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James Island recognizes top athletes at banquet


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

James Island – The best of the best in James Island Charter High School athletics were on display as the school recognized the top athletic performers from the 2017-18 school year at a special event on May 31st.

In addition to the athletes honored, coach John Eppelsheimer was recognized for his 25 seasons as the tennis coach at James Island. Eppelsheimer announced his retirement earlier this season. He was named the region 7-AAAAA Coach of the Year this past spring.

Eppelsheimer had the honor to coach two region players of the year in the same year. During the fall, eighth-grader Gigi Hinson was voted the 7-AAAAA player of the year. This spring, Brendan Healey earned the same honor for boys tennis.

Healey also earned a career achievement award. He played number one singles for all four years of his varsity career and is a four-time all-region selection. He was the region player of the year three times and the team MVP for all four years. He finished with a 43-12 singles record.

Soccer player Connor Brownlee was voted the school’s male athlete of the year for 2017-18. Brownlee was an all-region and all-state selection this season, and was also selected to play in the Clash of the Carolinas select game. He finished this season with 17 goals and five assists.

The female athlete of the year was Zaria Nelson of the track program. Nelson won the Class AAAAA state championship in both the shot put and discus in May. She holds the school record in the discus.

Heather DeLorenzo picked up two awards. She received the Friday Night Lights Scholar-Athlete award and also received the South Carolina track coaches association scholarship.

Angeleki Hilyer received the John Easterby Award for combining academics with strong athletic performance.

Recognized as all-state performers from the past year were Major Chestnut (track), Brownlee and Kyle Hanlon for boys soccer; Emmalee McCarter for girls soccer; Nelson for girls track; Hinson and Healey for tennis; and J.D. Key for lacrosse.

The school also recognized all-region performers from the past year. They include Germonta Brisbane (football); Hailey Ryan and Meredith Eldredge (volleyball); Olivia Erwin, Jackson McGowan and Jesse Nguyen (golf); Hinson and Ashton Loring (girls tennis); Ella Kieler, Eve Alexander, Gabi Lehr and Lila Trainum (girls cross country); Darren Frasier, Samuel Lamar and Dolan Owens (boys cross country); Augusta Dixon and Bailey Wiseman (basketball); Sydney Walker and Kayle Holseberg (softball); Jaxson Weatherford and Cole Finkelstein (baseball); Chestnut, Nelson and Tia Lucas (track); Josh Evans and Healey (boys tennis); McCarter, Avery Alea and Chloe Harrell (girls soccer); Hanlon and Brownlee (boys soccer).





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