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Sports briefs for July 20th-26th

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FISHING

Tagged fish makes angler’s heart sink

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When Larry Youngblood of Walterboro landed a slot-sized redfish in Rantowles Creek recently, his excitement quickly waned when he noticed a tag protruding from the fish’s body. 

He feared it was a CCA South Carolina STAR tag, which is good for a free Sea Hunt boat, but only for anglers who are registered for the summer-long tournament. 

And Youngblood, who had been planning to register for the STAR, had failed to do so before his week-long trip to the coast. He dreaded the thought of this being one of the STAR tags. Luckily for him, the tag turned out to be from a Charleston fishing guide who tagged the fish in May.

With that fish in the cooler, Youngblood did what he’d been meaning to do since Memorial Day. He pulled out his cell phone, went to ccasouthcarolina.com, and signed up for the STAR. 

The first two CCA South Carolina members who are registered and catch redfish with an appropriate tag can win one of two Sea Hunt BX 22 BR Bay Boats equipped with a Yamaha 150 and a Wesco aluminum trailer. Each boat package is valued at over $40,000.

The tournament began on Memorial Day and runs through Labor Day. So far, no one has claimed either of the boats. If no registered angler catches one of the 48 tagged redfish that were caught, tagged and released by CCA South Carolina members earlier this year, one lucky winner will be drawn from the list of anglers who have signed up for the tournament.

To participate in this tournament, you must be a member of CCA and register for the tournament. Visit membership.joincca.org/web/Online/Star_Home.aspx.

 

 

SOCCER

County Football Club defeats Lake Norman 

Shown here is the Beaufort County Football Club. Photo provided.
Shown here is the Beaufort County Football Club. Photo provided.

The Beaufort County Football Club beat Lake Norman Eclipse 4-1 in a Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) game on July 8.

Ashley Green, Carson Schoeppe and Brooke Standard all scored goals for the Beaufort County Football Club in the victory over Lake Norman Eclipse. 

The Beaufort County Football Club is a soccer program based in Hilton Head Island. The Beaufort County Football Club has teams in several different age groups and a squad competing in the Women’s Premier Soccer League, the largest women’s soccer league in the world.

The 2017 season is Beaufort County’s inaugural season at the WPSL level. Beaufort County is a member of The Carolinas Conference, along with several well-established franchises. Beaufort County plays its home matches at Hilton Head Preparatory School in Sea Pines on Hilton Head Island. Several members of the current squad have played in and won the National W-20 league.

GOLF

Sanctuary Golf Club hosting 9 ‘N Dine

The Sanctuary Golf Club is hosting 9 ‘N Dine every other Friday through September. 

The 9 ‘N Dine dates are set for 5:30-7:30 p.m. July 14 and 28, Aug. 11 and 25 and Sept. 8 and 22. The Sanctuary Golf Club is hosting a Ladies Clinic from 5-7 p.m. every Thursday. The clinic is open to members and nonmembers. 

For more information on any upcoming events at Sanctuary Golf Club, call 843-524-0300.

Sports briefs for July 13th-19th

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Beaufort High graduate entering 2017 season 

Beaufort High School graduate Jason Senn is set to enter the 2017 college football season. Senn is a defensive back for the University of South Carolina football team.

A walk-on safety, Senn was added to the University of South Carolina football squad when the USC roster expanded in August 2015. As a redshirt freshman walk-on in 2016, Senn spent time on the scout team. He was named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll. In 2015, Senn was a walk-on who worked with the scout team in his true freshman campaign.

Senn played for head coach Mark Clifford at Beaufort High School, earning all-area honors.

South Carolina’s 2017 SEC opener is set. 

The annual battle for the Columbia Cup will take place on Saturday, Sept. 9, when the South Carolina Gamecocks travel to Columbia, Mo., to face the Missouri Tigers. The Gamecocks’ SEC opener is set for a 7 p.m. ETkick (6 p.m. local), and will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

Mizzou holds a slim 4-3 lead in the all-time series between the two SEC Eastern Division rivals. The Gamecocks won last year’s meeting by a 31-21 count at Williams-Brice Stadium. The teams have split two games in the Show-Me State, with Carolina winning by a 27-24 score in double overtime in 2013, and the Tigers posting a 24-10 win in 2015.

The Gamecocks will open the 2017 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 2, when they travel to Charlotte for a non-conference tilt with NC State. That contest was previously announced as a 3 p.m. kickoff on ESPN.

Game times and television networks for the Gamecocks’ remaining 10 regular season games will be announced at a later date.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

SCHSL announces changes for school year

In June, the South Carolina High School League’s executive committee announced changes for the 2017-18 school year.

Items that will go into effect for the upcoming school year include:

• Removing the sanction of a fine for playing football on outside and school teams during the same season.

• Adding a week to the current middle school volleyball season.

The season would be extended from six to seven weeks and allow teams to schedule two matches a week instead of three to get their 14 matches in a season. The first date for contests would be Aug. 28.

• Allowing eligible football players who dress but do not participate in a varsity game to play in a sub-varsity game the following day.

• Requiring a minimum of seven wrestling weight classes for a school to compete in the duals playoff bracket.

