Weekly roundup: Local baseball, soccer athletes earn individual accolades

  • Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Wando girls soccer team won the 4A state championship after beating J.L. Mann in the finale. Team members include (from row, from left) Grace Gore, Melissa McCool, Rachel Torlay, Suzi Vallez, Hannah Ross, Alex Hayes, (second row, from left) Emma Jeffries, Mattie Delusa, Grace Bishop, Katie Leen, Lyndi Helland, Allie Winglosky, Morgan Blake, Raymara Barreto, Rachel Barrack, Hope Snell, coach Shannon Champ (third row, from left) Ellen Hayes, Lauren Karinshak, Brittany Heri, Caroline Rothkopf, Caroline Harley, Megan O’Connor, Logan Nelson, Summer Edwards. PHOTO PROVIDED


The Bishop England baseball team placed two players, Zack Madden and Cameron Garrett, on the 2A all-state team, as voted on by the state coaches association. The Battling Bishops lost to Chesnee in the state championship series.

In 4A, no Wando players made the all-state team, but former Warrior Nick Ciuffo earned the Player of the Year honor. Ciuffo played for Wando his freshman and sophomore years before finishing his high school career with Lexington.

Ciuffo, who signed with South Carolina, is expected to be a late first-round selection in the upcoming MLB Draft in June. Most predictions place him in the low 20s pick range.



The Wando girls soccer team won the 4A state championship, concluding a dominating regular season and postseason. The Warriors did not allow a goal in the playoffs and topped J.L. Mann 2-0 in the title game.

The Moultrie News received a team photo after press time.

Bishop England

Ross Rogers and Mateo Gomez will represent the Battling Bishops in the North-South All-Star game in June at Blackbaud Stadium. Bishop England won the 2A state championship, giving coach Ed Khouri his 16th state title.

The Moultrie News received a team photo after press time.


The 43nd annual Sertoma Football Classic field is set, and East Cooper football teams have tough tests.

Bishop England, a two-time defending champion in 2A, will play two quarters against 4A foe Summerville, Aug. 23. In the previous Sertoma Classic, the Bishops played Stratford and were able to finally end the battle for starting quarterback.

The job went to Nick Theos, who played more confidently than Nick Herbst in the preseason scrimmage. Later in the season, Herbst took over for an injured Theos and led Bishop England to a state championship.

Both quarterbacks have graduated, as have standouts DeAngelo Stephenson, Griffie Loy, Drew Costa and Zach Richter, among others.

Wando, coming off its best regular season in program history, will play 2A perennial contender Hanahan for a pair of a quarters, Aug. 22. The Warriors lost its linebacker corps: Zach Dauscher, Babe Thomas, Stevie Wilson and Blaine Thompson. On the offensive end, Christian Hart, Nate Wright, Cameron Rouse and Casey Clawson are also gone to graduation.

Palmetto Christian Academy starts the string of Aug. 23 game with a scrimmage against Kingstree. With the exception of wide receivers Bayne Hirshman and Adam Graudin, the Eagles return most of its offensive weapons, including four-year quarterback starter J.T. Waters.

Defensively, Palmetto Christian must find alternatives to offset the losses of linebackers Conner Treece and Graham Blunt.

Sertoma is held at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium.

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