South Carolina is one of the most beautiful places in the United States to call home. However, our local weather can be extreme - high temps and thick humidity in the summer and chilly winter weather during cold months. As a local HVAC company in James Island, SC, we know how crucial it is to have a quality HVAC system in your home and experienced technicians to keep it working correctly.
With more than 35 years of serving the Lowcountry, we are proud to be an active part of our local community. As your neighbors, we are here for all of your HVAC needs, whether you need a new AC unit installed this summer or a heat pump replacement this winter. With a reliable team of NATE-certified technicians and decades of experience in our industry, no HVAC project is too big or small for us to handle.
We offer highly competitive pricing and convenient financing options for all of our clients. At the end of the day, our goal is to make it easy and affordable to live comfortably in your home all year long. We are committed to hard work, honesty, and integrity with every service we offer. If you aren't 100% satisfied with our work, we'll do our part to make it right.
Here are just a few of the reasons why homeowners and business owners in South Carolina trust Action Heating & Air Conditioning:
If you need a trusted AC repair company in James Island, know that our team is geared up and ready to help you today. While you browse our website, have a look at just a few of our specialties here at Action Heating & Air Conditioning:
Summers in the Lowcountry are hot, humid, and sticky. After a long day at the beach or downtown with your friends, nothing feels better than kicking back on the sofa while your air conditioning cools you off. On the other hand, nothing feels worse than walking into your home and feeling warm, stale air hit your face. Those who know, know - having your AC go out during a South Carolina summer is no joke. With time, a relatively minor inconvenience can turn into a real health problem.
In situations like these, something has probably gone wrong with your HVAC system. If your AC has stopped working in the middle of summer, it's time to call Action Heating & Air Conditioning right away. Our team of certified HVAC professionals has years of experience repairing and servicing AC equipment. It doesn't matter how old your unit is or what brand you bought - we have the skills to get your home comfort system up and running in no time.
Over time, condensation builds up in your AC equipment because of its cooling process. This accumulated byproduct must be drained regularly, or the increased amounts of moisture can damage your air conditioner's components.
Refrigerant is the substance responsible for keeping your home nice and cool in the summer. When refrigerant levels drop due to a leak, it will affect your AC equipment's ability to cool your home. If your HVAC unit isn't blowing cold air, this could be a reason why.
This is a common AC issue in South Carolina and the U.S. in general. Sometimes this problem is fixed by switching your thermostat to "auto." If that doesn't work, you may have a broken thermostat or a wiring issue that needs to be addressed quickly.
It's normal for your heater to produce a slight burning smell if it hasn't been used in a while. However, if you are experiencing a persistent burning smell during the summer months when your air conditioning is on, it could be a serious problem. Turn off your HVAC system immediately and call our office as soon as possible so that we may send out a technician to diagnose your problem.
This fan plays an important role in your AC unit's heat transfer process. When your air conditioning fan breaks, your AC equipment won't be able to cool your home off in the summer when it's needed the most.
One of our goals as a company is to provide HVAC repair services at fair and competitive prices. In addition, we want you to feel confident about investing in high-quality heating and cooling systems without having to worry a lot about the costs. We make sure to provide honest and accurate quotes and we offer a variety of financing options. We want you to get the best bang for your buck, so here are some special offers.See Our Offer
If you are experiencing any of the problems above, be sure to hire a professional contractor to fix your issues. For your safety, don't ever try to make HVAC repairs on your own unless you are trained. When the time come to have your air conditioning system repaired, our team of licensed AC technicians will handle all of the hard work on your behalf. That way, you can stay safe and have peace of mind knowing you're in good hands.
Your HVAC system works hard all year long. If you have gone years without much maintenance or AC repair, you probably bought a great HVAC unit. However, with constant use and even normal wear and tear, even the highest-quality HVAC systems are prone to malfunctions. Eventually, it will need to be replaced.
If you need an energy-efficient, reliable cooling system for your home or business, you have come to the right place. We have decades of experience installing new AC systems for our clients and can handle any installation project you have. As a Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealer, we have the most top-rated AC systems available in South Carolina.
