Winter sports scheduled to start next week for Titans

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 26, 2023

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By Jay Spivey

For the Clemmons Courier

It’s not even Halloween, and the temperature is supposed to be in the low ’80s this weekend, but winter sports start in the NCHSAA, as well as at West Forsyth on Monday,

Not only that, but school is out on Monday and Tuesday because this Friday is the end of the first quarter for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools. With school out both days, it gives coaches and teams a little more flexibility with how practice will be scheduled.

The first available date for competition for boys and girls basketball, boys and girls wrestling, boys and girls swimming and diving, and boys and girls indoor track is Nov. 13.

In boys basketball, Coach Marlon Brim is beginning his second season as head coach after leaving Atkins to take over for Kevin King. In his first season, Brim helped the Titans to a 15-11 record.

The boys lost to Reynolds in the first round of the Central Piedmont 4-A tournament, and after receiving an NCHSAA Class 4-A playoff berth, West Forsyth lost to Asheville Reynolds in the first round.

One of the best players for the Titans is somebody Brim is very familiar with — his son, Jacari, who is a junior. Last season, Jacari Brim, who is 6-foot-1, 176 pounds, was second on the team in points with 17.0 per game, just behind AJ Baskerville, who had 18 per game and graduated. Senior Cam White and junior Kenneth Bartlett Jr. are also back.

As for the girls basketball team at West Forsyth, Coach Catrina Green is back for her third season as head coach.

Last season, the Titans’ girls finished 16-12 overall and 7-7 in the Central Piedmont 4-A.

Sophomore Jeanna Baskerville, the sister of AJ and former girls player Shakira, led the team last season with 12.9 points and 10.8 rebounds. Abby Hunter graduated, so junior Emma Staples (6.5 ppg), junior Campbell McClain (6.1 rebounds) and sophomore Brooklyn King (5.7 ppg) will be in to share the load.

The regular season is scheduled to end Feb. 16 at home against Mount Tabor. The conference tournament is scheduled Feb. 19-23, the NCHSAA state tournament is scheduled to start Feb. 27, and the state championship is scheduled March 15-16 at Joel Coliseum in Winston-Salem.

Wrestling is under some change. Coach Jason Hooker, who coaches both the boys and girls teams, resigned at the end of last season. Timmy Allen replaced Hooker as the boys coach and Tony Hairston replaced Hooker as the girls coach.

The girls NCHSAA Class 4-A regionals are scheduled Feb. 2-3. The boys dual-team tournament starts Jan. 27, and the state championship is scheduled for Feb. 3. The individual boys regionals are scheduled Feb. 9-10 and the state championship is scheduled Feb. 15-17.

Swimming and diving for the Titans is led by Coach Sandy Thomerson, who was named head coach in 2017.

The regionals are scheduled Feb. 1-3, and the state championships are scheduled Feb. 7-10.

The boys and girls indoor track-and-field teams are led by Coach Nathan Newsome, who is also the boys and girls cross-country coach, as well as the outdoor track-and-field coach.

The NCHSAA state indoor track and field championships are scheduled for Feb. 9-10.