W.J. Keenan Basketball Coach to be Inducted into Coaches Hall of Fame
It’s an impressive list of achievements: 600 wins, 20 region titles and eight appearances at state title games. Those accomplishments have earned Zach Norris, head boys’ basketball coach at W.J. Keenan High School, respect and a new honor — a nomination for induction into the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. The formal induction ceremony will be held March 17 at 8 p.m. at Seawell’s Banquet Center.
Norris says he is deeply honored and humbled by his nomination.
“This award is the recognition of my achievements and accomplishments with my success in molding young adults,” said Norris. “You can only imagine how important it is to me. I’ve dedicated my professional life to educating and mentoring young adults to be successful. Now I can say that I’m happy with the way I’ve chosen. It gives me satisfaction with all I do.”
This year, under Norris’ leadership the Raiders advanced to the Class 2A state championship game, which was won by Burke High School. During his 25-year career he has coached at Saluda, Williston-Elko, Newberry and W.J. Keenan high schools.
Dreher Senior Named SC Gatorade Player of the Year
Dreher High School senior Jaelyn Murray has been named the 2016-2017 South Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year in girls basketball. The award, which recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Murray as South Carolina’s best high school girls basketball player.
This past season, the 6-foot-2 senior forward and center averaged 23.9 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.1 steals per game, leading the Lady Blue Devils (13-10) to the Class 4A state tournament. As the 2016-2017 South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association Girls Basketball Player of the Year, Murray concluded her prep career with 1,655 points. Not only has she has made an impact on the court, but also in the community where she volunteers on behalf of Resurrection Ministries, the Richland County Library, the Harvest Hope Food Bank and as part of flood disaster relief efforts.
“Jaelynn Murray has been a joy to coach over the past four years,” said Dreher head girls’ basketball coach Teresa Jones. “She has been one of the top players in the state since her freshman year and has truly made her mark on girls’ basketball in South Carolina.”
Murray has maintained a 3.20 GPA and has signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball on scholarship at the University of North Carolina this fall.
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