May 19 2015

PAC All-Sport Picnic Sign Up

Please sign up if you are planning to attend!!

Event: PAC All-Sport Picnic
When: June 2nd
Where: Pine Island
Time: 2:00-8:00
Cost: Free (but you need to bring food to share)

-Sign up:

-PAC will be supplying hamburgers and hotdogs and all paper products.

-Every family needs to bring a 2 liter drink, a side item, and a dessert to share

-We will plan to eat at 5:30-6:00

-Please indicate how many in your family will be coming and what food items you will be bringing

-Activities-there is a playground, field for football, soccer, Frisbee, etc; sandpit volleyball, tennis, and swimming in lake or at the pool (pool is $2/person)
-Bathing Suits-no bikinis please, please wear modest swimwear or a t-shirt over top.

Pine Island Club
150 Pine Island Road, Columbia, SC 29212

From Columbia (via Bush River Rd.): Take I-26 to Colonial Life Blvd. Take Colonial Life Blvd. to Bush River Rd. intersection. Turn left onto Bush
River Road. Take Bush River Road to intersection with St. Andrews Rd (approx. 3 miles). Turn left on St. Andrews Rd. Cross over Railroad Tracks,
proceed to Old Bush River Rd intersection (just past the BiLo grocery store). Take a left onto Old Bush River Rd. At the intersection where you would
turn left to go over the dam, stay straight and proceed on North Lake Dr. toward Ballentine. Just before the Citgo Gas Station, take a left on River Road.
Take River Road almost until the end, where you will see the sign for Pine Island on your left.Turn left, enter the gates, and cross the causeway onto
Pine Island.

From Newberry (via 176) : Take I-26. Bear right off I-26 at the “176, Ballentine, Irmo” exit. Proceed for 0.5 of a mile on “176 East” to Bickley Road.
Turn right on Bickley Road and continue for 1.1 miles. Cross the railroad tracks and turn left at the light on to “Highway 76″. Go for 0.1 of a mile and turn
right at the convenience store and continute for 1.4 miles until you approach a “Dead End” sign at the entrance to Pine Island Club. Turn left, enter the
gates, and cross the causeway onto Pine Island.

May 13 2015

PAC Seniors’ Yearbook Information

All Seniors,

If Seniors are to be in the special Senior section for the book we MUST RECEIVE BY THIS FRIDAY along with payment. If you have already given this to seniors, please advise them of closure this Friday.
1) SENIOR ADS: parents write, they include a photo, text and $35 for 1/4 page ad
2) SENIOR WRITE-ups: seniors write their answers to a list of questions that were sent directly to coaches that in turn were to be given to coaches and then sent to the yearbook staff: either me, Caleb, Makayla or McKenzie Case.

Send to:

To date we have received five. One just this afternoon (May 12, 2015).

We are closing out the book this week, nothing can be or will be received for the 2015 yearbook after Friday. If anybody else wants in they MUST GET IT IN, received, BY FRIDAY MAY 15th.

Michael Reed
2015 Yearbook Advisor

May 12 2015

Baseball Ends Season with Annual Banquet

The Panthers held their season ending banquet at Saluda Shoals with approximately one hundred and fifty people in attendance.  Former Panther players Jonathan Liva and Jake Brunson attended the festivities and joined in the fun and games as the players and parents joined in volleyball and bean bag toss games.  Some of the players also played in the river after many games in the dusty “ga ga” ball pit.  D’s Wings provided wings and the player families provided sides and desserts.  One of the great things about the baseball program is the comradery among the baseball families and this was evident again as people stayed and fellowshipped for over seven hours on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

The coaches discussed the state of the baseball program and how it has grown from one team and fifteen players in year one to three teams and forty-two players in year six.  The coaches then handed out the year-end awards.  The most important award the baseball program hands out is the Mr. Panther Award.  This award goes to the player who most consistently models Christ like behavior and leadership to their teammates; their coaches; their competition and even to the umpires.  The 2015 winners for this prestigious award are Whit Melnyk (B-Team); Zach Thurber (Junior Varsity) and Clay Dickinson (Varsity).

