A total of 33 high school players from the area have been named to the S.C. Soccer Coaches Association all-state teams, including 10 from Bishop England and eight from Academic Magnet.
In boys' soccer, Class AAAAA selections include Connor Brownlee of James Island, Ben Veloso of Fort Dorchester, and Liam Huddock, Charlie Marino and Andrew Pickhardt of Wando.
Cane Bay’s Tre’von Brisbon and Ryder Wishart are Class AAAA picks. Bishop England’s James Cox, Sean Fields, Henry Loor, Russell McLaughlin, Jacob Schirmer and Michael Still are Class AAA selections.
Class AA includes Bryan Bracy, Jackson Bracy, Nick Price and Dhillon Wegner — all of Academic Magnet.
In Class A, local selections were Sam Elliott, Mason Gunstra, Jason Hendricks and John Hendricks — all of Charleston Math & Science.
On the girls' side, local AAAAA selections include Emmalee McCarter of James Island, Isabella Varnado of Fort Dorchester, and Sami Meredith and Maggie Vanthullenar of Wando.
Bishop England’s Kessy Bradshaw, Haley Merrill, Lauren Moriarty and Megan Reneike were selected to the Class AAA team.
Academic Magnet’s Riane Coman, Rowan Burns, Emma Ladd and Emma Sherman were Class AA/A picks.
The SCHSL state soccer finals are set for this weekend at Irmo High School. Academic Magnet will take on Southside Christian in the AA girls finals at 2 p.m., followed by the AA boys final, which has Academic Magnet taking on St. Joseph’s Catholic at 4:30 p.m.
On Saturday, Charleston Math & Science plays for the Class A boys title against Governor’s School at 10 a.m. At noon, Bishop England will play Indian Land in the AAA girls final, with the Bishop England boys taking on defending state champion Berea in the AAA boys final at 2:30.
Wando will put its 53-game winning streak on the line in the Class AAAAA championship at 7 p.m. The Warriors will play Nation Ford.
SCISA 3-AAA all-region baseball
Pinewood Prep teammates Sammy Casey and Cody Waite were selected as the SCISA 3-AAA co-players of the year in voting by league coaches. Pinewood Prep's Jay Buddin was named the coach of the year.
Pinewood Prep’s other all-region selections include Matthew Latham, Austin Murphy and Jake Mangus. From Porter-Gaud, all-region picks were Jett Kirshtein, James Newlands and Chai Kirshtein.
Chad Harle, Cody Roberts and Elijah Baker were selected from First Baptist, with Northwood Academy’s Jamie Dyches rounding out the first team.
New hoops coach at Fort Dorchester
Fort Dorchester has a new boys basketball coach. The school recently announced the hiring of Jacob Smith as the replacement for Leon Wheaton, who left the school to become the coach at Woodland High School.
Smith comes from Colleton County, where he spent the last two seasons as head coach. Smith guided the Cougars to a 33-18 record and two playoff appearances in Class AAAA. Smith also has coached at North Charleston and Cheraw High and has 200 career coaching victories.
Keefe stepping down at Northwood
Northwood Academy is looking for a new athletic director and head football coach after Philip Keefe announced he would be leaving the school at the end of the current school year.
Keefe was head football coach since 2010, guiding the program to a SCISA Class AA state championship in 2014 with a 15-0 record.