• Requiring all head coaches — at all levels, including varsity, junior varsity and middle school — to be certified in CPR and AED training before the start of their sport’s season. All coaches will be required to be certified in CPR and AED training by the start of their 2018-19 season.

For a complete list of changes, visit www.schsl.org/2016/updateJUNE.pdf. Additionally, SCHSL’s new website went online July 1.

BASEBALL

Beaufort Ospreys head into playoffs

American Legion Beaufort Post 9 Ospreys ended their regular season with 10 wins and two losses in their league play. 

They are now in the second round of Lower State playoffs.  

They hosted Horry County on July 12 and will play at Beaufort High School at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13.

Games three and four of the best of five will be at Horry County on Friday, July 14, and, if needed, Saturday, July 15.

If a fifth game is needed, it will be back in Beaufort on Sunday, July 16 (time TBD).  The winner of this round will advance to the state playoffs in Sumter.

For more information, contact Osprey Manager Dean Adkins 843-252-1516 or Post 9’s John Chubb 757-414-1491.

GOLF/TENNIS

Golf, tennis tourney raises funds for charity

Weichert Realtors-Coastal Properties, which has offices in Okatie, Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort, is hosting its annual charity golf and tennis tournament at Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie.

Golfers will once again take to the course designed by golf legend Greg Norman, while others spend the day returning serves on the tennis courts. While doing so, each group will be supporting a fundraising event taking place Saturday, Aug. 26.

Since its inception in 2007, the annual golf and tennis outing organized by the South Carolina Weichert affiliate has raised close to $110,000. Proceeds from the event benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island and the First Tee of the Lowcountry.

Golf registration opens at 8 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Tennis players can begin registering at 11 a.m. before taking the courts at 11:30 a.m.  

Space to play golf and tennis at this year’s event is still available along with sponsorship opportunities. For more information or to register, contact Maureen Richards at 843-341-3700 or email Info@WeichertCP.com.

FLAG FOOTBALL

Y Youth Flag Football registration open

Registration is underway for the YMCA of Beaufort County Y Youth Flag Football League. The league is for players ages 4-12. Play in the league begins the week of Aug. 28. 

For more information, contact the YMCA of Beaufort County via email at sports.ymcabeaufort@gmail.com or by calling 843-522-9622. Registration is available online.

Sports briefs for July 6th-12th

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COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Welty, two teammates named to PBC team

Francis Marion University senior outfielder Briana Barzola, sophomore shortstop Taylor Johnson, and sophomore catcher Chelsea Welty were named to the 2017 Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Softball Team in the spring. Welty is a Beaufort High School graduate. 

Barzola had a 3.89 cumulative grade point average as a general management and marketing double major at the time she was honored in the spring and earned the conference honor for the third consecutive year. Johnson is a political science major with a history minor and owned a 3.63 GPA, while Welty is a biology and psychology double major and boasted a 3.93 GPA in the spring.

Welty is a graduate of Beaufort High School, where she played for coach Brian Rast. She was a 2015 All-Area selection after batting .417 with six home runs, three doubles and four triples.

The Francis Marion softball team competes in the Peach Belt Conference, along with North Georgia, Armstrong State, Flagler, Young Harris, Georgia College, Columbus State, Montevallo, Lander, USC Aiken, Georgia Southwestern, UNC Pembroke and Augusta. 

COLLEGE TRACK AND FIELD 

Simmons in nine meets during sophomore season

Beaufort High School graduate Malcolm Simmons completed his sophomore season with the Coastal Carolina University men’s track and field team recently. Simmons appeared in nine meets for the Chanticleers during the 2017 season. 

The Beaufort High School graduate opened the 2017 college track and field season strong, finishing first as part of the 4×400 meter relay team at the Battle of the Beaches XII with a time of 3:16.77. He set personal-best and season-best times in the 200-meter event at the War Eagle Invitational with a 22.40. Simmons ran a 50.00 in the 400 meter event at the Tom Jones Memorial for personal-best and season best times.

Simmons appeared in eight meets for the Chanticleers during the 2016 season, his freshman campaign. He finished sixth in the 200-meter event at the Big South Triangular, crossing the finish line in 22.60. The Beaufort High School product ran a season-best 50.25 in the 400-meter event at the Georgia Invitational.

Simmons excelled as a track and field athlete throughout his prep career at Beaufort High School. 

MEN’S COLLEGE GOLF 

Fickes headed into senior season at Clemson

Beaufort High School graduate Josh Fickes is headed into his senior season with the Clemson University men’s golf team. 

Fickes is a three-year letterman who has been a starter off and on for three years, including the fall of 2016. Prior to the spring 2017 season, Fickes had a 74.42 career average with two top 10s.

Fickes was a starter as Clemson’s number-five man in the first four tournaments of the fall. He finished with a 75.17 stroke average for his 12 rounds. Fickes shot 75 or better in seven of the 12 rounds and had one under-par round.

Prior to coming to Clemson University, the talented Fickes won the South Carolina Golf Association Junior Championship at the Country Club of Lexington when he made a 10-foot  birdie putt on the last hole. He shot a six-under-par 210 for the event and also tied for third at the Carolinas Junior at High Point and was a quarterfinalist at the Carolinas Golf Association Junior Match Play. 

