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Stratford High School
Goose Creek

Knights have bright future on hardwood

 

By Rob Gantt

Special to the HSSR

 

GOOSE CREEK – The Stratford High School boys basketball team finished the 2019-20 campaign with a 13-13 mark and made the Class 5A playoffs before falling in a competitive battle at eventual Lower State finalist Conway High School.

One key victory on their slate this winter was a win in the regular-season finale against rival Goose Creek, the Knights’ first taste of success in the series since 2004 or 2005.

The Knights, led by Coach Mike Jenkins, look solid moving forward. They can bring back all but four seniors. Three of the top scorers are back in junior forward David Washington (8.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg), junior guard Jontae Adams (8.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2 apg, 1.4 spg) and junior guard Ja’Rel Cheeseborough (8.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.2 spg).

Adams and Washington were all-Region 7-AAAAA picks for the Knights.

Five more lettermen can return in 2020-21.

The two biggest losses from the senior class are wing Wesley Witherspoon (8.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg) and forward Telvon Coakley (7.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg). Additional seniors are forward Michael Waston and forward Darrion Jefferson.

Forward Kaleyia Brown was an all-region selection for the Stratford girls basketball team.

 

Wrestling

Two Stratford wrestlers advanced to the Class 5A state tournament in Anderson Feb. 28-29.

Knights 120-pounder Lance Elrod advanced to the championship match but came up short to finish runner-up. Knights 138-pounder Preston Soriano placed third.

Both Elrod and Soriano were all-region picks this winter along with heavyweight Josh Phelps and 113-pounder Cody Kling.

 

Softball

The Stratford softball team was 4-1 in the Battle on the Bases tournament at Wescott Park Feb. 28-29.

The Lady Knights lost to Hanahan (5-1) but defeated Bluffton (13-1), Carolina Forest (11-1), James Island (14-12) and Wando (9-6).

Against Hanahan, Camryn Weatherford had two hits.

Against Bluffton, Makenna Young knocked in three runs while Tayler Jenkins scored four runs.

Against Carolina Forest, Raegan Shriver knocked in three runs while Jenkins scored three runs. Sydney Blass drove in a pair of runs.

Against James Island, Shriver had three hits and knocked in four runs. Weatherford added three hits and three RBIs. D.C. Still, Jenkins and Rori Condon collected two hits apiece.

Against Wando, Blass plated three runs while Kennedy Baskerville and Shriver drove in a pair apiece.

Inside the circle, Payton Cox had two victories, while Payton Lee and Shriver added one each.

 

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