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W.J. Keenan Boys Team Crowned State 3A Basketball Champs, Winning Eighth State Title


The number of state basketball championship titles for the Keenan Raiders just keeps growing. The W.J. Keenan High School boys basketball team defeated Ridgeland-Hardeeville 70-40 on March 2 at the Colonial Life Arena, marking the team’s eighth state title.


Saturday’s win was Head Coach Zach Norris’ sixth state championship with the Raiders. Coach Norris describes this team as “the best team” he has coached. Junior forward Dillon Jones attributes their success to hard work. “We put a lot of work in, so we’re not surprised by the results,” Jones said.


Keenan’s boys basketball team wasn’t the only shining star at Saturday’s state championship games. Richland One is also proud of the valiant effort of the Keenan girls in their quest for the state title on Saturday vs. Bishop England. The Lady Raiders were the 2018-2019 Region and Upper State Champions. Junior Dyani Burke scored her 1,000th point in her high school basketball career in the state championship game.


Head Coach Reggie McLain believes “this is the year (with no seniors) that we could knock on the door and let everyone know that we are a good team with hopes to set up for a state championship next year.”


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