Hines Furniture Athlete of Year semifinal voting runs through Sunday

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From staff reports

There are two days remaining in voting for the semifinal round of The Sumter Item Hines Furniture Athlete of the Year.

The voting, which began on Thursday, will come to an end at midnight on Sunday. The pairings have Thomas Sumter Academy boys cross country runner Josh Fugate going up against Sumter High School girls swimmer Hayden Kirkhart, and Wilson Hall girls shooter Ann Weathers Blankenship facing Crestwood High boys soccer player Christian Acevedo.

Fans can visit TheItem.com/AOTY to cast their votes in both semifinal matchups.

The initial seeding for the bracket was selected at random.

The semifinal winners will advance to the championship round, which begins on Monday and runs through Thursday. The champion will be announced in the Saturday, Aug. 17, edition of The Sumter Item as well as online.

To see the complete bracket and voting form, go to TheItem.com/AOTY.