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#173587 - 05/16/17 09:55 AM 2018 NIKE Palmetto Cup - Columbia, SC
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The 2018 NIKE Palmetto Cup will be held April 3-5 at the beautiful Saluda Shoals Complex in Columbia.

When: 2018 dates are April 3-5 (Easter Sunday is April 1)

Where: Saluda Shoals Athletic Complex - 6071 St. Andrews Road, Columbia, SC 29212

Who: All HS boys varsity teams are welcome to participate, but we plan to field a 16-24 team tourney.

Cost: $450 per team, plus each team is required to purchase a minimum of 18 t-shirts at $15 per shirt. Shirt order form is due March 8, 2018.

​Sanctioning: NFHS & SCHSL

Contacts: Kevin Heise at kheise@grayca.com or Kyle Heise kyle.heise@sc.rr.com for more information.

Why the NPC: Great NIKE gear for coaches! Premier facilities! Three officials for every match!

For more information, please visit - 2018 NIKE PALMETTO CUP.


Edited by Kevin Heise (05/30/17 02:57 PM)

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#173741 - 06/28/17 11:44 AM Re: 2018 NIKE Palmetto Cup - Columbia, SC [Re: Kevin Heise]
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NIKE Palmetto Cup moving to Saluda Shoals in 2018
Thomas Grant, Jr.•

Thu, Jun 29, 2017

Top soccer teams have flocked to Cayce and West Columbia for the NIKE Palmetto Cup for 26 years.

Starting next year, the 3-day tournament will move.
Co-founder Kevin Heise confirmed plans to move the NIKE Palmetto Cup to Saluda Shoals Park off St. Andrews Road April 3-5 in 2018.

"The Saluda Shoals Complex is a beautiful facility that is perfect for a tournament,” Heise said.

"The expectation for the NIKE Palmetto Cup is to be played in a top venue and this fits the bill. The Saluda Shoals Complex has six fields which allow for simultaneous play in true tourney format.”

Throughout Heise’s 28 years at Brookland-Cayce, the NIKE Palmetto Cup was jointly held between his school and Airport High.

StudentSports.com named it "The Southeast’s Premier Boys High School Soccer Tournament” as teams from as far away as Oklahoma and Puerto Rico competed.

The move coincides with his accepting the head coaching job at Gray Collegiate Academy.

A total of 18 teams, including Gray Collegiate, Gilbert, Lexington and Class 5A champion and 5-time NIKE Palmetto Cup champion Wando, have signed up. Heise said he has a good relationship with Nike and it will remain a sponsor.

Gregg Pinner, President of the Greater Cayce/West Columbia Chamber and Visitor’s Center, said while not surprised by the development, he admitted it’s a "slight blow” to the local economy.

As for the Crescent Cup, no decision has been made yet. Heise said Airport High would continue to be a host, but school officials were unavailable for comment.

Attempts to reach Brookland-Cayce athletics director Rusty Charpia were unsuccessful.

NIKE Palmetto Cup moving to Saluda Shoals Complex

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#173793 - 07/17/17 10:44 AM Re: 2018 NIKE Palmetto Cup - Columbia, SC [Re: Kevin Heise]
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2018 Committed Teams
As of September 22, 2017

School (Class) 2017 MaxPreps Rating
Battery Creek (SCHSL 3A) #114
Blythewood (SCHSL 5A) #44
Cardinal Newman (SCISA 3A) #5
Clover (SCHSL 5A) #12
A.C. Flora (SCHSL 4A) #27
Gaffney (SCHSL 5A) #39
Gilbert (SCHSL 3A) #81
Gray Collegiate Academy (SCHSL 2A) #175
Hanahan (SCHSL 3A) #73
Hartsville (SCHSL 4A) #54
T.L. Hanna (SCHSL 5A) #26
Indian River (VA 3A) #55
Lakeside-GA (GHSA 6A) #91
Lexington (SCHSL 5A) #18
Pinewood Prep (SCISA 3A)
South Aiken (SCHSL 4A) #22
Wando (SCHSL 5A) #1
Wilson (SCHSL 4A) #136
Woodmont (SCHSL 5A) #43


Edited by Kevin Heise (11/16/17 11:07 AM)

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#173901 - 09/11/17 10:15 AM Re: 2018 NIKE Palmetto Cup - Columbia, SC [Re: Kevin Heise]
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Thomas Grant, Jr.•Thu, Sep 14, 2017

A new location and now an expanded format for next year’s NIKE Palmetto Cup.

Starting in 2018, the 26-year-old tournament will have a girls’ field to go along with the 24-team boys’ field that will compete April 3-5, 2018 at Saluda Shoals Athletic Complex at 6071 St. Andrews Road.

Co-founder and Gray Collegiate boys’ soccer coach Kevin Heise has confirmed plans to solicit commitments from at least eight to 12 girls teams for the tournament.

So far, only the Lady (War) Eagles and A.C. Flora have signed up.

The Crescent Cup, the girls’ version of the NIKE Palmetto Cup, was started two years ago by Heise when he was coach at Brookland-Cayce High. It will now continue under the guidance of Airport High head coach Keith Morris.

"My understanding is that the Crescent Cup will be a 16-team tourney field this year at Airport High only,” Heise said. "I want to be clear that we truly have enjoyed our relationship with the Crescent Cup and Airport High School, but in regards to the formation of the Girls Division to the NIKE Palmetto Cup, it really was just a matter of ‘it’s the right time to do so.’

"We have discussed the possibility in the past, but with only two fields at your disposal, it made the situation impossible. Now, with our use of the Saluda Shoals Complex for the (NIKE Palmetto Cup), we have multiple fields at the complex making it much easier.

"We feel the addition of the girls division will only enhance the stature of the Nike Palmetto Cup and hope to grow the girls side to the reputation enjoyed by the boys side currently.”

Throughout Heise’s 28-year tenure at Brookland-Cayce, the NIKE Palmetto Cup was jointly held between his school and Airport High.
It was named "The Southeast’s Premier Boys High School Soccer Tournament” by StudentSports.com as teams from as far away as Oklahoma and Puerto Rico competed in the event.

His departure from B-C prompted the move of the NIKE Palmetto Cup from Cayce to Saluda Shoals.

Among the 21 boys’ teams to commit are Gilbert, Gray Collegiate, Lexington and defending champion Wando. Even with the expanded field, Heise plans to coordinate the games at the Saluda Shoals Athletic Complex in a "normal tourney manner with equal access to fields and game times taken into consideration to be fair to all participants.”

For more information, contact Heise at (803) 447-6496 or visit nikepalmettocupsc.com

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#173995 - 11/16/17 11:12 AM Re: 2018 NIKE Palmetto Cup - Columbia, SC [Re: Kevin Heise]
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Due to a team withdrawing from the tournament, there is one boys spot open for the 2018 NIKE Palmetto Cup at the Saluda Shoals Complex April 3-5. If interested, please contact me at kheise@grayca.com.

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#174001 - 11/19/17 04:55 PM Re: 2018 NIKE Palmetto Cup - Columbia, SC [Re: Kevin Heise]
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Thanks to Swansea HS and Coach Tremaine Shivers for filling this final spot.

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