The Goose Creek girls basketball team begins the season ranked No. 2 in Class AAAA of the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association preseason poll.

The Gators won the Class AAAA state championship two years ago by defeating Spring Valley in the title game. Last year, Spring Valley topped the Gators.

The coaches put Spring Valley in the top spot and Goose Creek in at No. 2 to begin the season.

Aleighsha Welch graduated and now plays for the South Carolina Gamecocks, but the team still has talent. N'Dea Bryant is listed as one of the top five seniors in Class AAAA. She has signed to play for the University of North Carolina. Bryant has helped the Gators post an 81-6 record in three years on the varsity team.

Bryant averaged 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game as a junior.

West Ashley is the only other local team ranked. The Wildcats check in at No. 10.

Myrtle Beach heads the girls Class AAA poll. Hilton Head is ranked No. 9.

Keenan is No. 1 in Class AA. Bishop England is No. 6.

Ridgeland is listed as No. 1 in Class A. Burke is No. 6.

In the boys' polls, Lexington is No. 1 in Class AAAA. Wando is No. 6, and Summerville checks in at No. 10.

Goose Creek football and basketball star Raemond Robinson is listed as one of the top senior players in Class AAAA. He has signed to play basketball for The Citadel.

Robinson, a 6-2 guard, plays linebacker for the Gators' football team. He averaged 16 points per game as Goose Creek went 19-8 last season.

Wilson heads up the boys Class AAA poll. Lake Marion is No. 4.

Keenan is No. 2 in Class AA. North Charleston is No. 3.

Timberland's Darryl Palmer is listed as one of the top five seniors in Class AA. The 6-6 standout averaged 16 points, 10 rebounds and 3.0 blocks as a junior.

He is headed to South Carolina State.

Finally, Great Falls is the top-rated team in Class A. Baptist Hill is No. 6.

Baptist Hill's Shaquille Mitchell is listed as one of the top five seniors in Class A. Mitchell signed with South Carolina State.

He averaged 18.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 4.7 steals per game last winter. He was the Region 6-A player of the year and has 1,628 career points heading into the season. Most importantly, he has a 3.7 GPA.

Region 6-AA stars

League champion Hanahan led the way in the Region 6-AA football awards.

Quarterback Anthony Smalls was named player of the year, while Steadman Ferrette was named lineman of the year. The Hawks' Charlie Patterson was named coach of the year.

Shane Britt of Woodland was named back of the year.

The teams include:

Hanahan: Anthony Smalls, Steadman Ferrette, Patrick Alston, Chris Brown, Lyndon Young, Marlon Washington, Vontrel Grant, Joe Magrane, Roger Flathman, Quan Wade and Kyle Spigner

Woodland: Shane Britt, Michael Wamer, Andre Green, James Gaddist, Ryan Rhodus and Leon Bagley.

Stall: Nick Gadsen-Waring, Latrael Torrence, Ahmad Keys and Jordan Carswell.

Garrett Tech: Deante Smith, Aaron Moore and Jarod Walker.

North Charleston: Zanarick Dixon and Franklin Gordon.

Academic Magnet: Cody Ashy.

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