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.


BASEBALL

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.


Four More


• Darius Washington, Silver Bluff


• Brent Lacey, Fox Creek


• Michael Hill, Fox Creek


• Bryce Saunders, Aiken


SOFTBALL

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.


Four More


• Karly Kinard, Silver Bluff


• Mackenzie Smith, Midland Valley


• Laini Frye, Silver Bluff


• Jenna Starnes, Wagener-Salley


BOYS’ TENNIS

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.


Four More


• Jordan Dingle, South Aiken


• Liam Wiggins, North Augusta


• Petar Zotovich, South Aiken


• John Boone, Aiken


BOYS’ GOLF

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.


Four More


• 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.


Four More


• Deion Bussey, South Aiken


• Nik O’Brien, North Augusta


• Montel Webb, Strom Thurmond


• Asia Johnson, Aiken


BOYS’ SOCCER

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.


Four More


• Bradley Cardona, Aiken


• Daniel Zaremba, South Aiken


• Favian Zambrano, Silver Bluff


• Dylan Snow, Aiken


GIRLS’ SOCCER

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.


Four More


• Macey Bosley, South Aiken


• Sabrina Giancroce, South Aiken


• Taylor Hurst, North Augusta


• Grace Powell, North Augusta