Ocracoke School

Sydney Austin and Evin Caswell make basketball history

Sydney Austin and Evin Caswell. Photo by P. Vankevich

Sydney Austin and Evin Caswell. Photo by P. Vankevich

By Peter Vankevich

Sydney Austin and Evin Caswell added to their stellar basketball careers last week by both surpassing the 1,000 points mark for their varsity basketball games.

Evin, a senior, this season is averaging 18 points, three assists and 12 rebounds per game, according to MaxPreps, which provides statistics for high school sports teams throughout the country. He has also grabbed 14 Player of the Game awards during his career.

Sydney, a junior, was named Region 3 High school “Player of the Week”  for Dec. 8 to 13 by both MaxPreps and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). Their joint press release cited her game statistics that week: 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.

Last week Sydney and Zach Robeson of Camden County High School were named winners of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Performance of the Week award.  Each week, two athletes in competition are selected for this award from nominations received from media and school administrators.

To garner this award, Sydney scored 37 points, had three assists and 13 rebounds as Ocracoke pulled out a 66-64 win over Manteo High School last Friday, the game in which she surpassed the 1,000 points mark.