Midlands athletes rake in honors

04/02/2013 11:41 PM

04/02/2013 11:42 PM

The honors are rolling in for Midlands athletes from all sports.

Dutch Fork basketball player Alaina Coates will get the big stage as she takes the court Wednesday night in the McDonald’s All-American Game in Chicago.

Coates, who led the Silver Foxes to their second consecutive Class 4A championship last month, is the only South Carolina player in the prestigious event.

The 6-foot-4 future Gamecock will be playing with the East team, coached by Oakton (Va.) High’s Fred Priester.

The 2013 McDonald’s All-American Girls game will be televised on ESPNU beginning at 7 p.m.

For his performance in last week’s USA Baseball National High School Invitational, Lexington pitcher Josh Reagan was named the Diamond Prospects Uniform Work and Sport Player of the Week.

The USC commitment pitched a complete game in Lexington’s 4-0 win against Florida Christian on March 26. Reagan threw 89 pitches, walked one and struck out five. He now holds a 1.17 ERA and 4-0 record for the season.

Reagan is the second Lexington player to receive the award. Nick Ciuffo received the award two weeks ago.

Tate Fant, a sophomore backup quarterback at Dutch Fork, recently won a National Athleadership Grant from NCSA Athletic Recruiting and the NFL Players’ Association.

The grant is intended to aid student-athletes in finding and selecting the best collegiate institutions for advancing their educational and athletic goals.

Fant, who posted 194 yards and two touchdowns passing in four games in the Silver Foxes’ 2012 season, was chosen for his community leadership, academic achievement, athletic performance and a written essay.

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