Weekly roundup: Football, wrestling, basketball updates from East Cooper teams

  • Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Bishop England boys basketball guard Jacob Vecchiolla jumps toward the hoop before being fouled by an Academic Magnet defender. COURTESY OF BE SPORTS FLICKR


We know the flu is contagious. The Bishop England wrestling team is also finding out the injury bug is apparently contagious, too.

The Battling Bishops have limped to a 4-13 record through this past weekend but are improving their depth in the process for the future of the program.

“We are struggling due to low turnout, combined with numerous injuries that have made it difficult to fill all the weight classes,” coach Paul Spence said.

“We are forfeiting anywhere from five to six weight classes due to either injuries or no one at that weight class... we have had to put in a number of backups.”

The postseason is fast approaching, starting Jan. 29. “If we can get everyone healthy and work on their conditioning, we will do okay at regionals,” Spence said. “Our goals are simply to improve everytime we wrestle and to wrestle as hard as we can.”

Wando wrestling coach Adam Schneider did not immediately return a request for comment on the Warriors' season.


Players from the Bishop England football team are starting to find their future collegiate homes.

Running back and cornerback DeAngelo Stephenson will visit Fordham, Northern Illinois and Towson.

All those schools have offered scholarships, according to Battling Bishops coach John Cantey.

Linebacker Zach Richter will visit North Greenville and has already visited Newberry College.

Quarterback Kevin Herbst and center Adam Dobbins both visited Brevard.

Linebacker Griffie Loy will attend the Naval Academy “as long as he gets his appointment” to throw shot put.

Quarterback and wingback Nick Theos will also attend Navy, but plans to join the football team.


Wando winning

The Wando boys basketball team defeated Stratford on the road, this past Friday night, 65-50. With the region win, the Warriors improved to 12-8 overall and 2-1 in conference.

Statistics from the Friday game were not available at press time. Eleven of Wando's wins this season have come when scoring at least 60 points.

The Warriors hosted rival West Ashley Tuesday after the Moultrie News went to press.

The Wando girls basketball team scored its second-highest point total of the regular season in a 54-24 rout of Stratford, Friday night.

The Warriors moved to 2-1 in Region 7 play and 11-5 overall.

The 30-point victory also marked the largest margin of victory in the regular season.

BE teams split

The Bishop England boys basketball team dropped a close decision to Academic Magnet, Friday night, 66-62. The Raptors exacted revenge on the Bishops after Bishop England beat them earlier in the season 99-81.

The loss dropped the Battling Bishops to 4-4 in Region 6 and 7-9 overall.

A Tuesday date with North Charleston presented an opportunity to get above .500 in conference play.

That game was completed after the Moultrie News went to press.

The Bishop England girls basketball team remained unblemished in its region with a 38-29 victory over Academic Magnet, Friday night.

The Battling Bishops have not lost in January and are 13-3 overall and 8-0 in conference.

Their three losses have come at the hands of perennial state contenders.

To submit photos, stats, recaps and video for publication consideration, email reporter Tyler Heffernan at theffernan@moultrienews.com.

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