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Fox Creek Boy’s & Girls’ Basketball Teams Earned Spots in Playoffs, Jake Smith Takes Over Fox Creek Baseball Program

By Billy G. Baker

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North Augusta—The Fox Creek boys’ varsity basketball team concluded the 2019-20 season with a two seed (region runner-up) for the Class AA playoffs and they were 16-14 over-all during the successful season.

“We had a solid season in my 7th year as the head coach at Fox Creek,” said Coach Andrew Peckham. “After being preseason picked to finish 5th out of six teams in our region, we were able to defeat the region champion and Top 10 ranked, Abbeville, for the first time in school history, and we claimed a two-seed (region runner-up) for the state playoffs.

Deavion Scales was named Co-Region Player of the Year and averaged over 15 PPG,” said Coach Peckham. “He is receiving interest from CIU, Spartanburg Methodist, USC Salkehatchie, and Denmark Tech. Justin Freeman and Jadon Johnson were also selected to the All-Region team.

“We also defeated an excellent and well-coached Lewisville team in the first-round of the state playoffs,” said Coach Peckham. “I am very pleased with our accomplishments this season and look forward to next year as we will return two sophomore starters (Johnson and Chandler O'Bannon) along with other young talented players in the program.” 

Scales is shooting guard who averaged 15.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.6 assists a game. Johnson was at 8.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists a game while Freeman contributed 12.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.4 blocked shots a game. O’Bannon, the team’s top newcomer started every game at the power forward slot averaging 5.9 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 1.5 assists a game.

Meanwhile, the girls’ basketball team head coached by Owen Jacobs also enjoyed a winning 13-12 season. They also earned a spot in the playoffs and closed out their season in the first round with a game at Lee Central High School.

The team had three players with very similar stats and contributions during the season. Senior team captain Keziah McAdoo, a guard, has been a steady and hard- working member of the team for several seasons. McAdoo averaged six points, 7.5 rebounds, three assists, and 3.5 steals a game.

The other two top players on the team included junior forward Bree Wright who averaged 7.9 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.7 steals and 1.5 assists per game. The other key team member for the 2019-20 season was sophomore Karius Bullard who averaged 6.5 points and 2.4 rebounds a game.

Fox Creek Has New Head Baseball Coach For 2020 Season

Jake Smith, a native of North Augusta who was drafted into professional baseball in the 48th round of the 2011 draft out of Campbell College in North Carolina is the new head baseball coach at Fox Creek High School. Smith made his major league debut in September of 2016 with the San Diego padres.

Fox Creek High Principal Josh Trahan said of the school’s new head baseball coach, “You are not going to find too many local individuals with a resume as strong as his,” said Principal Traham. “Coach Smith is excited about the opportunity and we are excited for all the knowledge and experience he brings to the players in our program.”

 Coach Smith commented, “I’m very thankful, blessed and excited to be given the opportunity to coach at a great school like Fox Creek,” said Coach Smith. “Three contributing factors why I think it is a good fit for me and my family is its proximity to home. My positive experience at the school, and the supportive administration. I would like to say “thank you” to my parents for raising me to be a good Christian man, my wife Mallori, for her endless support in pursuit of my dreams, and finally Principal Trahan, and the board for choosing me to lead this team. Go Predators.”

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