In the preseason, the Yellow Jackets were one of the teams that we wondered about in terms of how they would fair after losing their star, Jordan Roper, to Clemson.
We knew USC commitment Justin McKie was going to be an impact player, but he has had help from senior guard Detrek Browning, who led Irmo with 23 points in the win over Richland Northeast. The 6-footer was on our Top Seniors preseason list.
Like Browning, the 6-foot-4 Taylor was on the SCVarsity Preseason Watch List and has established himself as the leader and impact player for Spring Valley. The Vikings get a tough test on Tuesday when they take on Irmo. That game can be heard live on SCVarsity.com.
In Upstate action, Byrnes is beginning to put the competition on notice. The Rebels, who lost six of their first seven, have improved to 8-8, with a 4-2 mark in region play, and have wins over top-10 opponents Gaffney and Dorman, as well as a victory over Spartanburg.
Sophomore forward Tavin Richardson, a gifted football player, has stepped up as an impact player for the Rebels to make them a contender in tough Region 2-4A.
The Lexington wrestling team traveled last weekend to the Virginia Duals and won the American High School Division. ...
Former Coastal Carolina coach David Bennett was named the athletics director and football coach for River Bluff, which will open for the 2013-2014 school year. ...
As we near signing day, which is just under four weeks away, I will begin to bring some recruiting analytics to the column.