At Action Heating & Air Conditioning, we know that buying a new air conditioner and installing it can be a huge source of stress. But when you work with us, it doesn't have to be that way. We have made it our mission to make the AC installation process easy and efficient for our customers. That way, they can focus more on living life and enjoying their home while we work hard on their AC install in James Island.
Whether you plan to replace a faulty air conditioning system or need a Carrier unit for your new construction home, we have got you covered. We will work with you directly to find the best fit for your home and budget. We are also happy to answer all of your AC installation questions prior to and during your initial service appointment.
Trying to figure out whether your air conditioner needs to be repaired or replaced can be a tricky decision to make. Most people have a hard time letting things go, and that includes AC units. It can be hard to know when to let go of the old and welcome in the new. To help save you time and make your decision a little easier, keep the following signs in mind. If you find yourself saying, "that sounds like my AC unit," it might be time for a new air conditioning installation.
Your air conditioning system works very hard every day, all year long to keep your home comfy and cool. Machines that work hard year-round are going to require maintenance and ongoing services to stay operational.
As a family-owned and operated HVAC company in James Island, SC, we know better than anyone how expensive it can be to maintain an AC unit. We know that money doesn't grow on trees. We also understand that finding last-minute resources to fix an air conditioning system can be challenging. That is why we offer extended warranties for your new or existing AC equipment. With an extended warranty from Action Heating & Air Conditioning, you benefit from repairs, replacement, and additional services covered under warranty. That way, you can enjoy your HVAC products as long as possible.
JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) – Charleston City leaders provided some insight on a flood-prone neighborhood on James Island that saw an excess of water after Hurricane Ian.News 2 first introduced viewers to Michael Miller and his wife on Friday when Hurricane Ian flooded their home and others on Shoreham Road.According to Miller, it took about five to six hours for the water to drain on the street and about three hours for it to recede inside his home.“We just started getting as much of the water and as much of t...
JAMES ISLAND, S.C. (WCBD) – Charleston City leaders provided some insight on a flood-prone neighborhood on James Island that saw an excess of water after Hurricane Ian.
News 2 first introduced viewers to Michael Miller and his wife on Friday when Hurricane Ian flooded their home and others on Shoreham Road.
According to Miller, it took about five to six hours for the water to drain on the street and about three hours for it to recede inside his home.
“We just started getting as much of the water and as much of the dirt out as we could. Putting up fans, scrubbing down everything. Trying to assess the damage,” said Miller.
According to Charleston City leaders, Shoreham Road is known to flood because it sits in a low-lying area.
“It’s a neighborhood where when that water falls on the streets and on the roofs and on the properties it’s hard to move it out very quickly especially if we get higher tides,” explained Matthew Fountain, the Director of Stormwater Management for the City of Charleston.
There are a few projects in the works to help prevent flooding in the neighborhood. Fountain said one includes a rain garden that is set to be built at the site of a former flood-prone home the city acquired through federal grants.
He said the other small project consists of constructing a drainage swale system to help store more water in the neighborhood. While these projects can help with a typical thunderstorm/rain event, Fountain said it will take more to prevent flooding in a major storm like Ian.
“That neighborhood is going to experience flooding. That’s part of the reason we’ve looked at home acquisitions and demolition in that location giving people the opportunity if they have a heavily flooded home to have the city work with the federal government and eventually buy their homes,” explained Fountain.
Meanwhile, drainage projects on other parts of James Island seem to be showing signs of improvement. News 2 met with Charleston County Councilwoman Jenny Costa Honeycutt at the Charleston Municipal Golf Course where drainage improvements are underway.
She said Hurricane Ian was one of the first big storms to hit the area since rolling out the projects. Because of the work that was done over the last few years, Honeycutt said the water in the system was able to drain within one tide cycle, as opposed to sitting for days as it has in the past.
“One of the parts of the improvements that really helped was cleaning out the Stono River outfall and then back up the ditch system to the entire watershed, so that water could drain out faster. In conjunction, we also enhanced these ponds you see on the golf course to allow more water to stay in the system as the tides change,” explained Honeycutt.