The Pitching awards went to Avery Blevins (B-Team); William Lawyer (Junior Varsity) and to Trevor Dacus (Varsity).  The Golden Glove award that goes annually to the best fielder’s went to David Hucks (B-Team); Matthew Derrick (Junior Varsity) and to Pat Brunson (Varsity).  The Silver Slugger award that goes annually to the best hitters went to McKinley Proctor (B-Team); Danny Waller (Junior Varsity) and to Anderson Blevins (Varsity).

Varsity players earning their first baseball pin and their PAC letter were Cole Plyer, Parker Pocock, John Edens, Daniel Williams and Eli Williams.   Varsity Players earning their first baseball pin were Cal Hucks and Carson Floyd.  Varsity Players earning their second or third baseball pin were Anderson Blevins, Daniel Barfield, JC Ellis, Pat Brunson, Trevor Dacus, James Reed, Daniel Reed and Clay Dickinson.  Congratulations to all of our award winners.

PAC loses six players to graduation this year.  They are Daniel Reed (2012-2015); Daniel Barfield (2011-2015); Pat Brunson (2011-2015); Trevor Dacus (2011-2015); JC Ellis (2010-2015) and Clay Dickinson (2010-2015).  Daniel Reed was a versatile player that helped out in pitching, infield and in the outfield.  Daniel Barfield was a solid baserunner and defender; always seeming to come up with a clutch hit when his team needed it.  Pat improved tremendously over his time with the Panthers, hitting over .400 his senior season.  Pat also set a new record by scoring 36 runs this year.  Trevor leaves as the winningest pitcher in Panthers history accumulating fourteen wins over three varsity seasons.  He also holds the record for career strikeouts (81).  JC was one of the two and a half remaining original members of the PAC baseball program.  He helped the team in the outfield and as a pitcher; winning six varsity games and setting a career record for PAC with a 2.88 earned run average (era).  Part of his improvement was the time he put in by himself studying pitching and looking for ways to improve his performance.  Clay was the other last, full member of the inaugural PAC baseball team.  He also worked hard to improve himself during his time in the program.  He played third for PAC and hit over .425 his senior season.  Clay also now shares the record with Alex Blevins for the most hits in a single season with 37.

Not only does PAC baseball lose six players to graduation this year, they also lose one coach and two team chaplains.  Thad Brunson has served as coach for the past five years, first for the Junior Varsity team and, second, for Varsity.  His technical skill and folksy sayings will be missed by his players as well as by their parents.  Thad helped oversee a huge improvement in the quality of play in the Panther baseball program and “Goodness, Gracious, Mercy Sakes Alive” he will be missed by all.

The program also loses chaplains, Robert Dickinson and Eric Barfield, who have been just as important to any coach on the field.  These two men helped oversee our program’s efforts to use baseball to teach Godly character.  They used whatever tools were provided and, in some cases, designed their own in an effort to ‘Train our Young Men for Eternity” (TYME).   Eric also helped craft baseball’s mission statement and define its values.  Eric wrote the team devotions one year and has captured them in his first (of many?) published book: Christian Leadership Principles for Young Men, which may be purchased at “”.  Their presence around the field and in the dugout will be sorely missed.

May 12 2015

PAC Volleyball Spring Training

There will be practice following the parent meeting 
PAC Volleyball will kick off with Spring Training this Tuesday, May 12th.  Practice is at the Lexington Baptist Church Family Life Center.
Spring Training occurs TUESDAY and THURSDAY from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and WEDNESDAY from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm during May, June and July.
The cost for the training program is $3.00 per session or $30.00 per month.
There is also a $10.00 annual fee paid to Lexington Baptist Church for the gym membership which allows PAC to practice at the facility.
A parent information meeting will be held at 1:30 on May 12th at the Lexington Baptist Church Family Life Center.
Fall Tryouts will be Monday and Tuesday August 3rd & 4th from Noon – 4:00 pm.
There will be two teams.  Middle School for grades 6 – 8 (or students who are 11 years old by 9/1/2015).  JV for grades 9 – 11.
Carman Dennis will coach the Middle School team and Shannon Sanford will coach the JV team.
If you need further information, please let me know.
Thank you,
Lia Maltry
PAC Volleyball Director

May 09 2015

Panthers win Baseball Championship

NACA Tournament Championship:          Panthers (Varsity) – 8                   Greenville Hurricanes – 3

The Providence Athletic Club Panthers continued their remarkable two week run by following up their first homeschool baseball state championship by winning the division #3 championship at the National Association of Christian Athletes baseball tournament in Dayton, Tennessee.  The Panthers breezed through the first three games to reach the championship game, and in this game, the Panthers found themselves staring across the field at a familiar opponent, the Greenville Hurricanes, who they had beat 9-5 earlier this season.

