second game against Fort Mill ended in a 0-0 tie.  Third game against AC Flora ended in a 2-1 win which took them to the Championship match.  The Championship match ended in a 0-0 tie, that went directly to penalty kicks which ended in a 3-1 win for PAC.

Congratulations to Coach Steve Hursey/Assistant Coach Stephen Ardoline and all the PAC JV Girls for a job well done!!

Panther Baseball Sweeps Ben Lippen

The Panthers swept Ben Lippen on Wednesday night, winning the JV game 10-0 and the varsity game 10-5.  In the junior varsity tilt, the Panthers dominated in all phases of the game.  Trevor Dacus was stellar on the mound going six innings against the Falcons.  He struck out five batters, allowed four hits and walked two.  Caleb Wilson pitched the final inning giving up one hit and walking two.  All game long, the two pitchers benefited from some great defense behind them.  In the bottom of the first inning, the lead off Falcon batter walked and the second hitter lined a single for runners at 1st and 3rd with no outs.  The third batter for the Falcons, lifted a fly ball to medium left field.  Jacob Cain caught the ball (one out) and made a beautiful one hop throw to the Panther catcher James Reed who tagged the advancing runner out (two outs).  After making the tag, James Reed noticed the runner on first had made a late break for second and lasered a throw down to Cole Plyler who easily applied the tag for an unusual triple play (the second in Panthers history).  In the second inning, Anderson Blevins, from his shortstop position made a leaping, over the shoulder catch on a shallow fly ball in left field.  For the game, the Panther pitchers induced six fly ball outs and four assisted putouts.  On offense, hits were sprinkled up and down the Panthers lineup.  James Reed had four singles and one rbi.  Cole Plyler, Anderson Blevins, Cal Hucks, JC Ellis all had two hits with Ellis collecting a triple.  Cole Owens had a double in the third inning.  For the game, Panther hitters collected fifteen hits.  The JV team is now 17-5-1.

In the second game of the night, the Panthers varsity squad completed the sweep of the Falcons by a score of 10-5 for their first ever victory against the tough Falcon varsity club.  Logan Dickinson pitched a complete game, going seven innings.  He spread out ten hits, struck out three and walked two.  This was an exciting, tight  game that the Panthers eventually put away by scoring four runs in the seventh inning.  After a very quiet top of the first inning, the Falcons came to bat and promptly took the lead 1-0 when Joey Barret reached on a single and scored on a single by Cox.  Matthew Lord, of the Panthers, helped mitigate the damage in the inning when he made a running catch of a screaming line drive down the right field line.  The Panthers got a runner to third in the top of the second inning but could not score as the inning ended on a strikeout.  The Falcons plated two more runs in the second inning on two hits and a hit batsman taking a 3-0 lead.  The Panthers finally broke through in the third inning, plating one run when Matthew Lord scored from first when the Falcon left fielder misplayed a single by Thomas Castles and let the ball go all the way to the fence.  The Panthers gave the run right back to the Falcons when they scored one run in the bottom of the frame on an error by the Panthers second baseman.  Again, stellar defense helped mitigate the damage when Jake Brunson made a diving catch on a sinking line drive into left field.  The Panthers went quietly in the fourth inning but the bottom of the frame saw the momentum swing to the Panther’s side.  The Falcons loaded the bases on three straight singles.  The fourth batter of the inning, Joey Barret hit a line drive right down the first base side which was speared by the Panther first baseman, Joseph Sightler, who then tagged first base for a double play.  The Falcons still had runners on second and third but now with two outs and the next batter grounded out to Josh Hanna at third.  The Panthers took that defensive momentum and translated it into their offense.  The Panthers took the lead in the top of the fifth inning by scoring four runs.  Two walks and a hits batsman loaded the bases with no outs.  Danny Morales hit a single scoring the first run of the inning.  Logan Dickinson then grounded out, scoring another run and leaving runners on second and third.  Joseph Sightler hit a single plating another run.  Joseph ended up scoring the last run of the inning on a wild pitch.  The Falcons did not threaten in the bottom of the fifth.  The Panthers added to their lead when they picked up another run in the sixth when Thomas Castles, after reaching first base on an error, scored on an infield single by Logan Dickinson.  In the bottom of the inning, after one out, Falcon right fielder hit a triple to right center but was stranded there by a shallow fly ball to left field and an unassisted groundout to Joseph Sightler at first.  In the top of the seventh, the Panthers put the game away by scoring four runs, sending nine batters to the plate.  The Falcons assisted the Panthers mightily by giving up three walks, allowing one batter to reach on a dropped third strike and by making two errors.  The lone hit of the inning was by Jonathan Liva who after falling behind 0-2 count, fought back and eventually lined a line drive single by the middle scoring one run.  None of the Panther runs scored that inning were earned.  After a shaky start to the bottom of the last inning, Logan and the defense settled down and made the necessary plays including a leaping catch of a line drive by short stop Danny Morales.  Danny Morales led the team at the plate with two hits and two rbis.  Logan Dickinson helped his own cause by driving in two runs as well.  The Panthers are now 12-12 on the season.