Here’s how The Post and Courier’s Phil Bowman ranks the top high school football teams in the Lowcountry:
TW LW Team Comment
1. 1. Goose Creek Gators begin bid for second state title in three years
2. 2. Stratford Knights’ defense was lights out in loss to Gators
3. 3. Hanahan Hawks must be ready for Marlboro County
4. 4. Summerville Green Wave knows Ashley Ridge won’t be easy
5. 5. Timberland Wolves bid for second Division II-AA title in three years
6. 6. Bishop England Bishops seek ninth consecutive playoff victory
7. 7. Woodland Wolverines averaging nearly 40 points a game
8. 8. Beaufort Eagles face tricky test against Blythewood
9. 9. Fort Dorchester Trip to Dutch Fork will be supreme test
10. NR. Cross Will Trojans be able to duplicate last season’s magic?
The early signing period for high school athletes begins Wednesday and concludes Nov. 20.
By the time the week concludes, it will be one of the biggest early signing day bonanzas in quite some time in the Lowcountry.
Two girls will sign basketball scholarships with major programs, while four local swimmers will sign with high-profile schools. Another student-athlete will sign to play softball at the University of South Carolina.
The day will begin with West Ashley basketball standout Dekeiya Cohen signing with Baylor.
Cohen, who last year was The Post and Courier’s female athlete of the year, is considered one of the top 50 senior basketball players in the country.
She averaged 26.7 points, 13 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 3.5 shots blocked per game last season. She will begin her final high school season with 1,803 career points.
Cohen selected Baylor over South Carolina, Miami, Louisville and Georgia.
Northwood Academy star Amber Campbell will sign with Wake Forest on Friday.
Last season, Campbell became just the ninth girl’s basketball player in state history to score 3,000 career points.
Campbell has been starting for Northwood Academy since eighth grade. She is seventh on the state’s all-time scoring list with 3,093 career points. A two-time All-Lowcountry selection, she averaged 31.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and 5.4 steals per game this season.
In swimming, Wando’s Megan Kingsley with will sign with the Georgia Bulldogs, Bishop England’s Matt Adams will sign with Alabama, Ashley Ridge’s Micah Bohon will sign with Tennessee, and Academic Magnet’s James Koval will sign with West Virginia.
Kingsley, arguably the greatest female swimmer in state history, concluded her prep career by winning the 200 individual medley (2:01.10) and the 100 butterfly fly (54.67) at the state meet. She finished her career with two state records, set her junior year.
Adams recently broke state meet records in the 200-yard individual medley (1:50.78) and the 100 freestyle (45.32) and swam on the winnning 200- and 400-free relays.
Bohon placed second in the 100 backstroke at the state meet and was third in the 200 individual medley.
Koval led the Raptors to the Class AAA-AA-A state title by winning the 200 freestyle (1:44.73), and the 500 freestyle (4:39.69). He also was on the winning 200 medley relay team.
Ashley Ridge softball standout Aubrey Rabun is scheduled to sign with the South Carolina Gamecocks.
Rabun will begin her sixth season as the starting catcher for the Ashley Ridge softball team, the only starter at that position since the school opened in 2008. She is a two-time all-state selection who batted .435 last spring with 30 hits, including a total of eight for extra bases and three homers. She drove in 29 runs.
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Coastal Christian is well represented on the SCISA 8-Man all-region football team.
Seth White, Will Hollingsworth and Will Smith were offensive selections. Josh Morgan was a defensive selection. Will Myrick received honorable mention all-region.
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