Clover’s Carroll Hester was named the Athletic Director of the Year by the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association last weekend during the group’s annual convention in Greenville.
Hester was just one of several locals that were honored. Northwestern’s Kyle Richardson was named the state’s Football Coach of the Year after leading the Trojans to a 15-0 season and the Class 4A-Division II state title.
Legendary Great Falls basketball coach and athletic director John Smith was recognized for 45 years of service, while Dutchman Creek’s Jane Page was honored for 35 and Chester athletic director Ricky Campbell for 25.
And there was also recognition for the Herald’s late sports editor, Barry Byers, who was given a Distinguished Service award. Byers passed away last October at the age of 61. He worked in the Herald sports department since the early 1980s.
Good two weeks for Lucas
Former Northwestern Trojan golfer Tyler Lucas, who now plays at Erskine, finished in a tie for 10th at the 63rd annual South Carolina Open on July 24, before winning the Fort Mill Golf Club’s Men’s Championship last weekend.
At the Florence Country Club, Lucas shot a three-round total of 209 to finish 1-under for the tournament, the fifth-best amateur score. Lucas opened with a 2-over-par first round, but rebounded to shoot below par in the second and third round.
That good form carried over to last weekend in Fort Mill where Lucas claimed the club’s men’s championship. Winthrop golfer, and former Fort Mill Yellow Jacket, Nick Eberhardt finished second, after winning the tournament in 2013.
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State rankings popping up
Top-10 polls are starting to surface as football season nears, and so far they’ve been kind to Northwestern. The Trojans were ranked No. 1 by the High School Sports Report, out of Charleston, while the National High School Football web site picked the Trojans as No. 2 in the state behind Dutch Fork.
NationalHSfootball.com, run by Dallas Jackson, picked South Pointe as the fifth best team in South Carolina, regardless of classification, and mentioned that York just missed its top-10. South Pointe also appeared in High School Sports Report’s 3A poll; the Stallions were ranked second, behind Myrtle Beach. And Lewisville was picked 10th in the publication’s Class A poll.
MaxPreps’ Top-20 since 2003
The high school sports web site MaxPreps posted a list of the top-20 most dominant high school football programs in South Carolina in the MaxPreps era, 2003 to 2013. Northwestern came in third, behind Byrnes and Gaffney. Byrnes has been the most dominant program since 2003 by a landslide, winning six state titles and finishing in the top-five 10 times.
South Pointe checked in at seventh, thanks to two state titles during the 10-year period, while Rock Hill and Clover ranked 18th and 19th. The rankings were based on point totals derived from the number of state championships, runners-up finishes and rankings in MaxPreps’ computerized top-25’s. See the full list here.