Not everyone who took part in the Charleston County School District's signing day event Wednesday actually signed a scholarship.
In fact, arguably the best athlete in her sport didn't sign. Burke High School track star Raven Saunders, whose specialty is the shot put, is playing the waiting game.
In late December, she competed in the JDL Holiday Invitational in Winston-Salem, N.C., and had a performance for the ages. The senior put the shot 53 feet, 8-1/4 inches to record the fourth-best indoor mark by a female high school athlete. It was more than 10 feet farther than her previous personal best.
That effort made her one of the top track and field recruits in the country.
Saunders, a three-time state champ, is still sorting out her college options but said she has whittled her list to four - Arizona State, LSU, UCLA and Southern Illinois.
She's scheduled to visit Arizona State on Feb. 22 and will compete in the New Balance Indoor National, which will be held at the Armory in New York City on March. 15. Look for her to announce her choice a day or two after competing in that prestigious event.
Only three girls have had better indoor tosses at the high school level. Michelle Carter of Red Oak, Tex., owns the record of 54-9 1/2, set in 2003. Maggie Ewen of St. Francis, Minn., is second with a put of 54-1 in 2013. Laura Gerraughty of Nashua, N.H., is third with 53-11 in 2001.
Carter went on to compete in the 2008 Olympics and is the American record holder at 66-4 3/4. Ewen is a freshman at Arizona, and Gerraughty was an All-American at North Carolina. She also was on the 2004 Olympic team.
Saunders was featured in the Faces in the Crowd section of the Jan. 13 edition of Sports Illustrated.
Four local football players will participate in the 2014 International Bowl in Arlington, Tex., on Friday and Saturday. The International Bowl is a collaboration of the sport's national governing bodies - USA Football and Football Canada - featuring top student-athletes in football's biggest annual international competition.
Porter-Gaud receivers Jeremy Hunt, Kristofer Johnson and Jared Stenger have been selected to play on the 2014 U.S. Under-18 National Team,
Charles Frederick of Ashley Ridge High School has been selected to play on the 2014 U.S. Under-17 National Team.
Coaches for the 2014 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas have been announced.
The South Carolina squad will be led by Pelion High School football coach Ben Freeman. Assistants for the South Carolina team include Justin Gentry (Chapin), Paul Southerland (Pendleton), Jeff Calabrese (Hartsville), Trey Woodberry (West Florence), Robert Williams (Christ Church Episcopal) and Joe Watson (J.L. Mann).
Hal Capps, the head football coach at Mooresville High School, will lead the North Carolina squad this season.
His assistants will include Barry Honeycutt (Corinth-Holders), David Green (Walter Williams), Glen Padgett (Concord), Tom Eanes (Ashley), Darrell Brewer (Avery County) and Rick Larrick (West Forsyth).
The game is set for Dec. 20 at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College.
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