Athlete of Season: Daly, Humes, Barbosa top list

The 2018 Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Spring voting was as much about off-the-field accomplishments as athletic achievements.

Winner Patrick Daly’s Carolina Forest boys lacrosse team struggled to a losing season, but that didn’t stop him from running away with the award with more than 11,000 votes. The senior captain made the all-state squad and was named a US Lacrosse Academic All-American. The AAST class president is Carolina Forest’s valedictorian as he heads to the U.S. Naval Academy.

Speaking of leadership, AOS runner-up and St. James track standout Ka’Mauri Humes was the ultimate front-runner for the Lady Sharks. Humes received more than 7,400 votes after winning the silver medal in the 200 meters at the Class 4A state meet and fourth in the 100 meters. She holds three school records at St. James and still has two more years to top those times.

Also in girls track and field, North Myrtle Beach took the third and fourth spots in AOS voting. Class president Emily Barbosa received more than 1,800 votes after placing second in the state in the pole vault. Freshman Jenna Downey finished fourth in the voting after placing seventh in the state in the 800 meters.

Myrtle Beach senior golfer Dock Jarman rounded out the top five vote-getters after helping the Seahawks to back-to-back state runner-up finishes. St. James baseball standout Nick Bray was sixth, followed by softballers Carol Grace Bodge of Myrtle Beach and Neci Hemingway of Conway.

Socastee soccer star and Clemson signee Chris Matlashewski placed ninth, followed by girls lacrosse players Caroline Boyer of St. James and Amariah Lawson of Socastee. Carolina Forest record-holder and CCU recruit Kayla Watkins was last after a season-ending injury prevented her from competing at the state meet.

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