Fickes teamed with another junior golfer to win the South Carolina Junior Golf Association Four Ball  in October of 2013 when he made a birdie on the second playoff hole. 

He also qualified for the Georgia vs. South Carolina Junior Team Matches and was ranked sixth in the class of 2014 by the South Carolina Junior Golf Association. Fickes finished fifth at the 2013 Jimmy Self Tournament in Greenwood and was 19th at the Junior Azalea at Briar Creek.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Delaney fills Canes’ needs for a cornerback

Whale Branch Early College High School graduate Dee Delaney is now a Miami Hurricane. Delaney has been settling in at Miami University as a graduate student. 

Delaney is eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer from The Citadel, where he was named FCS All-American each of the last two seasons. As a senior in 2016, Delaney recorded 35 tackles, six interceptions and eight pass breakups. He also helped The Citadel win back-to-back Southern Conference championships in 2015-16.

A native of Beaufort, Delaney started the final 36 games of his career at The Citadel, cementing himself as one of the best defensive backs in school history. Delaney ranks second in career interceptions with 13 and fourth in passes defended (32).

The 6-foot-1, 193-pound Delaney also showed a knack for stepping up in big moments, picking off passes on back-to-back defensive plays against Wofford in the second round of the FCS playoffs. He also had a two-interception performance against Furman in 2016.

Delaney received multiple All-America honors in his time at The Citadel, earning first-team All-America by six outlets, including Walter Camp, Athlon and the Associated Press. He was a near-consensus All-American in the preseason and in 2015 and was the first Bulldog in program history to earn Walter Camp All-America honors twice.

FLAG FOOTBALL

Y Youth Flag Football registration underway

The YMCA of Beaufort County is hosting registration for its flag football league, which is to players ages 4-12. The league will open the week of Aug. 28. 

For more information on the youth flag football league, contact YMCA of Beaufort County Sports Director James Penley at sports.ymcabeaufort@gmail.com or at 843-522-9622. 

Registration is available online at www.ymcabeaufortcounty.com/ or at the YMCA of Beaufort County in Port Royal.

FISHING

New size, bag limits for flounder started

Legislation recently passed by the South Carolina General Assembly  increases the size limit and lowers the bag and boat limits for southern, summer and Gulf flounder in state waters.

The law went into effect on July 1.

Flounder rank among South Carolina’s top three most popular fish for recreational anglers, and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) research has shown declines in their numbers over the past two decades. The new measures are intended to help rebuild flounder populations by giving more fish a chance to reproduce before they reach a harvestable size.

The regulations change the minimum legal size for flounder from 14 inches (total length) to 15 inches (total length). Additionally, changes to the bag limit will reduce the number of fish an individual can keep from 15 flounder per day to 10 flounder per day, with a maximum boat limit of 20 flounder per day.

“The Coastal Conservation Association came to SCDNR a couple of years ago with concerns about the state’s flounder population – just as SCDNR scientists were examining survey data that indicated the flounder population was in decline,” said David Whitaker, assistant deputy director of the agency’s Marine Resources Division. “We’ve been working since then to develop recommendations for the legislature to address the decline in the state’s flounder population.”

The changes passed in the 2017 legislative season mark the first adjustments to flounder regulations since 2007.

“The new size and bag limits should be effective in increasing the number of spawning flounder, and hopefully that should result in a recovery of the flounder population,” Whitaker said.

Club meeting to be held July 13

The Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club’s July meeting will be held on Thursday, July 13, at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club on Lady’s Island off of Meridian Road. The social begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m.  

The topic will be king fish. Local Capt. Chris Prince of Cool Cat Sportfishing Charters will discuss techniques about hooking and landing “smoker” king fish.

President Leonard Conapinski’s taste of smoked mackerel has been postponed for a future meeting.

In related news, Paul Spencer won the monthly $50 weigh-in drawing sponsored by Chris Butler at Butler Marine.

Guests are welcome at the meeting and do not need a reservation. Contact Capt. Frank Gibson at 843-522-2122.

Dataw Island Club Tennis Center received kudos

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Dennis Johnson, Warren Florence and Sara Bruns are the faces of the Dataw Island Club Tennis Center.
Dennis Johnson, Warren Florence and Sara Bruns are the faces of the Dataw Island Club Tennis Center.

The Dataw Island Club Tennis Center on St. Helena Island is one of just 12 winners in the 36th annual USTA Facility Awards program, which recognizes excellence in the construction and/or renovation of tennis facilities throughout the country. 

The Dataw Island Club Tennis Center will be honored in October at the Next Generation: A Tennis Innovation Workshop at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld in Orlando.

The Dataw Island Club Tennis Center is home to an active social and USTA-playing community, with more than 20 USTA league teams each year. 

The club’s annual USTA Dataw SPLASH! Tournament, held in June, draws competitors from South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. The event, featuring local Special Olympics athletes, benefits SOAR Special Recreation and the local Special Olympics organization.

“Great tennis facilities like the Dataw Island Club Tennis Center help us to grow the game at the grass-roots level, and we are proud to recognize them for their ongoing impact on the sport of tennis,” said Kurt Kamperman, USTA chief executive of the community Tennis and the USTA National Campus. “Dataw Island Club Tennis Center has embraced many of our tennis initiatives and kept the sport at the forefront of its community each year.”

