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Bluestone’s Gregory prepares for second year of college ball

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Chris Gregory
SoVaNow.com / December 30, 2020

While neither Bluestone nor Park View will play winter sports this year, both schools are fortunate to have graduates who are currently competing in collegiate sports.

Former Bluestone standout Chris Gregory is about to begin his second season of basketball with the Wallace State Lions.

Gregory earned several awards and accolades while at Bluestone. He surpassed the 1,000-point mark in scoring for his high school career, was always solid on defense, brought a level head to the court, and received district, region and state honors, to name a few of his accomplishments.

Since arriving at Wallace State, Gregory has been a solid contributor. When Gregory graduated from high school, many locals thought he would move on to a four-year university.

Wallace State is a community college located in Hanceville, Ala. The school is a member of the Alabama Community College Conference and its sports programs fall under the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Gregory said when he chose the college, it was for the opportunities it offered that would help him grow in the classroom and on the court. As he enters his second season, he says he has no regrets about his decision.

“I made a good decision in coming here,” Gregory said.

The Lions finished last season 16-15, 7-7 conference — good for fifth place in the ACCC North Division.

Gregory saw playing time in 23 games — 10 of which he started — knocking down 3.2 points per game, shooting 34.2 percent and posting 73 points on the season. He was 21-36 at the line, shot 22.2 percent on treys and had 23 assists.

The 2019 Bluestone grad pulled down 77 rebounds (31 offensive, 46 on defense) and recorded 18 steals and three blocks.

Gregory noted the Lions were fortunate to be able to complete the 2019-2020 season.

“It went well, we got to finish out our season,” Gregory said, referring to COVID-19 shutting down sports in March. “We lost in the first round of the playoffs.

“I got a good opportunity to showcase my talents and show my coach what I could do. Just being around my teammates each and every day, them pushing me to be better.”

Gregory has been at home doing online classes this semester. He said the Lions plan on having a season this year, but that could change depending upon the coronavirus.

He said like most student-athletes, he’s been working out on his own as much as he can to maintain his fitness levels.

“As of right now they say we’re still playing,” Gregory added. “I don’t know what the plan is going to be moving on ... I report back to campus January 10th.”

The conference will allow sports to resume, with limits on the number of spectators in attendance. A Sept. 10 update to the college’s website shows Gregory’s campus is allowing fans to attend games and asks spectators to comply with any COVID-19 guidelines as deemed necessary. Allowing spectators is also subject to change at a moment’s notice.

As Gregory and his teammates ready themselves for their season opener on Jan. 22 against Coastal Alabama-East, he feels like the team will be successful this year — particularly in postseason play.

“I feel good. I think we have a real good chance to go to the playoffs and win it,” Gregory said. “I think I improved on my shot a little bit. It’s still a work in progress but it’s getting better.”

Gregory said he feels for the senior student-athletes at Bluestone and Park View who won’t be able to take part in their final sports seasons. The 6’3”, 180 pound wingman said it’s in times like these when athletes must maintain their focus.

“Just stay prayed up,” Gregory advised. “Work on what you need to work on at home if you can. Just be humble and know that everything is going to be okay.”



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