The Wando boys soccer team is set to defend its Palmetto Cup championship when the prestigious tournament kicks off Wednesday.
The Warriors are 8-0 and No. 2 in the state despite a heavy loss in talent.
Four Wando seniors signed Division I scholarships but could not play this season because of a rule that bans high school soccer athletes from playing for their school and an academy team. But the team still has talent in Eric Clark and Andrew Davis, who have signed with the College of Charleston and University of South Carolina, respectively.
The Palmetto Cup, hosted by Brookland-Cayce High School, has evolved from a four-team, four-match event into the premier in-season high school boys tournament in the Southeast. Since its inception in 1993, the tournament has become a barometer for the ESPNRise and NSCAA ranking committees.
The 2013 field features 16 teams, including the past three tournament champions — Wando (2012); Lexington (2011); and Bishop England (2010). Seven of the top 20 teams in the state are in the field.
The championship is set for April 6.
James Island’s Jordan wins 400th
James Island softball coach Jack Jordan recorded his 400th victory this week when the Trojans defeated Orangeburg-Wilkinson, 17-1
Jordan’s experience includes stints at Charleston Southern and Virginia Wesley. His high school experience includes Socastee, Lake City and James Island.
Trojans pitcher Weekley shines
James Island pitcher Tyler Weekley pitched a no-hitter in an 11-0 victory over Orangeburg-Wilkinson on Wednesday. He struck out nine and had a big day at the plate with three hits and three RBI.
Weekley has signed to play for Charleston Southern.
The Trojans are 6-4 and host Wando tonight.
The Post and Courier will publish baseball statistics on next week’s Prep Zone page.
Coaches are asked to provide leaders in all offensive and pitching categories.
Statistics should be submitted by noon on Thursday. Email stats to email@example.com.