Athlete of the Fall Season: Guest rises above the best

socvol-guestMary D Guest helped the Socastee High volleyball team make a successful step up in classification this season, and her friends and fans stepped up and helped her earn the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Season award for the 2104 fall sports campaign.

Guest, a junior on a Lady Braves squad that moved up to Class 4A this fall, came back from sprained ankle in time to lead her team to a share of the Region 6-4A crown and a surprising run to the third round of the Class 4A playoffs.

Guest received more than 7,000 votes to beat out a field of contenders, who were all Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week winners during the fall season. Best of all, Guest will be back next season to try to help Socastee take the next step.

Finishing behind Guest were a pair of freshmen who made huge impacts. Myrtle Beach’s Paxton Gentry finished second with more than 3,000 votes, but she was second to none during the tennis season. She went undefeated in singles to help the Lady Seahawks win their 14th state championship.

Carolina Forest freshman Michael Pieterse got more than 1,000 votes to finish third. He was the top runner on a senior-laden squad and captured the Region 6-4A title before going on to strong showings in the Lower State and State meets.

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