BE and HHS athletes earn all-state honors
Three players who had key roles in the Bishop England baseball team’s memorable state championship season head up the S.C. Baseball Coaches Association’s 2018 all-state team, while the Bishops’ Mike Darnell was named coach of the year.
The players include Geoffrey Gilbert, Gregory Sanders and Leo Albano.
The Bishops were 31-2, and 2018 marked the third time in the program’s illustrious history they reached at least 30 wins.
Gilbert pitched a shutout in a 1-0 victory over Seneca as the Bishops swept the best-of-three series to claim the Class AAA title.
The Bishops’ only run in the deciding game came when Albano reached on a walk, stole second and scored on Sanders’ base hit.
Darnell gained his fifth state championship at the helm of the program as the Bishops won their ninth state title, overall. He has a 288-108 record at BE.
Hanahan’s Jalen Gibbs and Mac Toman also made all-state.
Albano, meanwhile, was selected to play in the North-South Game, which took place May 23 in Lexington. Albano was an all-state selection in three sports and will play football for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
Girls’ Class AAA state soccer champion Bishop England was well-represented on the SCHSSCA all-state soccer team.
Four of the 18 players on the squad wore the Kelly green and white. They include senior forward Kessy Bradshaw, senior midfielder Haley Merrill, senior defender Lauren Moriarty and junior midfielder Megan Reneike.
The Bishops posted a 16-2-1 record this spring, including five wins in the playoffs in which they outscored foes 24-1. The Bishops gained their 11th state title with a 3-0 victory over Indians Land.
The Bishop boys landed six players on the all-state team. The Bishops’ selections include junior midfielder James Cox, junior defender Shawn Fields, junior midfielder Henry Loor, junior midfielder Russell McLaughlin, junior defender Jacob Shirmer and junior defender Michael Still.
The Bishops finished as state runners-up, falling to Berea 4-3 in the state title match. They finished with a 22-3 record.
Two Bishops were selected to play in the North-South Game, which will be held June 23 at T.L. Hannah High School’s Memorial Stadium. Haley Merrill will play for the South girls while goalie Cooper Owen is on the South boys’ team.
Bishop England’s Sal Badolata and Kessy Bradshaw were picked to play in the Clash of the Carolinas, which is slated for June 30 in Carey, N.C. The match features the top players in South Carolina vs. their counterparts from North Carolina.
Hanahan softball players Drayton Siegling and Ashley Meckley, who had key roles in Hanahan’s impressive state championship season, were selected to play in the North-South Games, which will be held June 13-14 at USC Aiken.
Siegling, one of the top pitchers in the state, will matriculate to the College of Charleston.
Meckley, a three-sport star, played shortstop for the Hawks and will play at the next level. She signed with Coker College in Hartsville.
The Hawks posted a 61-7 record the past two years and will seek their third straight state title in 2019.