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St. John’s making a change in football


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

John’s Island - In a surprising move, St. John’s head football coach Josh Harpe was released from his duties by the school administration last week.

Harpe was 15-15 in three seasons at the school and won four games with a young team in 2019. The coach was surprised to learn the news.

“I’ve been told St. John’s wants to move in a different direction with football,” Harpe said in a text message. “That’s the only explanation I was given.”

Harpe expressed disappointment that he was not met with regarding the future of the program and was surprised at the timing of the decision.

The next head coach will be the fourth in the last 10 years at St. John’s.

Meanwhile, the basketball season is hitting the stretch drive of the regular season and teams are competing for region titles. Heading into a game against Charleston Math & Science on January 24, the boys basketball team was in contention for a playoff berth.

The Islanders split their first six region games and were 5-8 overall on the season. St. John’s is sitting a game out of second-place in the region standings. Charleston Math & Science leads the league with an 8-0 record.

The Islanders went 14-8 overall and 10-4 in region play last season but coach Kevin Hammack lost seven seniors from that team.

This year’s team has only two seniors – Deawndre Brooks and Myles Smith. Underclassmen shoulder a lot of the load. Juniors include Cam Neeley, John Collins and Caleb Montgomery.

Sophomores contributing include Jordan Brown, Bernard Brown and David Macias. Rounding out the roster are Crystihan Birrueta and Jaiden Morrison, along with eighth-grader Trenton Rivers.

The girls team is also 3-3 in region play and 6-8 overall on the season.

Senior Bernardica Brown is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 14.2 points per game this season. Junior Kynaja Fludd is averaging 6.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

Freshman Aaliya Liftherd is scoring 5.1 points and leads the team in rebounding at 7.7 boards per game. Liftherd is a 6-2 forward. Eighth-grader Kinaya Smith is adding 4.5 points per game.



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