The Dataw Island Tennis Center is led by Warren Florence, who is also the club’s head teaching pro.

Florence credits his team — and teamwork — with the success of the Dataw Island Tennis Program.

“It’s all about the team and anticipating needs,” he said. “I view Dennis (Johnson) and Sara (Bruns) with great importance as the faces of our program and facility. If we’re in sync and having fun, it translates to our members and guests.” 

Throughout the school year, Florence, his staff and volunteers also work with local special athletes and their schoolmates through an on-site educational program.

Sports briefs for June 29th-July 5th

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Pinckney set to return to gridiron

Following a redshirt season, Whale Branch Early College High School graduate Nyles Pinckney is set to take the field for defending football national champion Clemson University. 

Pinckney enrolled at Clemson University in January 2016. 

Before Clemson, Pinckney rated as high as the No. 79 prospect in the nation by Tom Lemming. He rated as the No. 196 prospect in the nation and the No. 2 overall prospect in South Carolina by Rivals. The productive Pinckney rated No. 261 in the nation and No. 4 player in South Carolina by ESPN. 

One of the top defensive linemen in South Carolina high school history, Pinckney had an outstanding senior year with 72 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, four sacks, six caused fumbles, three recovered fumbles, two blocked punts and two defensive touchdowns in 2015.

Pinckney had 98 tackles, 27 for loss, nine sacks, blocked three field goals, 10 forced fumbles and eight fumble recoveries as a junior. He had 91 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and seven sacks as a sophomore. 

Pinckney narrowed his college choice to Clemson and South Carolina. He played his high school football for Jerry Hatcher at Whale Branch High School and was recruited by Tony Elliott and Dan Brooks.

Pinckney is majoring in justice studies. 

Citadel to meet Towson, Elon 

The Citadel football team has set home-and-home series with Towson and Elon, Athletic Director Jim Senter announced earlier in the month. 

The Bulldogs and Tigers will meet in Towson’s Johnny Unitas Stadium on Sept. 29, 2018, and in Johnson Hagood Stadium for the 2019 season opener. The Citadel will play at Elon’s Rhodes Stadium on Sept. 7, 2019, and then host the Phoenix to open the 2020 season. The Bulldogs are meeting Towson for the first time in program history and lead the all-time series with former SoCon foe Elon 8-5. The Citadel has an all-time record of 33-43 against current members of the Colonial Athletic Association.

The additions of Towson and Elon round out The Citadel’s 2018 and 2019 schedules. In addition to a competitive Southern Conference slate each season, the Bulldogs host Charleston Southern and travel to Alabama in 2018 before hosting Charleston Southern and playing at Georgia Tech in 2019. 

Season tickets are currently on sale for The Citadel’s 2017 campaign. In addition to tickets for each home game, season-ticket holders have the ability to preorder tickets for the Bulldogs’ Nov. 18 game at Clemson. The Citadel Ticket Office is located in the lobby of McAlister Field House and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Fans can also call the ticket office at 843-953-DOGS (3647) or visit citadelsports.com/tickets for more information.

The Bulldogs begin their 2017 season with two straight home games, facing Newberry on Sept. 2 in the season opener before hosting Presbyterian on Sept. 9. The home schedule also includes an Oct. 7 Parents Day matchup against Mercer, an Oct. 14 NCAA FCS Playoffs rematch with Wofford, the Oct. 28 Homecoming contest against VMI and Senior Day against Western Carolina on Nov. 4.

The Citadel roster features two area linemen:  Max Ford (Whale Branch High School) and Mike Rentz (Beaufort High School). 

MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

Saullo headed into 2017 season at Newberry

Battery Creek High School graduate Jonathan Saullo is headed into the 2017 season for the Newberry College men’s soccer team. 

Saullo, who hails from Beaufort, spent the 2016-17 campaign as a redshirt sophomore for the Red Wolves. 

A graphic design major, Saullo played for the Hilton Head Storm earlier in his career. Saullo recorded 17 goals during the 2013 season at Battery Creek High School.

Newberry is scheduled to host longtime rival King in a season opener on Aug. 22. 

The Red Wolves compete in the SAC, which also includes Wingate, Tusculum, Lenoir-Rhyne, Catawba, Lincoln Memorial, Coker, Mars Hill, Brevard, Queens, Anderson and Carson-Newman.

FISHING

Sportfishing and Diving club to hold July meeting

The Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club’s July meeting will be held on Thursday, July 13, at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club located on Lady’s Island off of Meridian Road. The social begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

The topic will be king fish. Local Capt. Chris Prince of Cool Cat Sportfishing Charters will discuss techniques about hooking and landing “smoker” king fish.

Lenoard Conapinski will smoke and serve Spanish mackerel, blues and king mackerel.

In related news, Paul Spencer won the monthly $50 weigh-in drawing sponsored by Chris Butler at Butler Marine.

Guests are welcome and you do not need a reservation. For additional information, contact Capt. Frank Gibson at 843-522-2122 or email fgibson@islc.net.

YOUTH FOOTBALL

Ron Parker to host third annual camp 

Kansas City Chiefs safety Ron Parker, a former Beaufort High School standout, will host his annual free football camp at BHS on Friday, July 7 and Saturday, July 8. 

