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Evans, McNeil earn Class A all-state volleyball nod


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Lake View – Though the season ended with disappointment, all news was not bad for the Lake View volleyball team in 2019.

Lake View hosted Branchville in the Class A Lower State championship on November 4, falling, 3-1, to the Yellow Jackets. But this occasion was different for the Wild Gators. After falling behind, 2-0, in sets, Lake View rallied to win the third set. Into the fourth, the score was tied at 18. But a more experienced and overall better Branchville team pulled away to take the match. Lake View’s season ended with a 13-5 record, which included two wins in the playoffs.

 However, with only two seniors on the team this fall, prospects for another extended playoff run remain good for 2020. Coach Bill Spivey will return a talented team, including two players who were selected to the Class A all-state team by the Coaches Association of Women’s Sports.

Earning the all-state nods were sophomore outside hitter Zan’Dasia McNeil and sophomore setter Spivey Evans. McNeil led the team in kills while Evans directed the offense and led the team in assists.

“Spivey is our leader on the floor and gets everyone where they’re supposed to be,” Spivey said. “She’s played a lot of volleyball and her experience is going to be a big strength for two more years.

“McNeil was such a force for us at the net. She is very athletic and can really jump. Both of those players are among the best in Class A.”

The only seniors on the team this fall were Kaylee Herlong and Alex Elliott. Both were steady, key performers and their leadership will be missed.

The other sophomores are Baylee Miller and Becca Cox. Freshmen Elizabeth Morgan and Tianna Hamilton were joined by three eighth-graders – Emma King, Raven Locklear and Baxleigh Arnette. Locklear had a great season, according to Spivey, and King was an asset at libero.

“We’ve got to put in more work during the summer, become stronger mentally and physically,” Spivey said. “Losing only two seniors, we have great potential to grow over the next few years. I think if our girls really commit to the sport, we can take that next step and get to the state finals.”

Spivey mentioned that he felt a big difference between his team and a veteran Branchville team was experience. He hopes this year’s big game experience can make a difference next year.

“I have to credit Branchville because they are a very good, well-coached team,” Spivey said. “They were better than we were. They are more experienced and their players are year-round volleyball players and you could see that.

“But I thought we played great. We seemed to be a little nervous in the first two games. We had a big crowd there, bigger than we’ve ever had, so that was different. We played with so much heart and we didn’t back down. In previous years when we have played Branchville, we backed down. This team fought to the very last point. We didn’t give up and we played to win. I think we took a big step and I am pleased with how we handled ourselves.”



Lake View boys basketball look to contend in January


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Lake View – As sure as death and taxes, you can pretty much expect a slow start in basketball for the Lake View High boys team.

Lake View’s football team often plays deep into the Class A Lower State playoffs. And, with most small schools, athletes are shared, thus several members of Lake View’s basketball team also participate in football.

So, it is not unusual for the boys basketball team to start slowly as the players make the adjustment from football to hoops. Coach Jeffery Ceasar expects that and doesn’t worry. Early season games in December are more like practices as the Wild Gators look to catch up while working into basketball shape.

This football season, Lake View advanced to the Class A Lower State championship game against Green Sea Floyds. That game was played the day after Thanksgiving in late November. The Wild Gators lost the game, and basketball season officially began a few days later.

As expected, the Wild Gators are off to a slow start, losing their first three games in fairly competitive fashion. Ceasar says things will get better.

“This year we have high expectations as a team,” the coach said. “We’ve started slow because we made a deep run in the football playoffs and we’re always happy about that. Our team goal is to get better daily and peak during the playoffs. Once we are able to get some more practices in over the Christmas break, we will be a much better team.”

The coach says the roster lost a few key performers from last year’s team but he feels the right personnel is in place. Forming team chemistry on the floor will be important over the break.

Senior leadership this season will come from a foursome of guard Ja’Montrell Waters, guard Jiqyle Reaves, forward Larry Inman II, and forward Dylan Bullock. Not only in leadership, but the coach says Waters, Reaves and Inman will be key offensive and defensive performers, along with DJ Bethea, a sophomore guard. The other senior on the team is Elijah Bethea.

Getting a lot of time off the bench are juniors Da’Correus Ford, Ja’Correus Ford, Michael McInnis and Marquise Johnson. Expected to contribute as newcomers to the varsity are junior Jake Shelley, sophomore Raekwon McNeil, senior Yaysher Grice and junior Gerard Fuller.


2019-20 Lake View Roster

1 Michael McInnis G Jr.

2 Ja’Correus Ford G Jr.

3 Da’Correus Ford G Jr.

4 Jiqyle Reaves G Sr.

5 Gerard Fuller G Jr.

10 Ja’Montrell Waters G/F Sr.

11 Dylan Bullock F Sr.

12 Elijah Bethea F Sr.

13 Derrick Bethea G So.

 14 Jacob Shelley G Jr.

15 Larry Inman F Sr.

20 Raekwon McNeil F So.

21 Yaysher Grice G Sr.

22 Marquise Johnson F Jr.



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