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Williamsburg Academy Lady Stallions Looking Forward To The Future On The Hardwood  

By Billy G. Baker

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Kingstree—Never mind what the record was; just be reminded that young people participant in athletics to sometimes makes friends, join a group endeavor to have fun, and to be competitive win or lose.

This is the situation with the six hard working student athletes who comprised the 2019-20 varsity girls’ basketball team at Williamsburg Academy. John Floyd was the head coach and he was assisted by Judge Marty Easler and together they focused on teaching strong fundamentals and giving good effort at every practice and every game.

“The six players we have on the team are all hard working and giving great effort,” said Judge Easler.  “We are getting better with every practice and every game. I would say everyone is averaging three to five points each a game. We don’t have any super stars in the making just yet, but we are trying to teach the players good fundamentals and we are very young as a team.”

One of the captains of the team is the only Stallion senior Sydney Ann Smith who has been on the team for a few seasons now. Smith is one of the better scorers on the team. The top rebounder is 5-11 sophomore forward Billie Ann Patrick at around six recoveries a game. Freshman guard Nealy Lamb is probably the most versatile player on the team, and she can play multiple positions.

“The Lamb girl can be really good if she keeps working hard at it,” said Judge Easler. “We use her in several roles on the court during a game.”

Sophomore forward Kinzie Hancock has given great effort all season. Another top scorer on the team is sophomore Iva Grace Wilson. Sophomore Billie Easler is also a hard-working player on the team who got better during the season.  Kendal McKenzie is also on the team but was sidelined with an injury.

Although the team was winless on a score board this season they are striving for improvement and next season should bring some wins to the ledger as the girls attend camps and work to get better. “I just want to thank all the girls for working hard this season and never giving up,” said Judge Easler. “John Floyd is an excellent coach and I enjoy working with him.”    

 

 

Boyd Beginning 5th Season With Williamsburg Academy Baseball Program

By Billy G. Baker

Publisher

Kingstree—The sounds of ping, ping, and ping will be heard loud and clear at the Williamsburg Academy baseball field on Monday February 27th as head baseball coach Tyler Boyd begins his 5th season as the head baseball coach at the school.

“We expect around 40 total candidates trying out for B team, junior varsity and our varsity team,” said Coach Boyd. “Some of our better all-region type players we are counting on this season include right hand pitcher Colby Newton, who is a shortstop when he is not pitching along with sophomore righty Joe Kellahan who can also paly short or third or even in the outfield if we need him too,” said Coach Boyd. “We are also expecting a good season from senior Reed Tisdale who can play third or anywhere in the outfield.”

Coach Boyd said some other returning starters include sophomore second baseman Henry Swicord, and Boyd Casselman who will be moved from the outfield to catcher. Junior Blaine McFadden is a transfer from Carolina Academy, and he will play the outfield and pitch.

The team will begin the season with a game at home against Robert E. Lee Academy on February 27th. The team will also play in a pre-season event in Lake City on March 5th against Andrews

“Last year we made it to the SCISA AA semi-finals, and we finished 20-9,” said Coach Boyd. “We have six starters back and one key transfer, so we are expecting another successful season.”

A few newcomer varsity candidates include sophomore Lee Holiday a pitcher/outfielder along with sophomore Ty Watson another pitcher/outfielder. Sophomore Billy Price is another newcomer with great potential to play first base.

“Our goals and expectations are always to improve on the season before,” said Coach Boyd. “This year’s team will be a blend of several veterans mixed in with several newcomers. “We graduated several outstanding players like left-handed pitcher Connor Moore, catcher Cason Collins, and outfielder CJ Muldrow who is now playing at Francis Marion.”

Coach Boyd is assisted by Shuler Ward, Michael Newell, Zach Graham and Van Dukes.      

 

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