The first 2013 South Carolina Prep Media Poll for high school football was released Thursday afternoon and three teams from the Herald coverage area made top-10s. Northwestern checked in at No. 2 in the Class AAAA poll, trailing only top-ranked Byrnes, while South Pointe was voted No. 6.
After winning Region 3-AAA last season, Chester will start the season at No. 5 in the state in that classification. Lewisville received votes in the Class A poll but has not cracked the top 10 yet.
S.C. Prep Media Poll: Week Zero
1. Byrnes; 2. Northwestern; 3. Gaffney; 4. Goose Creek; 5. Dutch Fork; 6. South Pointe; 7. Greenwood; 8. North Augusta; 9. Stratford; 10. Bluffton
Receiving votes: Dorman, Spring Valley, Sumter, Spartanburg, White Knoll; Summerville
1. Daniel; 2. Hartsville; 3. Strom Thurmond; 4. Union County; 5. Chester; 6. Marlboro County; 7. Belton-Honea Path; 8. Socastee; 9. Hanahan; 10. Swansea
Receiving votes: Myrtle Beach, Wren, Greer, A.C. Flora; Manning; Blue Ridge; Woodruff; Greenville
1. Dillon; 2. Fairfield Central; 3. Bishop England; 4. Timberland; 5. Chesnee; 6. Newberry; 7. Central; 8. Abbeville; 9. Silver Bluff; 10. Bamberg-Ehrhardt
Receiving votes: Loris, Keenan, Saluda
1. Christ Church; 2. Lamar; 3. Allendale-Fairfax; 4. Cross; 5. Johnsonville; 6. Williston-Elko; 7. Lake View; 8. Whale Branch; 9. Hemingway; 10. St. Josephs
Receiving other votes: Carvers Bay, McCormick, Ware Shoals, Wagener-Salley, Timmonsville, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, Estill, Lewisville
The S.C. Prep Media Football Poll is conducted by the Spartanburg Herald-Journal with voting from Jordan Anders, Greenwood Index-Journal; Bob Castello, Greenville News; Chris Dearing, The State; Ian Guerin, Myrtle Beach Sun News; Mike McCombs, Hilton Head Island Packet; Kevin Melton, Spartanburg Herald Journal; Lou Bezjak, Florence Morning News; Bret McCormick, The Herald; Adam Regan, Anderson Independent Mail; Phil Bowman, Charleston Post and Courier; Noah Feit, Aiken Standard.
Clarification on viewing Northwestern-Gaffney on ESPN3: Fans in the area with high speed Internet from Comporium will be able to access Friday nights game on ESPN3.com. Access has nothing to do with cable packages, which was inaccurately reported in Wednesdays Herald.
Stowers voted Kansas captain: Kansas University junior defensive lineman Keon Stowers was voted one of the Jayhawks four team captains this week by his teammates. Stowers should be a key component in Kansas defensive front as the Jayhawks attempt to bounce back from a 1-11 campaign in 2012. James Sims, Jay Heaps and fellow defensive lineman Ben Heeney are Stowers co-captains.
Ramsey, LSU expecting big season: Former Rock Hill Bearcat Alex Ramsey is slated to start at center midfield for the LSU Tigers womens soccer team in 2013. Ramsey and the Tigers cracked Top Drawer Soccers recent preseason top-25 womens soccer poll, checking in at No. 25. North Carolina was ranked No. 1 overall by the soccer website. LSU was also picked to finish second in the SECs Western behind Texas A&M, the favorite among the voting coaches to win the conference.
Ramsey has started 61 of her 63 college games, while earning SEC All-Academic each of her first three years at LSU. Her sister Madeline, a senior girls soccer standout at Northwestern High School, will sign with LSU in November, graduate high school early in December and join the Tigers for the 2014 spring semester.
Kryst scores in South Carolina exhibition win: Asa Kryst scored the lone goal Sunday in South Carolinas 1-0 mens soccer exhibition win over Mercer. Kryst, a junior, played high school football at Fort Mill High School but never played soccer for the school.
Kryst appeared in all 18 games for South Carolina last season, earning All-Academic honors for the second year running. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound midfielder scored and assisted a goal each for the Gamecocks in 2012.
Following in Krysts cleats, his little brother Chandler is a running back for Ed Susis Yellow Jackets this fall.
Bret McCormick • 329-4032. Twitter: @BretJust1T