Names and Games

Bishop England junior Alex Abrams (top) committed to play baseball for Furman. Last season, Abrams batted .368 to help lead the Bishops to a 25-8 record.

BE's Abrams going to Furman

Some baseball observers believed Bishop England's Alex Abrams would end up at the College of Charleston. After all, his father, Andy, is the dean of C of C's law school.

But on Tuesday, the junior surprised some people when he committed to play for Furman. While he won't attend the school that employs his father, Abrams will attend the school where his father received his undergraduate degree.

"I talked to Alex about choosing Furman over the College of Charleston, and he said he loved the area, especially the academics, and he felt like it really was going to be a good fit," Bishop England coach Bill Collier said.

Abrams has started every game since his freshman year. He plays shortstop, third base and also pitches for the Bishops, who this year will be seeking their fourth Class AA state championship in the last seven years. He probably will play third base for the Paladins.

Abrams batted .368 as a sophomore last spring, collecting 35 hits and 39 runs to help Bishop England post a 25-8 record, including 8-1 in Region 6-AA. He had seven doubles, two triples and 27 RBIs. He stole 20 bases and walked 28 times.

Abrams also plays basketball for the Bishops and is a co-captain. He plays for the Diamond Warriors traveling baseball team in the summer and fall.

He also fares well in the classroom. He has a 4.3 GPA, taking honors and AP courses. He is a member of the National Honor Society. He plans to major in political science at Furman, which was a factor in his decision since Furman has a nationally recognized political science department.

McMillan honored

Wando senior tennis player Olivia McMillan has been named the state's tennis player of the year by the Coaches Association of Womens Sports (CAWS).

McMillan has played on the Wando team for three years and has compiled a 31-7 career record, 5-4 this season. She was selected to play in the state singles matches three years in a row and was all-region and all-Lowcountry three times.

McMillan, who will play at Presbyterian College, will be honored Jan. 18 at a banquet in Columbia.

Pinewood girls No. 1

The Pinewood Prep girls basketball team is the No. 1 team in SCISA Class AAA, according to the latest state coaches' poll.

The team is getting strong play from four players. Maren Austgulen is averaging 10 points and 7 rebounds per game, while Jasmine Simmons is averaging 11.1 points and 3 assists. Tara Pendley scores 10.6 points per game and Megan Fish is averaging 4 steals and 3 assists per game.