According to city leaders, they monitor streets like Shoreham Road ahead of big storms, making sure the pipes aren’t clogged.
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Football fans are gearing up for Super Bowl Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs face off against the Philadelphia Eagles. Whether you’re a fan excited to see your team on the big screen or you’re just tagging along to watch the commercials and indulge in snacks, there are plenty of places to watch the Super Bowl or order takeout for your house party.The Break778 Folly Road (James Island)facebook....
Football fans are gearing up for Super Bowl Sunday when the Kansas City Chiefs face off against the Philadelphia Eagles. Whether you’re a fan excited to see your team on the big screen or you’re just tagging along to watch the commercials and indulge in snacks, there are plenty of places to watch the Super Bowl or order takeout for your house party.
The Break778 Folly Road (James Island)facebook.com/thebreakjamesisland
The bar at The Break is surrounded by TVs, giving you the perfect vantage point from any spot. But if a play makes you mad, a break takes too long or you’re not interested in the halftime show, there are plenty of pinball machines to keep entertain you until the next play.
The Brick24 Ann St. (Downtown)thebrickcharleston.com
The Brick offers plenty of TVs, a huge selection of beers and delicious shareables like pretzel bites, wings, Frito pie and cheeseburger egg rolls.
Charleston Sports PubVarious locationscharlestonsportspub.com
Charleston Sports Pub has several locations around the Charleston area, with plenty of TVs, food and beer to enjoy the big game. Check out the family boxes of burgers and wings, tacos and quesadillas or boneless and bone-in wings starting at $34.99.
The Crab ShackVarious locationscrabshacks.com
Crack open a cold one and dig into some crab legs while watching the Chiefs and Eagles. If you’d rather stay home this year, make your party extra super with a selection of Shacks Party Platters, such as Frogmore Stew, chicken tenders, crispy fried shrimp and crab dip.
DIG in the Park1049 E. Montague Ave. (Park Circle)Dighospitality.com
Enjoy the outdoor patio at this Park Circle establishment while sipping on a cold beer and indulging in delicious eats like a Margherita flatbread, tacos, Cuban sandwiches and more.
Garage 754130, 1175 Folly Road (James Island)Garage75.com
Garage 75 has it all — TVs, beer, food and games. Get there early to play a quick game of pool, then sit down and get the best view from one of the many televisions in the space.
Gene’s Haufbrau817 Savannah Hwy. (West Ashley)
Gene’s knocks pub fare out of the park with classics like chicken wings and burgers, but ask about the daily blue plate specials, ranging from pork chops and pot roast to fried flounder. If you’re looking for a dive bar to watch the game with some friends, Gene’s is the place.
Ireland’s Own/Jagerhaus Pub3025 Ashley Town Center Drive(West Ashley)irelandsownsc.com
Watch the game at Ireland’s Own, and during timeouts, breaks or halftime, play a quick round on the golf simulator or get the high score in Pac-Man. But if you want to watch the game at home, order a wing platter of 50 wings for $75 and choose from buffalo, teriyaki and lemon pepper — or mix and match.
Martin’s BBQ1622 Highland Ave. (James Island)Martinsbbqjoint.com
Hang out with strangers and friends while enjoying Martin’s Tennessee-style barbeque. Or order Martin’s catering options including smoked wings, meats by the pound, sides, desserts and drinks by Feb. 12 to get your fixin’s in time for the big game.
Mex 1 Coastal CantinaVarious locationsmex1coastalcantina.com
While the Tex-Mex restaurant isn’t hosting any Super Bowl day specials, it is offering its popular Triple Dipper Box & Taco Box to feed your hungry guests. The Triple Dipper Box is loaded with tortilla chips, and served with guacamole, queso and salsa, while the Taco Box is filled to the brim with tacos. If you want more guac to go with the chips, Mex 1 offers a recipe you can make at home. Find the recipe on CharlestonCityPaper.com.
Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ1011 King St. (Downtown)Rodneyscottsbbq.com
Though Rodney Scott’s isn’t a place to catch the game, it’s definitely the place to grab some food. But, if you feel like impressing your guests at home, pitmaster and namesake Rodney Scott has offered a few recipes like his Hail Mary Deviled Eggs and Taters Gonna Tate potato salad. Visit CharlestonCityPaper.com for the full recipes.
The Roost Bar N’ GrilleVarious locationsRoostcharleston.com
Scarf down on classic football-watching dishes like nachos or chicken tenders, or indulge in Philly cheesesteaks, tacos or fish and chips while watching the big game.
Smoky Yolk1234 Camp Road (James Island)Smokyyolkcafe.com
Though this breakfast and lunch joint closes before the big game starts, Smoky Yolk is offering a Smoky Yolk Experience Platter for $69.99. The platter comes with pulled pork, brisket, smoked turkey, cheddar-jalapeño sausage, pulled chicken, six smoked wings and your choice of three sides. Head to smokyyolkcafe.com to place your order and pick-up in store any time.
SportsBook of Charleston4950 Centre Pointe Dr.(North Charleston)Lucky17restaurants.com
Dine on snacks like steak bites or The Big Money Maker, a burger made with Kobe beef, bacon jam and gouda cheese while sipping on a cold beer or cocktail at SportsBook.
Southside 17 Bar & Grill3632 Savannah Hwy (West Ashley)Southside17.com
Southside 17 will offer game day food and drink specials during its Super Bowl party, along with a menu of chicken wings, fried appetizers, tacos, sandwiches, burgers and more.
Triangle Char & Bar828 Savannah Hwy. (West Ashley)Trianglecharandbar.com
Triangle Char & Bar is a family friendly neighborhood restaurant with a cozy vibe and delicious food. During the game, enjoy locally sourced burgers, beer and nice weather on the outside patio.
Whiskey Run Sports Bar5060 Dorchester Road(North Charleston)Whiskeyruncharleston.com
You bet your Bulleit Bourbon that Whiskey Run is showing the Super Bowl. A different take on a traditional sports bar, Whiskey Run offers a carefully curated cocktail menu in addition to cold beer paired with food such as wings, sausage dogs or whiskey pulled pork.
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Chefs, restaurateurs, and investors in North and South Carolina continue to open restaurants and bars at an increasing pace. As always, Eater is obsessively tracking the progression of all the premiers — from menu releases to newly installed signage, come here for the latest updates. This list encapsulates the places garnering excitement this spring.ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINALocation: 697 Haywood Road Key Players: Chef/restaurateur Meherwan IraniProjected Opening: JuneAf...
Chefs, restaurateurs, and investors in North and South Carolina continue to open restaurants and bars at an increasing pace. As always, Eater is obsessively tracking the progression of all the premiers — from menu releases to newly installed signage, come here for the latest updates. This list encapsulates the places garnering excitement this spring.
Location: 697 Haywood Road Key Players: Chef/restaurateur Meherwan IraniProjected Opening: JuneAfter successful stints in Atlanta and Charlotte, Indian restaurant Botiwalla expands to West Asheville in the former BimBeriBon space. Botiwalla comes from Chai Pani owner Meherwan Irani and focuses on late-night foods of India, like chicken tikka skewers, lamb burgers, chaat,
Location: 56 Patton Avenue in the S&W Market Key Players: Katie Grabach and Peyton Barrell Projected Opening: SoonThe newest addition to Asheville food hall the S&W Market, Gourmand will be a spot for cheese, charcuterie, wine, oysters, and baguette sandwiches from New Orleans couple Katie Grabach and Peyton Barrell. Look for plenty of rillettes, terrines, and pickled eggs too.
Location: 1400 Patton Avenue Key Players: Pitmaster Elliott Moss Projected Opening: Late springFollowing the surprise opening of Little Louie’s in March, former Buxton Hall Barbecue chef Elliott Moss will open another comfort food spot named Regina’s. The restaurant will be an homage to greasy spoon diners of the past with plenty of classics on the menu.
