Ray Canady received a high honor for his work as Irmo High School Athletics Director.
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Sept. 22 Matches
Gilbert 3, Lower Richland 0 (25-7, 25-5, 25-6)
River Bluff 3, Dutch Fork 0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-10)
Chapin 3, White Knoll 0 (25-15, 25-17, 25-15)
Dreher 3, Swansea 0 (25-19, 25-15, 25-11)
Westwood 3, Irmo 0 (25-22, 25-6, 25-19)
Pelion 3, Wagener-Salley 0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-21)
Strom Thurmond 3, Batesburg-Leesville 1 (25-23, 25-22, 25-19, 25-21)
Lexington 2, Grovetown (Ga.) 0 (25-15, 25-17)
Lexington 2, Lakeside (Ga.) 0 (25-22, 25-11)
W.W. King Academy 3, Newberry Academy 2 (25-16, 26-28, 22-25, 25-23, 15-11)
Sept. 24 Match
Gilbert 2, Camden 1 (21-25, 25-21, 15-12)
Sept. 26 Match
Northside Christian Academy 3, Thomas Sumter Academy 0 (25-10, 25-7, 25-16)
The South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association named Canady the 2021-22 Region 5-4A Athletic Director of the Year. The region includes A.C. Flora, Lugoff-Elgin, Richland Northeast, Ridge View and Westwood high schools.
“This is my home, and I am proud to be the Athletic Director of Irmo High School, but I am just one piece of the puzzle,” Canady said. “We have great support from [Superintendent Akil] Ross, the [Lexington-Richland School District Five] office and principal [Kareem] Hampton for all of our athletic programs.
“A large percentage of our student body are athletes and watching them compete is the reason I enjoy my job so much. All of our coaches make this job enjoyable as well. My goal is to make sure our student athletes have the equipment, facilities, and coaches to be successful. When they graduate, we want them to be prepared to be productive members of society.”
An Irmo alumnus, Canady has served as a social studies teacher at the school since 1994. He was promoted to athletics director in 2017 after serving as an assistant under Reggie Kennedy.
Canady has received several awards in the field, including being named the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association (SCBCA) Select Head Baseball Coach in 2017 and Regional Baseball Coach of the Year in 2003.
“It truly is impressive that our region coaches recognize Mr. Canady as the region Athletic Director of the Year,” Hampton said. “He is passionate about our student athletes and makes it a priority to do everything he can to help them succeed on and off the field!”
Shrine Bowl returns to a new location
After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, the annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas will make its return this December.
Instead of Wofford’s Gibbs Stadium, the contest will take place at nearby Spartanburg High School’s football stadium.
The Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas is one of oldest high school all-star bowl games in America. Over the years there have been numerous players that went on to college and then on to the NFL.
The list includes Chapin’s Dewayne Wise, Newberry’s Willie Scott and Airport’s Duce Staley.
Proceeds from the game are sent as expenses to the Shriner’s Hospital, a health care facility concentrating on treating children.
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