Players, coach receive awards
By Peter Vankevich
Update: The Lady Dolphins’ game on Tuesday will begin at 7 p.m. Unfortunately, neither game will be broadcast.
As the basketball season nears its end, Ocracoke School’s two varsity teams received high honors.
Senior Evin Caswell on Saturday was named Coastal Ten Division 1-A Player of the Year as well as to the Coastal 10 All Conference First Team. These are just two of many awards he has earned over his career. Evin averaged 18.5 points per game, 10.5 rebounds per game, three assists per game, and two blocks per game this season.
Brother sophomore, Liam Caswell, was named to the Coastal 10 All Conference First Team.
It wasn’t just the players getting recognition. The boys’ team coach, David Allewalt, was named Coastal Ten Conference Coach of the Year. “This award that could not have been earned without the hard work and dedication from the players and coaching staff,” said Allewalt.
The Lady Dolphins also received high recognition as Sydney Austin, Ingrid Contreras and Bricia Moreno were also named to the girls’ Coastal Ten All Conference First Team.
Both Evin and Sydney surpassed the 1000 points milestone this season in their illustrative Dolphin careers.
Although both teams lost their second round games in the Coastal Ten playoffs, there will be at least one more game for the two teams.
On Tuesday (Feb. 23), the Dolphins (15-10 Conf. 11-7) head off-island to play the Camden County Bruins on their court in the first round of the NCHSAA Division 1-A State Tournament. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m.
The teams split their regular season games with Ocracoke winning at home in a 49-42. The Dolphins then lost badly to them last Thursday, 70-42, in the second round of the Conference tournament. The Bruins (19-8 Conf. 14-4) got off to a strong start, leading 25-7 at the end of the first quarter. Junior Zach Robinson was unstoppable ending with 34 points that included eight three-pointers. Camden is playing well as they went on to beat the Gates County Red Barons 59-45 Friday to win the Coastal Ten tournament.
The Lady Dolphins (15-10 Conf. 12-6) will take on the South Robeson Mustangs (17-9 Conf. 10-4) Tuesday in Rowland. The teams have not played this year. Start time is 7 p.m .
On Friday, the Mustangs lost the final Three Rivers tournament game 47-46 to the league leading East Columbus Gators.
Note: this article will be updated to provide the start time for the Lady Dolphins and whether the games will be broadcast by WOVV 90.1, Ocracoke’s community radio station.