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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.

Continue reading “Girls JV team misses out on championship”

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.

Continue reading “Keenan Raiders end their drought with victory over Ridgeland-Hardeeville”

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”

Keenan 2A girls win State Championship

By Karlniyah Hill, Sports Writer

Keenan’s lady basketball team vs. Mullins on Friday, March 2 3:00 at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia.

Keenan started off 1-6 entering January. The Lady Raiders did not let this affect them every game and when they were on the court.

“I didn’t feel surprised because we always start at the beginning and we always change the Continue reading “Keenan 2A girls win State Championship”

Baseball season is here

By MaKai Adkins, News Writer

The Keenan baseball team is coming out of their three preseason games and are preparing for their first regular season game against Gray Collegiate Academy.

Last year the Keenan Raiders defeated Gray 5-4 with a game winning catch by Senior Tykesse Watson.

“We as a team need to start taking practice more seriously or this is going to be a real long Continue reading “Baseball season is here”

Wrestling Raiders set season off strong

By Walter Rosario III, Sports Writer

Keenan’s 2017-2018 wrestling team kicked off the season with Senior Damien George 5-0.

“It’s going great,” Assistant Coach Pablo Rivera said about the season. “We have a bunch of new wrestlers; they are working hard to improve.”

All the athletes worked hard to accomplish their personal goals.

“Since I started wrestling, my goal is to get a ring because I would be the only one in Keenan to Continue reading “Wrestling Raiders set season off strong”

Aly Raisman raped by Olympic doctor Larry Nassar

By Janyah Kelly, News Writer

Twenty-three year old Aly Raisman, American gymnast and two time Olympian medalist, is the latest gymnast to accuse Olympian doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. Raisman was just sixteen when Nassar abused her.

Months before the abuse, Raisman was in Melbourne, Australia, practicing for a competition. A representative with the USA Gymnastics team saw Raisman wincing through practice and Continue reading “Aly Raisman raped by Olympic doctor Larry Nassar”

Raiders ready for battle

By Todd Garrett, Sports Writer

The Keenan basketball program is getting ready for its upcoming season. The boys’ basketball team took a tough loss in the championship game against Burke High School. The girls lost in the third round to Christ Church Episcopal School at home.

“I feel good about the upcoming season and that they put a lot of work in during the off season,” Coach Reggie McClain said. Continue reading “Raiders ready for battle”

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