Lou Bezjak

PREP NOTEBOOK: Irmo baseball to host Sligh tribute for ex-players

The Irmo baseball program will hold a reunion for players who played under late coach Strother Sligh.

Sligh died Feb. 2 at the age of 69. He won 515 games at Irmo from 1972-99 and led the Yellow Jackets to six state championship appearances, winning in 1985, 1987 and 1998.

The event will take place at the Jamil Temple on May 7, beginning at 6 p.m.

“This was something we talked about even before coach Sligh died,” said Bob Rollings, an assistant coach under Sligh. “Now, we want to it to be a tribute to Strother as well as a reunion of the players. Strother was more than a coach.”

Rollings has had help from Mike Sisk, “E” Rutherford, Ken Hall, Chris Dorsey and Bobby Cunningham to track down players or anyone involved in the program during that time.

For information, contact Rollings at sandynz@mindspring.com or go to the Irmo High School Baseball 1972-1999 Reunion Facebook page.

Chapin retires Enright’s number

Chapin retired senior Jack Enright’s No. 28 during Thursday’s match against Blythewood.

Enright suffered a severe spinal cord injury during a match last March against Lexington. After several months of rehab in Atlanta, he returned home in July and attended his first day of class in August.

Enright has been on the sidelines for Chapin’s games this season, and spent his spring break at Project Walk Atlanta Spinal Cord Injury Recovery. Videos of his progress can be found at Pray for Jack Enright Facebook page.

The second annual Run for Jack 5K will be held Saturday at 8 a.m. at Chapin High.

Former Gilbert coach joins B-L coaching staff

Former Gilbert coach Barry Harley has joined the coaching staff at Batesburg-Leesville. Harley will coach linebackers for Perry Woolbright’s team. He is a B-L graduate.

Harley announced his retirement at Gilbert in November after 11 seasons.

“I feel very fortunate to be able to continue working with the kids at B-L,” Harley said.

Back-to-back no-hitters for Higgins

Newberry senior and Clemson signee Ryne Huggins threw his second straight no-hitter Thursday in a 2-1 win over Mid-Carolina.

Huggins struck out 13 and walked four in the win. Another runner reached on an error. The left-hander also threw a five-inning no-hitter with nine strikeouts in an 11-0 win over Keenan.

B-C’s Heise notches 450th victory

Brookland-Cayce boys soccer coach Kevin Heise notched his 450th victory Tuesday with the Bearcats’ 2-1 win over Aiken.

Heise is in his 26th year as boys’ varsity coach, and has a career record of 450-171-26.

Recruiting

White Knoll forward T.J. Knight committed to play basketball at Lander. Knight averaged 18.2 points and 12.5 rebounds this season. He also was selected to play in the North-South All-Star basketball game.

Dutch Fork receiver Austin Connor picked up his 14th offer from Harvard on Friday. It was the third different Ivy League school to offer him. He also has offers from South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia Tech among others. Connor plans to visit Virginia Tech this weekend.

Airport WR/DB Kerryon Richardson will visit North Carolina this weekend for the spring game.

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