Sydney Austin. Photo by Gwen Austin
Sydney Austin. Photo by Gwen Austin

By Peter Vankevich

MaxPreps and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) have announced that Lady Dolphins junior Sydney Austin was named Region 3 High school Player of the week  for Dec. 8 to 13 .Their joint press release cited her game statistics: Tallied 28.7 points, 14.0 rebounds, 4.3 steals, 3.8 blocks and 1.7 assists, as the Dolphins went 2-1 during the week. She recorded a double-double in each of the three games, while also collecting a season best seven steals in the 59-47 win against Perquimans on Dec. 8.

Head coaches submit nominations each week and the WBCA selects the individuals based on stats that were submitted.

According MaxPreps statistics, in eight games Sydney averaged 24.9 points per game, 1.9 assists, 10.9 rebounds, 3.8 steals and 2.9 blocks. 

Jumpball tp start the game Photo by P. Vankevich
Jump ball to start the game Sydney Austin (10) and Caroline Gray (23). Photo by P. Vankevich

Sydney was also named as the girls’ MVP for this past weekend’s Holiday Tournament.

Sydney grew up in a basketball environment. Her dad, Wade (class of 1990), is on Ocracoke School’s Wall of Fame for his outstanding basketball playing.  Her younger brother, Colby, plays on the junior varsity team. Her mother, Gwen Austin, is Ocracoke School’s middle school social studies and health teacher.

This is the first year that MaxPreps and the WBCA have collaborated to recognize deserving student-athletes in nine geographic regions of the country.

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, founded in 1981, promotes women’s basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. For more information on the WBCA, visit

Founded in August 2002, is headquartered in Cameron Park, Calif., and is a unit of CBS Interactive. It provides detailed statistics on high school sports and has interactions with nearly 100,000 varsity coaches throughout the United States.

Sydney Austin takes a jump shot. Photo by Stacey O'Neal
Sydney Austin takes a jump shot. Photo by Stacey O’Neal
Sydney Austin, tip off. Photo by Stacey O'Neal
Sydney Austin, tip off. Photo by Stacey O’Neal
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