The camp will be held from 10 a.m. until noon Friday, July 7. A motivational speaker will also speak to campers on the first day of the camp. Parker will lead drills and activities from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 8, the final day of the camp.

The camp is open to players in grades 3-12. Participants must register for the camp and fill out a waiver at www.ronparker38.com.

Parker was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football for Newberry College and has also played for the Seahawks, Oakland Raiders and Carolina Panthers in the National Football League (NFL).

Sports briefs for June 22nd-28th

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HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

Beaufort standout Coolong named All-Star

Beaufort High School standout Krislynn Coolong is among three area student-athletes who have been named SCACA North/South softball All-Stars. 

Coolong led the Beaufort High School softball team throughout the 2017 season. 

Along with Coolong, Bluffton’s Jordyn Parker and May River’s Taylor Gleason have been named All-Stars by the state coaches association.

Coolong, Parker and Gleason will play for the Class 3A/4A South team. Class 5A/2A/1A squads will also compete in upcoming event. Marlboro County’s Rutus Jackson and Swansea’s Marty Mack will coach the Class 3A/4A South team. 

The statewide All-Star games started on June 13. 

PRO BASKETBALL

Brooks continues coaching career in Australia

Beaufort native Kevin Brooks is continuing his coaching career overseas. Brooks is an assistant coach of the Adelaide 36ers in the National Basketball League (NBL) in Australia.

Brooks was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round as the 18th pick of the 1991 NBA Draft. Following a trade to the Denver Nuggets, Brooks played in 126 games from 1991-1994.

After his NBA stint and stops with minor league teams in the United States and Argentina, Brooks played in Australia, first for the Adelaide 36ers. His professional playing career also took him to Sweden. 

His playing career included being a two-time NBL Champion, an NBL Grand Final MVP and All-NBL First Team. 

PRO FOOTBALL

Brown signs one-year deal with Redskins 

Beaufort native Zach Brown has signed a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins. Brown, an inside linebacker, signed with the Redskins earlier in the year. 

The Beaufort native was named to the Pro Bowl for the 2016 NFL season, in which he played for the Buffalo Bills. He finished the season with 149 tackles (97 individual, 52 assisted), four sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles. 

Brown started in the Buffalo Bills’ season-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens and finished the game with a total of eight tackles, four being solo. The following week, Brown made a career-high 14 tackles in a 37-31 loss to the New York Jets. On Oct. 2, 2016, Brown collected a career-high 17 tackles in a 16-0 victory over the New England Patriots.

The Beaufort-born Brown was also named All-Pro Second Team in 2016. 

Brown is set to suit up for his third NFL team. 

The Tennessee Titans drafted Brown with the 52nd pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. He spent 2012-2015 with the Titans. 

Through 2016, Brown had recorded 410 tackles, 14 sacks, four forced fumbles, seven interceptions and two defensive touchdowns. 

PRO BASEBALL

Heesch signs with Sussex County

Former University of South Carolina Beaufort pitcher Michael Heesch signed with the Sussex County Miners of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball (Can-Am League) in May. 

A native of Riverview, Fla., Heesch is a left-handed pitcher. 

Thus far in the 2017 season, Heesch has appeared in five games, making four starts. Heesch has recorded 11 strikeouts in 25 innings for the Miners. 

The Can-Am League is made up of the following teams: Sussex County Miners, New Jersey Jackals, Ottawa Champions, Quebec Capitales, Rockland Boulders and Trois-Rivieres Aigles. 

COLLEGE SOCCER

BA grad Weslake to return for Tigers

Five NCAA Sweet 16 teams from 2016, including three that advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, are on the slate for the Clemson University women’s soccer team in 2017. 

The schedule was announced by head coach Eddie Radwanski.

Radwanski and his staff have helped return the program to national prominence

Among the returnees for the Clemson women’s soccer team is sophomore Miranda Weslake, a Beaufort Academy graduate. 

Sports briefs for June 15th-21st

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COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Cook completes sophomore season

Beaufort High School graduate Mari Cook completed her sophomore season with the University of South Carolina Beaufort softball program earlier in the spring.

Prior to coming back home to Beaufort to attend USCB, Cook attended Coastal Carolina University.

The University of South Carolina Beaufort softball team concluded the 2017 season 26-24. The Sand Sharks lost to Southeastern in the Sun Conference championship game at PFX Athletics in Clermont, Fla. on May 5. 

Cook is an infielder. The Beaufort High School graduate and her University of South Carolina Beaufort teammates will enter the 2018 season early next year.

PRO BASEBALL

Wojciechowski earns first major league win

Beaufort High School graduate Asher Wojciechowski earned his first major league win on May 20 as his team, the Cincinnati Reds, defeated the Colorado Rockies, 12-8.

The Beaufort High School graduate was signed as a free agent on April 21 and assigned to Triple-A Louisville’s rotation. He was called up to help the Reds’ bullpen and immediately did just that. A product of The Citadel, Wojciechowski pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings while retiring his first 11 batters in a row for his first big league win.

Since earning his first big league victory, Wojciechowski has moved into the Reds’ starting rotation. He is the 10th different pitcher to start for the Reds in the 2017.

