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At Planet Green Tree Service, we are firm believers that trees make the world a better place. They provide us with verdant beauty, cool shade, and emergency shelter. They raise our home values, add personality to our neighborhoods, and provide us with clean air to breathe. When your home or business has well-maintained, healthy trees, everyone benefits. That's why we are so passionate about providing our customers with dependable tree services in the Lowcountry.

We believe that honest prices, state-of-the-art equipment, friendly arborists, and good old-fashioned hard work are what set us apart from our competition. With more than 33 years of service in South Carolina, you can rest easy knowing every member of the Planet Green team is committed to the following:

  • Conduct themselves in a professional manner
  • Provide you with exemplary tree care services
  • Arrive at your home or business on time and ready to work
  • Provide you with affordable service rates
  • Meet or exceed our industry standards
  • Utilize the utmost safety when removing or maintaining your trees or shrubs
  • Have full insurance to protect themselves and your home

Our customers mean a lot to us, which is why we strive to provide them the best, most helpful customer service in our industry. When you hire our company to perform a tree service in cityname, know that we take this responsibility seriously and will always treat your home like we would treat our own. At Planet Green Tree Service, you won't ever have to worry about sneaky hidden fees or outrageous pricing. We believe every homeowner and business owner should have access to affordable tree services, which is why we set our rates at reasonable levels. Our job is to protect your home, your trees, and also your wallet!

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Tree And Stump Removal Summerville, SC

Whether your home has overgrown trees that need trimming or you have an unsightly stump that needs grinding, our team of tree experts is here to help. Curious what kind of tree care work we provide to homeowners in South Carolina?

Planet Green specializes in the following areas:

Tree Trimming in Summerville

Have you noticed your favorite tree growing in a strange shape? Are your trees or shrubs so overgrown that it's making your property and home look unkempt? Are the trees near your home weighed down by dangerous dead branches? If you answered yes to any of the above questions, it might be time to speak with a Planet Green Tree Service professional to find a solution.

Like anything that lives, trees respond to their environment. When trees are not properly maintained, they can cause a whole host of problems for the homeowner. Overgrowth doesn't just look bad - it can be a potential safety hazard and liability for your home. To prevent this from happening, it's crucial that your trees are trimmed and pruned regularly. Trimming your trees and shrubs gives your home a tidy, appealing look and facilitates healthy plant and tree growth.

Because every tree and shrub is different, you must approach tree trimming with a plan. Before you start hacking at your trees with a machete, be sure to contact Planet Green Tree Service. Our team of expert arborists will come to your home and determine the best path to take for your tree trimming needs. We always take into account variables like the strengths, weaknesses, and species of your trees.

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Benefits of Tree Trimming in Summerville

For some folks, tree trimming seems like a minor detail in the grand scheme of homeownership. It can be a tedious job, but keeping your trees trimmed and well-maintained is more important than you might think. Below are just a few of the many benefits of keeping your trees and shrubs trimmed:

Tree Trimming in Summerville

Tree Health

Part of the Planet Green pruning and trimming process includes the removal of damaged, broken, dead, and diseased branches. When ignored, these dead or dying branches can cause harmful fungi to wreak havoc on the trees around your home or business. Removing these weakened branches helps prevent fungi and keeps your trees healthy. In addition, tree trimming also lets more sunlight and air circulation reach your trees, boosting overall health.

Safety

Safety

As longtime residents of South Carolina, we know how dangerous hurricanes and heavy storms can be. Strong winds from these natural occurrences can cause branches to fall or even be carried away with significant force. This is concerning for many homeowners, especially those who have trees lining their driveways, recreational areas, and walking paths. When you trust Planet Green with your trimming needs, you are actually doing your part to "storm proof" your home from hazardous tree-related accidents. If you have low-hanging branches close to your roof or business, pruning these trees can provide more safety and overhead clearance. That way, don't have an anxiety attack every time a storm rolls through your neighborhood.

Aesthetics

Aesthetics

Nobody likes the look of an overgrown, disheveled tree. Tree trimming improves the general appearance of your tree and makes your whole yard and home look better. Tree trimming also prevents your trees from growing weak branches and crotches and helps stop branches from intertwining with one another.

