By Peter Vankevich
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As the Ocracoke School basketball season ended recently, the two varsity teams received high honors. Senior Evin Caswell was named Coastal Ten Division 1-A Player of the Year as well as to the Coastal 1Ten All-Conference First Team. These are just two of many awards he has earned over his career. Per game, Evin averaged 18.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, three assists and two blocks this season.
His brother Liam Caswell, a sophomore, also was named to the Coastal Ten All-Conference First Team.
It wasn’t just the players who got 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,” Allewalt said.
The Lady Dolphins (15-11 Conf. 12-6) also received high recognition as Sydney Austin, Ingrid Contreras and Bricia Moreno also were named to the girls’ Coastal Ten All-Conference First Team.
In addition, both Evin and Sydney surpassed the 1,000 points milestone this season in their illustrative Dolphin careers.
In December, junior Sydney garnered national attention by being named Region 3 high school “Player of the Week” by MaxPreps and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
Although both teams lost their second round games in the Coastal Ten playoffs in late February, there was one more game for the teams—the state tournament. However, both lost in the first round.
The South Robeson Mustangs beat the Lady Dolphins 61-19. That score is misleading since only six Dolphins were able to suit up. Sydney, Ingrid and Karla Perez did not play due to injuries sustained in the prior game.
While the boys’ teaml( 15-11, Conf. 11-7 ) lost again to the Conference Ten champs, the Camden County Bruins, 81-52, the Dolphins can bask in one big win against that very good team earlier in the season.