Lowcountry athletes take top CAWS honors


The South Carolina Coaches Association for Women's Sports (CAWS) recently honored its fall players of the year, and the Lowcountry was well represented.

Natalie Tucker of Wando was the Class AAAA volleyball player of the year, and James Island's Mary Seibert was the Class AAA player. Bishop England's Mary Harriet Moore was the Class AA honoree.

Annika Bovender of Academic Magnet was the Class AA golfer of the year.

Elizabeth Felix of Hilton Head was the Class AAA swimmer of the year, and Elaine Zhou of Academic Magnet was the Class AA swimmer of the year.

Barbara Tyler of Andrew Jackson was the Hall of Fame inductee, while Tara Grimsley of Dillon earned a special achievement award. She was the first girl to score a touchdown in a state championship football game.

Here is the complete list of winners, who were honored at the Columbia Convention Center:

AAAA - Natalie Tucker, Wando; AAA - Mary Seibert, James Island; AA - Mary Harriett Moore, Bishop England; A - Jamilla Johnson, St. Joseph's.

AAAA - Ashbrook Gwinn, Aiken; AAA - Susannah Cate, AC Flora; AA - Amelia Jones, Waccamaw; A - Annika Bissinger, St Joseph's.

AAAA - Lauren Stephenson, Lexington; AAA - Cayla Smith, Wren; AA - Annika Bovender, Academic Magnet; A - Samantha Melton, McBee.

AAAA - Ali Galyer, JL Mann; AAA - Elizabeth Felix, Hilton Head; AA - Elaine Zhou, Academic Magnet; A - Sydney Baker, Christ Church.

AAAA - Fantasia Wigfall, Lexington; AAA - Courtney Dolan, River Bluff; AA - Haley Bowen, Chesnee.

AAAA - Lauren Joch, Dutch Fork; AAA - Makenna Jones, Travelers Rest; AA - Ali DeSpain, Waccamaw; A - Olivia Lucas, Christ Church.

For the second straight day, a winter storm wiped out the local high school sports schedule.

On Monday, the Charleston County School District postponed games for Tuesday and Wednesday while Berkeley and Dorchester District 2 postponed Tuesday's games.

But with bad weather forecast for Wednesday, Berkeley and Dorchester 2 followed suit.

The High School League's winter season is moving toward the playoffs in basketball and wrestling.

The state basketball playoffs begin Feb. 18 at various venues. The Upper State championships will be held at the BiLo Center in Greenville, and the Lower State finals will be held at the Florence Civic Center. The dates are Feb. 28 and March 1 at both locations.

The state championships will be held March 7-8 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia.

The state wrestling duals will begin Feb. 8 with the state championships set for Feb. 15 at Dreher High School. The individual championships will be held Feb. 28-March 1 at the Anderson Civic Center.

The Post and Courier runs basketball statistics on Friday's Prep Zone page. The statistics include scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. The deadline to submit stats each week is Wednesday. Call 937-5592 or email stats to pbowman@postandcourier.com.