Athletes of the Year

Trojans’ Tindall highlights all-area athletes of the year

bmccormick@heraldonline.comJune 27, 2013 

Northwestern's Julisa Tindall won her third straight Class 4A individual high jump championship en route to earning the Herald's 2013 All-Area Girls' Track and Field Athlete of the Year honor.

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Northwestern senior Julisa Tindall ended her glittering high school track and field career this spring the only way she could have possibly envisioned: with a third straight high jump state title.

Tindall is the Herald’s 2013 Girls’ Track and Field Athlete of the Year. The College of Charleston signee was just one of a number of area athletes who stood out during the 2012-13 school year.

Boys’ track and field

Terrance Morris, Chester: Cyclone senior triple-jumped 46 feet, 6 inches to win the Class AAA state championship. Morris’ leap of 46-6 was the best in the Charlotte Observer’s coverage area, let alone the Herald’s. Morris will play football this coming fall at Wofford.

Boys’ cross country

Lucas Stalnaker, Fort Mill: Speedy senior finished 11th at the state meet (16:18.11) and won the Region 3 championship by a full 11 seconds (16:11), to help Fort Mill’s boys win the region and place fifth in the state. Stalnaker was also the Class AAAA Upper State champion.

Girls’ cross country

Victoria Burdette, South Pointe: Burdette, a junior, finished 30th at the state meet (19:45.76), second at the York County Cross Country meet (19:37) and won the Region 3-4A meet (19:39).

Wrestling

Nick Leitten, Fort Mill: 145-pound senior grappler capped an undefeated season with a 145-pound state title. Leitten also won his Region 3 weight class title and earned the National Wrestling Coaches Association Wrestler of the Year for South Carolina. He’ll wrestle at Limestone College next season.

Boys’ tennis

Madison Ott, Nation Ford: Two-time state qualifier helped the Falcons to the third round of the Class AAAA/AAA boys’ tennis team tournament with a 7-1 individual record, despite a persistently infected gallbladder. Ott will attend Clemson University this coming fall; having had his gallbladder removed, Ott he hopes to get back to full strength and walk on to the Tigers’ tennis team.

Girls’ tennis

Catherine White, Rock Hill: White reached the third round of the Class AAAA girls’ tennis state tournament after a perfect regular season. The Bearcat senior will play for Gardner-Webb next season.

Boys’ golf

Sam Greene, Westminster Catawba: Greene finished tied for fourth at the NCISAA 2A state tournament at Tallamore Golf Club in Pinehurst in May after shooting 74-73-147 over the two days. Greene earned All-State honors in the highly competitive North Carolina private school league.

Girls’ golf

Chandler Case, South Pointe: Case, a junior, helped South Pointe’s girls to a fourth place finish in the state by carding a two-round total of 77-77-154, good for eighth place individually. Case averaged 40 strokes per nine holes and 78 per 18. She’s committed to play for hometown Winthrop in 2014.

Boys’ swimming

Garrett Hills, Clover: Hills finished his high school career in possession of every Clover High School swimming record. He won three state championships this season, claiming first in the 50 freestyle (20.83 seconds), the 100 freestyle (new state record of 45.88) and as part of the Blue Eagles’ 400 freestyle relay. Hill will swim in college at Texas Christian.

Girls’ swimming

Morgan Rulevich, Clover: Rulevich, a rising junior, showed her immense potential this season by winning a state championship in the 100 breaststroke (1:06.79) and finishing second in the 50 freestyle (24.41). Rulevich was also the Region 3-4A champion in the 100 freestyle (54.14), 100 breaststroke (1:08.04) and 200 medley relay.

Boys’ lacrosse

Mitch Russell, Fort Mill: Junior attackman was the most offensively explosive player in the area and one of the best in the state, helping Steve Nadolski’s Fort Mill club to the state final. Russell, who was named All-American by U.S. Lacrosse, finished the season with 44 goals (three per outing) and 59 assists. In only one of the Yellow Jackets’ 14 games this season did Richardson have less than five total points and he alone accounted for nearly 40 percent of the team’s offensive output.

Girls’ lacrosse

Rosalie Hawkins, Fort Mill: The Yellow Jackets’ senior goalie saved more than 51 percent of shots she faced and allowed fewer than seven goals per game while leading her team to the state semifinals. Hawkins, a first team All-State selection, will play for Winthrop next spring.

Volleyball

Christen Bragg, Rock Hill: All-State junior setter helped Cindy Elder’s Bearcats to the final four of the Class AAAA state tournament before falling to eventual champion Hillcrest. Bragg averaged more than 20 assists and six digs per game and hit 92 percent of her serves in play.

Bret McCormick •  329-4032; Twitter: @BretJust1T

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