S.C. COACHES ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN'S SPORTS FALL BANQUET
A trio of Chronicle Country female high school athletes were among the Fall Athlete of the Year winners honored Sunday by the S.C. Coaches Association of Women's Sports.
Sarah Miller (competitive cheer) of Chapin, Karlee Vardas (golf) of Lexington and Jessie Hollins (tennis) of River Bluff received their respective plaques during the organization's annual banquet at the S.C. State Museum in the Vista Room.
A 5-year letterman, Miller helped Chapin win its 2nd consecutive Class 5A title in competitive cheer, 11th state title in 12 years and S.C. High School League record 15th overall. It's also the only sports program in league history to win state titles in 4 different classifications.
A Georgia Southern commit, Vardas won a 2-hole playoff to claim the SCHSL Class 5A individual title.
Currently the 2nd ranked golfer in her junior classification in South Carolina, Vardas was the 6th Lady Wildcat golfer to win the CAWS Award, joining 2-time winner Lauren Stephenson, Danielle and Maureen Dunnagan, Sydney Legacy and last year's winner and current teammate Isabella Rawl.
As for Hollins, the Coastal Carolina commit made the most of her lone season with the Lady Gators. The daughter of former MLB and University of South Carolina player Dave Hollins, Hollins helped River Bluff claim its 2nd Class 5A title in 3 years. She also went 27-0 enroute to winning the Class 5A individual state title.