IT’S IMPRESSIVE, IF not improbable, to go undefeated these days, especially in basketball. And that is why the Irmo Yellow Jackets have been so impressive. The Jackets showcased a playoff run with wins over top-ranked opponents, including a 14 point win against Hillcrest in the Upper State final that gave the Jackets a berth in the 4A state title game Friday against Goose Creek.
The Yellow Jackets (28-0) are the only team in the state that began the season No. 1 in the state polls and maintained that position. Irmo also has been ranked in the USA Today national poll throughout the season.
We knew Irmo had talent coming into the season, with one of the state’s top players in Justin McKie, SCVarsity.com’s top player for the 2013 class. But this is also a team that lost Jordan Roper, who now is playing at Clemson.
Some thought the Jackets would struggle. But with McKie and the outstanding play of senior point guard Detrick Browning, Irmo is one win away from ending a perfect season.
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Sounds of Spring
Baseball fans looking for some good action will have your pick of a couple of good tournaments, including the RBI at White Knoll and The Comporium at Gilbert.
You will be able to listen to the RBI live on scvarsity.com, carrying the eight-team, 16-game tournament beginning Thursday at noon.
South Carolina and Clemson fans will get to listen to some of their future prospects in action as Gamecock commits Tyler Rominick (catcher, Blythewood, Class of 2015) and LT Tolbert (SS, Wren, Class of 2015) and Clemson commits Elit White (SS, Wren, Class of 2013) and Charlie Barnes (LHP, Sumter, Class of 2014)
Football: Off-season evaluations
Sleeper prospects who should be soon making a splash in the recruiting pool for the Class of 2014.
Sean Smith, tight end, Summerville : This 6-foot-6, 215-pound athlete lined up wide for the Green Wave last season and caught 17 passes as a receiver. He’s got a big frame but is extremely athletic and steadily improving blocking skills.
Ben Beck, QB, Union County : Beck (6-3, 170) was impressive in part-time play at Woodruff last season and moving to play under coach Steve Taneyhill will improve his chances more.
Lynard Jamison, WR, Blythewood: Jamison (6-1, 170) has shown good speed and excellent hands.