The Herald's fall sports All-Area honors

bmccormick@heraldonline.comDecember 25, 2013 

Cross country

Runner of the Year: Victoria Burdette, South Pointe (girls); Cameron Ruppe, Rock Hill (boys)

Coach of the Year: James Koterba, South Pointe (girls); Lu Reeves, Rock Hill (boys)

Girls

JeNae Jones, Lancaster: Senior earned All-Region 3-AAAA for the fourth time in her caeer, and also qualified for the state meet for the fourth time. Jones ran a personal record of 20:14 this season.

Jennell Jones, Lancaster: Senior ran a personal record of 20:30 en route to All-Region honors and her third state meet qualification.

Emily Sparrow, Clover: Senior was the York County champion and made All-Region 3-AAAA. Sparrow also qualified for state, where she finished 28th, second best in the Tri-County area.

Lanie Jo Knight, Rock Hill: Eighth grader was Rock Hill’s No. 1 female runner for second straight year. This season she ran a personal best of 19:29, earned All-Region honors and finished 36th at the state meet.

Victoria Burdette, South Pointe: Senior won the Region 3-AAAA meet, and finished 26th at the Class AAAA state meet, the best female finish from the Herald’s 13-school coverage area.

Madison Goode, South Pointe: Senior finished fourth in the region meet and 37th at state meet.

Olivia Paxton, South Pointe: Sophomore placed sixth in the region and 39th at the state meet

Kailee Erwin, Indian Land: Eighth grader won Region 4-AA title and placed sixth overall at the Class AA Upper State meet.

Morgan Engstrom, Indian Land: Eighth grader finished second in Region 4-AA behind her teammate Erwin, and finished third in the Class AA Upper State meet.

Megan Harding, Westminster Catawba: Seventh grader finished 31st in the NCISAA Class AA state championship meet (out of 155 runners)

Boys

Austin Highfill, Clover: Senior made All-Region 3-AAAA and qualified for the state meet where he finished 41st.

Cameron Ruppe, Rock Hill: Ruppe won the York County and Region 3-AAAA meets, finished fourth in the Middle State meet, and 28th in the Class AAAA state championship meet.

Thomas Bennink, Rock Hill: Junior finished third at the Region 3-AAAA meet, sixth at the Middle State meet, and 13th at the Class AAAA state championship meet, the best boys finish in the area.

Loftin Bridges, South Pointe: Senior placed second in the Region 3-AAAA meet, fifth at the Middle State meet, and 15th in the state meet.

Joey Teachout, Rock Hill: Freshman placed second in the York County meet, 10th in the Region 3-AAAA meet, 17th at the Middle State meet, and 57th at the Class AAAA state championship.

Austin St. John, Indian Land: Freshman finished fifth at the Region 4-AA meet and 10th at the Class AA Upper State meet.

Thomas Hayek, Indian Land: Senior placed seventh at Region 4-AA meet, 23rd at the Class Upper State meet, and 36th at the Class AA state meet.

Swimming

Swimmer of the Year: Morgan Rulevich, Clover (girls); Riley League, Northwestern (boys)

Coach of the Year: Cindy van Buskirk, Fort Mill

Girls

Michelle Case, Fort Mill: Senior team captain was the region champion in the 100 freestyle, 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay. Case was named All-State and helped win a state championship with a state record in the 200 freestyle relay.

Madison Coughlen, Fort Mill: Freshman was named All-Region after winning region championships in the 200 and 500 freestyle. Also helped win region championships in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay. Coughlen was also named All-State.

Meg Wiggins, Fort Mill: Fort Mill’s third All-State female swimmer, Wiggins was the region champ in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, as well as the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay.

Morgan Rulevich, Clover: Dominant junior won the 50 freestyle and 100 breaststroke region and state titles, setting a new state 100 breaststroke record in the process.

Jessica Myers, York: Sophomore team captain qualified for five events at the state meet, and finished ninth in the 100 freestyle.

Izzi Woodard, South Pointe: Senior finished seventh in 100-yard breaststroke and top-15 in a number of other events at the Class AAAA state championship meet.

Lanie Jo Knight, Rock Hill: Freshman qualified for several events at the state championship meet.

Boys

Riley League, Northwestern: Senior headed to swim at Davidson College won the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke state championships. League set a state record during his 100 breaststoke title win and will leave the Trojan program in possession of 10 school records.

Zach Piedt, Fort Mill: All-Region and All-State, Piedt won region titles in the 50 and 100 freestyle, as well as the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay. The junior won state championships in the 50 and 100 freestyle as well, along with two third place relay finishes.

Jacob Kohlhoff, Fort Mill: Another All-Region and All-State Yellow Jacket swimmer, Kohlhoff was a region champ in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay and set a new state record en route to a 200 freestyle state title.

Mason Strohl, Fort Mill: Senior was All-Region and All-State and won region championships in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay.

Jackson Bagwell, Rock Hill: Junior won the 100 backstroke region championship and finished second at the state meet in the 100 backstroke and the 50 freestyle, earning All-State honors.

Brandon Sweezer, Nation Ford: Senior will swim at Cornell University next season. Sweezer finished second at the state meet in the 200 and 500 freestyle

David Sweezer, Nation Ford: Junior finished third at the state meet in the 200 and 500 freestyle.

John Slavens, Clover: Senior finished second at the state meet in the 100 breaststroke and swam the fourth leg on a Blue Eagles’ 400 freestyle relay unit that finished sixth in the state, and the second leg on a 200 medley relay team that finished fourth.

Girls’ golf

Player of the Year: Chandler Case, South Pointe

Coach of the Year: Kimberly Case, South Pointe

Girls’ tennis

Player of the Year: Anna Sharp, Rock Hill

Coach of the Year: Renee Farris, Clover

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