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Sports Notebook: Local boys soccer players named all-region
J. P. Alonso
South Effingham midfielder J.P. Alonso joined teammates Devin Corley, Edson Escobar and Desmond Prince on the first-team All-Region 2-6A boys soccer team. (Mark Lastinger for the Effingham Herald.)

By Donald Heath

Special for the Effingham Herald


GUYTON – South Effingham’s standout attacking midfielder Edson Escobar headlined a group of Mustangs earning All-Region 2-6A soccer honors recently.

Escobar scored a team-leading 15 goals and added 17 assists while propelling SEHS to a school-best 15 wins and a 15-3-1 record. The Mustangs advanced to the second round of the Class 6A state soccer championship before losing to Riverwood.

Escobar was one vote short of capturing the Region Player of the Year honor which was determined by the seven region head coaches.

Teammates Devin Corley, Desmond Prince and JP Alonso joined Escobar on the all-region team.

Defenseman Kyle Hickman of Effingham County was named all-region as well.

SEHS’ Cole Hoffman, Tyler Quick and Ronan Mock were all-region honorable mentions.


Local teams end season at area meet

The boys and girls golf teams of South Effingham and Effingham County had their seasons end on April 29 at the Area 1-6A tournament at Spring Hill Country Club in Tifton.

South’s girls placed fifth with a team score of 285 – just two shots short from advancing to Sectionals. ECHS’ girls were sixth at 289.

In the boys’ competition, the Mustangs were seventh (335) and the Rebels 12th (368). 

The top two teams at the area tournament advanced to the state tournament.

Teams finishing in third and fourth place at area moved on to Sectionals. The top four in Sectionals earned a berth at state to round out the 12-team field.


Rebel girls earn all-area honors

Olivia Morgan, Megan Coleman, Ava DeLoach and Faith Strickland were all named to the first-team Class 5A-6A All-Area 7 girls lacrosse team recently.

Morgan topped the Rebels with 46 goals and 55 total points while leading the team to a second-place finish and a spot in the state tournament. Coleman had 38 goals and fielded a team-leading 34 ground balls. DeLoach had nine goals.

Strickland, who is headed to Lander University, surrendered only 6.5 goals a game and had a .608 save percentage.

Grace Pritchard and Mackenzie Brown captured second-team all-area accolades.