Weekly roundup: East Cooper former HS football standouts playing at next level for local colleges
Kristjan Dee, a alumnus of Coastal Christian Prep, is in his sophomore year with the Charleston Southern football team. Dee is a walk-on and listed as a defensive end on the program’s roster.
Last year, Dee suffered a dislocated shoulder while on the practice team and received surgery after the season concluded. He wears jersey No. 71, which was Coastal Christian coach JW Myers’ number while playing at Charleston Southern.
Also on the Buccaneers roster with East Cooper ties are redshirt freshmen Danny Croghan and Austin Wall. Croghan made his first collegiate start at quarterback two weekends ago after the season’s original starting quarterback injured his knee.
The former Bishop England standout scored two touchdowns on 70 rushing yards, and he completed 12-of-20 passes for 130 yards. With the win, the Buccaneers (7-0) made the FCS Coaches Poll at No. 25. This past weekend, Croghan made his second consecutive start and played even better, completing 18-of-27 passes for a career-high 245 yards and two touchdowns.
Wall, a wide receiver, is searching for his way into a more regular role. In 2011, Wall helped Bishop England win a state championship as a receiver and defensive back.
Thomas Warren, a former Bishop England star now playing for The Citadel, was named the Southern Conference special teams player of the week after kicking a game-winning field goal against Appalachian State two weeks ago.
It was a 35-yard field goal. He has converted a school-record 67 consecutive extra points.
Bay Amrhein, also with Bishop England roots, plays defensive end for The Citadel. Amrhein earned a starting job last year. He recorded 32 tackles after starting all 11 games.
Charles Clark redshirted last year at The Citadel after winning a state championship with Bishop England a season earlier. He’s listed as a wide receiver on the Bulldogs’ roster.
Alex Glover, a former Wando standout, is breaking through the rotation at The Citadel after playing sparingly as a true freshman and then gradually increasing his role his sophomore season. Now, as a junior, Glover is listed as the starting tight end and provides strength in blocking.
Brandon Eakins, a decorated Wando wide receiver, has started every game for the Bulldogs this season and is averaging about 10 yards per reception. He is a sophomore and “earned a substantial amount of playing time...during his true freshman campaign,” according to his roster bio.
East Cooper products vying for playing time include: Rudder Brown (Wando), Taylor Kimball (Wando) and Frank Dougherty (Porter-Gaud). Brown and Kimball are both true freshmen, while Dougherty is a redshirt freshman.
Nine of the top sailing teams in the country competed in the U.S. Offshore Championship in Annapolis, Md., Sept. 26-29, and a Charleston team placed second.
The U.S. Naval Academy Sailing Squadron hosted the event and supplied Navy 44s for the 7-race competition. The Charleston team was skippered by James Island resident Ryan Hamm. Team members were Robert Hertel, bowman (James Island); Rick Moore, halyards (James Island); Matt Moore, jib/spinnaker (James Island); Paul Whitesides, jib/spinnaker trimmer (Rock Hill); Chris Hamilton, main sail trimmer (James Island); and Brad Law, mast (Mount Pleasant).
The group prepared for the event for 18 months. “The sailing this weekend was awesome,” Ryan Hamm said in a news release. “I like racing big boats in small places, and Annapolis is perfect for that. That’s why we were keen to compete.”
The team members represented the South Atlantic Yacht Racing Association, the Charleston Ocean Racing Association and four area yacht clubs: Carolina Yacht Club, Charleston Yacht Club, James Island Yacht Club and Hobcaw Yacht Club.
The US Sailing Championships provide an opportunity for local sailors to compete on a national level and test their skills against the best. Each team consisted of a crew of eight, including one skipper and six crew members, plus one U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman provided from the varsity offshore racing team.
A minimum of five of each competitors’ team, including the designated skipper, must have raced together in at least five offshore regattas in the past 18 months.
The Bishop England girls tennis team dropped Academic Magnet, 6-1, this past Thursday to improve to 10-1 this season. The Battling Bishops’ lone defeat came Aug. 25 against 4A Dutch Fork.
Annika Bovender, of Mount Pleasant, led the Academic Magnet girls golf team to a 214-252 victory over region opponent Battery Creek. It was played at Wescott Plantation. Bovender earned medalist honors with a 9-hole score of 40.
The Palmetto Christian volleyball team continued its strong play in the regular season with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-10, 25-20) victory against Thomas Sumter this past Thursday night.
The Eagles (9-3 overall, 7-3 region) played Ashley Hall on Monday night after press time.
Wando, BE, PG
Hillcrest defeated Aiken, 2-1, in the championship match of the Wando Volleyball Invitational this past weekend. Hillcrest beat Wando, 2-0, in the semifinals, and Aiken dropped Bishop England, 2-0, to prevent an all-East Cooper finale.
Porter-Gaud claimed fifth place after defeating First Baptist and Rock Hill. Wando was given the Sue LeBlanc Sportsmanship Team Award, which is voted on by match referees.
Natalie Tucker and Elisa Aldrich represented the Warriors on the all-tournament team. Bishop England’s Mary Harriet Moore and Sarah Santos also made an appearance on the all-tournament squad.