MB’s Sessions, Arambula sweep Athlete of Year titles

Former Myrtle Beach soccer standout Ryan Arambula and ex-Lady Seahawk Khadijah Sessions won the top awards for their respective sports as well as the overall honors.

Arambula, the two-time Region VIII-AAA Player of the Year, and Sessions, the 2011-12 Class AAA Player of the Year, have more in common than the awards and alma maters.

Both are currently enrolled at the University of South Carolina to pursue their futures in their sports, and neither got the opportunity to go out on top in their senior seasons.

Arambula had 13 goals and 12 assists as a senior, seeing his statistics dip a bit after opposing teams learned to key their defense on the midfielder.

After leading the Seahawks to the Class AAA state title game as a junior, Arambula had hoped to take the next step as a senior but saw the Seahawks get knocked out in the Lower State semifinals.

Sessions, who averaged 29.5 points and 10 rebounds per game as a senior, led the Lady Seahawks to back-to-back state championships as a sophomore and junior but lost in the second round of the playoffs last season.

Regardless of their final campaigns, both athletes left their marks on their respective programs at Myrtle Beach, and look to do the same at South Carolina.

Arambula edged out St. James baseball star Preston Lane and Socastee rising senior Travis Lazaroff for the top honor, while Sessions beat out St. James multi-sports star Jessi Campos and Carolina Forest hoops/softball standout Marisa Runyon, a rising senior and Alabama commitment.

Nominations were made and voted on by coaches, Grand Strand Sports Report correspondents and an open fan poll.  Listed below are the inaugural winners of the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Year awards for their respective sports:

2011-12 Athlete of the Year winners

* Football: Danny Daly, CF
* Volleyball: Taylor Allman, NMB
* Girls swimming: Lauren Campbell, MB
* Boys swimming: Walker Harwell, Socastee
* Girls cross country: Benjamin Jenerette, NMB
* Boys cross country, Billy Krier, St. James
* Girls tennis: Jessi Campos, St. James
* Boys tennis: Kyle Barr, Socastee
* Girls golf: Pendleton Bogache, MB
* Boys golf: Mac Bradley, Conway
* Girls basketball: Khadijah Sessions, MB
* Boys basketball: Travis Frye, Socastee
* Softball, Erin Brown, St. James
* Baseball, Preston Lane, St. James
* Wrestling, Craig Burton, Socastee
* Boys soccer: Ryan Arambula, MB
* Girls soccer: Sara Breeden, St. James
* Boys track: EJ Goings, MB
* Girls track: Jaquella Livington, NMB

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