By Thomas Grant, Jr. After 848 career victories, six state boys basketball titles and having sent numerous players into the college and coaching ranks over 43 years, Irmo’s Tim Whipple has called it a career. Last week, the Palmetto State’s second-winningest boys basketball coach announced his retirement. He leaves behindContinue Reading

By Thomas Grant Jr. The accolades have not appeared as often and prominent as it has for high-profile rookies like San Antonio center Victor Wembanyama. When it comes to the Memphis Grizzlies, the first year for shooting forward G.G. Jackson was just as impactful and positive to the franchise. TheContinue Reading

By Thomas Grant Jr. Westwood High graduate Unique Drake stood out among her peers at the Women’s College All-Star Game in Cleveland, Ohio. The St. John’s guard earned Most Valuable Player honors in leading Team Lieberman to a 95-88 comeback victory over Team Miller. She scored 27 points on 12-21Continue Reading

By Thomas Grant Jr. A Northeast graduate became a part of college basketball history Sunday afternoon. Center Ashley Watkins of Cardinal Newman helped the University of South Carolina complete an undefeated championship season. The top-ranked Gamecocks defeated Iowa 87-75 to win the NCAA Tournament for the third time in sevenContinue Reading

By Thomas Grant Jr. The 2021-22 basketball season ended last week for both Irmo-based schools. Both Irmo teams and the Dutch Fork boys were eliminated in the first round. The Lady Yellow Jackets were routed 53-21 by North Myrtle Beach in Class 4A, while the Silver Foxes saw their seasonContinue Reading

By Thomas Grant Jr. The final week of the regular season finds the Dutch Fork girls’ basketball team facing two prospects. The Lady Silver Foxes moved a step closer to the Region 4-5A title with a 71-26 rout of River Bluff. Michaela Fairwell had a game-high 22 points and AliyahContinue Reading

By Thomas Grant Jr. High school basketball season is back. This weekend will see the first of three preseason tournaments taking place in Lexington County. It starts with the inaugural Preview Jamboree Saturday at the new Gray Collegiate Academy gymnasium. Ten games, including two girls varsity contests, will take place.Continue Reading

By CT McDonald Irmo’s varsity boys basketball program and veteran head coach Tim Whipple recorded another state championship last week, adding to a long history of appearances in the state finals for the school, the program and its coach. Already owning the Region 5-4A title and the lower state championship,Continue Reading

By CT McDonald After winning the 4A lower state championship last week, the Irmo boys varsity basketball team will play for its sixth state title tonight, Thursday, in Aiken. The Yellow Jackets will take on upper state champion Lancaster at 7 pm in the USC Aiken Convocation Center in theContinue Reading

By CT McDonald With the varsity basketball regular season winding down this week, the Irmo boys clawed their way back to the top of Region 5-AAAA last week, along with A. C. Flora and Ridge View in conference wins and losses. At the same time, the Irmo girls hold steadyContinue Reading