Weekly roundup: Season expectations tested in state playoffs

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A Wando boys golfer chips out of a sand trap during a match earlier this season against Academic Magnet. COURTESY OF WWW.CLEAREDGE.ZENFOLIO.COM


Palmetto Christian

The Palmetto Christian Academy baseball team saw its season come to a close this past Tuesday in the SCISA 2A state playoffs. The Eagles, slotted as a No. 7 seed, lost twice to Carolina Academy in a doubleheader this past week.

Carolina Academy won the first game 7-5 and then 13-3 to put a cap on Palmetto Christian’s first season in 2A.

Bishop England

After winning its district in the 2A state playoffs by beating three teams by a combined score of 10-1, the Bishop England baseball team contined its winning ways against Woodland and Loris to advance to the Lower State final on Friday.


The Wando baseball team came up one run shy of pulling off a doubleheader sweep of Beaufort in the district finals in the 4A state tournament. The Warriors won the first game 4-2, but were edged 6-5 in the finale.

Wando lost to Beaufort 7-6 in the opening round, placing them in the consolation side of the District 6 bracket. But, the Warriors battled back to beat North Augusta, Florence and then Beaufort but could not extend their streak.



The Wando softball team mowed down its competition in the district segment of the 4A state playoffs. The Warriors defeated Beaufort once and Lexington twice to advance in the Lower State bracket.

In Saturday’s game against Summerville, Wando saw its 13-game winning streak end with a 2-0 loss. Then, in the consolation bracket, the Warriors’ season ended with a 2-1 loss to White Knoll.

Bishop England

The Bishop England softball team’s season was ended by Silver Bluff this past week in the district finals of the 2A state tournament. The Battling Bishops routed Wade Hampton twice but were upended by Silver Bluff twice to get eliminated.



The Wando boys golf team won the 4A Region 7 tournament at Pine Forest Country Club this past Tuesday, creating momentum heading into the 4A state playoffs. Kyle Spencer shot a 71 to earn medalist honors. West Ashley was team runner-up, shooting 322, which was 14 strokes off Wando’s total.

Spencer, Brad McCullough, Wayne Glore and Michael Glennon represent the Warriors on the all-region team.

Other region members’ totals were: Stratford 370, Cane Bay 409 and Goose Creek 459.


Palmetto Christian

The Palmetto Christian Academy girls soccer team wrapped up its inaugural season in the SCISA ranks this past Thursday. The Eagles (1-10) lost to Northwoods Academy 5-1, with sophomore Karris Ripple providing the lone goal.

It was the second game in two days for Palmetto Christian. The previous game was a 7-0 loss to Hanahan.

The Palmetto Christian Academy boys soccer team ended its first season as a varsity sport this past week with losses to Northwoods Academy and Hanahan. The Eagles finished 1-10 overall.


The Wando girls soccer team routed Colleton County Monday night in the opening round of the 4A state tournament, 9-0. The Warriors advance to host Dutch Fork, Wednesday.

The Wando boys soccer team began its run at a 4A state championship this past Tuesday night at home against Bluffton. The Warriors, a No. 1 seed in the Lower State bracket, are ranked the top program in the state and country among spring soccer teams.

Bishop England

The Bishop England girls soccer team enjoyed a first-round bye in the 2A state playoffs this past Monday night. As the No. 2 seed in the Lower State bracket, the Battling Bishops face No. 7 Battery Creek, which won 7-0 over No. 10 Timberland on Wednesday.

The Bishop England boys soccer team hosted Aynor, Tuesday night, in the opening round of the 2A state playoffs. The game was completed after press time.

Academic Magnet

The Academic Magnet girls soccer team received a first-round bye in the 2A state playoffs. Instead of playing Monday night, the Raptors – the No. 1 seed – begin their quest for a title Wednesday night against the No. 8 Woodland/No. 9 Andrews winner.

The Academic Magnet boys soccer team took the No. 1 seed in the 2A Lower State bracket and hosted Calhoun County this past Tuesday after the Moultrie News went to press. The Raptors are ranked as the top team in 2A in the final state coaches association poll.


The Palmetto Christian Academy boys and girls track and field teams both finished as runners up in their respective SCISA 1A/2A state championship meet. The Eagles’ seasons concluded with 10 state champion athletes and 21 new school records set. “For the boys, this was their second consecutive runner-up performance,” coach Dale Hoover said. “For the girls, this was their best finish ever.”

Junior Joe Siegwald earned three titles for first-place finishes in the long jump, triple jump and 200-meter dash. He also broke old school records in all three events in the process. Sophomore Mitch Hogan won the 400 hurdles and was on the winning 4x400 relay team with Ben Kramer, Gabe Hogan and Adam Graudin. Graudin, a senior, went out on top with his third consecutive title in the 400 run event.

On the girls side, sophomore Annie Pascutti won the long jump and 400 hurdles events. Senior Abby Fesler claimed first in discus, and eighth grader Maggie Hogan won pole vault.



The Wando boys tennis team hosted Lexington Tuesday night after press time. The Warriors, a No. 1 seed, defeated Fort Dorchester and Dutch Fork in the first two rounds of the 4A state playoffs.

Bishop England

The Bishop England boys tennis team enjoyed a bye in the opening round of the 2A state tournament. The Battling Bishops hosted Academic Magnet Tuesday night after press time.

Academic Magnet beat Hannah-Pamplico in the first round.

Palmetto Christian

The Palmetto Christian Academy boys tennis team lost in the SCISA 2A state finals to Savannah Day, 7-0, this past weekend.

Coach Dewey Caulder called the season a “huge accomplishment,” despite the final result. Before moving up to 2A this season, the Eagles had won six of the previous seven 1A state titles. They will lose only one senior, Greg Malone, to next year’s team.

Caulder said Malone will try to earn a walk-on spot at Anderson University in the fall.

“His Christ-like attitude was a pleasure to coach,” Caulder said. “He had a great year for having very little tennis experience and contributed more ways than just on the court. We will be back.”


Ian Kennedy, an eighth drafer at Cario Middle School, has been named as a Brine National All-Star, earning him spots in the Brine National All-State Lacrosse Academy and Brine National Lacrosse Classic.

The events will be held in Boyds, Md., June 30-July 3. The academy brings top middle school lacrosse players to compete on regional teams where an eventual national champion will be awarded. NCAA coaches guide the teams. Kennedy will represent the Carolina Region.

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