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Wilson Hall Basketball Teams Off To A Strong Start, Talley Celebrates 600th Win

By Rip Ripley

Special Contributor

Sumter--The Wilson Hall varsity basketball teams have experienced some early season success, despite graduating a strong senior class, the Lady Barons are off to a 4-2 start including wins over AAA opponents Pinewood Prep and Heathwood Hall

Leading the way for Coach Glen Rector are starters Gracyn Coker, Andi Grae Wingate, Becca Cromer, Lucy Matthews, and Hayley Champion.  Senior Owings Holler and junior Vivian Bryant have also contributed as starters.  Off the bench are seniors Catharine Busch, Kaitlyn Smith, juniors include Ansleigh Epps, Halle Stone, while the lone sophomore is Amberly Way. Mary Beth Van Patten is a freshman on the team.

Following a season opening victory over The Kings Academy, the Lady Barons strung together four straight wins to start the season. 

Good news comes from the varsity boys’ basketball program at Wilson Hall. Coach Eddie Talley celebrated his 600th win as the Barons is off to a 5-1 start.  In addition to wins over AA The Kings Academy, Thomas Sumter, and Orangeburg Prep, the Barons have garnered wins over Heathwood Hall and Hammond School

The Barons return senior starters Graham Van Patten, Michael Towery, Evan Hoffman, and Miller Jones.  Junior Tate Sistare has stepped into the final starting spot.  Off the bench for the Barons are returning seniors Gavyn Mathes, Kaleb Porter, and Wade Payne as well as juniors Jackson Duvall, Doc Walker, Matthew Miller, Max Keziah, Zuri Anderson and Dohyen Kim

Coach Talley said, “We’ve got one of the more veteran groups that we’ve had in recent years.  They’ve been willing to work hard which is exciting.  We’re still working on our execution, but we’ve gotten some good games under our belts early in the season.”

Coach Brent Hiott returns as the Sporting Clays coach which looks for another strong season including all members of the 2020 State Championship women’s team.  Coach Curtis Helms has taken over the Bowling Program.



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