Sylvia Fowles hasn’t forgotten where she came from.
Fowles, a 6-6 center who is currently playing pro ball in China and also stars in the WNBA for the Chicago Sky, recently donated $10,000 to the Edison girls’ basketball program, according to Red Raiders athletic director David Schorr.
Part of the money was used to buy new uniforms for the girls, and the rest was stored away for future needs of the program.
“We needed new uniforms, and she came to our rescue,” Schorr said. “One of our assistant coaches reached out to her, but we were not expecting such a big donation. We’re grateful.”
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Fowles, 29, led Edison to Class 6A state titles in 2001 and 2002 before transferring to Gulliver Prep where she led the Raiders to a state title in 2004. She became an All-American in college, leading LSU to a remarkable run of four consecutive Final Fours.
The second pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft, Fowles has won two Olympic gold medals and is a three-time league All-Star. She was the WNBA’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 and 2013.
THIS AND THAT
▪ Norland’s soccer team recently completed its season with a losing record at 2-8. But the season was noteworthy in that the Vikings started a girl on the boys’ varsity team — Nicole Richards, a 5-8 sophomore forward.
In order to play soccer for her school, Richards was forced to try out for the boys’ team. Norland does not have a girls’ team.
Vikings coach Klever Estrella said Richards, who had no goals but four assists on the season, would make first-team All-County if she played against girls.
“She has been playing since she was 6 years old, and she’s very strong and physical,” Estrella said. “She plays on a travel team [against girls], so she plays year-round.
“I’m sure by next season, she will be contacted by college coaches.”
Estrella said Richards is welcome to return to his team next season. But he said he would not be surprised if she transferred to a school that has a girls’ soccer team.
▪ Former Ransom Everglades pitcher Danny Otero, 29, was recently inducted into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame. Otero pitched for two colleges — Duke and South Florida — before getting drafted in the 21st round by the San Francisco Giants in 2007. He had a breakout 2014 season with the Oakland A’s as a reliever — 8-2 with a 2.28 ERA.
▪ Another former Ransom star, Ashleigh Johnson, was recently named the Female Water Polo Player of the Year by Swimming World Magazine.
Johnson, a junior goalie at Princeton University, was recognized following her performance at the FINA World Cup. Her sister, Chelsea, also from Ransom, is a freshman on this year’s team at Princeton.