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By: Gerald Doolittle

Goose Creek, S.C. -The 2020-21 basketball season has opened for the South Carolina Independent Schools Association where Cardinal Newman (3A), Spartanburg Christian (2A) and Clarendon Hall (1A) will try to defend their titles in the boys division.

The Cardinal Newman Cardinals who defeated Trinity Collegiate for the title last season have hopes of improving on their 22-10 record.  However, they are off to a 3-2 start this season.

The Cardinals in the early games are being led by a strong senior leadership.  Josh Beadle leads the way with 94 points, 21 assists, 10 steals, 4 blocks and 24 rebounds.  Silas Christie follows with 48 points, 6 assists, 8 steals, 3 blocks and 30 rebounds.

Jordan Martin has scored 44 points, 7 assists, 2 steals and 13 rebounds.  Shayne Monsanto has scored 16 points, 3 assists, 1 steal and 16 rebounds.  Jack McDonald has added 15 points.

The Trinity Collegiate Titans lost much of their offense from last years 23-7 team when graduation took Jordan Jones (458 pts), Nick Ford (351 pts) and Amarion Coletrain (290 points).

However, the Titans do have returning Tre Mcleod (sr) who scored 119 pts and Bessanty Saragba (jr) who scored 126 points.  Supporting these two will be other returnees in Bewan Balle Bonza (sr), Matthew Warren (so), Dalon Edwards (jr), Griffin Folse (jr) and Specer Scorr (jr).

Coach Pat Eidson hopes to have his Pinewood Prep Panthers back on Championship Saturday as his team is off to a 4-1 start.  He has plenty of offense coming back to improve on their 16-15 record.

Tariq Shabazz (jr) who scored 518 points last season is back to fire the offense.  Price Lenoir (sr) hopes to improve on his 262 points.  Lance Saulisbury (sr) also hopes to improve on his 128 points.  Nashon Hudson (jr), Ben Brown (sr) and J. Scott (jr) also return for the Panthers.

Coach Jim Scully has his Porter-Gaud Cyclones off to a 2-0 start with hopes of improving their 21-6 record.  He has six returning players to build his team around. 

Returning is Anders Groves (jr), Mason Grant (sr), Matt Kelly (sr), Heyward Britton (sr), Finn Lyden (sr) and Tyler Kelly (sr).

Coach Jeff Whalen hopes to have his Heathwood Hall Highlanders in the title game as they work to improve their 19-7 record.  He has nine returning from last season to build his hopes on.

The returning seniors are Josh Gary, Daniel Smith, Ronnie Porter and Blake Carter. Returning juniors are William Morris, Kaleb Barnes, Reid Avery and Rondarius Porter and the returning sophomore is Jon David Gardner.

Coach Chris Arp has his Spartanburg Christian Warriors off to a 7-2 start to defend their 2A title.  Six of their games so far have been against schools from the SCHSL.  Their two defeats were at the hands of James F. Byrnes (59-33) and in overtime to Greenville (67-70).

The eight seniors for Coach Arp will be Tahj Simpson, Bryson Bishop, Kishan Vashee,  J.P. Duke, Dre’yon Quattlebaum, Sam Wheeler, C.J. Logan and Matt Ancell.

Coach Clevan Thompson at Bethesda has seven returning from his 22-6 team with hopes of returning to the title game this season.   They are off to a 2-3 start with their 3 losses coming to large public schools from the Georgia High School League.

His two returning seniors will lead the offense.  Antjuan McKay scored 242 points last season and Ivan Gooding scored 218 points.  However, two sophomores will light up the scoreboard.  Zayden Edwards and Donte Dorman scored 301 and 278 points last season.

Rounding out his roster will be Jerome Richey (jr), Dominique Sloan (jr), Keshon Leggett (so), Joshua Quarterman (fr) and Ashton Wright (fr).

Coach Kyle Drew at Pee Dee Academy hopes his Golden Eagles will punch their ticket to the title game in 2020-21.   The Golden Eagles are off to a 3-0 start on improving their 17-6 record from last season.

