MB’s Cooper, Walker collect honors amid state title runs

mbhoops-cooperwilson (2)The honors keep rolling in for Myrtle Beach High boys and girls basketball standouts Soloman Cooper and Keocia Walker.

Both were named to the South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association all-state teams on Monday, just days after they were named the Region 7-3A Players of the Year. And the duo isn’t finished; the MBHS boys and girls host Lower State semifinals in a Wednesday doubleheader. The Lady Seahawks face Orangeburg-Wilkinson at 6 p.m., followed by the boys game against Midland Valley at 7:30.

Cooper was joined on the all-region squad by first-teamer Brooks Swanson, second-teamers Anthony McNeil and Will Gray and third-teamer Coleman Martini. Walker was joined on the all-region squad by second-teamer Kiana Adderton and Nia Sumpter. Boys and girls coaches Craig Martin and Jennifer Dennison were named coaches of the year in their respective.

Also making both the SCABA all-state boys squad was North Myrtle Beach’s Matt Lindsey. He and twin brother Josh Lindsey made the all-region squad, along with third-teamer Matthew Stanaland. Lady Chiefs who made all-region honors were first-teamer Marcis Chestnut and second-teamer Aquera Johnson.

Socastee boys Koel Cutler (first team), Dylan Thompson (second) and Finn Melko (third) were joined by Lady Braves Kira Bell (first) on the all-region team.

St. James placed Dakota Holmes on the boys third team while the Lady Sharks saw Bethany Goodrich (first), Kelsi Bachmann (second) and Hannah Price and Kimmie Hotzelt (third) earn all-region honors.

In Region 6-4A, Conway’s Christian Jeffords and Carolina Forest’s Ryan Yurchek were named to the all-region squad.

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