Defending state champs Bishop England, Goose Creek headline 42nd Sertoma Classic
Defending state champions Bishop England and Goose Creek will play in the marquee games of the 42nd annual Sertoma Football Classic.
This yearís jamboree features 28 teams and is Aug. 16-17 at The Citadelís Johnson Hagood Stadium. The gates will open at 5:30 p.m. with action beginning at 6 p.m. both nights. The jamboree is being sponsored by CT Lowndes & Co.
Last year, Sertoma offered two-quarter scrimmages in the marquee games, and the format will remain the same for 2012.
On Aug. 16, Cane Bay and Wando will play for two quarters, while Bishop England will play Stratford for two quarters.
The Bishops went 13-1 last year and won their first state title in school history.
Coach John Canteyís team was hit hard by graduation, including quarterback Danny Croghan, linebacker Cameron Swails and two-way star Andrew Bunch. But the Bishops have talent coming back, including linebacker/running back Griffie Loy, defensive back Reed Fosberry and two-way star DeAngelo Stephenson.
On Day 2, Goose Creek will scrimmage Fort Dorchester for two quarters and Ashley Ridge and Summerville will culminate the event with a two-quarter scrimmage.
Goose Creek went 14-1 last fall and won the first football state title in school history.
Like the Bishops, the Gators lost some key players to graduation, including quarterback Jaquan Marsh, running back Virgil Smalls and linebacker T.J. Burrell.
But the Gators have plenty of talent coming back.
Gators running back/wide receiver/cornerback Tramel Terry heads up the list of the top football players in the state for the Class of 2013 by Scoutís SC Prep Nation.
Terry, who has committed to Georgia, is one of three Gators who are in the top 14 in the state. Defensive end Gerald Turner, who committed to Clemson is the No. 6 prospect, and linebacker Jalen Stevens is No. 14.
Running back Kaleb Kinlaw is one of the top players in the Class of 2014.
42nd Sertoma Classic
At Johnson Hagood Stadium
Actions starts 6 p.m.
Aug. 16: Baptist Hill vs. Military Magnet; St. Johns vs. Garrett; Hanahan vs. James Island; Palmetto Christian vs. North Charleston; Scottís Branch vs. West Ashley; Cane Bay vs. Wando (2 quarters); Stratford vs. Bishop England (2 quarters)
Aug. 17: Stall vs. Lincoln; Woodland vs. Academic Magnet; Colleton County vs. Pinewood; Northwood vs. Burke; Porter Gaud vs. Berkeley; Goose Creek vs. Fort Dorchester (2 quarters); Ashley Ridge vs. Summerville (2 quarters).
RíDogs to honor teams
The Charleston RiverDogs will honor The Post and Courierís All-Lowcountry baseball and softball teams, and the players and coaches of the year in the two sports, during their June 25 game against the Savannah Sand Gnats.
The players will be introduced and presented plaques by the RiverDogs on the field before the game as part of the pregame festivities. There will also be in-game ceremonies recognizing the players and coaches of the year. The RiverDogs last year unveiled a permanent sign recognizing players of the year.
The All-Lowcountry softball team and player of the year will be announced in the June 16 edition of The Post and Courier. The All-Lowcountry baseball team and player of the year will be announced June 17.
Carley Hoover of Daniel High School was named the Gatorade South Carolina Softball Player of the Year.
The 6-2 junior right-hander posted a 16-4 record in 1382/3 innings this spring, compiling a 0.50 ERA. She struck out 296 batters to lead the Lions to a 25-7 record and a berth in the Class AAA state championship series.
Hoover also batted .475 with seven home runs and 34 runs scored. She walked a state-record 59 times.
Hoover has maintained a 3.69 GPA in the classroom. President-elect of her class, she has volunteered locally, delivering food to the needy and coaching youth softball players.
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