Two former Hilton Head Island High School girls basketball standouts will join NCAA Division II colleges next season after spending the last two campaigns at two-year programs.
Margo Dill, an Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette all-area selection in 2011, will stay in Spartanburg and attend Converse College after spending the last two seasons at Spartanburg Methodist. The guard, who will receive both athletic and academic scholarship money, averaged 9.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game for SMC last season.
Samantha Aiken, a 2009 graduate of Hilton Head High, will finish her collegiate career at Salem International University in West Virginia after spending the last two seasons at Manor College.
"There are not that many students from this area who are fortunate enough to play basketball at the next level and receive scholarship money for doing so," Seahawks coach Dave Greenberg said. "We've been fortunate enough to have had five players play at the next level and receive scholarship offers over these past five years."
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In addition to Dill and Aiken, former Seahawks Tashawna Washington, Jamese Franklin and Sabrina Drammis also are playing at the college level.
MORE SOCCER HONORS FOR SEAHAWKS
More than a month has passed since Hilton Head Island High School took home state championships in boys and girls soccer. But that hasn't stopped those associated with the Seahawks teams from racking up more honors.
Kelsey Fitzhugh, who was named the Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette player of the year this season, was once again up to her winning ways last weekend, taking home MVP honors for the South team in its 2-1 win in the North-South Soccer Classic. Fitzhugh scored the South's first goal.
Chip Tremarelli, the Packet/Gazette boys player of the year, also participated in the North-South Game, as did girls standout Nikki Schoning.
The Hilton Head High boys team, which ended the year with the program's first state title, finished the season ranked No. 16 nationally in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll and No. 4 overall in Region III. Coach Wayne Quinlan was selected as the S.C. Athletic Coaches Association's Coach of the Year.