Hornets News · 8th grade Heights boys basketball win the LCL championship


Heights boys win the LCL joining the Varsity as the champions of the league. The 8th grade boys beat Heath 41-40. In one of the lowest scoring games of the season for heights, Heath ate up the clock in the first half, making it a possession by possession game. In the second half, heights turned up the defensive pressure and went up by 10. After a few bad possessions, Heath stormed back to go up by 1. Down 1 with 26 seconds on the clock, heights called a time out. Heights in bound the ball to Kent Hairston who passed the ball to Reese Powell who had his man sealed on the block. Reese hit the shot leaving 3.6 seconds on the clock. After a Heath’s timeout they passed it in and Greyson Baird blocked a 3 point attempt. Reese Powell finished with 15 and hit what would be the game winner, Kent Hairston had 12, hitting two big 3’s in the 4th quarter. Greyson Baird and Cleveland Brown jr. both had 6. Roman Chijevsky rounded out the scoring with 2. What a season for the 8th grade boys. In the two seasons from 7th and 8th grade both Kent Hairston and Reese Powell finished with over 500 career points. Both finished their middle school careers as 2 time Co MVP’s. Richard Hill jr. is this year’s  team defensive player of the year and Cleveland Brown jr won the defensive player of the year last season. Greyson Baird who was the third scoring option over the last two season had a stellar middle school career. Bryce Cahill who is the team’s 6th man of the year for the second season in a roll helped provide ball handling and 3 point shooting over the past two seasons. Caleb Russ added good shooting and ball handling  all season hit a big 3 vs zanesville in the first round of the playoffs. Yassir  Gure added depth at the point who hit some big shots throughout the season. Both Roman Chijevsky and Alijah Ferguson   provided bigtime minutes in the post using there body’s to help hold down the post area this season. Amadou Ceesay who started the season a a starter who suffered a foot injury added much needed big plays throughout the season big time upside. Brady Pennington who the guys call “Goldie” was the teams glue guy he provided much needed effort in practices and when he got his game opportunities he always played with a motor. Last but not least “Mr. Car” Boubacar Barry the ultimate  team guy provided much needed effort throughout the season. Heights class of 2025 finished their two middle school seasons 30-5 and the 8th grade 2021 Champions!