Developmental Tree Trimming

Developmental Tree Trimming

Pruning younger trees is key to protecting them as they age. This vital tree service in Summerville keeps young trees aesthetically appealing and promotes proper structural integrity and optimal branch structure. In addition, as your home's landscape matures, taking the time to trim young trees reduces the chance of expensive problems like tree failure.

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Types of Tree Trimming

Not all tree trimming services from Planet Green Tree Service are the same. Our experts specialize in a number of different tree trimming services to ensure you are getting the right kind of trim for the appropriate situation. Because even the smallest mistake can permanently affect your tree's health, we approach every tree trimming job with surgeon-like precision. That way, you know your trees are in capable, responsible hands.

Crown Reduction

Crown Reduction

When your trees age without the proper kind of care, they can develop too many branches on their interior. Trees like this give great shade, but too much is not a good sign. That's where crown reduction trimming comes in. By reducing the density of your tree's crown, our tree care experts improve its growth rate and health. Crown density reduction also promotes a longer lifespan and a more beautiful appearance.

Deadwooding

Deadwooding

As the name implies, deadwooding involves the trimming of dead wood from your trees. Often required in urban and suburban areas, deadwooding a tree makes it look more attractive and livelier, while maintaining the health of your tree's trunk by removing rotted branches. This process also makes it safer for kids and other people who walk underneath or near your tree that may be harmed by rotting branches that fall. Other tree trimming services that Planet Green offers include: hazardous tree assessments, shrub trimming, pruning, cabling, bracing, and corrective trimming.

Stump Removal in Summerville

For most property owners, removing a tree can seem like a major project. While that notion certainly isn't wrong, tree removal is more straightforward and often easier than trying to remove an unsightly stump from your yard. Have you ever wondered why you see so many yards with stumps dotted around the land? It's because they're very difficult to remove. That is why Planet Green Tree Service has been offering stump removal services in South Carolina for more than 33 years. Our skilled stump removal experts bring a wealth of knowledge and cutting-edge tools to every stump removal project they tackle.

The fact of the matter is this: trying to remove a stump on your own is an incredible undertaking. Going the "DIY" route can take weeks to complete, even if you spend an hour or two every day. There's also the issue of operating heavy machinery (which costs time and money to rent) and even light fires to expedite the process, which is dangerous. For these reasons alone, we always recommend that you bring in a professional to remove your tree stump safely and effectively.

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Benefits of Stump Removal in Summerville

Better Looking Yard

Better Looking Yard

If you are a homeowner that loves sculpted hedges, beautiful landscaping, and a tidy law, removing old tree stumps will feel like a huge weight off of your chest. Stump removal not only gives your home more curb appeal, it can actually raise the value of your home. This is particularly pertinent if you are thinking about listing your home for sale in the near future.

More Space

More Space

If your yard is small, even one stump can reduce the amount of space you have in your yard. If you spend a lot of time playing sports or just enjoying your yard space, stump removal is a huge help. After all, nobody wants to toss a football around if there are a bunch of old stumps that you must avoid. Stumps also take up considerable space below ground, with their complicated root systems. Stump removal will give you and your family more room to plant flowers, grow vegetables, install a water feature, and much more.

Eliminate Unwanted Growth

Eliminate Unwanted Growth

When you leave a tree stump in your yard, you could be setting yourself up for unwanted tree growth. This kind of new growth often results in clusters of small trees popping up around the base of the stump. This problem isn't just unsightly; it can be harmful to any plants near the stump because the new trees will suck up all the water and nutrients out of your soil.

Pest Prevention

Pest Prevention

Tree stumps are notorious for harboring all sorts of pests that can damage your hard and cause expensive problems in your home. We're talking wood borers, ants, termites, and beetles. If you want to do away with these pests and protect your home, the best course of action is to contact Planet Green Tree Service for a quote on our professional tree removal services.

