Evidently, the Bishop England High School volleyball team isn't content with winning state championships.
The Bishops, who have won six consecutive Class AA state championships, expanded their horizon with a championship in the East Coast Classic. The Bishops went undefeated in pool play, and continued their winning ways with a victory over Grissolm High from Huntsville, Ala. Grissolm was the Alabama Class 6A state runner-up last year.
The field was loaded with teams from the Sunshine State and along the East Coast.
"We have five seniors this year, and they all decided to go out of state and just see...," said Coach Amelia Dawley, whose team has lost only one match since the 2004 season. "We had to raise some money for a hotel and a couple of meals, but it was worth it."
Dawley found out about the tournament from a friend of a friend. The Bishops wanted to compete in a tournament in Chicago, but couldn't get in. As a result, they headed south and swamped the opposition. The Bishops played five teams and lost only one game and that came in the championship against Grissolm. The Bishops won the match 25-21, 25-27, 15-9.
The five seniors on this year's team includes Cole Dawley, Lainey O'Donnell, Lucy Weathers, Liz Shevock and Laura Kerrison.
Dawley is the star of the team. She's a two-time winner of The Post and Courier's Player of the Year award and has also won the Gatorade state player of the year honors two times. She will play for the College of Charleston.
SC Varsity has named James Island QB Michael Rentz the Lower State Player of the Week.
He completed 27 of 43 for 276 yards and a touchdown in win over West Ashley.
Rentz is one of the bright spots on the Trojan offense this season. He is 73-137 on the season for 861 yards and six touchdowns.
Palmetto Touchdown Club
Goose Creek football coach Chuck Reedy will be the guest speaker at Thursday's Palmetto Touchdown Club meeting.
The meeting is scheduled for noon and will be held at the Sheraton Hotel, which is located off the Montague Avenue exit on Interstate 26.
The Post and Courier's players of the week for the first four weeks of the season will be honored.
Tickets are $20 and will be available at the door. For more information, call 937-5586.