It was a very good year for Bishop England athletics — again.
The Bishops claimed the South Carolina Athletics Administrators Association’s Director’s Cup for the 12th straight year since the award’s inception in the 2001-02 school year.
The Bishops claimed six state championships in Class AA — volleyball, girls’ tennis, football, boys golf, girls track and boys soccer — and finished state runners-up in girls lacrosse, baseball, girls basketball, boys swimming and boys track.
“I think it was a very good year for Bishop England sports again,” athletic director Paul Runey said. “The amazing thing is 70 percent of our students are involved in sports. The kids have worked hard. On the first day of the school year, we have students out there practicing one way or another.”
Lexington won the Class AAAA award while Hilton Head claimed the Class AAA title. St. Joseph’s won the award for Class A schools.
Locally, Wando finished second in Class AAAA and Summerville was third.
James Island finished 10th in Class AAA and Academic Magnet was third in Class AA.
Scott Durham has been named the football coach at Andrews High School.
He has spent the last nine years at Goose Creek, serving as quarterback coach and baseball coach. Gators quarterbacks have been named all-region eight times and all-state four times during Durham’s tenure.
“I have always wanted to be a head football coach. I came to Goose Creek to prepare myself to be one. Andrews is a small community that usually has good athletes, so it seemed like it could be a good situation,” said Durham. “I am obviously very excited about the opportunity.”
The North-South All-Star Baseball Games will be held Friday and Saturday at the Ripken Experience in Myrtle Beach, while the South Carolina Select Team will play their North Carolina counterparts June 19-20 at UNC Charlotte.
The Lowcountry will be well represented in both games.
Bishop England outfielder Zack Madden and Wando pitcher/first baseman Michael Carpin will play for the South Carolina Select team.
James Island’s Tom Hatley and Summerville’s Burt Bazzle will be on the South Carolina Select coaching staff.
Local players named to the Class AAAA-A South team include Cane Bay pitcher Austin Timm, Fort Dorchester pitcher/infielder Ryan Boyle and Wando catcher Babe Thomas.
Berkeley pitcher Andrew Lockilear, James Island pitcher Tyler Weekley and Woodland pitcher Michael DeLee were named to the Class AAA-AA South team.