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Reduce Headaches

Sure, you could take the time to do your research on how to remove a stump. You could go to Home Depot, rent a high-powered stump grinder, and risk your health trying to operate it without training. You could spend every winking moment of your free time trying to grind the stump down so you can remove it from your yard. But why go through all that trouble when a trustworthy, experienced stump removal company like Planet Green Tree Service is only a phone call away?

Our team of stump removal professionals uses state-of-the-art tools designed to keep your property damage-free during the removal process. We will turn your yard into a beautiful blank slate, so you can focus on enjoying your stump-free while we haul away all the debris.

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Your Premier Tree Service Company in South Carolina

With 33 years of experience, it's no wonder why so many South Carolina locals choose Planet Green Tree Service for tree trimming and stump removal in their city. Clients love us because we believe in exceeding your expectations, no matter how large or small a job is.

  • Conduct themselves in a professional manner
  • Provide you with exemplary tree care services
  • Arrive at your home or business on time and ready to work
  • Provide you with affordable service rates

Contact our office to learn more about our tree services in South Carolina or to schedule your free quote today!

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It’s all in the family: Summerville parents and children all earn degrees from USC School of Journalism

I wanted to make sure they knew they could attend any college, but he raised three Gamecocks. CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - As students turn their tassels and mark the completion of college, it will be quite an accomplishment for one Summerville family.When the youngest child graduates from the University of South Carolina in Columbia this weekend, it will mean every member of the Grimes family has a degree from the USC School of Journalism.Randy Grimes was the first to graduate in 1985. Adrianne marched in 1988. Their ol...

I wanted to make sure they knew they could attend any college, but he raised three Gamecocks.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - As students turn their tassels and mark the completion of college, it will be quite an accomplishment for one Summerville family.

When the youngest child graduates from the University of South Carolina in Columbia this weekend, it will mean every member of the Grimes family has a degree from the USC School of Journalism.

Randy Grimes was the first to graduate in 1985. Adrianne marched in 1988. Their oldest daughter Erika earned her degree in 2018, Morgan was next in 2020, and the youngest child, Jared-Benjamin, gets his degree from the School of Journalism this weekend.

So did the Grimes’ encourage their kids to follow in their footsteps and attend USC?

“Actually, I as their mother did not, but Randy my husband, yes he did,” Adrianne said. “I wanted to make sure they knew they could attend any college, and I told them to think outside the box. But honestly, he (Randy) raised three Gamecocks. We had the 10-foot inflatable Gamecock in our house, that the kids took pictures by, and they spent time in Williams-Brice Stadium as children. So, with all of that, they grew up understanding or perceiving college and higher education as University of South Carolina.”

As for all the kids choosing to study journalism, Adrianne says that sort of came naturally.

“They used to write and produce sitcoms along with Live 5′s Raphael James’ daughter Jaydn,” Adrianne said. “I have sitcoms with these kids. And I used to tell my husband, we should send them to Disney or Nickelodeon because their stuff was really good. They would write the script, shoot, edit, and then act it out. Also, Morgan was writing books, children’s books. As soon as she started writing, she was writing books. So we have several stories she’s written that are in typing paper, folded together in staples.”

“And Erika was writing journals,” Adrianne said. “When Randy was in grad school at George Washington in D.C., she transcribed every trip we took up there. Every time we went to D.C. she wrote about it and journaled about the trip. So it was in their DNA.”

Randy and Adrianne both used to work behind the scenes at Live 5 and that’s where they met and got married.

Randy is a department head at Trident Technical College in the Film and Media Department, continuing to educate future media professionals.

The rest of the family works in public relations with agencies like the S.C Research Authority, Lowcountry Local First, and the Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments.

The newest grad is still trying to decide how he wants to make his mark in the world.

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Work set to begin on a whopper of a warehouse in Summerville

Construction of the biggest speculative industrial project in the Charleston region kicks off this week with a groundbreaking event for the 1.1 million-square-foot development at Crossroads Logistics Center in Summerville.The site, near the Jedburg Road exit on Interstate 26, is being built out by a partnership between Citimark Realty and Pure Development. The Indianapolis companies formed Citimark Pure Charleston LLC to buy roughly 131 acres fronting I-26 for $8.75 m...