The Panthers were the home team as the higher seed so they took to the field first on defense and retired the Canes in order.  In the bottom of the first inning, Anderson Blevins led off with a single against the starting Canes pitcher, Hunter Braslee.  Anderson stole second base and then third.  Pat Brunson drew a walk and stole second in an effort to draw a throw to second, allowing Anderson to score from third on the throw.  The Canes had other ideas, however, and cut off the throw to second and threw Anderson out at home on a bang bang play.  This brought James Reed to the plate.  The Canes centerfielder tried to sneak in behind Pat Brunson in an effort to pick him off, but the pitcher did not see him sneaking in and delivered the pitch to James who hit a long fly ball to center field.  The centerfielder turned and ran but the damage was done.  Pat scored and James ended up on third with a triple. Clay Dickinson was next at the plate and hit a long fly ball that the Canes centerfielder managed to get a glove on but could not secure for the catch allowing James to score.  The Panthers managed to get the bases loaded but two straight strikeouts ended the Panther’s threat.

Trevor Dacus, the starting Panther Hurler, allowed a double and a walk in the top of the second but managed to strand them there.  The Panthers continued to put pressure on the Canes in the bottom of the second by plating another three runs.  Eli Williams drew a walk and Anderson sacrificed him to second.  Pat Brunson singled to right center field to score Eli.  Clay came to bat for the second time and laced a triple down the right field line allowing Pat to score.  Trevor then singled to center field scoring Clay and making the score 5-0 after two.

In the top of third, Canes centerfielder, Daniel Martin, doubled to right field with one out.  Caleb Byrd then slapped a hard grounder to the right side that seemed destined for right field, but Panther’s second baseman Cole Plyer made a diving stop, scrambling to his knees to throw Caleb out at first and force Daniel to remain at third where he was ultimately stranded.  The Panthers threatened in the bottom of the third but did not score leaving the score 5-0 after three.

The Canes finally managed to scratch for a run in the top of the fourth.  Will James drew a walk and advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on a single by Monte Gore.  The Panthers got that run back in the bottom of the frame.   Pat singled and stole second base.  James Reed hit a line drive back up the middle that the pitcher knocked down, scrambled to retrieve and then whirled and made a terrific throw to third to get Pat out on a tag play.  Consecutive singles by Clay and Trevor loaded the bases.  The Panthers attempted a safety squeeze with John Edens but once again the Canes pitcher, Hunter Braslee, made a terrific play pouncing off the mound to get the ball and throw home to force James for the second out of the inning.  After two terrific plays, Hunter made a mistake and uncorked a wild pitch which allowed Clay to score from third.  A strikeout ended the inning and the game moved to the fifth inning with the Panthers leading 6-1.

Trevor continued to pitch well for PAC retiring the Canes in order in the top of the inning.  The Panthers added to their lead in the bottom of the frame by plating another run.  Eli Williams was hit by a pitch with one out and advanced to second on a groundout by Anderson Blevins.  He advanced to third on a passed ball and scored when James Reed hit a swinging bunt in front of the plate.  Hunter charged the ball and turned to throw to first, but his throw led the first baseman into the approaching James Reed and was dropped for an error.

Hunter Braslee, the leadoff hitter for the Canes in the top of the sixth reached on an error by the Panther third baseman.  The error allowed Hunter to reach second base and he got to third on a passed ball.  Hunter then scored on an infield groundout. The Canes got another base runner on but the Panthers turned a 5-4-3 (third-second-first) double play to get out of the inning.  Once again the Panthers immediately got that run back.  Clay Dickinson was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning.  Trevor sacrificed Clay to second.  On the third pitch of John Eden’s at bat, Clay broke for third.  The Canes catcher, Will James came up firing but his throw sailed on him and went over the third baseman’s outreached glove.  The overthrow allowed Clay to scramble to his feet and race home before the left field.  This made the score 8-2 leading to the seventh inning.

