High School Sports

L-E's Wannamaker voted top defensive player

Though Lugoff-Elgin’s Ryan Wannamaker was snubbed by the coaches who assembled the rosters for the two senior all-star games in South Carolina this season, at least the standout senior linebacker can say he was the most respected defensive player this season in tough Region 4-3A.

Region coaches tabbed Wannamaker as the defensive player of the year this season after he finished with 113 total tackles, 27 tackles for loss and 12 sacks. He retires with two school records on his resume – 27 TFL in one season and 50 TFL during his L-E career.

Massing senior offensive tackle Jared Singleton, who helped pave the way for L-E runners to pile up 3.632 rushing yards this season (just 30 short of the all-time school record), heads up to Spartanburg on Saturday to begin a week of festivities and preparation for the annual Shrine Bowl game at Wofford’s Gibbs Stadium on Dec. 13.

Singleton is the first Demons rep to make the Shrine Bowl cut since 1999, and the fourth in school annals. The previous L-E players to play in the Carolinas classic were Ben Connell (1999), Michael Johnson (1993) and Andre Gene Nelson (1988).