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October 18, 2018

GCA’s Jalek Felton leads War Eagles on quest for state title

Gray Collegiate will be out to win its first ever state title in any sport this basketball season as the War Eagle boys, behind UNC commit and prep all-American Jalek Felton, open their season in Chicago at the Nike Elite Tournament where they will face Sunrise Christian of Wichita, Kansas on Saturday. Felton, rated the nation’s best prep combo guard, transferred to GCA from Mullins High and will team with national Top 20 sophomore Juwan Gary and a bevy of other outstanding players to comprise a team that many believe is one of the most deeply talented in South Carolina high school history. We talked with Felton at practice earlier this week as coach Dion Bethea’s team, which will compete in Region 3-2A, prepared for this weekend’s trip to Chi-town.    

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GCA’s Juwan Gary primed for big year

We talked with Gray Collegiate forward Juwan Gary this week as he and his War Eagles teammates, ranked #16 nationally by USA Today, prepared for Saturday’s season-opener against Wichita’s Sunrise Christian Academy at the Elite Classic in Chicago. The 6-6 Gary is ranked as a Top 20 sophomore by virtually every national recruiting service.  

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Robinson back to run the show at GCA

Gray Collegiate sophomore Khalil Robinson returns at point guard and will again be the man who orchestrates the War Eagles on both ends of the floor for coach Dion Bethea’s talented team. The 6-foot Robinson averaged 11 points and a team-high 7 assists last year for a squad that finished 23-2 but, as a new school, was not eligible to compete for any SCHSL titles. That all changes this year, with GCA not only the overwhelming favorite to win the 2A state championship while competing in Region 3, but also beginning the season as the 16th-ranked team in the USA Today Preseason Boys Super 25 poll, including a #5 ranking in the paper’s South region. Robinson and his teammates open the season on Saturday in the Chicago Elite Classic against Sunrise Christian of Wichita (KS). the school where USC freshman Maik Kotsar prepped last season.  

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COACHES CORNER: Gray Collegiate’s Adam Holmes

Gray Collegiate’s football team advanced to the 2A playoffs in its first year of eligibility this season, capping a season in which the War Eagles finished with a winning record (3-2) in Region 3 play under coach Adam Holmes. Holmes’ team featured a high-powered offense which, led by senior quarterback Bryce Fields, averaged over 40 points in each of the War Eagles’ four wins.  

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Aponte is “CiCi’s Pizza GCA Boys Player of the Week”

  Junior Carlos Aponte, the CiCi’s Pizza Gray Collegiate Boys Player of the Week, had five carries for a whopping 116 yards and a TD in last Thursday’s 49-12 win over C.A. Johnson. The 5-8, 180-pounder also had several tackles as a starter on the War Eagles’ defensive line. Great job, Carlos!  

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COACHERS CORNER: GCA’s Adam Holmes

Gray Collegiate travels to Saluda on Friday to face the Tigers in a game that will decide the Region 3-2A regular season champion. The War Eagles defeated C.A. Johnson 49-12 this past Thursday to set up this week’s battle for a #1 playoff seed and first round home game. We talked with GCA head football coach Adam Holmes on Monday about his War Eagles squad.      

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Reid is “CiCi’s Pizza GCA Girls Co-Player of the Week”

  Gray Collegiate volleyball went undefeated in Region 3-2A regular-season play and hosts Andrew Jackson on Monday afternoon in a second round playoff game. Junior Nia Reid, the CiCi’s Pizza GCA Girls Co-Player of the Week, was named All-Region as an outside hitter for coach Amber Haver’s squad. One of three captains for the War Eagles, Reid is an outstanding student who is GCA’s National Honor Society vice president and carries a weighted 4.3 GPA. Great job, Nia!  

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Punska is “CiCi’s Pizza GCA Girls Co-Player of the Week”

  Gray Collegiate volleyball went undefeated in Region 3-2A regular-season play and hosts Andrew Jackson on Monday afternoon in a second round playoff game. Junior Sierra Punska, the CiCi’s Pizza GCA Girls Co-Player of the Week, was named both All-Region and All-State as a setter for coach Amber Haver’s squad. One of three captains for the War Eagles, Punska is an outstanding student who carries a weighted 4.3 GPA. Great job, Sierra!      

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COACHES CORNER: GCA’s Amber Haver

Gray Collegiate volleyball coach Amber Haver, the Region 3-2A Coach of the Year, talked with us today about her team’s first round playoff win over Christ Church last Wednesday and this afternoon’s second-round match against visiting Andrew Jackson.  

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Thomas is “CiCi’s Pizza GCA Boys Player of the Week”

Gray Collegiate wide receiver Chylon Thomas, the CiCi’s Pizza GCA Boys Player of the Week, had a tremendous game this past Thursday in the War Eagles’ 38-37 loss to Region 3-2A foe Fox Creek. Thomas, a 5-9, 160-pound junior caught eight passes for 122 yards and a touchdown while also making eight tackles while playing cornerback for the War Eagles defense. A 3-year starter for coach Adam Holmes’ team, Thomas had over 1,000 yards receiving as a sophomore and is well on his way to achieving that feat for the second consecutive season. Great job, Chylon!      

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