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Colleton County High School
Walterboro

Colleton County wins region 7-AAAA title again

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Walterboro – First, people said it would take a while for the Colleton County boys basketball coach Matthew Mullins to build his program into a region championship winning program.

Those doubts were quickly erased when the Cougars won the region 7-AAAA title in Mullins’ first season, last year.

Now, repeating would be tough with the graduation losses from last year’s team. And, while the Cougars were up and down a bit during non-region play, things changed once they hit region competition.

Colleton County put up a 5-1 slate in region games, winning a second straight league title. The final record for this season was 14-11.

The Cougars again made the state AAAA playoffs but the journey ended with a second-round loss to eventual Lower State champion Myrtle Beach.

Most of the heavy lifting offensively this season fell on the shoulders of seniors Alex Sherrill and Stephan Gadson. The dynamic duo accounted for nearly 38 points per game and provided the steady leadership on the floor.

Sherrill led the team, and region, in scoring at 21 points per game. He connected on 32 three-pointers, shot 75 percent from the free throw line, and averaged about five rebounds per game.

Gadson was nearly as productive, averaging 17.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Both players earned all-region honors and Sherrill was the region player of the year.

Two other seniors who played significant roles were Jahlil Ellison and Jermaine Parker. Ellison added 6.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per outing while Parker contributed 4.9 points, 3.5 assists and 3.2 steals per game.

Juniors Alston Sherrill, Silas Holmes and Antawn Griffin were productive this season and will be counted on in increasing roles next season.

Sherrill averaged nearly six points per game while Griffin added 4.5 points per game. Holmes averaged 4.3 points.

The Colleton County girls team also made the playoffs after a 3-3 region record. The team lost a first-round game to Myrtle Beach, 34-31. Their final record was 11-10 overall.

Now it’s time to roll into the spring sports season. The baseball team is in a minor rebuilding mode after losing their top three pitchers and an all-state catcher from a team that finished 12-11 last season.

Senior infielder Trey Nettles is back for his fourth season as a varsity starter. Junior Ben Kennedy is the top returning hitter with a .327 batting average last spring.

 Other seniors include Edwardian Stansel, Devan Frasier, Ben Crosby and Brett Beach. Junior Jackson Bell also returns as a starter.

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