Wojciechowski made his Major League Baseball debut for the Houston Astros in 2015. 

After graduating from high school, Wojciechowski enrolled at The Citadel, choosing it over Winthrop University. He competed for the United States national baseball team in the summer of 2009. In 2010, Wojciechowski was named the Southern Conference’s pitcher of the year.

The Toronto Blue Jays selected Wojciechowski in the first round, with the 41st overall selection, of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft.

PRO FOOTBALL

Taylor signs with New York Giants 

Defensive end Devin Taylor, a Beaufort native, has signed with the New York Giants. 

A Beaufort High School graduate, Taylor was a starter for the Detroit Lions last season. 

Taylor, 27, started 16 games for the Detroit Lions in the previous NFL campaign. He had 28 tackles and 4.5 sacks in his first year as a starter for the Lions. Taylor was a reserve defensive end for most of his four years with the Lions.

Prior to playing for the Lions, Taylor was a standout at the University of South Carolina. Taylor was a fourth round pick (132nd overall) in the 2013 NFL Draft. 

Before college, Taylor helped lead Beaufort High School to the Class AAAA state championship game his senior year. He recorded 110 tackles with 10 quarterback sacks and 19 tackles for a loss during his senior campaign. Taylor was recognized with first-team all-state selections from the Associated Press and The State. He recorded 80 tackles and four sacks as a junior. An outstanding athlete, Taylor also lettered in basketball and track and field. As a senior, he won the Class 4A state title in the triple jump with a leap of 48 feet, 3 inches.

Saxon headed into fourth season with Steelers

Beaufort native James Saxon is headed into his fourth season as the running backs coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, after being hired on Jan. 28, 2014. The Beaufort native broke into the NFL as a player in 1988. 

In his 17 years as an NFL running backs coach, Saxon has helped his backs reach the Pro Bowl 12 times. He has had a running back surpass the 1,000-yard rushing mark in a single season nine times.

After returning from an injury, Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell rushed 261 times for 1,268 yards and seven touchdowns. In 2015, Bell was lost for the season due to a knee injury he sustained in Week 8. Veteran running back DeAngelo Williams contributed in a big way, as he totaled 1,274 scrimmage yards and tied for the league lead with 11 rushing touchdowns. He was the only AFC player to register at least 1,000 scrimmage yards and at least 10 rushing touchdowns. Williams tied the single-game franchise record by rushing for three touchdowns in Week 2 versus San Francisco.

After Williams suffered a foot injury that kept him out of the postseason, backup running backs Jordan Todman and Fitzgerald Toussaint contributed in the postseason, combining for 230 scrimmage yards in two games.

Saxon coached Bell to a breakout season in just his second year in the league in 2014. Bell was named Steelers’ MVP, and he set numerous single-season records, including yards from scrimmage (2,215), first downs (114), receptions by a running back (83) and receiving yards by a running back (854). He became the first player since Walter Payton (1976) to total at least 200 yards from scrimmage in three straight games.  

Bell rushed for an AFC-best 1,361 yards in 2014, the fifth-highest total in a single season in team history.  He also became just the second player in NFL history to record at least 1,350 rushing yards and 850 receiving yards in a single season (Marshall Faulk, 1999). In games 11-14, Bell totaled 830 yards from scrimmage, which tied him for the fourth-most in a four-game span in NFL history.

In 2012, Saxon helped guide Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to the second-best single-season rushing performance in NFL history with 2,097 yards and a first-team All-Pro selection. That year, Peterson became only the third player in Minnesota history to be named NFL MVP and was also named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year. Peterson set or tied numerous team and league records in 2012, including the most rushing yards in the month of December (861) in NFL history.

Saxon attended Battery Creek High School. He is married to Shannon and their son, Devin, played football at Harvard.

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SWIMMING

Beaufort River Swim to be held June 10

The 11th Annual Beaufort River Swim will be held starting at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, June 10. There will be two races and check-in for both will be from 6:30-7:30 a.m. at the downtown Beaufort Marina dock.

A 3.2 mile race begins at 8 a.m. (approximate due to tide) at the Port Royal Landing Marina dock.

A Fun Swim begins after all swimmers in the competitive race pass the Beaufort Memorial hospital dock. All swimmers will be bused by the Y to their respective starting location.

Proceeds benefit the YMCA of Beaufort’s Learn to Swim program.

Visit www.beaufortriverswim.com.

FISHING/DIVING

Jigging techniques, more at club meeting

The Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club’s May meeting will be held Thursday, June 15, at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club located on Lady’s Island off of Meridian Road.             

The topics will be Spanish mackerel and blue fish. 

Local Capt. Christopher Mattson, of Mattson Charter Service, will discuss jigging techniques with various lures and favorite locations of choice and tides. 

The social begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m.  Guests are welcome; reservations are not necessary. 

Contact Capt. Frank Gibson at 843-522-2122 or email fgibson@islc.net.

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Tate with trophy

Photo above: From left are the 66th Annual South Carolina Open Tournament Director Cory Armstrong; Yamaha sponsor Rep. JT Carney; winner, Tate Hoisington; Dataw Island Director of Golf Dave Britton; and Dataw Island Head Golf Pro Josh May. Photo provided.

