2013 Top 15 Area Sports Moments
WPDE Top 15 area sports moments for 2013:
#15 - The Coker College baseball team made it to the Division II College Baseball World Series.
#14 - Former Loris High and Clemson football star Jonathan "Tig" Willard rescued a family of four and their dog on his way to Tennessee Titans training camp. Willard is now on the Titans NFL practice squad.
#13 - Ex-Coastal Carolina golfer Dustin Johnson won the PGA season opener, and took home the top prize at the HSBC Champions tournament in China. Also, the daughter of Wayne Gretzky, Paulina, was engaged to Johnson.
#12 - The South Carolina Gamecocks beat the Michigan Wolverines 33-28 in the Outback Bowl. Dylan Thompson threw a 32-yard TD pass to Bruce Ellington with just 11 seconds left to win the game. Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will be most remembered for his big hit on Michigan running back Vincent Smith. The hit forced a fumble that Clowney recovered. The Gamecocks went on to score a touchdown off that turnover.
#11 - 18-year old West Florence High pitcher Akeem Bostick was drafted in the second round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Texas Rangers.
#10 - Five area players made NFL teams. West Florence High and Clemson product Malliciah Goodman was picked in the fourth round by the Atlanta Falcons. Aynor High and South Carolina Gamecocks center T.J. Johnson was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the seventh round. Johnson is on the Bengals practice squad. Three area players made NFL rosters as free agents. Ryan Quigley from North Myrtle Beach High is a punter with the New York Jets. Ex-Cheraw High and Clemson wide receiver Jaron Brown is with the Arizona Cardinals. Brandon Bostick from West Florence High is now a tight end with the Green Bay Packers.
#9 - The Clemson Tigers beat the Georgia Bulldogs 38-35 at Death Valley. The Bulldogs were ranked #5 in the nation at the time. Clemson went on to win 10 games and earned a BCS berth in the Orange Bowl.
#8 - Matt Kenseth won the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. It was the fastest NASCAR Sprint Cup race ever run at The Track Too Tough to Tame.
#7 - The Hartsville Red Foxes won the Class 3A State basketball championship. Hartsville guard Jaylen Shaw went on to win WPDE's Mister Hoop Zone award and now plays for the South Carolina Gamecocks.
#6 - Socastee quarterback Hunter Renfrow won the WPDE Zoneman trophy for a second straight year. He joined Marlboro County's Syvelle Newton, and Everett Golson of Myrtle Beach as the only two time winners. Renfrow played in the Shrine Bowl for the winning South Carolina All-Stars.
#5 - Former Wilson High and North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Darian Durant led the Saskatchewan Roughriders to victory in the Canadian Football League's championship game, the Grey Cup. Durant completed 17-of-24 passes for 245 yards. He threw three TD passes in the title game.
#4 - Both the Myrtle Beach Seahawks and Dillon Wildcats won state football championships. In the Class 3A championship game, Myrtle Beach knocked off previously unbeaten Daniel 24-21 with a last second field goal by Sean Huggins. Dillon clobbered Fairfield-Central 41-3 to win the Class 2A title. It was the 250th career win for Dillon head coach Jackie Hayes.
#3 - The Coastal Carolina football team won 12 games in a single-season for the first time in program history. CCU made it all the way to the FCS quarterfinals with a win over the #4 Montana Grizzlies.
#2 - The South Carolina Gamecocks beat the Clemson Tigers for a fifth straight year. The Gamecocks beat the Tigers 31-17. South Carolina earned a trip to the Capital One Bowl where they will meet the Wisconsin Badgers at 1 p.m. on New Year's Day in Orlando, Florida.
#1 - Former Myrtle Beach High star Everett Golson led Notre Dame to an appearance in the BCS National Championship. Alabama won the game 42-14. Golson was later suspended for what he called "poor academic judgement." He was recently reinstated by the school. Golson will begin working out with the Fighting Irish next spring.