RALEIGH – Keenan Wilkins ’24 was powerless to stop the bearhug of Jamari Briggs ’24. Next thing you know, the two seniors were lying in a pile of bodies on the court with teammates rushing over to pick them up.
Ah, the exhilaration of back-to-back state championships.
MATTHEWS - Deep in the recesses of a gym that could not legally hold another person Tuesday night, Christ School players rapped and danced to “Take Over Your Trap,” the 2016 hip-hop song that has become an anthem for winning road teams in sports.
The music fit the mood. And it was a nice postgame moment, but only a moment before the tone in the locker room shifted to what’s next.
Guards make the world go around for Christ School.
Further confirmation is that three leaders of the backcourt have been picked for the March 2 N.C. Private School All-Star Basketball Game in Charlotte – Jamari Briggs ’24, Bryson Cokley ’24, and Keenan Wilkins ’24.
Their first season as high school teammates could not have gone much better – point guard Keenan Wilkins ’24 and power forward Mikey Wilkins ’25 have been named the Co-Players of the Year in Carolinas Athletic Association basketball.
Sunday was a full circle moment for Vincent Lytle ’24.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound senior from Winnipeg has been open about the fact that he was chasing his dream of playing college football when he first came to Christ School. That dream became a reality with Vincent’s commitment to Wesleyan University.
Cole Boyer ’24 threw up a lob that was intended to be an alley-oop Tuesday but had the presence of mind to keep trailing the play.
Sure enough, a rebound came back down into the senior’s hands, who stuck it back in for two of his team-high 14 points. For better or worse, it was that kind of night for Christ School basketball, who took care of the fundamentals and turned up the defensive heat on Rabun Gap for a 69-39 home win.
Kaden Brown ’24 acquainted himself with Fayssoux Field’s end zones like never before as October turned to November.
The senior from Lutz, Fla., ran over and around would-be tacklers for a combined seven touchdowns in his final two home games. Now the goal is to carry over that momentum to his college football career – Kaden said Friday that he has verbally committed to Wofford.
The No. 1 ranked team in NCISAA basketball was beyond overdue for a home game and all the comforts that come with it. Christ School showed in flashes why it is 6-0 in Mebane Field House this season, wearing down Wando (S.C.), 76-44.
The Greenies (17-4) outscored the Warriors (12-9) in every quarter Friday, getting the bulk of their points from Keenan Wilkins ’24 (15 points), George Mason recruit Bryson Cokley ’24 (12), Jozohn Price ’24 (11), and USC Upstate recruit Jamari Briggs ’24 (10).
ASHEVILLE - Carter Gym had been a house of horrors for Christ School’s senior class.
That can all be put in the past tense now thanks to the marksmanship of point guard Keenan Wilkins ’24. Keenan caught fire like only he can – knocking down a career-high seven 3-pointers in someone else’s gym Tuesday night. The Greenies needed every one of them to pull away from Asheville School, 68-49.