Prep Notebook, August 24: Whale Branch star Watson to attend Chattahoochee Tech

Speedster still plans to run track for South Carolina in the future

info@islandpacket.comAugust 24, 2012 

Former Whale Branch Early College High School track standout Andre Watson still has plans to run at the University of South Carolina.

His path to become an NCAA Division-I sprinter will go through Chattahoochee Technical College in Marietta, Ga., where he will compete on the school's track team while taking classes to gain NCAA eligibility.

Watson said Gamecocks coaches told him his scholarship offer will stand if he takes care of business in Marietta. Watson first heard from South Carolina after breaking the state record at the S.C. High School League meet back in the spring.

While eating dinner with his parents after the race, Watson said he received three phone calls-- from the Gamecocks, Clemson and S.C. State. Watson said he was still set on South Carolina and would make the most of his time at Chattahoochee Tech.

"Considering this school goes against D-1 schools, I'm just wanting to see how I compare to them," Watson said. "Get real college coaching and see how fast I can really get."

Watson's performance in the spring helped the Warriors to the Class 1-A boys track and field title. He won the 100- and 200-meter dashes, running the latter in 21.16 to break an 11-year-old record by a hundreth of a second.

Watson, who transfered to Whale Branch before his senior season, was also a standout on the Warriors football team, but said his focus is on track.

Thomas Heyward's Day earns Week Zero honors

Thomas Heyward running back/linebacker Ryan Day won the fan voting for the Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette Player of the Week award for Week Zero.

Day, who took 67 percent of the vote, carried the ball 26 times for 168 yards and a touchdown last Friday in a 14-6 road win over Orangeburg Prep. He also caught two passes for 20 yards, made six tackles and recorded a sack.

Prep's Woodson earns national grant

Hilton Head Prep tennis player Jared Woodson has won a National Athleadership Grant sponsored by the National Collegiate Scouting Association and the NFL Players Association.

Woodson, who was named to the Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette's all-area tennis team, will work alongside the NCSA during the remainder of his high school career to help find him a college home.

"Our passionate team of 300 former athletes will personally guide and educate Jared throughout the entire recruiting process, giving him the tools that he needs to be successful in recruiting and in life." NCSA CEO Chris Krause said in a release. "Picking the right college is a life changing decision. It's important for student-athletes to recognize that the choice of a college or university is not just a 4-year decision; it is a 40-year decision that will impact their professional future and personal success in life."

Lifer named to Olympic Development soccer team

Hilton Head Island High girls soccer player Faith Lifer has been named to the Olympic Development Soccer Program's South Region team.

The Seahawks standout will play on the 1995 club, which features 18 players from 11 states. Lifer, who led Hilton Head High to its second consecutive state title in the spring, will compete in the ODP's Thanksgiving Interregional in November.

Lifer, who was named the High School Sports Report's Class 3-A Player of the Year, has verbally committed to Wofford on a soccer scholarship.

Dolphin baseball player headed to Perfect Game showcase

Hilton Head Prep sophomore Stephen Frederico has been named to the ninth annual Southeast Underclass Showcase, which features 200 of the top high schoolers from across the country.

Frederico will attend the showcase after a successful summer with the AAU Diamond Devils 15U team. The event will be held Aug. 25-26 in Marietta, Ga., at the East Cobb Baseball Complex.

"I've learned that this showcase features the top players in the game, and I am thrilled to represent the Hilton Head/Bluffton area and Hilton Head Prep," Frederico said. "To be invited is an honor and I am blessed to be part of this elite group."

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