The All-Region 3-AAAA football team is out and if you were expecting any surprises, there weren't any.
The list of players chosen is a reflection of just how strong the region was this year, and the top honors went to a pair of Northwestern Trojans. The team won the Class-AAAA Division II state championship, and its 15-0 record marked the first time in school history the Trojans went undefeated.
The Player of the Year is Northwestern quarterback Justin Worley, who has rewritten the South Carolina record book for passing and has committed to Tennessee. Worley was recently named Gatorade's National Player of the Year.
Northwestern's Jimmy "Moose'' Wallace was named Region Coach of the Year. He has directed the Trojans to three straight state championship games.
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The complete All-Region 3-AAAA football list:
Northwestern: Robert Joseph, Stephen Nance, BJ Boyd, Chad Burns, Gerald Dixon, Rod Byers, Collins Mauldin, Montrece Kennedy. Gaffney: DeEdward Burris, Khris Brown, Ryan Peterson, Quinshad Davis, Shaquille Wilson, Jaquan Barnes, Marquis Brannon. Clover: Aaron Miller, James Walker, BJ Hinton, Jerry Sanders, Griffin Marsh. Spartanburg: Tre Kelly Rice, Adrian Kollock, Stephen Grommer, Jaquille Oden. Lancaster: Daniel Foster, Shaquille Williams, Donvonte Craine. Rock Hill: Mitchell Jeter, Thomas Perry, Dre Williams.
Player of the Year: Justin Worley, Northwestern. Coach of the Year: Jimmy Wallace, Northwestern.
HOOPS MANIA: 10th annual Linburg Moody Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament begins at Northwestern High school.
Just up the road, the Exxon on the Run girls tournament begins its three-day run at York Comprehensive.
Each has a field of eight teams and there will be four games today and Wednesday, with the championship, third place, fifth place and seventh place games on Thursday.
"We're excited about our field, and like Northwestern, we have an Australian team playing,'' York coach Paula Blackwell said. "We play Broome at 2 p.m. and the Australian ladies right after. We even have an Australian flag for them to go with their anthem.''
At Northwestern, Trojans coach Mike Gossett will honor football coach Jimmy Wallace in what could be an interesting ceremony. Wallace will toss a ceremonial jump ball prior to Northwestern's game at 6:30 p.m.
"This is something that I have wanted to do, honor someone who has played a big part in Northwestern's athletics over the years,'' Gossett said. "And what a better person to begin with than Coach Wallace.''
10th annual Linburg Moody Holiday Classic (boys): Today, Northwestern HS. Field (first day schedule): Providence (N.C.) vs. Fairfield Central, 3:30 p.m.; Jay M. Robinson (Concord, N.C.) vs. Fort Mill, 5 p.m.; Northwestern vs. Australian Travelers, 6 :30 p.m.; Butler vs. South Pointe, 8 p.m.
Exxon on the Run Tournament (girls): York Comprehensive HS. Today. Varsity first round: Greenwood vs. Ashbrook, 11 a.m.; Irmo vs. Seneca, 12:30 p.m.; York vs. Indian Land, 2 p.m.; Broome vs. Australian Travelers, 3:30 p.m. JV first round: Rock Hill vs. Northwestern, 3 p.m.; York vs. Indian Land, 4:15 p.m.
Battle at the Border Shootout (Fort Mill girls): Landrum High School. Today. First game: Fort Mill vs. Chapman, 1 p.m.
Andrew Jackson Invitational (Great Falls boys); Andrew Jackson HS. Today. First game: Great Falls vs. Andrew Jackson, 7:30 p.m.
Watauga High School Holiday Tournament (Nation Ford girls): Watauga HS, Boone, N.C. Today. Field: Watauga High, West Caldwell and Mountain Heritage from N.C., Nation Ford.
DOUBLE TROUBLE: Clover's boys and girls basketball teams were the first pair ever from the same school to win the Shootout By the Sea tournament, doing it last week at North Myrtle Beach High School.
Clover also produced the tournament's MVPs.
Aaron Miller led Clover with 21 points and was named tournament MVP in a 57-54 win over the host North Myrtle Beach Chiefs in the boys title game.
The Lady Blue Eagles beat Darlington 61-47 for the championship behind girls MVP Bria Huffman, who fired in 23 points.
YORK AWARDS: York recently handed out awards to student-athletes who participated in fall sports.
9th grade football: Cougar Pride - Robert Makar; Team Before Self - Lawrence Adams, Markell Castle, Raymond " Ray, Ray" Ellis. JV Football: Team Before Self - Jesse Maturo, Justin Whitesides. Varsity Football: Team Before Self - Shamal Sanders, Garet Smith, Jamil Harris, Spencer Carroll; Bank of York Impact Player of the Year, Tony Thomasson.
