Summerville track star Brianna Blanton was named the Optimist Club's Female Athlete of the year.

Blanton, who will run for Clemson, recently won the state title in the 800-meter run.

The female athlete of the year award is determined by academic achievement, athletic achievement and community service. The candidate is nominated by her coach and then submits an athletic resume, academic transcript and a list of community service.

The Optimist volleyball team includes Samantha Celek, Bishop England; Litsa Darby, Ashley Hall; Lauren Hurt, Wando; Elizabeth Miler, Summerville; Catherine Peeples, Wando; and Catey Warren of Ashley Hall.

Franny Slay of Ashley Hall is the coach of the year.

The Optimist basketball team includes Tiffany Addison, Stratford; Rateska Brown, Timberland, Dekeiya Cohen, West Ashley; Shanolla Council, Summerville and Aleighsa Welch, Goose Creek.

Cleve Touchberry of Timberland is coach of the year.

The Optimist Track and Field team includes Blanton, Summerville; Leanna Morrison, Roshani Glover, Summerville; and Sarah Lee, Wando.

Nikki Wilson of Wando is coach of the year.

Mr. President

Gimel President of Wando is participating in the USA Football's 2012 U.S. Under-19 National Team Trials Marietta, Ga. The 6-4, 230-pound rising senior is one of 200 players taking part in the camp, which concludes Monday.

He is considering offers from North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Virginia Tech and others.

Stall star signs

Stall basketball standout Laticia "T.C." Singleton recently signed to play for Montreat College in Black Mountain, N.C. She was all- region and played in the North-South game her senior season. She averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and four steals.

Singleton to DTC

Lela Singleton, a basketball player from North Charleston, signed with Denmark Technical College. The 5-9 Singleton averaged 17 points and two steals per game for her career.

Reach Philip M. Bowman at 937-5592. Follow him on Twitter: @pandcphil