Optimist Club honors BE's Boykin

Bishop England's Michele Boykin was named athlete of the year by the Optimist Club.

Bishop England's Michelle Boykin, who led the Bishops to state titles in basketball and track, has been named the high school female athlete of the year in Charleston County area by the Optimist Club.

Runners-up to Boykin were the Bishops' Mary Harriet Moore, who played on state champions in basketball and volleyball, and Wando track standout Sarah Lee.

In track and field, Boykin and Fort Dorchester's Jasmine Quinn were named track athletes of the year, while Burke's Raven Saunders and James Island's Makayla Stanley shared the field award. Quinn won four gold medals at the Class AAAA state meet for the second straight year, while Saunders shattered the state record in the shot put. Stanley won the high jump and long jump and was second in the 100 meters in Class AAA.

James Island's David Lee was named coach of the year.

On the volleyball all-star team were Wando's Natalie Tucker and Elisa Aldrich; Mary Harriet Moore of BE; Makala Rhodes of First Baptist; Lauren Percy of Ashley Hall; and Grace Mogul of Porter-Gaud. Wando's Alexis Glover was named coach of the year.

In basketball, the all-star team included the Bishops' Moore and Boykin; Amber Campbell of Northwood Academy; Heather Chapman of Summerville; and Dekeiya Cohen of West Ashley, with coach of the year Paul Runey of Bishop England.

The winners were honored at a banquet this week at the Charleston Yacht Club. The Optimist Club has honored female athletes in the area since 1976.

Summmerville's Adam Elliget was named the player of the year in Region 8-AAAA boys tennis, and was joined on the all-region team by Green Wave teammate Walker Long.

Also on the squad are Alex Angus, James Bachety and Jack Louw of Beaufort; Aaron Newland and Richard Snyder of Bluffton; Harrison Parvey and Michael Marshall of Ashley Ridge; Kenny Johnson and Charles Bailey of Colleton County; and Tommy McManus of Fort Dorchester.

Beaufort's David Reidmayer was named coach of the year.

Academic Magnet placed four player on the all-Region 6-AA baseball team: Adam Ackerman, Kyle Davis, Jake Sossamon and Connor Woods.

Also named to the team were Seth Patrick and Ryan Troutman of Woodland; Harrison Boals and Chandler Sambets of Bishop England; Zach Mahan, DeAnthony Moore and William Howell of Battery Creek; and T.J. Levine from North Charleston.

Former Goose Creek High School standout Rashard Alston was named by USA Football to the U.S. Under-19 National Team. Alston is a 5-11, 220-pound fullback at Newberry College.

The U-19 team is made up of 44 high school and college players from 20 states and will compete in the 2014 International Federation of American Football U-19 World Championships on July 7-16 in Kuwait City, Kuwait. The eight-team tournament will include teams from Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Kuwait and Mexico. Canada won the gold medal in 2012 in Austin, Texas.