Also, keep an eye on:• Areta’s (Mission Hospital Area)• Good Hot Fish (Unknown)
Location: Mixed-use development FentonKey Players: Chef/owner Scott CrawfordProjected Opening: SoonChef Scott Crawford (Crawford and Son, Jolie, and Crawford Cookshop) continues the expansion of his empire with the forthcoming opening of Crawford Brothers Steakhouse. The latest addition will be Crawford’s playground for American steakhouse classics, specializing in dry-aged beef.
Also, keep an eye on:• Doc B’s Restaurant (Fenton)• Saap (Downtown)
Location: 128 Columbus StreetKey Players: David and Tina SchuttenbergProjected Opening: JuneThe owners of James Island Sichuan restaurant Kwei Fei, David and Tina Schuttenberg, will soon bring Cantonese cuisine to downtown development the Guild. Beautiful South will offer dishes from the couple’s popular Lady Xian pop-up, like golden fried rice, char sui lo mein, General Tso chicken, and more. The menu will evolve from there to offer a range of items from southern China (hence the name) and dim sum.
Location: 1640 Meeting Street RoadKey Players: Nick Dowling and Jeremiah SchenzelProjected Opening: SpringFrom the team behind popular breakfast spot Dap’s, Cleats will be a restaurant featuring sports and sandwiches, which sounds commonplace, but co-owners Nick Dowling and Jeremiah Schenzel don’t do boring. They’re calling it a “sporty sammy public house.”
Location: 15 Beaufain StreetKey Players: Chef Michael ToscanoProjected Opening: SpringLe Farfalle chef Michael Toscano will bring his cult-favorite porchetta sandwich to the West Side, along with other breakfast and lunch items, all on the shop’s housemade focaccia. “The whole place is based around our focaccia — there’s no other bread,” says Toscano, “Imagine having a crusty, warm piece of focaccia with ricotta and a seasonal marmellata for breakfast.”
Location: 251 Meeting StreetKey Players: Chef/owner Maryam Ghaznavi and husband Raheel GaubaProjected Opening: SoonPakistani restaurant Ma’am Saab started as a pop-up, went into a food stall at Workshop, and will now set up residence in the former Jestine’s Kitchen space on Meeting Street. Ma’am Saab serves comfort food from Pakistan, like kababs, pakoras, and more.
Location: 2366 Ashley River RoadKey Players: Pitmaster Hector GarateProjected Opening: March 2023Pitmaster Hector Garate wanted to join the new wave of smoked meat aficionados putting their unique cultural spin on what is typically considered American barbecue. What started as a hobby, smoking brisket for his family, became pop-up Palmira Barbecue and is now set to be a brick-and-mortar establishment. Garate pulls the best bits of flavors and techniques from Texas, North Carolina, and his native home Puerto Rico to create his menu of juicy beef cheeks, smoky pulled pork, and rich barbacoa.
Also, keep an eye on:• Chameleon Club (Downtown)• Clarence Foster’s Cookery & Saloon (Downtown)• Colectivo (Johns Island)• Costa (Downtown)• Da Toscano Porchetta Shop (Downtown)• King BBQ (North Charleston)• Matador (Downtown)• Mix (Mount Pleasant)• The Pickle Bar (Summerville)• Sugey’s (Downtown)
Location: 1220 South Tryon StreetKey Players: Restaurateurs Greg and Subrina CollierProjected Opening: SpringBeloved breakfast eatery Uptown Yolk will reopen in a bigger space in South End. Look for chicken and waffles, cheesy grits, French toast, breakfast sandwiches, and more.
Also, keep an eye on:• Chapter 6 (South End)• Maíz, Agua, Sal (West Charlotte)• Pizza Baby (Wesley Heights)• Rosemont Market and Wine Bar (Elizabeth)• State of Confusion (LoSo)• The Club House Kitchen & Cocktails (Plaza Midwood)
Location: 300 Blackwell Street, in the American Tobacco CampusKey Players: Restaurateurs Zweli and Leonardo WilliamsProjected Opening: SoonRestaurateurs Zweli and Leonardo Williams opened Zimbabwean restaurant Zweli’s in 2018, and now they will expand with a second establishment named Ekhaya. Located in Durham’s American Tobacco Campus, in the former Saladelia space, Ekhaya will focus on cuisine from Bantu communities from across Africa, served tapas-style, in a high-end setting.
