The 2017-2018 academic year is coming to an end and to that end, the News19 Player of the Year program has profiled 32 student-athletes during the year.
Wednesday night, the News19 Player of the Year banquet was highlighted by the naming of the two Players of the Year - Kelsey Felks from Newberry High School and Tyler Reed from Lexington High School.
Both Kelsey and Tyler receive a trophy and a $1,000 scholarship courtesy of Bojangles.
Felks starred at Newberry and helped the girls basketball team captured its first state championship in program history. She will continue her basketball career at Erskine.
Reed overcame a season-ending knee injury in his junior year at Lexington. But he was able to come back healthy and was a major contributor for the Wildcat basketball team. When he leaves Lexington, he will do so with a grade point average that ranks in the top 10 percent of the senior class. He will attend Clemson.
The News19 Player of the Year banquet featured remarks Lower Richland athletics director and seven-time state championship basketball coach Debbie Wardlaw who is also a SC Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Famer. New USC head volleyball coach Tom Mendoza also spoke to the audience. Mendoza came to USC from High Point University and will make his debut as USC's head coach in August.
There were also pre-recorded comments from consensus national player of the year A'ja Wilson and Clemson co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott. Wilson, who just wrapped up a stellar career at USC, is a Heathwood Hall graduate. Scott is a Hammond graduate and like Wilson, he has a national championship on his resume.
The News19 Player of the Week program for the 2018-2019 year will begin in September with the goal of once again, honoring student-athletes who have high grades and high character.