Berkeley High School had hoped to have a head football coach by now, but a recent snafu in the process has prolonged the search.
Two weeks ago, it appeared former head coach Jerry Brown would be named to the position, but the recommendation was not approved by school district officials.
The application process was re-opened for a period of five days, ending this week. Principal Steven Steele will again set up interviews with top candidates and a coach should be named within a week.
Brown retired from coaching after the 2010 season at Berkeley, ending an 18-year run that included three state championships. The Stags never had a losing season under Brown, whose career coaching record is 258-113 with five state championships. Brown returned to coaching in 2012, leading Batesburg-Leeville to the Division II-AA state championship. He then took over as coach at Spring Valley, but resigned after a student accused Brown of slapping him during a class demonstration on discipline.
The accusations prompted a law enforcement investigation and much negative publicity. Though the investigation yielded no charges and Brown was completely exonerated, the Richland 2 school district placed Brown on administrative leave while it conducted its own investigation. That prompted Brown to resign.
The boys’ and girls’ soccer teams at Bishop England and Wando sit atop their respective classification rankings in the latest statewide polls released by the South Carolina soccer coaches association.
Wando is ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA boys and girls this week. Ashley Ridge is the only other local boys team ranked in AAAA, checking in at No. 13. James Island, ranked fifth, is the only other local girls’ team ranked in AAAA.
The Bishop England boys and girls recently knocked off rival Academic Magnet, signaling a changing in the guard in Region 6-AA this spring. The boys’ team is ranked No. 1 in AA, with Academic Magnet ranked second. Bishop England is 9-1-1 this season, losing only to Wando.
In the girls’ poll, Bishop England and Academic Magnet are ranked 1-2.
Bishop England is off to a 9-3 start and finished second in the 32-team Crescent Cup tournament over the weekend in Columbia. The Bishops recorded four wins in the tournament before losing, 3-1, to AAAA powerhouse J.L. Mann in the final. The loss snapped Bishop England’s nine-game winning streak.
Other area SCHSL teams in the rankings include: Hanahan boys (11 in AAA) and Charleston Math and Science boys (4 in A).
In SCISA, Pinewood Prep boys are ranked first in AAA while Porter-Gaud’s boys are ranked second in AAA. Northwood Academy’s boys are ranked in second in AA/A and Palmetto Christian’s boys are ranked fifth.
Porter-Gaud girls’ are ranked third in AAA while Ashley Hall is ranked fifth. Northwood Academy is ranked third in the SCISA AA/A girls’ rankings.
Softball Top 10
Last week, we released our Lowcountry Top 10 baseball teams for 2016. This week we highlight the top softball programs.
Heading up the list as the top-ranked team is Hanahan, a team considered to be a legitimate Lower State AAA contender this spring.
Summerville is ranked second this week, followed by Wando, Berkeley and Stratford among the top five.
Ashley Ridge comes in at No. 6, followed by West Ashley, Timberland, Northwood Academy and Cane Bay.
Local track leaders
Several area athletes currently boast the state’s top performances after a month of track and field events.
West Ashley sprinter Darrell Singleton has run the state’s top 100-meter dash so far, and Berkeley’s Keishaun Limehouse holds the state’s best performance in the 110 hurdles.
Wando’s Patrick Spychalski has run the top time in the 3,200-meter run and Summerville’s Devonte Rumph has the state’s best long jump to date. Cane Bay’s R.J. Roderick has the best triple jump and Hanahan’s Tre Smalls has the top shot put.
In girls’ track, Summerville hurdler Imagine Patterson has the top time in the 400-meter low hurdles and Bishop England’s Adele Blalock has the top performance in the pole vault.
The next major event in track and field will be held this weekend as Dutch Fork hosts the Bob Jenkins Coaches Classic.