Former St. Andrews basketball standout Katrina McClain will be inducted into the National Federation of State High School Association's (NFHS) National High School Hall of Fame on July 10, in a ceremony that will be held in San Diego.
McClain, one of the top players in South Carolina history, played for the Rocks from 1979-83, and led her team to a 30-0 mark and the Class AAA South Carolina High School League championship while averaging 28 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks in '83. McClain scored 2,344 career points and grabbed 1,377 rebounds. She was two-time All-State and was a Parade All-American as a senior.
She played four years for the Georgia Bulldogs and led her teams to a 116-15 record in four years. The Bulldogs won two SEC titles, reached the NCAAs four times and made one Final Four appearance. She was named national player of the year in 1987.
McLain also played on 11 U.S. national teams, including three Olympic teams. She helped the U.S. women's basketball team to two gold medals and a bronze in Olympic competition.
She currently heads the Katrina McClain Foundation in Charleston, which assists at-risk youths.
Taylor Abernathy was ineligible to compete in track and field this spring after transferring to Summerville. But he should be one of the athletes to keep an eye on in 2011.
He recently competed in the USA Track and Field state championship meet and the New Balance Nationals.
At the state meet, he defeated the Class AA, AAA and AAAA state pole vault champions by clearing 14-11 to claim the gold medal.
He competed in the emerging elite division at the New Balance Nationals in Greensboro, N.C., and placed third, clearing 15- 1/4.
Abernathy also excels in the high jump and long jump.
Semaj Tolliver, The Post and Courier's female track and field performer of the year, fared well at the New Balance Nationals.
She placed fifth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.28, which was good for fifth place in the emerging elite division.
Tolliver is a rising junior.
Class of 2013
Wando's Nick Ciuffo is ranked the No. 1 baseball player in the state for the Class of 2013 by www.thediamondprospects.com.
Ciuffo, a catcher, has already committed to play for the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Pinewood Prep left-handed pitcher J.D. Waite is the only other local player in the top 20 for 2013. He checks in at No. 11 and is the top lefty in the state.
Wando's Babe Thomas is listed as the No. 6 catcher in the Class of 2013, while teammate Matthew Filosa is the No. 5 second baseman.
Fort Dorchester's Ryan Boyle is listed as the No. 11 shortstop in the state, while Bishop England's Luke McPherson is the No. 9 third baseman. Pinewood Prep's Hayden Heflin is the No. 13 outfielder.
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