Athlete of the Season: MB’s Brown tops in winter sports

Myrtle Beach High basketball standout Tanisha Brown overcame a serious knee injury and the loss of the 2011-12 Class 3A Player of the Year as a teammate in her senior year to prove her talent and tenacity.

After undergoing season-ending knee surgery last season and seeing longtime friend and teammate Khadijah Sessions moving on the the University of South Carolina, Brown rebounded to average a double-double (15 points and 12 rebounds per game) and lead the Lady Seahawks to the Lower State semifinals, one step farther than Myrtle Beach made it last year without her.

Brown graduates in June before heading to the North Carolina-Charlotte, where she signed to play after several major conference schools were scared away by the injury. Now they may need to fear Brown and the Lady 49ers, and up-and-coming program that just landed a true leader and the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Season for Winter Sports.

The voting was a two-horse race between Brown and Socastee wrestler Justin Knipper, who captured the Class 3A state championship in the 106-pound class last weekend. Knipper has two more years to win the award and more state titles.

Carolina Forest junior three-sports star Ryan Yurachek finished third for his work on the basketball court, followed by St. James senior basketball standout Caleb Duggan. Myrtle Beach senior wrestler Daniel Miller rounded out the top five after representing the South 3A/2A squad in last weekend’s North-South All-Star Classic.

Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach senior basketball star Kendall Henry led the Saints to their fourth SCISA Class A state title in six years, was sixth, followed by North Myrtle Beach senior wrestler Hampton Harmon. CAMB’s sophomore hoopster Mary Chandler Butler finished eighth in the voting.

Three of the Grand Strand’s best basketball seniors – North Myrtle Beach’s Jaquan Grissett, Conway’s Reggie Bonner and North Myrtle Beach India Farmer – filled out the next three spots, followed by Noth Myrtle Beach wrestler Joey Small.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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