Location: 810 North Mangum StreetKey Players: Chef Oscar DiazProjected Opening: Early AprilThe chef behind lauded Raleigh restaurant Cortez Seafood + Cocktail, Oscar Diaz, branches out to Durham with the opening of Little Bull this spring. Diaz wants to redefine American comfort food through his view as a first-generation Mexican-American who grew up in Chicago and ended up in the South. Look for items like dumplings stuffed with birria and served with giardiniera chimi churri and confit papas.
Location: 806 West Main StreetKey Players: Chef Matt KellyProjected Opening: SpringDurham darling Nana’s opened in 1992, under chef Scott Howell, as a fine dining restaurant and quickly rose to acclaim. The menu was seasonal new Southern cuisine with heavy French and Italian influences. After the restaurant closed, chef Matt Kelly (Mateo, Mother & Sons, and Vin Rouge) took an interest and decided he wanted to keep the tradition going. “Nana’s has always been a great neighborhood restaurant in the American South,” says Kelly, “and that’s what I want to do.”
Also, keep an eye on:• Emmy Squared (Downtown)• Max Jr.’s (Brightleaf District)
Location: Boxyard RTPKey Players: Pitmaster Jake WoodProjected Opening: Early 2023Pitmaster Jake Wood (Lawrence BBQ and Lagoon) created a frenzy in Raleigh when he introduced a birria taco special utilizing his smoked brisket. This sparked the idea for Leroy’s Tacos n Beers, which will serve birria, Tajin wings, micheladas, and more — all with a side of ‘90s nostalgia in the vibes and decor.
Also, keep an eye on:• Brodeto (Raleigh Iron Works)• The Mill (Olde Raleigh Village Shopping Center)• The Preserve (Unknown)• Village Tavern (North Hills)
Running back Peyton Lewis of Salem, Virginia comes to the state of South Carolina all the time. He has family here and visits regularly. Now, he has another reason to come south.USC running backs coach Montario Hardesty likes him a lot and is recruiting him hard. Lewis (6-1, 190) is coming to campus March 17 and will take an official visit with the Gamecocks in May or April.“Back when I first started talking to Coach Hardesty before the offer, me and him just kind of clicked instantly because we have a lot of similarities...
Running back Peyton Lewis of Salem, Virginia comes to the state of South Carolina all the time. He has family here and visits regularly. Now, he has another reason to come south.
USC running backs coach Montario Hardesty likes him a lot and is recruiting him hard. Lewis (6-1, 190) is coming to campus March 17 and will take an official visit with the Gamecocks in May or April.
“Back when I first started talking to Coach Hardesty before the offer, me and him just kind of clicked instantly because we have a lot of similarities,” Lewis said. “He visited me at my high school, and that’s when he enacted an offer, and I was just excited because I have family down there and I’ve always been to South Carolina. That’s just some place that I can see myself conveniently going back and forth from.”
Lewis, a Class of 2024 prospect, also is a track star. Last summer he won the Class 4 100-meter dash championship with a time of 10.62, and he finished second in the 200 meters. Lewis knows Hardesty sees his track speed and knows that can be a useful weapon.
“He’s made it clear that he really likes my speed and the way that I can accelerate and change gears, and just my movement overall in the game,” Lewis said. “He says that I would fit perfectly with their explosive offense, and he just really likes the way that I run the ball. I see that they incorporate using the running back in the backfield, and route running is also a specialty of mine. They definitely have different ways of utilizing my speed on the field.”
Lewis visited Tennessee last Saturday for a junior day. He will go to Virginia March 14, USC on March 17, Virginia Tech on March 21, Nebraska on March 24, Ohio State on March 31 and North Carolina April 15. West Virginia was supplanted by the Ohio State visit, so he might reset a date with the Mountaineers. Lewis said these visits will be more than just sightseeing ventures for him.
