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W.W. KING ACADEMY READIES FOR NEW YEAR

By: Gerald Doolittle

Batesburg-Leesville, S.C.- The coaching staffs at W.W. King Academy are busy getting the Knights prepared for another athletic journey during the 2018-19 seasons with hopes of leading their teams to deep runs in SCISA playoffs.

Kathy Gibson will continue to lead the athletic programs as Athletic Director as well as coach the Middle School Softball assisted by her husband, Carl.

Zach Matthews will again coach the Varsity Football program. Last year started with high hopes of a great season. However, that dream was dashed in the first game when two of the key players went down with season ending knee injuries. After that the Knights struggled to a 4-8 finish. Coach Matthews hopes to have a better season in 2018 as he has ten players returning from 2017.

Matthews will also coach the Varsity and Middle School Baseball. He hopes to have a group of strong and healthy players this time.

Devin Bedenbaugh will again coach the Middle School Football. Last season he led the Junior Knights to a 6-3 record. That was the second straight season the Junior Knights recorded a winning season. Five of his players will move up to varsity this year.

Bedenbaugh will also coach the Speed & Strength program where he has high participation from the male and female athletes. His group has scored high in SCISA Finals the past two seasons.

Jonathan Davis will be coaching the Volleyball program for both Varsity and Junior Varsity. He hopes the varsity will show improvements. The Lady Knights showed progress last season finishing second in the Region Tournament.

Davis will also coach Boys Basketball at both levels. He expects improvement on the varsity with help coming up from last years junior varsity that was region runners-up to Laurens Academy.

Dennis Gibson will again coach the Varsity Girls Basketball. He hopes the rebuilding of the program continues. Last years team improved from the previous season with three more wins. Gibson expects help from last years winning Middle School team.

Mary Parrish assisted by Kathy Gibson will again coach the Middle School Girls Basketball. Last year the young Lady Knights went 17-1 on the way to season and tournament Championships in SCISA Region 2-A. Coach Parrish still expects a good 2018-19 despite losing girls to the varsity this coming season.

Allen Guy will again coach Varsity Softball. He hopes for more participation this year to help the Lady Knights defend their 2018 region title.

Jessica Anderson and Kim Crouch again will lead the Cheer teams as they fire up the Knight teams to victory.

For football the Knights will compete in Region Two of SCISA 8-Man with Calhoun Academy, Clarendon Hall Academy, Jefferson Davis Academy, Laurens Academy, Richard Winn Academy, Wardlaw Academy and Tri Academy(Newberry, Cambridge, Palmetto Christian of Greenwood).

Other sports will compete in SCISA Region One with Anderson Christian, Anderson Montesori, Cambridge Academy, Laurens Academy, Newberry Academy, Palmetto Christian of Greenwood and Richard Winn Academy.

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