||Last Updated: Aug 28, 2013 - 9:31:10 AM
Last week rang in the first days of the 2013-14 school year, but at Hanahan and Bishop England High Schools, the new athletic year has been underway for weeks. Here are the fall sports to follow for each school, and a special “what to watch for” statement from some of the coaches. Game on!
Athletic Director: Paul Runey (15th year as AD for BEHS)
"Once again, our football team kicks off our athletic year hoping to three-peat as State Champs. Not to be outdone, our girls’ tennis is going for its third (State title) in a row and our volleyball is hoping to expand on its national record of the most State Championships in the USA. This past year, the Bishop England Athletic Department was ranked No. 5 in the nation by MaxPreps."
Cheerleading: Coach Leigh Willard
DI News note: After putting on a “Little Bishops” cheer camp in mid-July, and then attending a local Universal Cheerleaders Association camp of their own in late July, the 17-member cheer team is fired up with new sideline chants, cheers, and routines to keep football fans on their feet!
Dance: Coach Patrice Christian (3rd year coaching team)
"Our girls just attended UDA Camp where they received numerous awards, including the Team Full-Out Award, a Superior Dance Team Trophy, and the Super Spirit Stick. The team will be performing new routines this year, including a very entertaining hip hop routine with some great tricks!"
Girls’ golf: Coach Christine Ronco
DI News note: Ronco, who doubles as an English teacher at BE, will once again take her golfers to the best area courses to play such formidable opponents as Ashley Hall, West Ashley, Academic Magnet, and James Island.
Girls’ tennis: Coach Kristin Fleming
DI News note: Already several scrimmages and a pre-season tournament in, no grass (or clay) grows under the sneakers of these 2011 and 2012 consecutive State champs, who look to show third time's just as charming this year.
Volleyball: Coach Cindy Baggott
DI News note: Coach Baggott takes her remarkable all-senior-and-sophomore team to Porter Gaud this weekend for the team’s first tournament of 2013. Last year, the Bishops volleyballers took their 13th consecutive State title. Yes, you read that correctly.
Swimming: Coach Rose Van Metre
“In 2012, our boys’ team was the AAA runner-up, and the girls’ were the 6th place team. Our boys hope to be repeat winners in the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays. The boys’ co-captain, Matthew Adams, was a two-time individual winner in the 200 free and 100 back last year. Our girls’ team remains tough with seniors and juniors, but also with underclassmen that will contribute this year.”
Cross Country: Coach Tony Colizzi (15th year coaching team)
"Watch for our first meet on August 27th at the DI Golf Course starting at 5 pm. For the season, the girls' team is looking to improve on their third place finish at the state meet last year and the boys are looking to improve on their fourth place finish."
Sailing: Coach Dan Machowski
DI News note: The BE sailing team qualified for the SAISA Gold Regatta for the seventh year in a row last year, where they took 5th place overall, earning advancement to the District Championships in Miami, Florida. Look for more super sailing in 2013-14!
Hanahan High School
Athletic Director: Dawn Smith (3rd year as AD for HHS)
DI News note: The Hawks certainly proved themselves worthy class AAA competitors last year, after spending 28 years in the AA classification. Look for Hanahan to make even bigger strides in its "sophomore" year at this lofty athletic level.
Volleyball: Coach Wendy Anderson (6th season coaching team)
“The teams to beat in our region are Hilton Head and James Island; those are our key match-ups! We work really hard at controlling the things we can control, and if we can do that consistently, we will be in the running for the top positions in our region.”
Cheerleading: Coach Kim Joseph
DI News note: After a summer of prep for the 2013 football season, including hosting a cheer camp for young aspiring area cheerleaders in late June, the Hawks cheerleaders are ready to add some major spirit to the sidelines.
Girls’ Tennis: Coach Lori Chandler
DI News note: The Hawks girls, tennis team kicks off their season on September 5 against Manning at Collins Park, and will play on to face opponents near (Cane Bay, Berkeley) and far (Orangeburg-Wilkinson and Hilton Head) through late October.
Boys’ Cross Country: Coach Ray Adkins (12th year coaching team)
“Watch out for a growing cross country program. We have a new girls’ coach, Donna Butler, with over 20 years’ experience. And we have over 30 kids between the boys’ and girls’ teams.”
Girls' Cross Country: Coach Donna Butler (1st year coaching team)
"Watch for a young team, eager to blaze the trails and set new records! We have 15 girls, most of whom have never run before; only three returning track athletes. They are a dedicated group who will make significant strides over the course of our season."