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A season to remember
Leopards came a basket shy of a perfect season
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THE LUGOFF-ELGIN MIDDLE SCHOOL Leopards posted an 11-1 record this past season. Pictured on the bottom row, from left, are Ralique Murphy, Lee Evans, Tyrese Elm, Andre Martin, DeVonte Hudson, Desmond McDuffie, Jalen Johnson and Chandler Barrett. Pictured on the back row are head coach Shawn Phipps, Darion Logan, Tirek Pate, Elliott Campbell, Bradwin Salmond, Josh Byrd and assistant coach Rob Evans.
Calendars can be very useful to coaches.All your game nights are underlined. And, if you are having a disappointing campaign, that final contest of the season may be circled more than once as if to remind you that there will be no more practices and no more losses to endure, at least, until the start of the following season.There were no circled dates on Shawn Phipps’ calendar this past basketball season. That tells you how well his Lugoff-Elgin Middle School boys’ basketball team played in rolling up an 11-1 mark, which was the best finish in recent memory for the Leopards.It was, by far, the best --- not to mention one of the most enjoyable --- season(s) which Phipps has had in his 13 years at the head of the L-EMS bench.