Heathwood Hall quarterback Mac Whalen capped a sensational senior season with an MVP performance in the Oasis Shrine Bowl in Charlotte on Nov. 27.
Whalen’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Wilson Hall’s Chris Sharp in overtime was the difference in South Carolina’s 20-17 win over North Carolina in the independent schools senior all-star classis. Whalen also threw scoring passes to Sharp and Hammond’s Aaron Walters in regulation, and finished the game by completing nine of his 11 throws for 148 yards.
Sharp was named the offensive player of the game after finishing with five catches for 46 yards and two TDs. Walters and Morgan Whalen, Mac’s brother, also had big days at wide receiver. Walters had a game high totals in receptions (6) and receiving yards (88), while Morgan Whalen had five grabs for 68 yards.
Star linebacker Walker Sojourner was Heathwood Hall’s other Oasis Shrine Bowl representative. Head coach Rip Blackstone and assistants Brad Coleman and Brian Hucks were on the Sandlappers staff. Blackstone has been named as South Carolina’s head coach for the 2010 game.
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Mac Whalen, who led the Highlanders to a 12-1 record this season and a spot in the SCISA championship game, was named the SCISA and Region 1-3A offensive player of the year. Sojourner was named the co-defensive player of the year in SCISA and the region’s top defensive player.
Blackstone was named the region and overall SCISA coach of the year.
Morgan Whalen, Belton Amaker, Cole Fowble, Joseph English, Will Cloyd and Chris Barton were the other Heathwood Hall all-region picks.
Receiver Benji Stern and Fowble played in the SCISA North-South all-star game in Orangeburg on Dec. 7. Amaker and English were named to the team, but were unable to participate in the game.