GOLF

Amateur winner at South Carolina Open

Amateur Tate Hoisington of Hilton Head Island won the 66th Annual South Carolina Open, a Carolinas PGA Section event held at Dataw Island and presented by Yamaha Golf Cars. 

Peter Skirpstas, of Jacksonville, N.C., came in second overall and won the first place professional division prize.

After days of rain delays, tournament officials decided to conclude the tournament at the completion of 36 holes. Another afternoon rain delay left two groups awaiting the weather to break long enough to allow them to complete their rounds, with the possibility of a playoff buzzing throughout the Clubhouse, with three leaders in the Clubhouse tied at 2 under: Ray Franz, of Mount Pleasant, (pro); Johnson Holliday, of Aynor (amateur); and Matt O’Quinn, of Beaufort, who is a member of the Dataw Island Club.

Around 4:30, the groups were given the green light to complete their rounds with amateur Tate Hoisington finishing at 140 for first. Skirpstas, competing in the same group, finished at 142, while the trio of Franz, Holliday, and O’Quinn finished in third. 

In an interview with Yamaha’s JT Carney following the round, Hoisington said that the Dataw Island superintendents and golf maintenance team did a great job of maintaining the course, even with several inches of rain falling each day.

“It was fantastic,” Hoisington said. “The greens were perfect. And, the course surprisingly wasn’t that wet. It was phenomenal. All things considered, it was great!”

The event was sponsored by Yamaha, 2 UNDR, Premier Golf Services, and True Temper and was played on Dataw’s Cotton Dike course, a Tom Fazio design.

SWIMMING

Beaufort River Swim to be held June 10

The 11th Annual Beaufort River Swim will be held starting at 6:30 a.m. Saturday, June 10.

There will be two races and check-in for both will be from 6:30-7:30 a.m. at the downtown Beaufort Marina dock.

A 3.2 mile race begins at 8 a.m. (approximate due to tide) at the Port Royal Landing Marina dock.

A Fun Swim begins after all swimmers in the competitive race pass the Beaufort Memorial hospital dock. All swimmers will be bused by the Y to their respective starting location.

Proceeds benefit the YMCA of Beaufort’s Learn to Swim program.

Visit www.beaufortriverswim.com.

FISHING/DIVING

Jigging techniques, more at club meeting

The Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club’s May meeting will be held on Thursday, June 15, at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club located on Lady’s Island off of Meridian Road. 

The social begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m.              

The topics will be Spanish mackerel and blue fish. 

Local Capt. Christopher Mattson, of Mattson Charter Service, will discuss jigging techniques with various lures and favorite locations of choice and tides. Capt. Frank Gibson, III will also discuss the use of planers and spoons.

In related new, Lenoard Conapinski won the monthly $50 weigh-in drawing sponsored by Chris Butler at Butler Marine.

Guests are welcome; reservations are not necessary. 

For additional information, contact Capt. Frank Gibson at 843-522-2122 or email fgibson@islc.net.

FLAG FOOTBALL

Flag football getting ready to kick off

YMCA Adult Flag Football (age 18 and up) registration is open through Monday, June 26. The season will be held from July 9-Aug. 22. The cost is $300 for a team; $55 for individuals who are Y members; $65 for nonmembers.

For more information, call 843-522-9622 or email sports.ymcabeaufort@gmail.com. Register at the Y in Port Royal or at ymcabeaufortcounty.com.

BASEBALL

American Legion baseball gets underway

American Legion Beaufort Post 9 is once again fielding both Senior and Junior Legion baseball teams. 

All regular games begin at 7 p.m. and are open to the public. Doubleheader games are at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

At home, the Ospreys play at the Beaufort High School baseball field. 

For a full schedule, visit www.legion.org/baseball/teams/162745/ospreys.

The George Miller American Legion Beaufort Post 9 Ospreys Alumni Game is Sunday, June 4, beginning with a cookout at about noon, a program honoring Miller and others followed by the game beginning by 2 p.m. pitting recent and current Osprey team members against alums from many past years. The public is invited to attend.

The baseball complex at Beaufort High has been upgraded with a new, large scoreboard, a new flagpole, reworked warning track and new fence curtains.

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BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL GOLF 

Beaufort High finishes seventh in Class 4A

The Beaufort High boys’ golf team finished third in the 4A Boys’ State Golf Tournament on the Baroney Course at the Port Royal Golf Club on Hilton Head on May 16.

The Eagles turned in a 627 team score.

AC Flora captured the state title with a 592 team total.

Beaufort High finished behind AC Flora, Myrtle Beach, Wren, Hilton Head, Lancaster and Hartsville in the final team standings. 

Final team scores were as follows: AC Flora – 592; Myrtle Beach – 602; Wren – 604; Hilton Head – 611; Lancaster – 614; Hartsville – 615; Beaufort High – 627; Eastside/North Myrtle Beach – 629; South Aiken – 638; Chapin – 640;

Belton-Honea Path – 648; Saint James – 664; Blue Ridge – 671; Travelers Rest – 681; Pickens – 685.

Individual scores for the Beaufort High boys’ golf team were as follows: Matthew Campbell, 74; Tommy Holloway, 79;

Riley Kase, 81; Thomas Mull, 79; Austin Van Horn, 90.