Construction of the biggest speculative industrial project in the Charleston region kicks off this week with a groundbreaking event for the 1.1 million-square-foot development at Crossroads Logistics Center in Summerville.

The site, near the Jedburg Road exit on Interstate 26, is being built out by a partnership between Citimark Realty and Pure Development. The Indianapolis companies formed Citimark Pure Charleston LLC to buy roughly 131 acres fronting I-26 for $8.75 million last year.

Their first building will eclipse by 10 percent the previous record for a local “spec” project — a 1 million-square-foot structure at the nearby Charleston Trade Center.

The Crossroads project is scheduled for completion by late 2022. Plans call for three more buildings to rise in two phases totaling an additional 1.53 million square feet at the Berkeley County site.

Wednesday’s groundbreaking will feature speakers from the State Ports Authority, operator of the Port of Charleston, as well as commercial real estate firm CBRE Inc., which is marketing the project.

The term speculative in this instance means that no tenants have been secured at the time construction begins.

While such projects continue to grow in size and scope, they still don’t approach the region’s biggest-single industrial property. That distinction belongs to the cavernous 3 million-square-foot import hub built just up I-26 in Dorchester County for retail giant Walmart.

The Crossroads project is part of a boom in speculative industrial-grade real estate deals in the Charleston area, particularly along the I-26 corridor from North Charleston to Ridgeville. Almost all of it is being driven by the need to store and sort goods that retailers are importing through Charleston.

Mike White, broker in charge of Daniel Island-based Charleston Industrial, said about 5.1 million square feet of “Class A” space is set to open by the end of this year. Most of that space will be snapped up before a certificate of occupancy is issued, he added.

“The conditions of a high demand and low volume of space available will continue,” White said.

No wonder?

CNN will feature Charleston in its upcoming fourth season of “The Wonder List with Bill Weir,” but it’s not looking to be yet another wonderful tourist piece.

The series is now part of the content catalog at CNN+, the cable network’s subscriber-based streaming service.

The four new shows will focus on “fascinating locations at a critical crossroads brought on by climate change,” according to a written statement last week.

The season kicks off April 21, on the eve of Earth Day.

Weir, who has been CNN’s climate correspondent for about a decade, will anchor reports from Montana, Greenland and Hawaii as well as coastal South Carolina.

In its statement, the network suggested that the Charleston episode will look at the “surging seas and frequent floods” that “batter one of America’s most storied cities and the critical reminders of its slave trade past.”

Material event

A North Charleston-based global textile manufacturer’s next stop in its 232-year journey is in the Lone Star State.

AstenJohnson, which makes specialty fabrics for industrial customers such as paper mill operators, recently picked Waco, Texas, for a new 220,000-square-foot plant that will employ 36 workers.

The $40 million factory is expected to open in 2023 and will make “nonwovens,” a widely used material formed by bonding synthetic fibers through either a chemical, mechanical or heating process.

In this case, the specialty textiles to be made in Waco will be sold to manufacturers in the automotive, aerospace, filtration and piping industries, among others.

A local economic development group provided the 36-acre plant site, and the company qualified for $2 million in public financial assistance from the city and county, according to a report in the Waco Tribune-Herald.

“The long-term prospects for our nonwovens business are excellent,” CEO Kevin Frank said in a written statement. “Customer demand for our products has only been growing. This investment will allow us to satisfy the increasing demand and continue to offer more products and innovation.”

The global company expanded into the nonwoven sector when it acquired a Missouri-based manufacturer in 2014. It bought another plant a few years ago in New Hampshire.

AstenJohnson traces its corporate ancestry to a family-owned wire business that was started in 1790 in Manchester, England. It’s now headquartered on Corporate Road. Its only South Carolina plant is in Clinton.

1M milestone

Boeing South Carolina’s science-and-math-focused education program has learned that it’s reached a major milestone.

The manufacturer, which makes its 787 Dreamliner in North Charleston, announced last week that more than 1 million students had participated in DreamLearners, a STEM-heavy instructional outreach it launched about 10 years ago in the Palmetto State.

As part of the program, school kids have toured the Boeing South Carolina campus and have had the program come to them in their classrooms. During the COVID-19 pandemic, DreamLearners went virtual.

