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Colleton County High School
Walterboro

Cougars hitting their stride at the right time

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Walterboro – Colleton County’s second-year boys basketball coach Matthew Mullins entered the 2019-20 season with a few veterans and a handful of new varsity prospects.

The coach knew it might take some time for his new team to gel. While he felt the veterans would carry the load early, the coach hoped that newcomers could use the first month of the season to find their way.

As expected, the early part of the season was a little bumpy as the Cougars tried to learn to play together. Inconsistent play resulted in an early 3-7 record. Mullins, however, always felt he had a team capable of making a run once they hit region 7-AAAA play.

The coach was correct in his thinking. Since the calendar flipped to January, the Cougars have won six of their last seven games, including a 2-0 start in region play.

“I think early in the year our returners were playing well but we were looking to try and get those guys to gel with rising jv players and with guys that played a smaller role last year,” Mullins says. “We've won six of our last seven and I think during that stretch the guys that didn't play as much last year have figured some things out.

“For some of them it was finding confidence. For others it was just figuring out how to play with this group. It's good timing for us now that we are in region play. Hopefully it continues down the stretch this year.”

The big offensive weapons this season have been veterans Alex Sherrill and Stephan Gadson. Sherrill averages 20.5 points per game while Gadson is averaging 18.8 points per outing.

No other player scores in double figures on a regular basis but several are becoming more consistent in their contributions. Jahlil Ellison averages 6.8 points per game and Jermaine Parker adds nearly five points and nearly three assists per game. In a recent region win over Bluffton, Silas Holmes scored 13 points.

Wrestlers competing well in region

The Colleton County wrestling program continues to battle and compete within region 7-AAAA. While Beaufort leads the region, the Cougars have a handful of grapplers that are among the best in their respective weight classes.

Terrence Calloway is one of the top performers, competing primarily as a 120-pounder. Peyton Grant wrestles at 126 and Blaine Cook is wrestling at 132.

Generius Brown has worked in the 138-pound weight class and Austin Barnett wrestles at 145. Ethan Beach is at 152 and Donald Stuart is wrestling at 160.

 Rounding out the lineup are James Jennings (170), Trequan Stokes (182), Jonathan Nelson (195) and Fernando Leyva (285).

 

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