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Thomas Heyward basketball fighting through tough times in region


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Ridgeland – The 2019-20 basketball season has been a little rough for the Thomas Heyward Academy boys and girls teams but a strong finish could mean a spot in the SCISA state tournament.

Both teams have struggled with consistency during the season. The boys team managed four wins in their first 11 games overall, including a 1-3 record in region games. The Rebels have two wins over Patrick Henry and wins over Hilton Head Christian and Calhoun Academy.

The team has only two seniors on the roster this season in Louie Smith and Ely Mitchell. The other six players are underclassmen, including five juniors and a sophomore.

Smith has been one of the team’s top offensive players as a 6-3 forward, reaching double figures in several games. Junior forward Zack Black, also 6-3, has been effective as well.

The other juniors are Peyton Bennett, Fulton Wade, Carson Carroll, and Preston Humbert. Cody Parker is the sophomore on the roster.

The girls team went 2-8 in their first 10 outings, picking up one region win in their first four league games. Like the boys team, the girls are loaded with underclassmen this season. The lone two seniors are Bayli Belger and Olivia Pace. The only junior on the team is Sydney Butler.

Sophomores include Keleigh Bowers, Abigail Hayes and Natalie King. Rounding out the roster are freshmen Macey Taylor, Carrie Hutto, Daisy Taylor and Megan Bennett.

Football players named all-state by HSSR

The High School Sports Report recently announced their 2019 fall sports season all-state teams. Several members of Thomas Heyward’s state championship football team were included on the football all-state team for SCISA.

Coach Nic Shuford was recognized as the SCISA Class A Coach of the Year while Jaterious Pusha was named the SCISA Class A Player of the Year.

 Selected as all-state for Class A were JR Patterson, Therion Cannon, Jarius Gordon, John Hewlett, Dalton Hayes and John Clark Tilton.

Named to the all-rookie team were Anthony Fripp and Quillan White.

The all-state football banquet will be held on February 16th at Seawell’s Restaurant in Columbia at 4 p.m.


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