Students do a hands-on paper airplane activity and learn about careers in the core STEM elements of science, technology, engineering and math, as well as advanced manufacturing and aerospace.

More than 7,600 Boeing employees have volunteered to participate in DreamLearners, the company said.

Boeing celebrated hitting the seven-figure milestone last week at North Charleston Elementary School, not far from its 787 Dreamliner campus.

Hey, bow

A Charleston-born business built from formal-wear feathers made famous by celebrities has fashioned a new formation to fete its decade-old creations.

Brackish, a bow-tie retailer that launched after groomsmen’s wedding gifts made from turkey feathers proved popular, is toasting its 10 years in business with a new neckwear adornment called “Cheers.”

The latest version features a turkey feather in the center, a nod to the original design. Its colors — blue, white, green and others — are meant to reflect the Palmetto State from the salty Atlantic to the rolling hills of the Upstate.

Owners Ben Ross and Jeff Plotner, friends from their college days at Wofford, say the commemorative and limited-edition tie “instantly invokes good times with family, friends and, in this case, feathers.”

Lounging about

Edwin Hughes figures he’s spent about half of his adult life at Charlotte Douglas International.

As a member of American Airlines’ Executive Platinum club, he is a frequent visitor to the big Queen City airport, which serves a major hub for the carrier.

Now he has a new place to spend his layovers. A passenger lounge concept that’s already available at Charleston International recently opened its doors at Charlotte Douglas.

The Airports Dimensions-operated Club CLT in Concourse A made its debut March 30. It’s open daily from 5 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. and seats 105. Hughes, who lives in West Ashley, said it’s a welcome refuge from the hustle and bustle at the North Carolina travel waystation that accommodated more than 43 million passengers in 2021.

“If you’ve got a long layover and you need to get some work done or just relax, it’s a great extra amenity,” said Hughes, who travels about 40 weeks out of the year. “If you fly out of Charleston, you’ll either have to go through Charlotte or Atlanta on most flights, so it’s nice to have this place to go if you’re an American flyer.”

Anyone can access the lounge with a $45 day pass. Club CLT is also available to Priority Pass members, a lounge access membership that starts at $99 a year. Customers in the lounge are limited to a three-hour maximum stay. Food and drink are complimentary with entry.

The Club concept also has outposts in Atlanta, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Las Vegas, Pittsburgh and 10 other U.S. airports. Club CHS at Charleston International opened in mid-2019.

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Sagebrook Home establishing operations in Berkeley County

$80 million investment creating 117 new jobs COLUMBIA, S.C. – ...

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Sagebrook Home, a global home décor brand, today announced plans to establish operations in Berkeley County. The company’s $80 million investment will create 117 new jobs.

Founded in 2015, Sagebrook Home’s portfolio includes over 10,000 products including furniture, accessories, wall art, garden decor, lighting and more. The company is a leader in delivery, fulfillment and drop shipping to customers worldwide.

Located at 574 Trade Center Parkway in Summerville, Sagebrook Home’s Berkeley County facility will serve as a 500,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art distribution center for the company’s home décor and wholesale operations.

Operations are expected to be online in May 2022. Individuals interested in joining the Sagebrook Home team should visit the company’s contact page.

The Coordinating Council for Economic Development has awarded a $100,000 Set-Aside grant to Berkeley County to assist with the costs of site preparation and building construction.

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“As Sagebrook Home continues to grow, the decision to distribute from both the East and West Coasts seemed a natural evolution. With the rising cost of shipping, there was no better time to add bicoastal distribution. This new distribution center gives us the opportunity to implement the latest in technology and keep Sagebrook Home a force in the HOME category.” -Sagebrook Home Co-CEO Justin Kachan

“With its proximity to Interstate 26, Interstate 95 and the Port of Charleston, Berkeley County is the ideal place for a business to get their product to marketplaces all over the world. Today’s announcement by Sagebrook Home is a testament to our strong logistics network that helps make South Carolina the ideal destination for businesses.” -Gov. Henry McMaster

