In June, Bishop England claimed the South Carolina Athletics Administrators Association’s Director’s Cup for the 12th straight year since the award’s inception in the 2001-02 school year.

So how does Bishop England stack up nationally for athletic excellence?

On Tuesday, MaxPreps released its 2012-13 MaxPreps Cup, which recognizes the top high school athletic programs in the nation, and the Bishops checked in at No. 5.

The rankings are compiled by giving schools points for finishing first or second at the state level. For states that don’t have state competition, point totals were adjusted to award first and second-place teams at the section level. National rankings also were included in the tabulation of points.

The Bishops claimed six state championships in Class AA — volleyball, girls’ tennis, football, boys golf, girls track and boys soccer — and finished state runners-up in girls lacrosse, baseball, girls basketball, boys swimming and boys track.

“I said it before, but it’s worth repeating,” BE athletic director Paul Runey said. “The amazing thing is 70 percent of our students are involved in sports. The kids have worked hard. On the first day of the school year, we have students out there practicing one way or another.”

Westminster, a Class AA school in Georgia finished No. 1 with 1,239 points. The school won state championships in 11 sports, while finishing second four other sports.

Punahou, located in Honolulu, second with 1,008 points, while St. Pius X Catholic of Atlanta checked in at No. 3 with 873 points.

Century, of Bismarck, N.D., finished fourth with 835 points, while Bishop England was fifth with 812 points.

Lexington was the only other school from the Palmetto State ti finish in the top 25. The Wildcats were No. 19 with 612 points.

Demarest fares well

Three-time SCISA runner of the year Brent Demarest of Porter-Gaud missed the first day of cross-country practice this week.

Don’t worry, he’s not getting lazy.

Demarest was in Westchester, Ohio, for the USA Triathlon National Championships. Demarest, who also is the reigning SCISA swimmer of the year, was second overall in the 70-man “junior elite” race coming out of the water. His bike segment, showed great improvement, coming in at 26th.

But a mishap in the transition chute cost him valuable seconds moving from bike to run, and dropped him from fifth to about 15th place overall. But Demerest recovered with a great effort in the 5k run split, the best in the field, to work back up to the lead pack to finish second overall, only 11 seconds away from a third national title.

He earned another trip to the World Championships as a member of team U.S.A.

Thompson competes in showcase

West Ashley softball player Lexi Thompson will compete in the Queen of Diamonds Showcase South at Winthrop University at the end of the month.

The event attracts athletes from more than 30 state and two Canadian provinces. She was one of 264 players selected from more than 2,000 candidates.

Thompson, who will make her second straight appearance at the showcase, is a shortstop/catcher for the Carolina Fire 18U travel team and has been the starting catcher for West Ashley since the seventh grade.