The Aiken Standard sports staff recently selected the top five athletes, one a Player of the Year, in each of the spring high school sports.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Taylor Widener, South Aiken
As a pitcher and No. 3 hitter, Widener led South Aiken to the Lower State championship bracket against Lexington. Widener is set to play for South Carolina.
• Darius Washington, Silver Bluff
• Brent Lacey, Fox Creek
• Michael Hill, Fox Creek
• Bryce Saunders, Aiken
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Stefanie Bloedel, Fox Creek
Bloedel was dominant in the circle for the Predators, as Region 4-A champ Fox Creek advanced deep in the Class A playoffs. Bloedel is headed to the College of Charleston.
• Karly Kinard, Silver Bluff
• Mackenzie Smith, Midland Valley
• Laini Frye, Silver Bluff
• Jenna Starnes, Wagener-Salley
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Preston Tiffany, South Aiken
Only a freshman, Tiffany was a star in the No. 3 spot for the T-Breds during their Class AAAA state championship run this year, including a high-pressure win in the title match.
• Jordan Dingle, South Aiken
• Liam Wiggins, North Augusta
• Petar Zotovich, South Aiken
• John Boone, Aiken
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Alex Handy, South Aiken
During his junior campaign, Handy helped lead the T-Breds to a Class AAAA state championship in comeback fashion.
• Ryan Carpenter, South Aiken
• Spencer Skiff, Aiken
• Hayden Ploeger, South Aiken
• Christian Manley, North Augusta
TRACK AND FIELD
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Natasha Dicks, Aiken
Dicks, headed to run track for South Carolina, won the state triple jump title each of the last three years.
• Deion Bussey, South Aiken
• Nik O’Brien, North Augusta
• Montel Webb, Strom Thurmond
• Asia Johnson, Aiken
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Skyler Lightbody, South Aiken
Lightbody was part of a one-two punch with fellow honoree Daniel Zaremba that could score from anywhere.
• Bradley Cardona, Aiken
• Daniel Zaremba, South Aiken
• Favian Zambrano, Silver Bluff
• Dylan Snow, Aiken
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jessica Schifer, South Aiken
Schifer was a threat to score multiple times every game as the T-Breds advanced to the third round of the Class AAAA playoffs.
• Macey Bosley, South Aiken
• Sabrina Giancroce, South Aiken
• Taylor Hurst, North Augusta
• Grace Powell, North Augusta