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Porter Gaud High School
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Porter-Gaud athletes grab awards at annual banquet

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Charleston – Another hugely successful sports year at Porter-Gaud is in the books and the school’s athletic department recently honored superlative performers from the spring sports season.

The boys golf team was the SCISA Class AAA state runner-up in April. Kent Lawrence was the team’s Most Valuable Player and was an all-state performer. Peter Zervos earned the Leadership award.

Legare Walpole was Top Gun performer on the sporting clay target squad. Sam Bozeman received the Coach’s Cup.

In lacrosse, both the boys and girls teams won the SCISA state championship. For the girls program, Alix Dufour was most improved and Marlee Bland received the True Grit award. Becky Van Kirk received the Team Player award and Leslie Wade received the Coach’s Cup. Mia McLean was honored with the “Go-Getter” award.

On the boys side, Graham Kaplan was the team’s MVP and James Hills was the most improved. Jones Alexander received the Coach’s Cup and Elliott Murphy earned the Rookie of the Year award. Jack Lucas was honored with the “Mr. Ground Ball” award.

In baseball, Thomas Black received the Pitching Ace award while James Newlands earned the Slugger’s award. Max Sasnett was tabbed as most improved and Matthew Adelman was the Rookie of the Year. Jett Kirshtein was the team’s most valuable player while Chai Kirshtein earned the Coach’s Cup.

The boys tennis team won yet another state championship in SCISA AAA. Brant Fenno was the most valuable player this spring with Lucas Acevedo earning the most improved award. Andrew Harvin received the Coach’s Cup.

For soccer, the girls team won the Class AAA state title, their first since 2001. Abi Stock was named offensive mvp and Riley Psenka was the defensive mvp. Emerson Siegan was the overall mvp and Lauren Tapp was the Rookie of the Year. Emma Grice received the All-In Leadership award.

The girls track program was state runner-up this spring. Jasmine Smith was the mvp for track events and Chloe McAuley was mvp in field events. Bryce Marion was most improved in track events while Kimber Keene was most improved in field events. Callie Harper was the Rookie of the Year and Chloe Elebash received the Coach’s Cup. Anna Rhett Allen earned the team’s Impact Award.

The boys team won its eighth straight state championship this spring. Ed Sessions was the mvp in track events and Amir Smalls won the award for field events. Sharing most improved honors in track events were Zai Waring and George Easter, while Walker Coleman was most improved in field events.

Sharing Rookie of the Year honor were Kyle and Tobias Lafayette. Christopher Martin and Michael Martin shared Coach’s Cup awards.

In boys soccer, the most valuable player was Everett Hughes and the Rookie of the Year was JR Lackey. William Finnegan was the offensive player of the year and Martin Lautenschlager was the defensive player of the year. Ethan Lewis received the Alex Collins Coach’s Cup.

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