Fall Guy: MB’s Keane wins Mammy’s Athlete of Season

The first-ever Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Season award reminded me of a humbling experience from my own sports career.

As a small, speedy (I know, hard to believe now) point guard who often felt he could dribble through defenses rather than pass around them, my not-so small and speedy coach challenged me to a race during practice.

The first one to dribble down court and touch the wall was the winner. I confidently took the bet and built a big lead at the whistle. To my surprise, my coach gave me a head start then threw a baseball pass the length of the court passed me and off the wall for the victory.

His point: It’s a lot faster to pass the ball than it is to dribble it. We saw a contrast in those styles in this week’s voting.

The pack of eight quickly saw North Myrtle Beach runner Benjamin Jenerette sprint to the front, but Myrtle Beach quarterback Tyler Keane zipped a long bomb so far ahead of the field that no one could catch him, much the way he did for the Seahawks all season.

Keane drew more than half of the 50,000 votes, proving what the founders of Grand Strand Sports Report suspected when we launched the site in September – there is a lot more interest in local high school sports than coverage, and we’re trying to even the score.

In its highly successful first season, the award saw more than 150,000 votes cast, and our winner knows a thing or two about big numbers.

While splitting snaps with fellow junior QB C.J. Cooper, Keane completed 104 of 169 passes for 1,442 yards and 24 touchdowns to only three interceptions. The southpaw saw the Seahawks’ season end in the Lower State semifinals against Bluffton, but he will be back in ’12.

So will Jenerette, who dominated the local girls cross country scene by winning the Horry County Championships and the Region VIII title in a five-day span. She went on to finish fifth in the state and will return next season to shoot for her ultimate goal of a state championship.

The Fall Sports Athlete of the Season turned out to be a two-horse sprint instead of a marathon, and Keane blew past Jenerette in the end.

And now we can look forward to more exciting finishes now that Mammy’s Kitchen has agreed to sponsor all the sports seasons this year.

Owner Mike Lambert, who played collegiate soccer at Winthrop University and is an avid fan of local sports, is happy to sponsor the award.

“We know how much hard work goes into playing high school sports, and anything we can do to help recognize those student-athletes for their efforts is something we are proud to do,” Lambert said.

Photo by Rancier Photography

Comments

comments

Hoops: Panthers flip script on Seahawks in rematch

Hoops: Panthers flip script on Seahawks in rematchA leaky roof at the Myrtle Beach High gymnasium forced [more]

All-County Golf: Anderson follows Knaffle's footsteps

All-County Golf: Anderson follows Knaffle's footstepsSelecting the MyHorryNews All-County Girls Golfer of the Year should [more]

All-County XC: CF's Mohr, NMB's Spickler lead pack

All-County XC: CF's Mohr, NMB's Spickler lead packRunning is more than a hobby for Michael Mohr; it’s [more]

Hoops: Unbeaten Conway secures sweep of Wilson

Hoops: Unbeaten Conway secures sweep of WilsonThe Conway High boys basketball team proved that last month's [more]

Change is name of game for North-South All-Stars

Change is name of game for North-South All-Stars The wholesale changes to the 2018 South Carolina football season [more]

Hoops: Saints fall despite double-double from Green

Hoops: Saints fall despite double-double from GreenThe Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach boys basketball team suffered [more]

Hoops: Tigers, Sharks post big wins over county rivals

Hoops: Tigers, Sharks post big wins over county rivalsThe Conway High boys remained undefeated on the season with [more]

Chants on break for finals week after loss to Terriers

Chants on break for finals week after loss to TerriersSophomore Tre Brown had a career and team-high 24 points, [more]

CAC swimmers post hot times at Snowflake Invite

CAC swimmers post hot times at Snowflake InviteThe Coastal Aquatic Club (CAC) spent the weekend in Rock [more]

Knox's triple-double lifts Seahawks past Panthers

Knox's triple-double lifts Seahawks past Panthers Myrtle Beach High sophomore Emorie Knox hit a major milestone [more]

CAC's Steele captures gold at Winter Junior Nationals

CAC's Steele captures gold at Winter Junior NationalsCarolina Forest senior and Coastal Aquatic Club standout Taylor Steele [more]

SEAHAWKS STORM PAST GREER FOR STATE TITLE

SEAHAWKS STORM PAST GREER FOR STATE TITLE Over the summer, the Myrtle Beach players were gathered inside [more]

Green Sea Floyds captures first state championship

Green Sea Floyds captures first state championshipFacing fourth down and a sneaker, Green Sea Floyds coach [more]

Hoops: Sharks beat buzzer, Warriors on late foul shots

Hoops: Sharks beat buzzer, Warriors on late foul shotsThe St. James High boys basketball team won a thriller [more]

Schools send football team to state with Seahawk Walk

Schools send football team to state with Seahawk WalkThe Myrtle Beach High football team received a hero's send-off [more]

Hoops: Myrtle Beach boys double up rival Socastee

Hoops: Myrtle Beach boys double up rival SocasteeThe Myrtle Beach High boys basketball team doubled up rival [more]

Seahawks' strange season takes a final twist to state

Seahawks' strange season takes a final twist to stateMickey Wilson has led his team to state championship games [more]

Hoops: NMB boys, CF girls fall short in comeback bids

Hoops: NMB boys, CF girls fall short in comeback bidsWhat appeared to be a pair of lopsided affairs turned [more]

MB's shot at state crown moved to Friday afternoon

MB's shot at state crown moved to Friday afternoonGame time has been moved up a day for the [more]

Socastee product Renfrow titled nation's top walk-on

Socastee product Renfrow titled nation's top walk-onThe Burlsworth Foundation announced Monday that wide receiver Hunter Renfrow [more]

Sun Belt puts 5 in bowls after inaugural title game

Sun Belt puts 5 in bowls after inaugural title gameAfter a thrilling 30-19 win by Appalachian State over Louisiana [more]

Gamecocks get close bowl trip to Charlotte vs. Cavs

Gamecocks get close bowl trip to Charlotte vs. CavsSouth Carolina football fans won't have to travel far to [more]

No. 2 Tigers in high Cotton for bowl game against Irish

No. 2 Tigers in high Cotton for bowl game against IrishThe College Football Playoff and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl announced [more]

Hoops: Conway wins; NMB gives female coach first win

Hoops: Conway wins; NMB gives female coach first winThe Conway High boys basketball team came down from its [more]

Seahawks flip the script on No. 1 Hartsville in rematch

Seahawks flip the script on No. 1 Hartsville in rematch Myrtle Beach exorcised its biggest demon from the 2018 regular [more]

Hoops: Panthers flip script on Seahawks in rematch

Hoops: Panthers flip script on Seahawks in rematchA leaky roof at the Myrtle Beach High gymnasium forced [more]

All-County Golf: Anderson follows Knaffle's footsteps

All-County Golf: Anderson follows Knaffle's footstepsSelecting the MyHorryNews All-County Girls Golfer of the Year should [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach