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Northside Christian Entering 5th year Under Harman Eying A Region Title

By Billy G. Baker

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Lexington—Entering his 5th season as the head basketball coach at Northside Christian Jason Harman feels like the Crusaders have turned the corner and he feels his team can compete for a region title this season.

The team made the SCISA playoffs last year and finished with a 13-8 record.

“I started the program five years ago from scratch when our school only went through the 10th grade so we were comprised of mainly freshmen and sophomores playing older teams, so we were at a competitive disadvantage,” said Coach Harman. “For the past two years we have had a junior and senior class to work with and we have shown night and day type improvement.”

As of December, 14th the team is 3-3 having losses to bigger SCISA schools. The team has early season wins over Laurens Academy, Orangeburg Prep and Calhoun Academy.

“Once we get through a really tough non-region schedule I feel like we can go a win streak once we get into our region schedule,” said Coach Harman. “Our early season schedule should make us well prepared for a stretch run for a region title later in the season.”

The team employs a three guard attack led by freshman playmaker Darius Porter who is averaging 10 points, three assists, and two steals a game. “This is Porter’s first year at Northside Christian and he has the potential to develop into a great player,” said Coach Harman. “He is improving with every game he plays.”

Senior shooting guard Seth McNulty is described as a good ball handler and sophomore combo guard Trenton Jordan really gets after it on defense and plays with a lot of hustle.

Senior forward-center co-captain Donny Chiarel (6-2, 205) is described by Coach Harman as the heart beat of the offense. “Donny is a good shooter and a solid rebounder and he a good leader on the team,” said Coach Harman. Chiarel is averaging 8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

Sophomore combo guard Trenton Jordan is a sophomore starter who gets after it on defense and he is averaging 7.6 points a game to date. Sophomore Ty Walker starts at a small forward with good moves to the basket and he plays good defense. The other co-captain on the team is senior Nathaniel Smith who provides a spark when he comes in off the bench.

A sixth man off the bench is sophomore forward/center Noah Powell who likes to pound the boards inside. Powell is averaging 4.4 rebounds a game.

Other key reserves on the team include: freshman guard Evan Gehhard, sophomore guard/forward Cory Black, junior forward Fulton Bryant, senior guard R.J. Evans, and sophomore forward Trey Tony.

“This is our first year as a SCISA AA region member and we have a strong goal to compete for a region title,” said Coach Harman. “We have already played larger schools like Hammond and Ben Lippen and we will be playing Cardinal Newman next week. We have scheduled bigger schools in order to be prepared to do well in our region play.”

Coach Harman is assisted by Ernest Brown, Jeremy Jordan and D.J. Halfacre.    

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