One Beaufort High boys’ golfer earned a spot on the All-State Tournament Team. Campbell was named to the All-State Tournament Team. 

HIGH SCHOOL WRESTLING 

BCH grapplers sign with Limestone 

Battery Creek High School wrestler Cooper Kaminsky has signed with Limestone College. Photo provided.
Battery Creek High School wrestler Cooper Kaminsky has signed with Limestone College. Photo provided.
Battery Creek High School wrestler Omar Daniels has signed with Limestone College. Photo provided.
Battery Creek High School wrestler Omar Daniels has signed with Limestone College. Photo provided.

A pair of Battery Creek High School wrestlers are headed to the next level. Battery Creek’s Omar Daniels and Cooper Kaminsky signed to wrestle for Limestone College recently. 

Both Daniels and Kaminsky thrived in the Battery Creek High School wrestling program throughout their prep careers. 

Limestone College, located in Gaffney, competes in the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).

GOLF

Rotary golf tourney benefits Alzheimer’s

The Rotary Club of the Lowcountry will hold its 13th Annual Memory Links Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 1, at Fripp Island’s Ocean Creek Course. 

Registration and a putting contest will begin at 8 a.m. The tournament will begin at 9 a.m. The cost is $85 per person and includes entry fee, golf card, beverages, goody bad and lunch immediately following the tournament. This will be a Four Man Captains Choice event. 

Last year’s event was a huge success with over 100 golfers participating. 

All proceeds from this tournament are donated to Alzheimer’s Family Services of Greater Beaufort and The CART fund. 

Alzheimer’s is now the sixth leading cause of death in South Carolina and is the eighth leading cause of death in the United States with more than 5 million Americans living with the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is the only one of the top 10 causes of death in the U.S. without any methods for preventing, curing or slowing it down. 

Alzheimer’s Family Services of Greater Beaufort is a nonprofit organization providing education, support and respite aide to caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s. The CART Fund provides funds for cutting-edge research to cure Alzheimer’s disease. Visit rotaryclubofthelowcountrybeaufort.org.

BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

Muniz named region player of the year

Beaufort Academy boys’ soccer player Ryan Muniz has been named the region player of the year. Muniz excelled for the Beaufort Academy boys’ soccer program throughout the 2017 season.

In addition to Muniz, three other Beaufort Academy High School players captured postseason honors. David Mathai, William Tumlin and Thomas Holladay earned all-region honors. 

The Beaufort Academy boys’ soccer team captured its fourth straight SCISA Class A state championship earlier in the month, outlasting Palmetto Christian 2-1 in overtime in the 2017 title game at Porter-Gaud School in Charleston. 

The Eagles exited the 2017 season with a 13-6 record.

Palmetto Christian finished its latest campaign 11-6.

Beaufort Academy and Palmetto Christian ended regulation scoreless.

Sophomore Edward McCormick scored Beaufort Academy’s first goal with 7:30 remaining in overtime.

Holladay added another goal to push Beaufort Academy ahead 2-0 after in the extra period. 

Veteran coach Bill Dalton guided the Eagles to the state title. 

BASKETBALL

Coach misconduct target of new rules

Effective with the 2017-18 high school basketball season, play will be stopped and an official warning will be given to the head coach – and recorded in the scorebook – for misconduct by the coach or other bench personnel unless the offense is judged to be major, in which case a technical foul shall be assessed. 

This new rule was one of the five changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Basketball Rules Committee at its April 10-12 meeting in Indianapolis. All changes were subsequently approved by the NFHS board of directors.

In addition to misconduct violations related to Rule 10-5, the head coach will be officially warned for the first violation of Rule 10-6-1 regarding the coaching box.

Rules 4-48-1 and 4-48-2 will both have a note stating that a warning is not required prior to calling a technical foul.

“Stopping play and making sure that the bench and the coach know that an official warning has been given sends a clear message to everyone in the gym and impacts the behavior of the coach, and in some cases the behavior of the opposing coach,” said Theresia Wynns, NFHS director of sports and officials and liaison to the NFHS Basketball Rules Committee. “This change in behavior creates a better atmosphere and, many times, avoids the need to administer a technical foul.”

In other changes, the rules committee approved enlarging the coaching box from 14 feet to 28 feet. The coaching box now shall be bounded by a line drawn 28 feet from the end line toward the division line. A line drawn from the sideline toward the team bench becomes the end of the coaching box toward the end line. State associations may alter the length and placement of the 28-foot coaching box.

“The committee thought the restriction of the (14-foot) coaching box limited the level of communication between the coach and players,” Wynns said. “Allowing a coach freedom to move within the new box between the 28-foot mark and the end line provides a coach more access to his or her players.”

Changes in Rules 3-4-1d and 3-4-4 regarding uniforms were approved by the committee, including restrictions on identifying names that can be placed in the allowable area of the jersey. 

Identifying names on uniforms must adhere to the following: school name, school nickname, school logo, player’s name and/or abbreviation of the official school name. The panel in the shoulder area on the back of the jersey may be used for placing an identifying name as well.

The committee also approved a change in the way officials signal a foul against a player. After verbally informing the offender, the official shall use fingers on two hands to indicate to the scorer the number of the offender and the number of free throws. 

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