Lacrosse: Venazio tops list of nine all-state honorees

cflax-mbLacrosse may be a relatively new sport to the Grand Strand, but several local products are making names for themselves across the state as seven players and two coaches earned all-state honors.

Carolina Forest senior Joe Venazio, who led the state in goals this season, was named the Class 5A Attacker of the Year and made first team all-state. He led the Panthers to the second round of the playoffs and a first-ever home playoff win.

Also in 5A, Socastee’s Alec Dowd was named first team face-off, and Stephen Sperbeck made second team midfielder.

St. James placed four players and two coaches on the Class A-4A all-state list. Kyrese Vereen (defense) and Bryant Blackmon (goalie) made the first team, midfielders Brandon Mitchell and Thomas Atchinson made second team, coach and assistant coach Joe and Jonn Grega were named coaches of the year.

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