After leading Spring Valley to a 21-5 record in her senior season, guard Asia Dozier has been named South Carolina’s Gatorade Player of the Year for girls basketball.
The award recognizes excellence in athletics as well as academic achievement and exemplary character. Coach Anne Long said Dozier is a prime example of all of those.
“I think what really put her over the edge is she has made the A-honor roll every year since she’s been here, and we’re real proud of her for that,” Long said.
“She’s always been pretty grounded and a leader. She’s always humble and she’s appreciative, knowing that competition was pretty stiff in the state this year.”
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Dozier, who averaged 18.6 points, 4.5 assists and 4 steals per game, has signed with South Carolina.
She has maintained 4.34 grade average, and volunteers with several local organizations and charities.
Dozier is in the running for the National Gatorade Player of the Year award.
Long was chosen to coach the girls East team in the McDonald’s All-American games. Long is one of four coaches in the country chosen.
The 11th annual girls All-American game will be played March 28 in Chicago.
“I’m really looking forward to putting that up there with my career accomplishments,” Long said. “I’m elated to be able to take my assistants, who have been very loyal to the program, with me.”
Vikings senior forward Xylina McDaniel is a member of the McDonald’s team.
Six Blythewood High athletes have signed National Letters of Intent in various sports.
Three Bengals football players signed with North Greenville University: Kyle Edwards, a defensive back; Jalen Hammett, a North-South all-star linebacker who holds the school career tackles record; and cornerback Zamadre Wingfield.
Hayden Banks, an outfielder for the Bengals, has signed to play with the USC-Sumter.
Jamie Morris, the Bengals’ center defender and Wendy’s High School Heisman recipient, signed with the soccer team at Erskine College.
All-state attack and midfielder Sabrina Snow signed to play lacrosse at Siena Heights University in Adrian, Mich.