Girls golf: MVP - Cyndi Smith; Cougar Pride - Tanna Bolin; Most improved - Taylor Bryant. Girls tennis: MVP - Katia Patrick, Mary Goss; Most improved - Sarah Webb; Cougar - Michelle Goss; Tennis For Life - Brandi Neely
JV volleyball: MVP - Lilasha Dervin; Most consistent player - Mattie Ballard; Most dedicated player - Nora Childers. Varsity volleyball: Most improved player - Jessica Bolin; Academic award - Laura Caruso; Coach's Cougar Pride - Laura Caruso; Player of the Year - Peyton Nunn
Girls cross country: MVP - Britany Thomas, Sarah Latham; Most improved - Abby Day; Coach's - Kate Harper. Boys cross country: Most Valuable Player - LeGrand Guerry; Most Improved - Coleman Southard; Coach's - Jonathan Hodge
Girls swimming: MVP - Jessica Myers; Most Improved - Ariel Prescott; Cougar - Mary Lynn Mitchell. Boys swimming: MVP - Joe Needham; Most improved - Adam Gombka; Cougar - John Brantley
JV cheerleaders: Most dedicated - Ashley Terry; Most spirited - Scottee Burns; Coach's - Julie Comer. Varsity cheerleaders: Most dedicated - Kylie Sheppard; Best sportsmanship - Heather Moody; Most spirited - Helena Lee; Coach's - Mickaela Pepicelli. Athletic trainers: Extra Mile - Micayah Walker
2010 Fall Sports All-Region 4-AAA players: Football: Sean Palmer, Jamil Harris. Volleyball: Peyton Nunn, Bethany Moorefield, Sloane Brandon. Swimming: Joe Needham, Jessica Myers. Golf: Cyndi Smith. Boys cross country: LeGrand Guerry
SOUTH POINTE AWARDS: These students-athletes recently received awards for performances during the 2010 fall sports season:
Girls golf: MVP - Chandler Case; Stallion - Jaelyn Tindal; Coach's - Whitney Carter; All-region: Chandler Case, Jaelyn Tindal, Whitney Carter. Varsity cheerleading: MVP - Taniesha Frazier; Most improved - KaDessia Patterson; Leadership - Vivian Bates; Coach's - Hannah Combs. JV cheerleading: Leadership - Diondra Ledwell; Most improved - Mykayla Pearson. All-Region 4-AAA: Tamira June, Brooke Dennis, Kayla Jackson, Hayley Whisonant, Taniesha Frazier, Vivian Bates, Hannah Combs, MyKala Pearson.
Girls swimming: MVP - Ellen Cannon; Stallion - Sarah Neil; Academic - Megan Benson, Coach's - Izzi Woodward; Most improved - Reaghan Miller. Boy s swimming: MVP - Jay Crowder; Coach's - Brandon Anguiano; Most improved - Reaghan Miller Michael Kendree. All-Region 4-AAA: Brandon Anguiano, Ellen Cannon, Murphy Cannon, Elly Canovi, Jay Crowder, Caroline Crowder, Claire Holliday, Mary Hannah Neil, Sarah Neil, Michelle Thacker, Izzi Woodard
Volleyball: Scholar athlete - Logan Moore; Offensive Player of the Year - Katy McFadden; Defensive Player of the Year - Lindsay Wooles; Coach's - Scottie Turner. All-Region 4-AAA: Logan Moore, Scottie Turner, Lindsay Bradley. JV volleyball: Most improved - Evan Sherer; Coach's - Chasity Cloud.
Girls tennis: Coach's - Timisty Nelson; Leadership - Taylor Madsen; MVP - Shelly Restificar; Scholar athlete - Lierin Monteith; All-Region 4-AAA: Shelly Restificar
Girls cross country: MVP - Kirby Cranford; Stallion - Kaitlynn Potter; Most improved - Victoria Burdette ; Coach's - August Couch; Up and Comer - Madison Goode; Most dedicated: Sarah Marshall; All-Region 4-AAA: Kirby Cranford, Kaitlynn Potter. Boys cross country: MVP - Garrison Tomlin; Stallion - Loftin Bridges; Most improved - Michael Cranford; Coach's - Hunter Mitchell; Up and Comer - Gabe Paxton; Most dedicated: Chris Sacco.
No. 8: The Rock Hill Bearcats finished eighth last week in the 45-team King of the Mat tournament at North Davidson (N.C.) High School.
Other South Carolina teams were Nation Ford (16), South Pointe (19) and Greenville.
Rock Hill's Weston Beck was the 135-pound champ with a 3-2 decision over Parkland's (N.C.) Adonis Wright. His twin brother, Seth Beck scored a 10-4 decision and won at 140.
The other local title went to Nation Ford's Stewart Snodgrass in a 5-2 decision over Mooresville's (N.C.) Hunter Hefner.
And from this writer, who is always on the lookout for good names, several stood out at North Davidson but there were two that will go on my all-time best list: Forsyth Country Day's Stout Watson, the champ at 171, and Soddy Daisy's (Tenn.) Turbo Smith, second at 152.
Top 20 team scores
1. (tie) Parkland, Soddy Daisy 224; 3. Upper Perkiomen 167.5; 4. Mooresville 158; 5. Lake Norman 145.5; 6. Davie 127.5; 7. St. Stephens 114.5; 8. Rock Hill 106; 9. West Wilkes 97; 10. T.C. Roberson 87.5; 11. Croatan 86;12. Central Davidson 82.5; 13. East Gaston 75; 14. Forsyth Country Day 72; 15. McMichael 71.5; 16. (tie) Nation Ford West Lincoln 70; 18. Bob Jones 66; 19. South Pointe 62; 20. Olympic 59.5.