Wando senior Charlie Marino has been selected the Gatorade Player of the Year for boys soccer in South Carolina. Marino scored 36 goals for the Class AAAAA state champions, helping the Warriors to a 54-game winning streak. Wando ended the spring season as the nation’s top-ranked team.
Marino will play collegiately at College of Charleston.
Lobeck commits to College of Charleston
Bishop England outfielder Mike Lobeck verbally committed to play baseball at College of Charleston on Tuesday. Lobeck, who moved to Daniel Island from Ohio last summer, batted .414 as the starting left fielder in 2018. The Bishops won the Class AAA state championship for a second consecutive year.
Northwood names new football coach
Northwood Academy did not have to look long for its new head football coach, promoting defensive coordinator Ryan Leaver to the position earlier this week.
Leaver has been an assistant in the program for 10 years, serving the last six as defensive coordinator under former head coach Phil Keefe, who stepped down three weeks ago.
Guerry hired at Faith Christian
Faith Christian Academy in Summerville has named Steve Guerry its new athletic director and varsity boys basketball coach. Guerry has former coaching stints at Stall, Kingstree, Berkeley, Northwood Academy and St. John’s Christian while also spending time as an instructor at a basketball academy in China.
Guerry is a 1996 graduate of Macedonia High.
SCCAWS players of the year
The South Carolina Coaches Association of Women’s Sports has announced their spring sports players of the year for 2018.
Bishop England’s Emma Pizzo was named the girls lacrosse player of the year and Hanahan pitcher Drayton Siegling is the Class AAA softball player of the year.
Wando’s Zeniyah Lawrence (Class AAAAA) and Woodland’s Auyanna Carson (Class AA) were the girls track athletes of the year. Riane Coman of Academic Magnet was the Class AA/A girls soccer player of the year.
The athletes will be honored at a banquet Sunday at the South Carolina High School League office in Columbia.
Charleston Post 166 legion baseball underway
The only local American Legion baseball program has opened its 2018 campaign with wins over Sumter and Hampton, and looks to contend for the state championship this summer.
The team is comprised of players from Cane Bay, Stratford, Goose Creek and Summerville and will play home games at Cane Bay.
David Horton, who serves as the pitching coach at Cane Bay, is the team’s head coach, moving to the top spot after working as an assistant last summer.
Charleston was ranked eighth in the preseason statewide rankings but has climbed to fourth in the latest list. The team will play a 16-game regular season schedule with the state playoffs beginning on July 9.