Sports updates from the Battling Bishops
Lawrence named All-American
Bishop England volleyball standout Emma Lawrence was recently named a MaxPreps Small Schools All-American after leading the Bishops to their 17th straight state championship, which is a national record.
The senior was a third-team All-American selection. Lawrence, who was the Class AAA state player of the year, was the only Palmetto State player named to the All-America team, and was one of only 51 players named to the small schools division.
Lawrence tallied a state best 335 total kills and was second with 342 digs.
The three-year letterman led Bishop England in kills in three of its final four playoff games and posted team-highs in both kills and digs as the Bishops swept Camden in the state championship game.
Lawrence is the fourth recent player at Bishop England who has been named MaxPreps Small Schools All-American. The others include Montana Swanson (2014-15), Mary Harriet Moore (2013) and Ellie James (2012).
The Bishop England baseball team is ranked No. 6 in Class AAA in the South Carolina Baseball Coaches Association’s preseason poll.
Seneca is No. 1 in Class AAA while Gilbert is second and Chapman third.
The Bishops went 20-11 last spring including 5-0 in Region 6-AA and reached the Class AA Lower State Championship Series, falling in two games to Aynor.
The Bishops begin the 2017 season March 6 against James Island. One of the highlights of this season’s schedule is an appearance in the International Paper Baseball Classic, which will be contested in Georgetown.
The Bishops will play Ashley Ridge, Boiling Springs and T.L. Hanna in pool play.
Four Bishop England student-athletes finalized their college matriculation plans on National Signing Day, which fell on Feb. 1 this year.
The boys and girls soccer teams had players who inked scholarships. Sammy Friedrich will play for Wofford, while Mackenzie McAvoy is headed to Sewanee.
Baseball player Shawn Runey signed with Patrick Henry Community College, while basketball player Brendan McHale inked with Sewanee.