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      Irmo boys basketball honored nationally

      IRMO (WACH)- The accolades continue to roll in for the Irmo High School boys' basketball team as they were honored by MaxPreps and the Army National Guard on Tuesday. The Yellow Jackets finished a perfect 29-0 and won the 4A state championship on March 1 over Goose Creek.

      MaxPreps, a California-based company that ranks more than 20,000 high school boys' varsity basketball teams nationwide, teamed up with the Army National Guard to present Irmo with a national ranking trophy.

      "It's a tremendous honor," Irmo head coach Tim Whipple said. "In the state, I think Irmo has a great reputation, and I think we've been very successful."

      Irmo finished the season ranked No. 52 nationally for the 2012-13 season.

      "When you start talking national awards, that's pretty special," Whipple said.

      The Yellow Jackets were led by senior guards Justin McKie and Detrek Browning. McKie, a University of South Carolina commit, averaged 17 points per game, while Browning, who signed with Francis Marion on Tuesday, scored 14 points a game.

      That guard presence to go along with an inside threat made this a comfortable season for Whipple, who is in his 32nd season with the school.

      "I can say that this is one of the more enjoyable teams I've coached and I'm not joking, this is the least amount of coaching I've had to do because the leadership was so well and they were so prepared every game."

      Irmo has now won five 4A state championships in school history.