Voting for the semifinal round of The Sumter Item Hines Furniture Athlete of the Year is now complete. Over 800 votes were cast from Thursday through midnight on Sunday to narrow the list of athletes down to the final two.
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Following are the semifinal results:
Hayden Kirkhart / Swimming, Sumter High School - 724 votes (84.7%)
Josh Fugate / Cross Country, Thomas Sumter Academy - 130 votes (15.3%)
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Christian Acevedo / Soccer, Crestwood High School - 445 votes (52.1%)
Ann Weathers Blankenship / Girls Shooting, Wilson Hall - 409 votes (47.9%)
Voting for the finals begins on Monday and ends at midnight on Thursday. Fans can visit TheItem.com/AOTY to cast their votes in the final matchup. Fans are able to vote once an hour for a maximum of 24 hours per day. The initial seeding for the bracket was selected at random.
The champion will be announced in the Aug. 17 edition of The Sumter Item as well as online.
To see the complete bracket and voting form, go to TheItem.com/AOTY.
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