Pinewood Panthers' Robert Beebe honored

Robert Beebe

Pinewood Prep soccer standout Robert Beebe was named Gatorade's South Carolina boys soccer player of the year.

"It was unexpected," Beebe said. "But it is a huge honor to join a long list of great players. I owe a lot to the people who have helped me along the way -- my family, my coaches and teammates."

The 6-4 keeper was The Post and Courier's player of the year in 2010 and has signed to play at South Carolina. He recorded 12 shutouts for the Panthers (17-5-1).

Beebe will graduate as Pinewood's valedictorian, and he is active in the community.

Pinewood hosts Hammond today in a SCISA state semifinal.

"We have a core of seniors and some young guys," said Beebe. "It's been an up-and-down year, but we're going strong in the playoffs."

Region 7-AAAA stars

James Island landed four players on the Region 7-AAAA all-star baseball team and the Trojans' Tom Hatley was selected coach of the year.

Austin Weekley, Bo Patterson, Carson Porcher and Josh Escoffier were the players picked from James Island, which won the region title.

Other honorees: Bobby Ison, Billy Motroni and Brandon Hester of Stratford; Connor Bright, Jordan Eysen and Jake McBreairty of Wando; Chadd Clark and Zach Stello of West Ashley; and Zach Lavery and Dalton Franke of Goose Creek.

League champ Wando landed M.K. Parnell, Ruthie McTighe, Maggie Christopher and Abbie Herns on the all-region softball team, and the Warriors' Steve Legette was the coach of the year.

Other softball honorees: Melany Ramsey, Megan Thrower and Caroline Gilbert of Stratford;. and Kristyn Brandenburg, Tiffany Hudspeth, Ashlyn Ryan of Goose Creek; Shelby Rodgers and Ashlyn Jordan of West Ashley; and Christine Wilson and Kali Watkins of James Island.

James Island and Wando both landed three players on the boys' tennis team. James Island's picks were Baines Lathbury, Will Fagan and Dillon Davis. Wando's selections included Addison King, Robert McManus and Colby Tubbs.

West Ashley's picks included Junior Duarte and Tomoki Otani. Stratford's picks were Brandon Chanco and Alex Hall.

Reach Philip M. Bowman at or at 937-5592. Follow him on Twitter: @pandcphil.