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Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone 2008: Gadsden-Gilliard and Clarke take home honors

Ashley Clarke of Myrtle Beach and Georgetown's Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard were crowned Miss and Mister Hoop Zone 2008

The closest balloting in Hoop Zone history had Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard and Ashley Clarke capture Mister and Miss Hoop Zone 2008. The duo took home the big trophies during the 8th annual Hoop Zone banquet on March 10th at the Holiday Inn Hard Rock Parkway. In previous years, Mister and Miss Hoop Zone balloting was reserved for 15 area high school coaches. With the race being so close, the balloting was expanded to include all 34 area high school coaches for both the boys and girls. The voting was so tight, an unprecedented five boys were on the podium. A mere 8 points seperated 1st through 5th place. Gilliard, a junior big man at Georgetown, topped Dillon's Lashay Page by two points. Hemingway's Tashan Fredrick got the most first place votes and finished in third with the Mullins duo of Eric Smith and Andrew Crawford right behind in fourth and fifth place.

On the girls side, Ashley Clarke becomes the second two time Miss Hoop Zone winner joining Christina Dewitt of North Myrtle Beach. Last year, Clarke outlasted Rubylee Wright of Latta by 10 points. This time around it was only a six point margin. Carolina Forest's Lakeith Alston finished in third.

2008 Mr. and Miss Hoop Zone balloting

34 area coaches plus two WPDE Sports staff members cast votes for Mister and Miss Hoop Zone. 3 points awarded for 1st, 2 points for 2nd and 1 point for 3rd

Name 1st 2nd 3rd Total Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard, Georgetown 6 9 4 40 Lashay Page, Dillon 7 5 7 38 Tashan Fredrick, Hemingway 8 4 4 36 Eric Smith, Mullins 3 10 4 33 Andrew Crawford, Mullins 7 2 7 32 Kiara Douglas, Darlington 3 3 2 17 Darius Hemingway, Myrtle Beach 1 1 3 8 Darryl Edge, North Myrtle Beach 1 1 1 6 Kimric Dixon, West Florence 0 1 1 3 Alyn McRae, Dillon 0 0 1

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Alan Michael Thompson, Wilson 0 0 1 1 Mikey Hall, Saint James 0 0 1 1

Name 1st 2nd 3rd Total Ashley Clarke, Myrtle Beach 17 9 2 71 Rubylee Wright, Latta 15 9 2 65 Lakeitha Alston, Carolina Forest 1 6 3 18 Kiasiah Ham, Hartsville 0 3 5 11 Tia Singletary, Johnsonville 1 2 3 10 Latisha Harris, Aynor 0 1 4 6 Antoinette McPhail, Darlington 0 1 2 4 Jazz Green, Darlington 0 2 0 4 Yvette McRea, Kingstree 0 1 2 4

Alexis Taylor, Carvers Bay

0 1 1 3 Rhodi Gause, Marion 0 0 3 3 Brittany Leonard, West Florence 1 0 0 3 Khadijah Sessions, Myrtle Beach 0 0 2 2 Shavon Davis, Hemingway 0 0 2 2 Geneika Brantley, Marion 0 0 1 1 Jasmine Jones, Myrtle Beach 0 0 1 1 Brittany Wells, Conway 0 0 1 1 Elizabeth McElveen, Timmonsville 0 0 1 1

2008 All Hoop Zone Boys Team

Quintin Brown, Hemingway

Weston Caswell, Socastee

Kimric Dixon, West Florence

Kiara Douglas, Darlington

Darryl Edge, NMB

Chris Gore, Myrtle Beach

Mikey Hall, Saint James

Darius Hemingway, Myrtle Beach

Josh Henderson, Cheraw

Alyn McRae, Dillon

Dante Simmons, Georgetown

Alan-Michael Thompson, Wilson

Devan Williams, Saint James

Stacy Wilson, Mullins

Torey Wright, South Florence

2008 All Hoop Zone Girls Team

Brittany Davis, Wilson

Shavon Davis, Hemingway

Shameka Galloway, Marlboro County

Rhodi Gause, Marion

Jazz Green, Darlington

Kiasiah Ham, Hartsville

Latisha Harris, Aynor

Jasmine Jones, Myrtle Beach

Brittany Leonard, West Florence

Yvette McCrea, Kingstree

Elizabeth McElveen, Timmonsville

Michelle McGee, Andrews

Antoinette McPhail, Darlington

Khadijah Sessions, Myrtle Beach

Tia Singletary, Johnsonville

Alexis Taylor, Carvers Bay

Brittany Wells, Conway

Mister Hoop Zone Finalists

Andrew Crawford, Mullins

Tashan Frederick, Hemingway

Lashay Page, Dillon

Eric Smith, Mullins

Mister Hoop Zone 2008

Kinard Gadsden-Gilliard, Georgetown

Miss Hoop Zone Finalists

Lakeitha Alston, Carolina Forest

Ashley Clarke, Myrtle Beach

Miss Hoop Zone 2008

Rubylee Wright, Latta

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