The list of undefeated football teams in the Lowcountry will get shorter Friday night as the season passes the midway point.
There are five area teams with perfect records and two of those teams — Academic Magnet and North Charleston — play each other Friday.
Pinewood Prep (6-0) should be favored to extend its streak against Augusta Christian this week but faces SCISA AAA kingpin Hammond next Friday.
Fort Dorchester, the area’s top-ranked team, takes its 6-0 record to a dangerous West Ashley team in their final non-region game of the season. The Patriots are coming off their most impressive performance of the season — a 63-0 shellacking of Wando.
Another Region 8-AAAA team — Ashley Ridge — carries a 6-0 record into its home game against Goose Creek.
The Palmetto Scholars Academy has named Bernie Coaxum as its new boys varsity basketball coach. Coaxum is a former Wando High standout and played guard at the College of Charleston for coach John Kresse.
Palmetto Scholars Academy is a public charter school in North Charleston and will open its new facility at the Charleston Air Force Base in January.
More than 50 teams and 800 runners converged on the Lowcountry over the weekend for the annual Lowcountry Invitational Cross Country meet, hosted by James Island High School and held on John’s Island.
Among area participants, Ashley Ridge’s Jackson Ellenburg was the top finisher in the boys race, placing third overall. Hayden Dibona of Academic Magnet finished fourth and Wando’s Bradley Sanders was fifth.
Wando was the top local team, finishing third. Academic Magnet finished fifth in the team standings.
Among the girls, Ashley Hall’s Morgan Lee was the top local finisher in 15th place. Lee’s performance helped Ashley Hall to a fifth-place finish in the team standings. James Island was seventh, Summerville was ninth and Wando finished 10th.
Riverside’s girls team, one of the nation’s top teams, won the event – placing all five scoring runners in the top 10.
The South Carolina Shrine Bowl all-star football team will be chosen over the weekend with the selections announced Monday.
The Lowcountry will have two voices in the room when the coaching staff meets on Saturday and Sunday. Wando head coach Jimmy Noonan and Timberland defensive coordinator Bill Boroff are assistants on the 2015 coaching staff.
Among the top candidates from the Lowcountry for the Sandlappers’ squad are Fort Dorchester offensive lineman John Simpson and running back Datron James, Wando defensive end Johnny Ray, Hanahan receiver Samuel Denmark, and Ashley Ridge quarterback Steven Duncan.
The Lowcountry typically has between six and eight players selected to play in the Shrine Bowl.
Wando’s volleyball team traveled to Atlanta over the weekend, taking part in the A5 Southern Invitational. Wando (25-5) captured the championship of the Silver bracket, defeating Dunwoody, Georgia in the finals, 2-0 (25-20, 25-20). Wando defeated Nation Ford of South Carolina in the semifinals.
Wando junior middle Katie Jacques was selected to the all-tournament team.