Runey earns Region 6-AA honor

Bishop England girls basketball coach Paul Runey has 661 wins in 33 seasons at the school. His team plays for its fourth straight state title on Saturday. (File/Staff)

Bishop England’s Paul Runey has been named the Region 6-AA girls basketball coach of the year after guiding the Bishops to a 23-4 record and their third Class AA state championship in four years.

Bishop England went undefeated in the region and finished the season on an 18-game winning streak.

Three members of the team — juniors Jo Jo Tompkins and Hannah Corbett, and sophomore Rhetta Moore — were selected to the all-region team.

Choral Linhart and Lilly Schweickhardt of Academic Magnet also earned league honors, along with Ravyn Mitchell of Garrett Tech and Brooklyn Mitchell of North Charleston.

Whale Branch’s Kemoni Jenkins was named the Region 6-AA player of the year. Teammates Shaniqua Johnson and Shatay Clark earned all-region honors, along with Brianna Tolbert and Taquasia Lampkin of Battery Creek.

Battery Creek senior guard Eric Freeman was tabbed the Region 6-AA player of the year in boys basketball while Battery Creek coach Antoine Youmans was the league’s coach of the year.

Joining Freeman on the all-region team from Battery Creek are Devante Wilson and Markell Smalls.

Garrett Tech landed three players on the all-region team — Jascere Stokes, Kenny Frost and Carlos Scotton. Bishop England is represented by guards B.J. Grevey and Ivan Fields while North Charleston had Statan Levine and Therin Levine selected.

Rounding out the boys all-region team are Jay Middleton and David Lamb of Whale Branch and Ben Sewell of Academic Magnet.

One of the area’s top track and field events — the 11th annual Mellow Mushroom Relays — will take place on Saturday, hosted by Wando High School. A total of 23 teams have registered to compete so far.

The event, which also includes field events, consists of a variety of relay races, including several that are not typically run at high school meets. Admission is $5.

In one of the best girls soccer matches of the season, two-time defending state champion Academic Magnet visits rival Bishop England on Thursday. Academic Magnet is off to a 7-0-2 start while the Bishops are 5-0-1. The two Region 6-AA powers also will clash on April 16.

In an extraordinary pitching effort that may have been overlooked last week, Pinewood Prep junior right-hander Kris Kuhn struck out 18 hitters in six innings of work in a 10-0 win over Northwood Academy last Thursday night.

The most bored in attendance? The Panthers’ infield and outfield defense.

Kuhn, a verbal commitment to Clemson, picked up his second win in less than a week with his performance and has 27 strikeouts in his first two starts of the regular season.

Several area baseball players have recently made verbal commitments to college programs. Porter-Gaud pitcher Bo Harrell has committed to The Citadel while Cyclones catcher Harrison Frickman will play at Tufts University.

West Ashley infielder Connor Wohnig and Berkeley left-handed pitcher Joe Glauser will attend USC-Lancaster in the fall.

Former Stratford pitcher Brandon Hester, now at Florence-Darlington Tech, will attend Erskine next season. He is a one-time South Carolina commitment. Former Ashley Ridge pitcher Patrick Mace, currently at Spartanburg Methodist, also has signed with Erskine.