Bruins to host alumni hoops games Saturday

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LHS basketball

By Robert Howey


The first Lancaster High School alumni basketball game, a fundraiser for the LHS girls and boys basketball programs, is Saturday, April 12 in the Bruins’ gym.

The event will include three games to begin at 2:30 p.m.

The first game is a women’s game which will feature players from 1994-2012.

The second game is a men’s game, which will tip off at 3:30 p.m., and feature players age 31 and over.

The third game, which will begin at 4:30 p.m., will include former Lancaster High School players who played for the Bruins from 2002 to 2012.

During halftime of the second game, the late W.C. Bill “Pap” Lewis, who served as the LHS basketball coach from 1970-1996, will be honored with a plaque to be presented to his son, Dr. Pernell Lewis, a University of South Carolina Lancaster biology instructor.

Coach Lewis died July 13, 2012.

“We want to honor coach Lewis for his hard work and dedication to the Lancaster High School basketball program and athletic department,” said Darren Cureton, a former LHS player who is helping to organize the event.

Cureton is a former volunteer coach with the LHS boys basketball program.

Lewis, who coached at Barr Street High School from 1963-70, is a member of the S.C. Athletic Coaches Hall of Fame and the S.C. Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Lewis, who coached some 44 years in high school athletics, also coached and taught at Booker T. Washington High School in Columbia and Wilson High School in Florence.

In addition to basketball, Lewis also coached football, track and tennis.

Cureton noted the third game will feature former players Sindarius Thornwell and Ron Trapps.

Thornwell recently completed his freshman season at the University of South Carolina where he averaged 13.4 points and 4.1 rebounds a game in earning a spot on the Southeastern Conference all-freshman team.

Trapps plays at Coastal, which won the Big South tournament championship and earned a NCAA Tournament berth last month in Raleigh, N.C..

LHS boys basketball coach Ricardo Priester and Bruins’ assistant coach Jerron Cauthen will coach in the games.

Admission to the game is $5 for adults and $3 for children under 12.