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Athlete of the Week: Bishop England's Michele Boykin

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) – Football has the Mannings. The Braves have the Uptons. But Charleston has the Boykins, two elite-level siblings in a family where winning high school state championships is expected and has become a competition of its own.

This week's Athlete of the Week is Michele Boykin. She has three state titles and is hoping to chase down at least one more.

"I have six brothers and one sister. Four of them have graduated from here, three of them won state championships in wrestling and then I have two siblings that graduated from Hanahan High School and they also won state championships in wrestling," she said.

It's family first for the Boykins. At least that's where they usually finish. Most recently, it's been Michele Boykin who wrapped up her second state basketball title earlier this month.

"Having her I always knew we had a chance. Having a player the caliber of Michele makes my job a whole lot easier," said head coach Paul Runey.

The road to Columbia was anything but easy, but Michele Boykin's journey started many years earlier.

"I started watching her back in about seventh grade, playing with her brothers. They kind of picked on her, but she held her own, didn't back down. I knew right then, she was going to be a good one for us," said Runey.

Boykin says the competition in her family just makes her work harder and shoot for more rings than her brothers.

But this Boykin has to watch her back. She has one more sibling, seventh grader Sam.

"He keeps saying he's going to have more rings than me, and he's a good athlete so he probably will. We'll see," she said.

But she's not going to make that an easy task.

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