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W.J. Keenan Boys and Girls Basketball Teams Sweep State Championships, Make History



W.J. Keenan High School’s boys and girls basketball teams swept the Class 3A State Championships March 7 at Colonial Life Arena, claiming basketball glory and a spot in state athletics history. Keenan is the first South Carolina high school since 2007 to win boys and girls titles in the same year.


"Our students have a championship mentality,” said W.J. Keenan Principal Vondre’ Whaley. “It's an expectation that is communicated daily. There is no difference when it comes to winning in basketball. We are extremely proud of our young kings and queens."


The Keenan girls team defeated Marion 53-33 to win their second championship in three years.


"It is very special for both teams to reach the pinnacle of their basketball journey,” said Keenan girls head basketball coach Reggie McLain. “For the Lady Raiders, redemption was the motivation to stay focused and have the will to prepare to win the ultimate goal: the state championship."


Keenan’s boys team’s 55-32 win over Wade Hampton also was historic. Not only did they capture their second straight state championship, the Raiders won their ninth state title, tying them for the second-most championship wins in South Carolina history.


Zach Norris, head coach of the boys basketball team, believes winning this year’s 3A state basketball championship titles was very important for the boys and girls teams.


“Our communities expect the Raiders to get there every year and to handle business, but it’s a very tough road to walk and be successful. You could tell that this year’s teams knew that breathing was the most important thing, and after breathing winning was next. This ‘double bubble’ gives the Keenan community an historic bragging right.”


Richland One extends its congratulations to these outstanding student-athletes, their coaches, parents and supporters. Media inquiries should be directed to the Richland One Office of Communications at 231-7510 or 231-7504.