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 Heralds 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 Observers coverage area, let alone the Heralds. 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 Mills 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).
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. Hell wrestle at Limestone College next season.
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.
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.
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.
Chandler Case, South Pointe: Case, a junior, helped South Pointes 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. Shes committed to play for hometown Winthrop in 2014.
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.
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.
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 Nadolskis 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 teams offensive output.
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.
Christen Bragg, Rock Hill: All-State junior setter helped Cindy Elders 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