Jan. 6, 2005
By Rocky Nimmons
For only the fourth time in Pickens County (S.C.) high school history, a former county athlete’s jersey has been retired.
Former Pickens High School volleyball and basketball stand-out Nikki Anthony joins legendary county athletes Rudy Hayes (Pickens), “Pistol” Pete Marivich (Daniel) and Stanley Morgan (Easley) to receive the prestigious honor.
Anthony is also the only female athlete to earn this accolade. She was a sophomore outside hitter for the Seminoles in 2004 and is currently a redshirt freshman on the basketball court.
In a special ceremony held between the Pickens/Easley girls and boys basketball games, Anthony received the honor including a framed jersey from Pickens High Principal Marion Lawson and Athletic Director Steve Corn.
“It just a wonderful experience. I am really thankful to everyone that helped me achieve this honor,” Anthony said following the ceremony.
“I really can’t describe how proud and happy I am right now,” she added.
Anthony who now attends Florida State University, came back to Pickens for the event.
Anthony said the support she receives from her family has always been incredible. “They still come to all my games. I know I could not be where I am today without their support. I truly miss Pickens so much,” she said.
Anthony is the daughter of Rick and Peggy Anthony. Her mother, Peggy, is the former Pickens High School volleyball coach and is South Carolina’s most winning volleyball coach.
“This is a real credit to all her former team mates. We would like to thank Dr. Medal Stewart, Earl Gilstrap and the secondary principals and athletic directors on the jersey retirement committee as well the PHS administration for bestowing Nikki with such an honor,” Peggy Anthony said.
Pickens Athletic Director Steve Corn said, “We are so proud of Nikki. She is so deserving of this accolade. We wish only bigger and better things for her during her career at Florida State.”
Anthony said that after her collegiate career is over, she hopes to get a chance on the professional level or to travel over seas. ” I would love to play basketball and volleyball in Spain. The sky is the limit. God has just blessed me with no boundaries,” she said.
The following is a list of the many awards and honor this young athlete has earned.
Student Sports Magazine All American `02; Student Sports Magazine Honorable Mention All-American `01; Student Sports National Top 100 List (62nd) (National Ranking of Players); Gatorade SC Player of the Year ’00, ’01, ’02 (Includes all classifications); HSSR “Ms. Volleyball” ’00, ’01, ’02; Varsity Online SC Player of the Year ’01; CAWS AAA Player of the Year ’00, ’01, ’02; CAWS All-State ’99, ’00, ’01, ’02; CAWS ALL STAR, Capt. & North MVP of AAA-AAAA Match ’02; Varsity Online All State Team ’01; Region I AAA Player of the Year ’00, ’01, ’02; Wendy’s Heisman Athlete of the Week Sept. 19, ’02;All Region ’99, ’00, ’01, ’02; Runner-Up MVP Tournament of Champions ’02; 4x 1st Team All-Tourn.–Tournament of Champions ’99, ’00, ’01, ’02; Junior Olympic Nationals ’99, ’00, ’03 USA Development Camp ’00; USC Team Camp Best Hitter ’01; Gatorade Will to Win Athlete ’00, ’01, ’02; 4 State Championships ’98, ’00, ’01, ’02; 5 year Starter at PHS; Team MVP ’00, ’01, ’02; Team Captain ’01, ’02; Career Records: Conference 63-3; Regular Season; 92-6; Overall 153-26; Career Statistics: 1,826 kills; 385 blocks;
3.86 / 4.0 GPA; Class Rank 25 / 245; Honor Graduate 2003; Faculty Choice Award ’03
1st and only female High School All American from Pickens High School in any sport; 1st and only SC VB player named All American; 1st and only time in SC a player named State Gatorade POY 3 Times (Only 2nd time Nationally that this sas happened); 1st player named CAWS AAA POY 3 Times; 1st And Only 3 X “Ms. Volleyball”; Most Decorated High School Volleyball Player in state. * Nikki also played 3 Yrs of Varsity Basketball at PHS (& Was Street And Smith Hon. Mention All-american ’01, ’02 & Usa Today’s Hon. Mention All-American ’02), 1 Yr of Track, and was a member of the Pops Orchestra For 4 Yrs.