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Porter-Gaud basketball teams look for strong finish


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Charleston – It won’t be much longer before the high school basketball games start to mean a whole lot more.

The regular season for the 2019-20 season is on the home stretch with the state tournament next on the agenda in about three weeks. The basketball teams at Porter-Gaud School are hoping to earn their way into the state tournament bracket and compete with the best teams in SCISA Class AAA for the state title.

Porter-Gaud’s boys team has plenty of experience in the big showcase, having won three straight state titles before losing last year in the semi-finals. Gone from that team are several key performers, including the state’s best player, Josiah James, who is now at Tennessee.

Veteran head coach John Pearson, however, is adept at piecing together competitive squads and his current team is on track to make another title run.

Led by junior wing Mason Grant, a transfer from Fort Dorchester High, the Cyclones have put together 14 wins in their first 19 games, including a 2-0 start in region 3-AAA play. Grant, a 6-4 prospect, leads the Cyclones in scoring at nearly 21 points per game.

Senior post Chase Cannon is a veteran of the championship teams and continues to be a solid piece of the puzzle on the inside. Senior guards Chai Kirshtein and Jett Kirshtein were role players in past seasons but have been called on for bigger contributions this season. Same is true for senior guard Tobias Lafayette, who brings great athleticism to the floor.

On the girls side, coach Kevin Ziman has his club off to an 8-6 record, 1-1 in conference play. Senior Elise Pearson is the best player on this team, averaging 21.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.

Freshman Asa Snyder has made an impact in the backcourt, averaging better than three assists and nearly 2.5 steals per game. Sophomore forward Emmett Keogh is the team’s top rebounder at 8.3 caroms per contest.


Cyclones named all-state by HSSR

 The High School Sports Report recently announced all-state teams for the 2019 fall sports season and a host of Porter-Gaud athletes made the cut for their respective sports.

In volleyball, sophomore middle Marianna Singletary was named the SCISA AAA Player of the Year as well as 2019 SCISA Miss Volleyball. Coach Megan Crouch was named the AAA Coach of the Year after guiding the program to the state title, her sixth as coach.

Selected all-state in volleyball were Alex Hariri, Gracie Brown and Anushka Fernandes. Earning all-state honors in cross country are Bryce Marion, Kennedy Burnett and Leslie Holt from the girls team, and Ben McElveen from the boys team. Coach Hugh Knight was tabbed as the SCISA AAA Coach of the Year.

Elysse Pardus was named the SCISA Swimmer of the Year and coach Michael Walsh is the SCISA AAA Coach of the Year. Ann Thompson, Kaila Pardus and Cecelia Ford were selected all-state.

Boys swimming all-state picks were James Winterfield and Logan Andrews. Football all-staters were quarterback Matt Kelly and linebacker J.D. Key.



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