North-South wrestling all-star superlatives were released Tuesday and seven locals made the cut for the March 7 and 8 meet at North Myrtle Beach High School.
Chester’s Meleke Stewart was recognized as one of 14 wrestlers returning to this weekend’s state championships in Anderson with a chance to repeat as a state title winner. Stewart won the 160-pound weight class last season and will wrestle at 170 this weekend.
Stewart’s coach at Chester, Joe Conlan, will be one of four coaches for the North squads, which will be divided into Class AAAA/A and AAA/AA squads to face their counterparts from the southern half of the state.
Stewart is the only local wrestler on the AAA/AA squad. Eddie Byrums (Fort Mill), Mike Miller (South Pointe), Kris Hughes (Rock Hill), B.J. Hurst (Fort Mill), Cam Bell (Rock Hill) and Travis Strait (Rock Hill) are the local grapplers that will suit up for the AAAA/A squad.
Region 3-AAA All-Region basketball teams announced
Chester put five athletes on Region 3-AAA’s All-Region basketball teams that were made available on Tuesday.
Cyclone basketball players John Gore, Tommy Sanders and Shyheim Wilson were named All-Region. Chapman’s South Carolina Gamecock football commit Deebo Samuel was named Player of the Year, while Chester coach Sebastian Hopkins was named Coach of the Year after leading the Cyclones to the region title.
Chester girls hoopers T’Erica Sanders and Deja Marshall were named All-Region. Broome’s Jada Wallace was named Player of the Year and Broome’s Kim Goode was Coach of the Year.
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