It is now time for you to select one (1) of these three (3) stellar student-athletes as the Raider Student-Athlete of the Year. To cast your vote, go to: Raider Student-Athlete of the Year Voting and make your choice.
In a new process, Laurens County School District 55 (LCSD 55) promoted the selection of a student-athlete of the year for each of the three sport seasons (Fall, Winter, and Spring). LCSD 55 asked each varsity head coach to nominate one student-athlete as his or her team’s representative. Many of the coaches struggled to narrow their choices to just one. District Athletic Director, Ed Murray, said, “We have so many fine young men and women who participate in interscholastic athletics, it does make it difficult to choose just one. The final selection for each sport should not diminish the accomplishments of those we did not select. We are proud of all of our student-athletes and we believe they derive great benefit from participation in interscholastic sports.”
When the field of candidates was finalized, LCSD 55 put the selection of the Fall, Winter, and Spring Student-Athletes of the Year in the hands of their fans. There were 18 total candidates for these three (3) awards and fans cast more than 300 votes in the total balloting. In the end, the fans chose three (3) student-athletes as representatives of their sports season.
For Fall sports, Braylen Williams named Student-Athlete of the Year – Coach Chris Liner said, “Braylen was a Senior team captain and the heart and soul of our team. Braylen is a young man of incredible character, he is an excellent student-athlete, and was an outstanding leader for our team. Statistically, playing defensive back, Braylen had 116 total tackles, 83 solo tackles, and 11 tackles for a loss. He also caused two (2) fumbles and broke up six (6) pass plays.” Academically, Williams was also a solid performer with a cumulative (weighted) GPA of 3.928. Williams will be displaying his talents on the field for Presbyterian College next year.
For Winter sports, Carson Todd named Student-Athlete of the Year – According to Coach Ryan Walker, “Carson was our second leading scorer (10.3 ppg), leading rebounder (6.3 rpg), and he shot 50% from the field [making one (1) out of every two (2) shots he took]. He played all five (5) positions and was the only player to start every game during the season.” Walker added, “Carson could always be counted on to show up each and every day and give his best effort whether at practice or in a game.” Named an All-Region player for the second consecutive year, Todd helped lead the Raiders to six (6) more wins than they had the previous year. Other accolades include his selection as the Tournament MVP at the Emerald Holiday Tournament, selection to the All-Tournament at the FCA Tip-Off Tournament, second leading scorer and leading rebounder on the team, and he led the team in minutes played. Todd was the only player to start and play every single game this season. Walker summed up by saying, “Carson was the most consistent and solid performer during his senior season all while being one of the top students at LDHS.” Academically, Todd was a star as well with a 5.167 cumulative (weighted) GPA and a class rank of fifth out of 349 students. Todd will be enjoying academic life as a student at the University of South Carolina next fall.
For Spring sports, Tamra Haney named Student-Athlete of the Year – Softball Coach, Haley Satterfield, said, “Tamra Haney is a coach’s dream player. She works hard at everything she does and always has a smile. Even though she is a quiet young woman, she makes her presence known. When Tamra speaks, people listen and she is the voice of reason on our team even though she might not use many words.” Satterfield added, “Tamra is an amazing first baseman with a bat to match. We will miss her as she goes on to college next year.” Academically, Haney has a 3.749 cumulative (weighted) GPA and she ranks in the top half of her graduating class. She will be attending Piedmont Tech in the fall.