His big three returning offensive stars will be Cameron Weston (jr) who scored 344 points last season; Caleb Oakley (sr) who scored 221 points and Hunter Spivey (so) who scored 198 points.

Other returning players will be Drew Singletary (jr), Landyn Tyler (so), Leevi White (jr), Colton Caulder (jr), Dylan Carter (jr), Zachary Martin (jr), Landon Nobles (fr), Allen Moore (jr), Hughes Elvington (fr), Reed Trussell (jr) and Peyton Hardee (so).

Coach Bo Stone at Dillon Christian School hopes his high- octane offense can carry his Warriors to the 2A title.   They are off to a 3-1 start scoring 378 points (94.5).   Their only loss was to a North Carolina school that held them to only 53 points.  The last three games they have scored 111, 95 and 119 points.

The Warriors who finished 25-6 last year will be led by Weston Glassgow (sr) who scored 514 points last year.  Ethan Brewington (jr) who scored 454 points and Adam Norman (sr) who scored 397 points.

Other returning players will be Grayson Singletary (so), Josh Brown (sr) and Caleb Boykin (sr).  Joining the team this year are Cameron Sweat (jr), DeWayne McCormick (sr), Hayden Hickman (jr), Colby Thorndyke (jr), Kaleb Pulley (jr) and Zach Wilkes (sr).

Other contenders in 2A will be Hilton Head Prep (4-0), Shannon Forest (4-1) and Christian Academy (4-1).

Coach Anthony Reitenour at Clarendon Hall will have a tough time defending the Class A title as he lost 1520 points of offense from last years 22-3 team.  Loss from that team is Zyan Gilmore (505 pts), Traveon Davis (459 pts), Jahnarious Snell (322 pts), Daqavion Miller (122 pts) and Kadie Elliott (85 pts).

Coach Joshua Barnes at Andrew Jackson Academy like Clarendon Hall loss much of his offense from his 29-7 runner-up team.  He lost 1942 points when Colyn Peck (122), Mickey Templeton (573), James Mingo (692), Trey Pulaski (117) and Chandler Hayden (439) graduated.

His 2020-21 roster has Nate Jones (sr), Hunter Owens (sr), Boyd Gleaton (jr), Carson Cone (jr), Lakota Gleaton (jr), Chase Carson (jr), Jeb Fickling (jr), Jonathan Schaffer (jr), David Johnson (so) and Carsyn Peeples (so).

Schaffer, Fickling and Johnson will be much of the offense this season.   Last season Schaffer scored 452 points followed by Fickling and Johnson with 138 and 92 points.

Coach Josh Brown at Anderson Christian School hopes his Lions can make it to the title game this year.   Returning from his 25-3 team are Hudson Brown (sr), Braxton Allmon (sr), Bray Greer (sr), Mark Jackson (sr), Myles Ulmer (sr) and Carson Lux (jr).

Coach Nick Chaisson at Richard Winn Academy has eight returning players from his 23-9 season to make a run for a title.  His Eagles competes in a strong region with Anderson Christian, Wardlaw, Newberry and Laurens.   Also, this year W.W. King will be more competitive.

The returning Eagles are Dru Caldwell (sr), Derek Branham (sr), Preston Williams (sr), Lawson Wade (so), Kitt Nicholson (so), Jake Chaisson (so), Connor Little (so) and Landon Caulder.

Coach John Spurlock at Wardlaw has his Patriots off to a 3-1 start with hopes of improving on their 24-5 season from last year.  He has eight players returning from that team.

Seniors Avery Spurlock, Ethan Anderson and Sam Jordan will be the offensive leaders.  Last season Spurlock scored 386 points.   Anderson and Jordan scored 67 and 64.   Other returning players are Hudson Manly (jr), Josh Knowles (so), John David Satcher (jr) and Josh Zhang (jr).

Cathedral (5-0), Patrick Henry (3-1) and Newberry Academy should also have competitive seasons.




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