Trevor had pitched very well through six innings but was beginning to tire in the ninety degree heat.  Sam Styles led off for the Canes with a double and the second batter of the inning reached on a walk.  A single by Daniel Martin scored Styles and put runners at first and second with no outs.  The Panthers brought in James Reed to relieve Trevor.  He induced the first batter he faced to fly out to Pat Brunson in center field.  James then struck out two straight hitters to end the game and hand the Panthers the championship.

Trevor pitched six innings allowing three runs, two of which were earned.  He gave up five hits and walked four Cane batters.  He struck out five.  James Reed pitched the last inning allowing no runs or hits while striking out two.  Starting Canes pitcher, Hunter Braslee, pitched six innings.  He allowed all eight Panther runs, six of which were earned.  The Panthers had nine hits in the contest.

Clay Dickinson led the Panthers at the plate with a triple and a single.  He had two RBI’s and scored three runs.  Pat Brunson and Trevor Dacus contributed two singles each.  Pat had two RBI’s, and Trevor, one.  Pat scored two runs.  James Reed tripled and Anderson and John Edens contributed singles.  James Reed was named the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player and James and Pat Brunson were named to the all-tournament team.  The Panthers were awarded the tournaments Best Sportsmanship trophy for the second year in a row.  The Panthers end their season with a 21-6 record.

May 07 2015

Panther Baseball Advance to Championship Game at NACA Tournament

NACA Tournament: Panthers (Varsity) – 14         Rhea County Academy – 2

The Panthers beat Rhea County Academy 14-2 to advance to the NACA Division #3 championship game and improve their record to 20-6.  The championship game will be played at Bryan College at 12:45 on Friday.  The Panthers used the same formula that has served them so well so far in winning their first three game at the tournament.  That formula is good pitching and defense and excellent hitting.  James Reed started the game on the mound for PAC and pitched three innings.  He allowed no runs on two hits.  He also had four strikeouts.  JC Ellis pitched the final two innings for the Panthers surrendering the first two runs that PAC has allowed in the tournament.    He gave up two earned runs on two hits and walked one batter.  The Panthers remained hot at the plate scoring fourteen runs on eleven hits.  The Panthers scored three runs in the first inning; four runs in the second; three runs in the fourth and four runs in the fifth.  Six different Panthers had hits, led by James Reed who had a homerun, a double and a single.  He also knocked in four runs and scored three runs.  Clay Dickinson also had three hits; three singles and knocked in two RBI’s.   Pat Brunson had two doubles; four RBI’s and scored three runs.  Anderson Blevins had one hit and scored three runs.  Cole Plyler and Eli Williams both scored two runs.   The Panthers have outscored the opposition 42-2 so far in the tournament.

May 07 2015

Panthers Baseball Rolls to Second Consecutive Victory at NACA Tournament

NACA Tournament: Panthers (Varsity) – 18         Victory Christian – 0

The Panthers rolled to their second consecutive easy victory in the NACA tournament in Dayton, Tennessee beating Victory Christian from Gastonia, North Carolina by a score of 18-0.  John Edens pitched a two hit shutout; striking out two batters.  The Panthers pounded out sixteen hits in their victory.  John Edens helped his own cause going three for three with three RBI’s.  Daniel Reed contributed two singles and two RBI’s.  Cal Hucks had two singles and James Reed had a single and a double.  After two games, every Panthers but one has contributed at least one hit.  The Panthers play again on Thursday against Rhea County Christian Academy.

