High School Sports

Seven area softball athletes named All-State selections

Aynor’s Brooke Elliott and her sister, Morgan (not pictured), earned Class AA All-State honors.
Aynor’s Brooke Elliott and her sister, Morgan (not pictured), earned Class AA All-State honors. The Sun News

Only 24 softball programs in South Carolina can say they had multiple All-State selections this year.

Only Aynor’s Morgan and Brooke Elliott can boast a sisterly bond on the squads.

The Blue Jacket senior and junior standouts, respectively, each earned Class AA All-State honors, which were released along with the other three divisions over the weekend.

The Elliotts were among seven locals to snag spots on the list. Joining them were Janecia Hemingway (Conway), Myatt Hardwick (North Myrtle Beach), Kelsi Bachmann (St. James), Anna James (Georgetown) and Haley Haselden (Carvers Bay).

Morgan Elliott batted .490 with six doubles, three home runs and 17 RBIs. Brooke Elliott hit .577 with 10 home runs and 31 RBIs. She also contributed five wins in her seven decisions pitching.

Hemingway finished the year with a .333 batting average, four home runs, 18 runs scored and 15 RBIs. She was also 7-6 as a pitcher for the Tigers, who made their way back to the Class AAAA playoffs.

James led Georgetown to the Region VII-AAA title by hitting .479 with 16 RBIs. He bigger impact was as the Bulldogs’ primary hurler. She was 9-1 in the team’s 10 region games.

Hardwick, a junior catcher, piled up 26 RBIs and a .452 batting average. She picked off 15 base runners and threw out four more attempting to steal.

Bachmann had the top batting average on the Grand Strand, going .578 while scoring 40 runs and picking up 16 RBIs. She also stole 34 bases and did not commit an error from her spot in centerfield all year.

Haselden was a true two-way threat all year for Carvers Bay. The junior logged 249 strikeouts and a 0.50 ERA in in 162 innings from the pitching rubber while also batting .344 with 15 home runs and 54 RBIs.

The All-State selections from all four divisions will be honored at a ceremony at USC-Aiken on Wednesday, June 15.


Carolina Forest forward Amber Rutledge was named the Region VI-AAAA girls soccer Player of the Year.

Rutledge, who has signed to continue her career at USC-Salkehatchie, scored 18 goals and added five assists. She also spent some time in goal, where she recorded five saves.

West Florence’s Matthew Cote was named the Coach of the Year after leading the Knights to the region championship.

A full All-Region team was released and then retracted after errors in the voting process were discovered.


Myrtle Beach’s Michael Calamari was named the Region VII-AAA Player of the Year and St. James’ Robbie Centracchio earned Coach of the Year honors.

Calamari, a Darmouth signee, batted .429 this spring with 20 RBIs and 12 runs scored. He helped the Seahawks back to the playoffs and a third-place finish in the region.

Centracchio’s Sharks won the Region VII-AAA regular-season championship. Although voting was conducting prior to the playoffs, he later steered his team to district and Lower State titles.


Player of The Year: Michael Calamari, MB

Coach Of The Year: Robbie Centracchio, STJ


1st Team: Michael Genovese, NMB

2nd Team: Molik Brown, LC

Honorable Mention: Pearson Adams, GT


1st: Michael Calamari, MB

2nd: Parker Rabon, STJ

HM: Donald Hansis, NMB

HM: Drew Williams, GT


1st: Davis Goodroe, MB

2nd: Dylan Dolittle, NMB

HM: Jacob English, STJ

HM: Will Bellune, GT


1st: Luke Edwards, MB

2nd: Bill Hanna, LC

HM: Chase Hudson, NMB

HM: Cameron Dean, STJ

HM: Brett Howard, GT


1st: Dalton Simpson, NMB

2nd: Chris Burnett, LC

HM: Anthony Peck, STJ

HM: Zach Coble, MB


1st: Nate Bright, LC

1st: Matthew McGee, NMB

1st: Liam Bloom, STJ

2nd: Grayson Stoneking, STJ

2nd: Tripp Perrow, GT

2nd: Cameron Bodge, MB

HM: Jordan Fields, STJ

HM: Mark Alan Nash, GT

HM: Jack Dixon, MB


1st: Anthony Peck, STJ

1st: Dylan Doolittle, NMB

1st: Dalton Simpson, NMB

1st: Grayson Stoneking, STJ

2nd: Nate Bright, LC

2nd: Keenan Graham, LC

HM: Josh Jones, GT

HM: Corey Ward, GT


1st: Jackson Thomas, MB

2nd: Tyler McAlister, GT


St. James center fielder Kelsi Bachmann earned Region VII-AAA Player of the Year honors after batting .578 with 40 runs and 16 RBIs this spring.

Georgetown’s Whitney Ramsing was named the Coach of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to the region title.


Player of the Year: Kelsi Bachmann, STJ

Coach of the Year: Whitney Ramsing, GT


Anna James, GT

Shelby Spaziani, STJ

Myatt Hardwick, NMB

Kirsten Vause, GT

Ali Valcourt, STJ

Morgan Compton, MB

Rayni Newman, NMB

Taylor Graham, GT

Regan Urbaniak, NMB

Leah Belack, MB

Dominique Gross, STJ

Kendal Blakely, GT

Emmalee Ballard, NMB

Peyton McLeod, WIL


Serrah Ballard, NMB

Carly Grace Bodge, MB

Kelsey Gollie, STJ

McKenzie Coble, MB

Deriica Burgess, MB

Meredith Venters, GT

Kaila McClam-Tamplin, WIL

Bailee Wise, MB

Courtney Cooper, GT

Alexis Bethea, WIL

Angel McCutcheon, LC

Victoria Howard, MB

Kourtney Cox, LC


North Myrtle Beach’s Jake Dupuis was named the Region VII-AAA Boys Golfer of the Year, an honor he earned by winning the region golf match earlier this month.

Georgetown’s Stephen Hatchell was voted as the region’s Coach of the Year.


Golfer of the Year: Jake Dupuis, NMB

Coach of the Year: Stephen Hatchell, GT

Jake Dupuis, NMB

Matthew Griego, NMB

Mason Richardson, St James

David Lamb, NMB

Brandon Tucci, St James

Ethan Hood, Myrtle Beach

Holden Grigg, Myrtle Beach

Karsten Kenley, St James