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      Tommy Johnson announces retirement

      When it comes to high school basketball in the Pee Dee and Grand Strand, Tommy Johnson has to be considered one of the deans of local basketball. Johnson announced his retirement after eight seasons at Socastee High. He'll stay on at the school to teach social studies and work with athletic director Tim Renfrow.

      Johnson won a state title in 1986 for the West Florence Knights and had a long stint as the head basketball coach of the Wilson Tigers, where he coached South Carolina Gamecock Carlos Powell and Tennessee Volunteer Major Wingate among others. In all, Johnson coached 13 players who were named to WPDE's All-Hoop Zone team. He was also involved in the AAU's Beach Ball Select which produced NBA point guards Raymond Felton and Ramon Sessions.

      "There comes a time when it is time, and that time is now," Johnson said in a email to media members. "What I will take most away from the experience is all of the people I know and the relationships that still remain. Basketball is a long season especially when you throw in the summer workouts. I have a wife, son and granddaughter that will get my time now."