May 07 2015

Panthers Baseball Takes First Victory in NACA Tournament

NACA Tournament: Panthers (Varsity) – 10         Hope Academy (Alabama) – 0

The Panthers roared out the gate quickly in their first game at the NACA tournament in Dayton, Tennessee besting Hope Academy from Pelham, Alabama 10-0 in five innings.  The big story to come out of this game was that starting pitcher Cal Hucks pitched a no-hitter against the overmatched team from Hope.  He faced twenty batters and struck out eight.  Hope base runners reached second twice but that is far as they went due to Cal’s dominant effort.  The Panthers scored three runs in the first inning; five in the second and three in the third to win the game.  The Panthers had eleven hits and were led by Anderson Blevins (three hits: triple; double; single and three RBI’s) and Clay Dickinson (two hits: single; triple and two RBI’s.  James Reed also tripled and had two RBI’s.  Daniel Barfield had a two RBI single.  The Panthers play again later today against Victory Christian from Gastonia, North Carolina.

May 04 2015

PAC Yearbook and Senior Information

PAC Yearbooks can still be ordered this week only for $40,

Please contact Caleb Reed at to discuss payment or send to:


c/oMichael Reed

PO Box 12354

Columbia, SC 29211


ALL SENIORS please see below and fill out the questionnaire so you can be featured in the 2015 PAC Yearbook

Greetings PAC senior athletes! This is a request for some last-year-of-high-school information (laid out in detail below). The info is for the senior section of ‘The Panther’ our annual PAC yearbook. All seniors will be recognized in the book, and we want to make sure each one is featured properly. So here is what we need from you: 1. Your full name: First, Middle, & Last 2. An up-to-date family portrait. Ideally, the most current portrait you have for this year.

  1. Your senior photo (this will be taken care of by the yearbook staff when the pictures are scheduled and taken for your team this season)


  1. A unique baby photo of the senior. 5. Please complete this questionnaire, writing your answers in a new line underneath each question : -What is your favorite PAC memory? -What is the best motivational advice that you could give somebody? -Who would you like to thank? (It can be family, friends, coaches, teachers, etc.) -Who is your favorite founding father? -What talent/skill do you have that your PAC friends don’t know about? i.e playing the piano, insanely cool skateboarding, writing or acting skills, etc. -What are your goals for the future? What change for good would you like to make in the world? -What is your favorite Bible Verse? -What is the most personally meaningful quote that you’ve read/heard?


When you send in your info to the year book please write ‘PAC Senior’s Info’ as the subject title, and email your photos and this word doc with answers to


May 04 2015

PAC Golf Team Raps up the Season 11wins -3 Losses

2015 PAC Golf team has completed its season with a record of 11 Wins and 3 Losses.

Several team records were recorded this season:

1. PAC record team score for 9 holes, Match, 163

2. PAC record team score for 9 holes, Tournament, 157

3.PAC record team score for 18 holes, Tournament 315

4.PAC record team score for 36 holes, Tournament 642

5.Best team finish in a 20 team field, 3rd at the Palmetto in Myrtle Beach.

Individual records recorded this season:

1. Will Eckstein low individual 9 hole match score, 34

2. Will Eckstein low individual 36 hole tournament score, 153.

Team match summary:

1. PAC 167, Airport 183, Brokland Cayce 183    PAC wins 2

2. PAC 180, Ben Lippen188; PAC wins

3. PAC 171, Heathwood Hall 172, Wilson Hall 147; PAC 1 win 1 loss.

4. PAC 171, Brokland Cayce 179, Heathwood Hall 175; PAC wins 2

5. PAC 170, Dutch Fork 162; PAC loss

6. PAC 163, Airport 170, Brokland Cayce 174; PAC wins two

7. PAC 187, River Bluff 167; PAC Loss

8. PAC 12, Aiport 1; PAC wins Match Play.

Team Tournament Summary:

1. Goldenbear Hilton Head PAC 749 26th Place

2. Battle of the Dam; PAC 725 15th Place

3. The Palmetto Myrtle Beach; PAC 642 3rd Place (Will Tie 6th, and Cooper Tie 8th)

Individual 9 hole Scoring average:

1. Will Eckstein 39.1

2. Cooper Snow 41.3

3. Logan Reese 44.0

4. Phoebe Carles 46.7

5. Carlton Snow 47.6

6. Tyler Reese 49.4

7. Junah Winters 53.4

9. Taylor Diveley 53.7

8. Caleb Roberts 54.5

9. Kenton Black 58.6

10. Noah Dively 62.8

11. Mason Tomlinson 62.6

12. Josh Diveley 66





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