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Dillon Jones has hoop dreams

Story and Photo by Amari Young, Sports Writer

Junior Dillon Jones is a 6-6, 220-pound Small Forward who played for the Keenan Boys Basketball team that is led by Coach Zachary Norris. They finished the season number one in their region with the record of 30-1; the Raiders ranked number three in the state of South Carolina and number 183 in the nation and they’re state champions.

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Walk the walk of a physical education teacher

Story and Photo by Kyla Davis, Sports Writer

The Keenan gymasium is where P.E. teachers spend much of their time.

Some people may wonder why someone wants to be a physical education (P.E.) teacher. Ms. Allie Kehoe, physical education teacher, gave an insight on why she wanted to be in this profession.

“I personally wanted to teach children to be healthy and maintain a healthy lifestyle,” Kehoe said.

The criteria for this job are going to an accredited school, getting a bachelor’s degree in education, getting teaching a certificate and passing a large amount of tests.

Everyone has a second career choice, even if he or she is doing what he or she wants do.

Coach Reggie McLain, girls basketball coach and P.E. teacher, said his second career choice was entrepreneur, as in own his own agricultural business.

He chose the agriculture field because of his liking of the outside and animals.

Coach James Johnson, girls basketball coach and campus monitor, spoke on the topic

“I would not be a gym teacher; the reason…is the children are different,” Johnson said.

If you’re thinking about being a physical education teacher, here are some tips.

Ask yourself if you want to make this a career, is this really what you want to do and make sure your health is decent enough for you to help children with theirs.

Girls JV team misses out on championship

By Olivia Brand, Sports Writer

The girls JV basketball team at Keenan really worked hard this year and tried its best. The team won many games and lost some games, but they still worked hard.

“The season was good; it was like we were a family,” Freshman team member Ebony Lewis said.

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Keenan Raiders end their drought with victory over Ridgeland-Hardeeville

By Amari Young, Sports Writer

The Keenan Boys Basketball team is led by Coach Zachary Norris. The team finished number one in the region with the record of 30-1; the Raiders ranked number three in the state of South Carolina and number 183 in the nation. The main focus was playing together as a team and defense; they think it is the key to winning the championship.

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Offense sells tickets, defense wins championships

By Amari Young, Sports Writer

The Keenan Boys Basketball team is led by Coach Zachary Norris. The team is number one in the region right now with the record of 24-1; the Raiders ranked number three in the state of South Carolina and number 150 in the nation. The main focus of Keenan basketball is defense; the team thinks it is key to winning games.

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Keenan’s volleyball team spikes balls left and right

Story and photo by Kyla Davis, Sports Writer

The Lady Raiders Volleyball Team is coached by Ms. Allie Kehoe, physical education teacher.  Sophomores Jashawna Evans (5’10 ½”) and Breona Flemming (5’2”) are players for the team. They tell their journey to being volleyball players, playing for Keenan and what it has brought.

Each player and thecoach have something inside of her that makes her want to win.

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Upward Stars ‘Play with Purpose’

By Dillon Jones, Sports Writer

Spartanburg, SC- The Upward Stars Center has been thriving since the fall of 2014. Their purpose is to promote the discovery of Jesus through sports.

Coach Curtis Wheeler is the program director of the Upward Stars Southeast Adidas Gauntlet team. The program has a 15-, 16- and 17-age group team.

“We are the only team in the state with this type of recognition,” Wheeler said. “Since we Continue reading “Upward Stars ‘Play with Purpose’”

Raiders score goals

By Todd Garrett, Sports Writer

GOAL! Keenan’s soccer team had a long season; they went 1-13 this season. Their one win was against Calhoun County High School; the score was 3-0.

“It was an honor to be named all-region this season; it would have been better to be all-state,” Senior Rokeith Paldo said.

Keenan had two all-region players this year, Junior Tyrik Allen and Paldo. Continue reading “Raiders score goals”

Keenan athlete commits to Norfolk State University

By Jada Ramsey, Sports Writer 

Senior D’Montre’ Smith signed to Norfolk State University on February 7 for football.

“I am going to this school to major in Secondary Teaching,” he said.

This will be Plan B for Smith because his first is trying to get into the NFL.

“I’m very blessed that a college coach came to my house and sat in my living room and told me everything was taken care of,” Smith said. Continue reading “Keenan athlete commits to Norfolk State University”

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