“Sagebrook Home’s decision to locate a new distribution facility in Berkeley County is reason to celebrate. This announcement speaks volumes to our state’s logistics advantages, infrastructure and business-friendly environment.” -Secretary of Commerce Harry M. Lightsey III

“SC Ports is thrilled to handle goods for Sagebrook’s first East Coast distribution center. This impressive home décor company will benefit from SC Ports’ creative supply chain solutions and expansive port infrastructure. Sagebrook’s new furniture distribution center builds on Charleston’s centrality to the furniture and home goods segment.” -SC Ports CEO Jim Newsome

“Berkeley County is proud to welcome Sagebrook Home to our community. Sagebrook Home’s $80 million investment will help provide more jobs and quality workforce opportunities for the hardworking people in our county. This industry commitment is proof that Berkeley County continues to shine as a bright beacon for industry growth.” -Berkeley County Supervisor Johnny Cribb

Summerville High’s robotics team attends world championship in Texas

Summerville High School’s robotics team, Team 3489, Category 5, took their robots and engineering prowess to the FIRST Robotics world championship from April 20-23 in Houston, Texas.FIRST Robotics is a national organization in which teams of high school students design their own robots to compete in field games. The competitions encourage teens’ participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subjects while also teaching them the business side of things.“It’s a lot of fun but also a lot of...

Summerville High School’s robotics team, Team 3489, Category 5, took their robots and engineering prowess to the FIRST Robotics world championship from April 20-23 in Houston, Texas.

FIRST Robotics is a national organization in which teams of high school students design their own robots to compete in field games. The competitions encourage teens’ participation in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) subjects while also teaching them the business side of things.

“It’s a lot of fun but also a lot of work. Kids are really hands on with the different sub teams, whether it be mechanical, electrical, CAD (computer aided design), programing, all of these different areas that go into building the robot,” said Matt Marvin, mechatronics teacher and robotics mentor at SHS.

“We had two regional events. The first one was in Anderson, South Carolina and the second one was in Knoxville, Tennessee and so we won an award at the Anderson event,” he continued. “It was the Engineering Inspiration Award. That’s for long term spreading and promoting engineering and STEM in schools and the community.”

By winning that award, Marvin said, the team — which is made up of students from both SHS and Ashley Ridge High School — received an invitation to the world championship, as well as fees paid by NASA.

Every year begins a brand new competition and a brand new season. Students have six weeks to build a robot to compete. Right now, they are preparing for the off season. But soon students will be hard at work on a brand new robot.

“It really is an awesome thing for these kids,” said Marvin. “It’s not like us adults are coming in and micromanaging everything. This is a student-run team and it’s really impressive.”

The skills the team is learning can take them far in math and science fields, as well as business and marketing. They put in a lot of hours, often staying after school to work and coming in on weekends.

Building a robot in six weeks is no easy task. But not only do they build the robot, but they work on getting sponsors, grant writing and fundraising.

“This is my six or seventh year now,” said team member Svanthana Lingan, a sophomore at SHS. “I started in fifth grade, starting with literally LEGO robots, and I worked myself through that pipeline to get here. I got hooked in fifth grade.”

The 2022 robot is a reflection of the passion the students have for robotics. It shoots balls, can run autonomously and climb ladders.

There is a lot that goes into the building, and students have to be committed. For some students like freshman Matthew Logan Deason, who one day wants to design and build airplanes, it’s an obvious fit.

“My family, we’ve been a bit of a STEM kind of family. My dad works with planes and programming,” he said. “In fourth grade, I started doing the LEGO robotics and that was a lot of fun to me, so it kind of became a family thing where my little brother and my older brother got involved and we all kept doing it.”

The robotics team at Fort Dorchester High School also received recognition from FIRST, according to a Dorchester School District 2 press release. The team, called the Burning Magnetos Team 342, earned FIRST’s Blue Banner Woodie Flower’s championship banner and the Spirit Award, which celebrates “extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit through exceptional partnership and teamwork furthering the objectives of FIRST.”

