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Robert E. Lee Completes 13-4 Successful Girls Basketball Season,

Start of Baseball Team Hampered By Wet Weather

By Billy G. Baker


Bishopville—The 2019-20 girls’ basketball season at Robert E. Lee (14-4) has just concluded with a lost to eventual state runner-up Spartanburg Christian at Heathwood Hall in late February when the HSSR caught up with head coach Kim Langston or some comments about the team that consisted of six hard working young ladies.

“We ended up 14-4 on the season and with only six players we had to be in good shape, and they played hard in each and game we competed in,” said Coach Langston who has spent over 30 seasons in coaching. “In this game it was just not our night and we couldn’t hit the back side of a barn in this game or I don’t know if we could have thrown it in the ocean tonight.”

The team only senior on the team is point guard captain Rebecca Dinkins who was named as a member of the prestigious SCISA/GISA all-star team where players from South Carolina and Georgia where an all-star game against each other. “She is just a phenomenal player, and everybody always looks at the offensive end but her defensive play speaks volumes. She has long arms and hustles all the time and she plays hard all the time. While she is a good scorer on offense, I like the way she plays defense.”

Dinkins averaged nearly 19 points, 10 rebounds and three steals and assists per game her senior year. She also scored her 1000th career point this season.

Returning players next year include junior captain Caleigh Barrett, over 18 points a game this season, and she led Cavalier scorers in the final game with 7 points. Lacie McElveen was next in scoring at five points. Devin Atkinson and McKenzie Shannon will be back again next year as well. Mallory Christmas will be back after averaging around 12 points a game.

Coach Langston is assisted by Natalie Freidenberger.

Cavalier Baseball Team looking To Defend The SCISA AA

In late February, just before the rains came for several days, the Robert E. Lee Academy baseball team, coached by veteran David Rankin dropped their season opener to Williamsburg Academy 2-0.

“We used 7 different pitchers in the game by design and we managed only two hits so until we can find some offense I hope to pitch well and play defense,” said Coach Rankin/ last year REL won the SCISA AA baseball state title and concluded the season with a 25-4 record.

The team graduated four key senior seniors including power pitcher Austin Windham the HSSR-SCISA Mr. Baseball for last season. One of the Cavaliers best players this season Jet Smith, is just now getting back in the line-up after missing the season opener with a minor injury. Smith will pitch, play first or th outfield and he brings good stick to the line-up.

The four-man rotation top to bottom consists of junior Dustin Kennedy, Smith, Jenkins McCullum, and Blaine Hopkins. Junior lefty Wyatt Welch will also see action on the mound.

The lead-off batter will be talented junior second baseman Keaton Price and his father was an outstanding player for REL in the early 1990’s when he had an outstanding game in the HSSR-SCISA Challenge all-star event that is no longer played. Second hole hitter Lucas Freidenberger will pitch some and he plays in the middle infield. Jenkins McCellum bats third and plays either second or third while Kennedy plays shortstop when not on the hill. Senior catcher Grant McElveen is batting 5th and handling catching duties. Senior first baseman Blaine Hopkins is a right fielder batting 7th and left fielder Ethan Grantham is in left field batting 8th. Senior center fielder Drew Watson rounds out the starting 9 by playing in center field and batting in the 9 slots. Connor Welch is junior reserve first baseman.

The Cavaliers, weather permitting, will play Williamsburg Academy again on Monday March 9. They are away at The Kings Academy the following Thursday and then they host Marlboro Academy at home on the Friday the 13th.


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