The Bishop England boys cross country team goes after its fourth Class AA state championship in five years, but veteran coach Tony Colizzi knows Saturday's meet will be a challenge.
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“It's going to be a battle,” Colizzi said. “It's going to be difficult and we're going to need our best effort. There are plenty of challenges — Academic Magnet, Waccamaw, Pendleton and Landrum.
“It's going to be a challenge to finish on top, but I believe we have a chance.”
The Bishops' biggest challenge could be in its own backyard. Bishop England's Christian Widenhouse won last week's Lower State meet with a time of 16:46. 65, but Academic Magnet took five of the top nine individual results, including second- and third-place efforts by senior Ryan Bing and freshman Hayden DiBona. The Bishops' Alex Righi was fourth in Lower State.
“We're not as top heavy as we were last year,” Colizzi said. “But we're extremely deep.”
Colizzi said the Bishops' growing reputation in the 5-kilometer event helps the program grow.
“The kids know about the tradition and what is expected,” he said. “They want to be known as a team that runs well and is successful. They just don't want to be known as a team that ran.”
The Wando girls' team goes after its third Class AAAA title in four years. The Warriors are led by sisters Georgia and Rosa Marie Compton.
The top volleyball players in SCISA will play their counterparts from Georgia (GISA) Saturday at Stratford Academy in Macon, Ga.
Class AAA state champ Porter-Gaud headlines the team with Julia McAvoy and Lexie Meyer. Other local players selected include Haley Hester of Palmetto Christian and Emily Watkins of Holly Hill Academy.
Local players named to the Class AAA South team for the North-South game include Lauren Percy and Dalya Amer, Ashley Hall; McKala Rhodes and Emily Peters, First Baptist; and Marla Sagatelian, Porter-Gaud.
Local players named to the Class AA-A South team include Reagan Mobley and Kayla Crider, Holly Hill Academy; Caroline Rathman, Palmetto Christian; Madison LaPorte and Jordan McLawhorn; Anne Winters, St. John's Christian; Kendall Jumper, Colleton Prep; and Emily Gibson, Coastal Christian.
Stall names coach
Ronnie Sayer has been named the baseball coach at Stall High School.
He was a four-year letterman and graduated from Fort Dorchester High in 2003. He was named to both the all-region and North-South all-star teams his senior year.
Sayer has spent the last four years as an assistant to Jack Radcliffe at Fort Dorchester. He also volunteers with the North Charleston Dixie Pre-Majors and Majors baseball teams.
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