5th annual Best of Prep Sports banquet set for May 12

The fifth annual Best of Prep Sports awards will recognize some of the best high school student-athletes in the Summerville Communications coverage area on May 12.The company will honor 29 athletic standouts, two teams and one coach from Berkeley and Dorchester counties for their accomplishments in the competitive arena and classroom. Winners were selected by the sports staffs of the Summerville Journal Scene, The Gazette and The Berkeley Independent.A special section in the May 11 and May 12 editions will feature a short story...

The fifth annual Best of Prep Sports awards will recognize some of the best high school student-athletes in the Summerville Communications coverage area on May 12.

The company will honor 29 athletic standouts, two teams and one coach from Berkeley and Dorchester counties for their accomplishments in the competitive arena and classroom. Winners were selected by the sports staffs of the Summerville Journal Scene, The Gazette and The Berkeley Independent.

A special section in the May 11 and May 12 editions will feature a short story on each award winner.

For the second straight year, the event will be hosted at the Rollins Edwards Community Center in Summerville. The banquet begins at 6 p.m., and longtime Lowcountry television personality Dean Stephens of ABC News 4 will serve as master of ceremonies. Charleston Southern men’s basketball coach Barclay Radebaugh is the keynote speaker.

Tickets are $15 and available online at journalscene.com/sportsawards.

Last spring in front of about 200 attendees, former South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Perry Orth recounted his days as a high school athlete and gave words of wisdom learned through his journey from being a walk-on to starter in the Southeastern Conference. In a nutshell, Orth encouraged Best of Prep Sports winners to aim for the sky but also be prepared to put in extra work at the college level.

In 2020, the company announced winners on the Summerville Communications YouTube Channel instead of hosting a banquet because of COVID-19 concerns.

Hundreds attended earlier Best of Prep Sports ceremonies at Charleston Southern in 2018 and Seacoast Church in Summerville in 2019, with former college football stars Ben Boulware of Clemson and George Rogers of South Carolina serving as keynote speakers.

2021-22 Best of Prep Sports

Superlatives

PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR: Demetri Simmons, Goose Creek running back

COMEBACK OF THE YEAR: Hanahan Baseball vs. No. 1 Oceanside Collegiate

SERVICE AWARD: Kaleb Frost, Cane Bay

COURAGE AWARD: Jaden Gibson, Berkeley

FEMALE LEADERSHIP AWARD: Rori Mae Condon, Stratford

MALE LEADERSHIP AWARD: Ashton Howard, Cross

FEMALE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Tatum Carr, Cane Bay

MALE SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Jay Diffley, Pinewood Prep

JOHN MCKISSICK MEMORIAL COACH OF THE YEAR: Thomas McElveen, Fort Dorchester

TEAM OF THE YEAR: Ashley Ridge wrestling

FEMALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Alaina Nettles, Cane Bay

MALE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Demetris McKelvey, Fort Dorchester

Fall Sports

VOLLEYBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Leila McClough, Ashley Ridge

FEMALE CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE YEAR: Brianna Dooney, Summerville

MALE CROSS COUNTRY RUNNER OF THE YEAR: Cayden Chance, Timberland

FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ansley Cohen, Philip Simmons

FEMALE SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: Madelyn Routhier, Fort Dorchester

MALE SWIMMER OF THE YEAR: Parker Azevedo, Summerville

FEMALE GOLFER OF THE YEAR: Avery Smith, Ashley Ridge

FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Zolten Osborne, Fort Dorchester

CHEERLEADER OF THE YEAR: Abigail LaPoint, Stratford

Winter Sports

FEMALE BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Alayah Birch, Northwood Academy

MALE BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Yannick Smith, Summerville

WRESTLER OF THE YEAR: Weston Eadie, Ashley Ridge

Spring Sports

FEMALE SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jessica Osborne, Pinewood Prep

MALE SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Chase Kennedy, Fort Dorchester

FEMALE TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: NaJhyrai Watson, Philip Simmons

MALE TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETE OF THE YEAR: Jaylen Boudreaux, Cane Bay

MALE GOLFER OF THE YEAR: Jake Traylor, Summerville

MALE TENNIS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Josh Giannelli, Berkeley

SOFTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Carson Shaw, Summerville

BASEBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Miller McGuire, Berkeley

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