Former Berkeley football coach Jerry Brown is on the move again. He has resigned as coach at Batesburg-Leesville and has inquired about the vacant head coaching job at Spring Valley, according to The State newspaper.
Brown led Batesburg-Leesville to the Class AA-Division II state title last season, his second year at the school. He won state titles at Berkeley in 1994, 1996 and 2009, and won a state championship at Spring Valley in 1988.
"I'm exploring other coaching opportunities where I can get into a position where I have a defensive coordinator and somebody to share the load there," Brown told The State. "I did speak with Spring Valley, but nothing has come out of that yet."
The S.C. High School Lacrosse Coaches Association recently named its boys and girls all-state teams, with the Lowcountry well represented.
The boys' all-state first team included Thomas Trouche (attack), Jeffrey Thomas (midfield), Alex Lansink (defense) and Nate Schlosser (face-off) of Academic Magnet; and Tucker Dodson (attack), Andrew Phelan (midfield) and Thomas Gribben (defense) of Wando.
On the second team were Warner Jenkins (midfield) and Jacob Hand (face-off) of Bishop England; Gavin Howley (defense) and Connor Simonson (goalie) of Wando; and Greylan Ingle (LSM) of Academic Magnet.
The girls' first team included Elena Bosco (attack), Taylor Kennington (attack), Caitlin Greenho (defense) and Taylor Rice (goalie) of Bishop England; and Casey Costello (midfield) and Christian Oliver (defense) of Wando.
On the second team were Jessie Bunting (attack) and Christina Alexander (goalie) of Wando; Hunter Leckonby (midfield) of Academic Magnet; and Carolyn Roberts (defense) of Bishop England.
The state baseball and softball playoffs begin next Thursday and there are a handful of Lowcountry teams that could make extended runs this spring.
In AAAA baseball, the top two teams in the area all season have been West Ashley and Summerville. The Wildcats won Region 7-AAAA for the second straight season and have fared well against some of the better programs in the state this spring.
Summerville has been among the top 10 teams in the state all season but has struggled in the final week. The Green Wave lost to Ashley Ridge on Monday night and fell in a non-conference game to Berkeley on Tuesday.
Speaking of Ashley Ridge, the Swamp Foxes have won the Region 8-AAAA title with a 9-1 record, doing so with only two regular senior starters. The Swamp Foxes won the AAAA state title in 2012 but struggled to 11 wins with a very young team last spring. A year later, coach B.J. Bellush's squad is back on top.
Goose Creek, with two quality senior starting pitchers in Cody Smith and Tyler Rio, could be a sleeper in the AAAA playoffs.
Berkeley should be a strong contender in AAA. The Stags have solid pitching depth and a veteran lineup that includes several three-year starters.
In softball, the defending lower state champion Summerville Green Wave is again a top contender. However, coach Heather Tucker's squad has dropped a few games late, just as they did a season ago. Stratford, the Region 7-AAAA champion, should be competitive but may lack the overall firepower to win the Lower State.
Berkeley and Hanahan are the top AAA teams in the area and stand a chance of advancing into the lower state final four.
Bolus signs with Citadel
Track standout Greg Bolus of James Island Charter High School has signed with The Citadel. Bolus, 6-4 and 195 pounds, also played receiver for the Trojans' football team and runs the 400-meter hurdles and 800 meters for the track team.
Maw mows 'em down
Cane Bay's baseball team failed to qualify for the state playoffs for the first time in its six-year history, but senior left-handed pitcher Cody Maw had a remarkable season.
Maw's final start of his prep career came on Tuesday against rival Stratford. Maw tossed a complete game shutout, allowing three hits with 11 strikeouts and no walks.
The start capped an outstanding season for Maw, who went 4-1 with a 0.30 earned run average. Maw allowed 24 hits and only two earned runs in 47 innings, striking out 50 batters against five walks.
Tri-County track meet
Many of the area's top track and field performers will compete for Lowcountry supremacy on Saturday in the Tri-County track and field championship meet, held at Cane Bay High.
Berkeley, Dorchester and Charleston counties held their own county championship meets earlier this week. The top two finishers in each event from each of the three county meets qualified for the Tri-County meet. There also are two at-large qualifiers in each event as well.
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