As the basketball season winds down around the Palmetto State, various organizations and regions are releasing their annual all-state and all-region teams.
The South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association recently announced their all-state teams for each classification. In AAAA boys, senior point guard Brady Schuck of Region 7-AAAA champion James Island is joined by Wando senior center Matthew Pegram, Fort Dorchester sophomore guard Ky Reese and Summerville junior guard Terrell Bowens.
Hanahan’s Rodney Keener was the lone selection to the boys’ AAA all-state team, while Garrett Tech’s Jascere Stokes and Woodland’s Leron Carn were named to the AA team. Burke’s Adonicus Sanders and Cross’s Jaywaun Washington were Class A all-state picks.
In girls basketball, Summerville senior point guard Ashley Green, the Region 8-AAAA Player of the Year, was selected to the AAAA team, along with Goose Creek sophomore point guard Mariah Linney and West Ashley freshman guard Haliyah Sumter.
There were no selections in class AAA and Bishop England’s Rhetta Moore is the lone AA selection. Cross sophomore Jayla Ravenell and Baptist Hill senior Jerika Magwood were class A selections.
James Island boys’ coach Stan Wilkins recently was named the Region 7-AAAA Coach of the Year after leading the Trojans to the region championship.
Area basketball coaches are asked to nominate players for the 2014-15 All-Lowcountry team, which will be released in March. Coaches are asked to send supporting statistical information for all nominees. The Post and Courier will name a first and second-team in boys and girls basketball, as well as an honorable mention list. Please email nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for nominations is March 1.
Monday is the official start of the spring sports season so now is a good time for the first Lowcountry Top 10 baseball rankings for the 2015 season.
Clearly the top two teams in the area this spring will be Wando and Summerville, both of class AAAA. Wando enters the 2015 season as the top-ranked team in the state and has as many prospects as any program in the state. Outfielder Kep Brown (Miami) and infielder/pitcher Harrison Smith (USC) are two of the seven players that have signed scholarships. It goes without saying that if this Wando team shows up motivated to play every night, they will be hard to beat.
Summerville, ranked third in class AAAA, is ranked second in the first Lowcountry top 10. The Green Wave, like Wando, is loaded with talent this spring under first-year head coach Banks Faulkner. Senior centerfielder TJ Hopkins is a South Carolina signee and junior right-hander Sawyer Bridges is a USC commitment with a fastball in the low 90’s.
Berkeley is the top AAA team in the area and begins the season ranked third in the area and ninth in class AAA. Though head coach Landy Cox lost some key experience, the Stags should be solid on the mound this spring with senior right-hander Zach Gonzales leading the way.
West Ashley opens at number four, led by three solid pitchers and a key offensive leader in senior Connor Wohnig.
Ashley Ridge will battle Summerville in region 8-AAAA and is ranked fifth in the Lowcountry top 10.
Filling out the bottom five spots is a lot more difficult. Any number of teams could be ranked in the early top 10.
Rounding out the initial top 10 are Bishop England at six, followed by Hanahan, Stratford, James Island and Pinewood Prep.
In last week’s notebook, we listed the local athletes who placed among the top three at the recent SCISA state wrestling tournament. We inadvertently left one state runner-up — Terrell Peterson of Ridge Christian Academy — off the list. Peterson finished second in the 182-pound weight class.