Voting for the third round of The Sumter Item Hines Furniture Athlete of the Year is now complete. Over 3,500 votes were cast from Monday through midnight on Wednesday to help narrow the list of athletes remaining to just four.
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Following are the results from the third round:
Josh Fugate / Cross Country, Thomas Sumter Academy - 2,975 votes (83.8%)
Zach Davis / Archery, Thomas Sumter Academy - 577 votes (16.2%)
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Hayden Kirkhart / Swimming, Sumter High School - 2,867 votes (80.7%)
Santana Christmas / Bowling, Robert E. Lee Academy - 685 votes (19.3%)
Christian Acevedo / Soccer, Crestwood High School - 1,977 votes (55.7%)
Miller Jones / Golf, Wilson Hall - 1,575 votes (44.3%)
Ann Weathers Blankenship / Girls Shooting, Wilson Hall - 2,190 votes (61.7%)
Jasiah Pack / Soccer, Sumter High School - 1,362 votes (38.3%)
Voting for the semifinals begins on Thursday and ends at midnight on Sunday. 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 matchups are:
Ann Weathers Blankenship / Girls Shooting, Wilson Hall vs. Christian Acevedo / Boys Soccer, Crestwood High School
Hayden Kirkhart / Girls Swimming, Sumter High School vs. Josh Fugate / Boys Cross Country, Thomas Sumter Academy
The semifinal round runs from Thursday through Sunday and the championship round from Aug. 12-15. 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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