Northwestern swept top honors in voting for the All-Region 3-AAAA football team.
Quarterback Will King was named Offensive Player of the Year. Linebacker Greg Paige was named Defensive Player of the Year. Coach Jimmy Wallace was named Coach of the Year after returning to the sideline from a two-year absence and leading the Trojans to a 12-2 record and the region championship.
It was a good season for the region.
Clover was 13-2 and won the Class AAAA Division II state championship with a 23-14 win over Beaufort.
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Northwestern won the region title with a 6-0 record and made it to the Class AAAA Division I semifinals, but lost 14-0 to Byrnes, which beat Summerville for the state championship a week later.
South Pointe went 9-4 and made the playoffs for the first time in only its second year of varsity football. The Stallions were also ranked for the first time in the state polls.
Fort Mill, under first-year coach Ed Susi, went 7-4. Rock Hill had a down year but made the Class AAAA Division I playoffs.
York introduced some talented new players that will be heard from. Lancaster, in its second season under Bennie McMurray, showed signs of turning the corner.
• BEEF O'BRADY'S: Fort Mill will host the Beef O'Brady's Invitational wrestling tournament Friday and Saturday. The invitational starts at 5:30 p.m. Friday and resumes at 10 a.m. Saturday. The format is a round-robin, with 10 teams wrestling. It's an individual tournament, but the wrestlers will be split into two five-man polls in the 14 weight classes.
The top two from each poll advance to Saturday's four-man finals. Fort Mill coach Chris Brock, organizer of the tournament, is in his eighth year doing the tournament. Beef O'Brady's became the name sponsor last year.
This year's teams are Fort Mill, Rock Hill, Northwestern, South Pointe, Eastside, Lexington, Irmo, Byrnes, Woodward (Ga). Academy and East Gaston (N.C.)
The cost is $5 each day or $8 for a tournament pass.
"It will be an extremely tough tournament,'' Brock said. "There will be several kids here ranked in the top 20 in the nation. We'll have a new champion because Hayfield (Va.) is not returning. We were second last year.''
• SOUTH POINTE AWARDS: South Pointe recently held its Fall Sports Awards Banquet to recognize the school's athletes and hand out awards.
Quarterback Stephon Gilmore (offense); running back Devin Wherry (offensive back); Dontae Aldridge (defense); DeRique Pendergrass (defensive back); Terrence Tinnin (defensive line); and Sam Mallard (offensive line) were named the best at their positions.
MVP awards went to Riley Holland (tennis); Brittany Brown (volleyball) and Tommy Patterson and Ellen Cannon (swimming). Angela Whalen and Kyle Benson won the Super Stallions awards for cross country.
• YORK AWARDS: York Comprehensive handed out its falls sports awards and they included special recognition to team MVPs.
Those receiving most valuable awards were: Ruth Anne Hall (girls cross country); Julio Victorino (boys cross country); Kayla Ramsey (girls golf); Lauren Donald (volleyball) and Bethany Moorefield (JV volleyball).
Athletic trainer: Extra mile, Jonathan Jones. JV cheerleaders: Most dedicated, Kylie Sheppard; Coaches: Anastasia Spenard; Spirit, Heather Moody. Varsity cheerleaders: Coaches, Brittany Cook; Sportsmanship, Jessica Doster; Most dedicated, Merideth Love; Spirit, Paige Cranford. Girls cross country: Coaches and most valuable, Ruth Anne Hall; Most improved, Sarah Schultz. Boys cross country: Coaches, Ethan Brown; Most improved, Grant Skidmore; MVP, Julio Victorino
Girls tennis: Most improved, Michelle Goss; Cougar Pride, Jessi Gillenwater; Coaches, Cera Falls and Ruthie Hiott. Girls golf: Coaches, Tanna Bolin; Most improved, Cyndi Smith; MVP, Kayla Ramsey. JV volleyball: Most improved. Gina Patton; Cougar hustle, Laura Caruso; MVP, Bethany Moorefield. Varsity volleyball: Most improved, Tikierra Anderson; Academic, Courtney Doster; Cougar Pride, Brittany Helton; Player of the Year, Lauren Donald
JV football: Attitude/effort, Matt Haynie, Michael Dover, Willie McClain. Varsity football: Relentless pursuit excellence, Ryan Dennis, Quention Wright, Anthony Gilmore, Charlie Mobley, Adriane Kirkpatrick, Billy Donahue, Jamie Smith, Brandon Martin; Captains, Ryan Dennis, Adriane Kirkpatrick, Billy Donahue, Zach Hersherger; Bank of york Player of the Year: Adriane Kirkpatrick. Community Service: Hickory Grove Rescue Squad, Dunlap-Johnson Chevrolet. Fan of the year: Willie Carol Davis, Dean Ham. Service: Shannon and Jill Culp
• ALUMNI SOCCER: Rock Hill will host its annual alumni soccer game at noon Dec. 22.
All players who have been part of the program are welcome to join the group at the school soccer field. Contact Lorne Brandt at LBrandt@rock-hill.k12.sc.us or call (803) 985-4013.