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“War Eagles” chant resounds across the county as Gray Collegiate’s Boys’ Basketball takes 2-A State 

West Columbia, SC (Paul Kirby) – For the second straight year, the War Eagles of Gray Collegiate Academy brought home the SC High School League’s 2-A State Championship with their boys’ basketball program. They did so by decisively defeating the Andrew Jackson Volunteers from Kershaw, SC. When the final buzzer sounded, the scoreboard showed a 79-38 final with the War Eagles on top. Gray Collegiate ends their season with a 21-10 record.

Gray Collegiate is a SC Charter School that was founded in 2014 on Leaphart Road just off Augusta Highway. Its founder, Todd Helms, had experience coaching at both the high school and collegiate levels before launching Gray. Since it opened, it has been building a successful sports program that is integral to the total educational experience at the school. Students who graduate Gray can have an impressive high school sports pedigree and have a huge head start on an advanced degree. According to their website, Gray Collegiate Academy students graduate from high school with over 50 hours of transferable college credits from classes taught by onsite college professors.

Head Basketball Coach Dion Bethea, who attended Allen University in Columbia, was head coach for the South Carolina Ravens prior to coming to Gray. He, like all the athletic staff members at Gray, is dedicated to building success in their programs while focusing more importantly in molding student athletes who will continue to have success after graduating high school. According to the website Maxprep, Bethea’s staff includes assistant coaches Louis Dreher, Junior Laurie, Andrew Glover, Thomas Perez, and Brandon Wallace. Marc Cooper is their director of basketball operations.

Their 2018/19 roster includes: Tommy Bruner, Khalil Robinson, Ty Rivers, Jalil Robinson, Jalen Deloach, Dallaz Corbitt, Jay Gortman, Chase Mcduffie, DiayonJenkins, Kris Wallace, Chris Rhone, Julian Keitt, Timothy Barnes, Benji Jeffcoat, Tory Kelly, KarlosMccullough.

During the State Championship game, Tommy Bruner scored 19 points and Jalil Robinson was right behind him putting 15 points on the board before the game was over and the celebration began.

Photo: Gray Collegiate website

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