“I just really want to get to know the coaches and really get to know how they are as a person,” he said. “It could be a great school with a great facility and everything, but that means nothing if the football program has bad people running it. I really just plan on building relationships with coaches.”
“Me and Coach Hardesty have a very strong relationship,” Lewis continued “Me and him have a lot of similarities together, a lot of stuff that we have in common. From the jump, me and him just clicked instantly.”
That relationship with Hardesty has put the Gamecocks in a good recruiting spot with Lewis.
“South Carolina stands out a lot for me,” Lewis said. “Definitely as school that is in high consideration. Definitely a top three for me along with Tennessee and Penn State.”
Lewis plans to name a top five in the latter part of April and then set his official visits for May and June. He is looking at late July for a commitment announcement.
Last season, Lewis rushed for 1,560 yards and 17 touchdowns.
After leading her team to a state title last week, Camden High School’s Joyce Edwards picked up another big achievement Wednesday.The junior was named South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year, an award that encompasses athletics, academics and character.Edwards is the second Camden player to win the award, joining head coach Natalie Norris (formerly Natalie Funderburk) who won it in 1992. It’s the second-straight year a Midlands girls player has won the award. Cardinal Newman’s Ashlyn Watkins, who is now at ...
After leading her team to a state title last week, Camden High School’s Joyce Edwards picked up another big achievement Wednesday.
The junior was named South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year, an award that encompasses athletics, academics and character.
Edwards is the second Camden player to win the award, joining head coach Natalie Norris (formerly Natalie Funderburk) who won it in 1992. It’s the second-straight year a Midlands girls player has won the award. Cardinal Newman’s Ashlyn Watkins, who is now at South Carolina, was the recipient in 2022.
Edwards is the 15th different girls player from the Midlands to win the award historically. Lower Richland’s Morgan Stroman won it three straight years from 2007-09.
“I say all the time Joyce is the best player in the country,” Camden coach Natalie Norris said after the state championship game. “She showed it today. She handled the ball, she can shoot it, she rebounds, she can pass it. She can do it all and has the size too. We are certainly very fortunate she is on our team.”
Edwards averaged 28.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, 3.5 steals, 2.9 assists and 2.6 blocks this season in helping the Bulldogs to their first state championship since 1981. In the title game against Wren, the 6-foot-3 forward scored 33 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and had five steals in the win.
Edwards also went over the 3,000-point mark in career during the game. She has been a starter on varsity since the seventh grade.
Off the court, Edwards has volunteered locally at the Beyond the Court basketball camp as a coach and at the Jackson Teen Center, where she tutors students in math and science. She’s also a member of the National Beta Club.
Edwards is the No. 2 ranked prospect in the country for Class of 2024 by ESPN’s HoopGurlz rankings. She has more than 30 Division I offers, including top-ranked South Carolina.
Edwards said she will be narrowing down her top colleges during the spring and summer.
South Carolina signee Tessa Johnson won the Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year award. Johnson averaged 24.3 points, 6.6 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 2.8 steals per games this season and became the school’s all-time leading scorer with more than 2,000 points in her career.
2023 – Joyce Edwards, Camden
2022 – Ashlyn Watkins, Cardinal Newman
2019 – Danae McNeal, Swansea
2017 – Jaelynn Murray, Dreher
2016 – Jhileiya Dunlap, Dreher
2014 – A’ja Wilson, Heathwood Hall
2013 – Alaina Coates, Dutch Fork
2012 – Asia Dozier, Spring Valley
2011 – Xylina McDaniel, Spring Valley
2009 – Morgan Stroman, Lower Richland
2008 – Morgan Stroman, Lower Richland
2007 – Morgan Stroman, Lower Richland
2004 – Keturah Jackson, Dreher
2000 – Nikki Jett, Columbia
1997 – Elena Vishniakova, Heathwood Hall
1992 – Natalie Funderburk, Camden
1989 – Jessica Barr, Batesburg-Leesville