SCISA all-state teams for spring sports announced
The SCISA state coaches’ association released its all-state teams for spring sports with Colleton Prep’s Kendall Jumper (softball), Porter-Gaud’s George Grice (boys soccer), Pinewood Prep’s Richard Hubbard (golf), Ashley Hall’s Brenyce Watson (girls track and field), Porter-Gaud’s Brent Demarest (boys track and field) and Porter-Gaud’s Thomas Spratt (boys tennis) earning player of the year honors in their respective sport. Grice was co-player of the year.
John McMicking and Johnny O’Shaughnessy of Pinewood Prep were named all-state in baseball.
Lowcountry players named to the softball team are Taylor Barcomb, Dorchester Academy; Sarah Ham, St. John’s Christian; Jumper, Colleton Prep; Courtney Kramer, Colleton Prep; Laura Reynolds, Colleton Prep; and Austin Utsey, Pinewood Prep.
Katie Black of Pinewood Prep, Sarah Carlton of Porter-Gaud, Lauren Cercopely of Pinewood Prep, Gracie Mogul of Porter-Gaud, Katie Morrison of Ashley Hall and Tahirih Nesmith of Porter-Gaud were named all-state in girls soccer.
Cole Beaver, Northwood Academy; Grice, Porter-Gaud; Tyler Lares, Northwood Academy; Jarrett Londergan, Pinewood Prep; Ryan Moore, Pinewood Prep; and Peter Ruby, Pinewood Prep were named all-state in boys soccer.
Hayes Fair and Mikell Hay of Porter-Gaud were named all-state in lacrosse.
The golf team features Katelyn Dambaugh, Pinewood Prep; Christopher Demarco, Palmetto Christian; Robert Ferira, Porter-Gaud; Hubbard, Pinewood Prep; and Evan Rodwell, First Baptist.
Isabella Alfaro, Ashley Hall; Bailey Allen, Porter-Gaud; Morgan Lee, Ashley Hall; Maryah Nasir, Pinewood Prep; Annie Pascutti, Palmetto Christian; Aliyah Simmons, Ashley Hall; Watson, Ashley Hall; and Michaela White, Ashley Hall were named all-state in girls track and field.
Travis Barnett, Porter-Gaud; Demarest, Porter-Gaud; Aidan Hekker, Porter-Gaud; Joe Siegwald, Palmetto Christian; and Brendan Ward, Porter-Gaud were named all-state in boys track and field.
Chris Demario, Palmetto Christian; Payne Hoy, Porter-Gaud; Seth Pinosky, Porter-Gaud; and Spratt, Porter-Gaud were named all-state in boys tennis.
Lexington High School catcher Nick Ciuffo was named the Gatorade South Carolina Baseball Player of the Year. The 6-1, 205-pound senior catcher led the Wildcats to a 28-5 record and the Class AAAA state championship. He batted .468 with five home runs, 33 RBIs and a .723 slugging percentage. A 2012 Under Armour All-American and a 2013 Rawlings Preseason All-American, he is ranked the No. 12 player in the nation by Perfect Game USA and No. 14 by MaxPreps.com.
Ciuffo was named the state player of the year last week by the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association.
“Nick Ciuffo is the best high school baseball player I have ever coached,” Lexington coach Brian Hucks said. “He is a natural born leader and his make-up is off the charts. He is a winner and has always placed importance on team success rather than his own.”
Rossi Anastopoulo, a senior at Ashley Hall, received the Bill Simpson Award, which is given annually and emphasizes the importance of academic achievement. It is the highest individual honor bestowed upon one male and one female student-athlete in SCISA.
Anastopoulo had a 2390 SAT score, which is 10 points short of a perfect score.
She was captain of the tennis and basketball teams, and also played on the soccer team.
Anastopoulo received the Morehead-Cain Scholarship to North Carolina.
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