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The Neighborhood Outreach Connection’s Fore Teachers’ Golf Event was held recently. Eighty players participated in this year’s tournament to raise money to help students from underserved neighborhoods in Beaufort County excel in school. The winners in the Women’s Group were Elaine Beringhouse, Irene Miller, Sue Parker and Susie Sutton. The winners in the Men’s Group were Tom Brettinger, Nigel Jones, Keith Swinehart and Gary Tauscher. The winners in the Mixed Group were Dan Wheeler, Carole Wheeler, Roger Smith and Ken Gudz.

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Sports briefs for October 19th-25th

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Beaufort falls to Berkeley, suffers first loss of season

Beaufort’s unbeaten run in the 2017 high school football season came to a close on Oct. 13 as visiting Berkeley pulled away to win 23-14 in a Region 8-4A matchup.

Thanks to the win, Berkeley is now tied with Cane Bay for first-place in the region.

Determined Berkeley pulled away to win in the second half. 

Longtime rivals, Beaufort and Berkeley were tied 7-7 at halftime. 

Berkeley won thanks in part to Keshawn Wicks, who rushed for 225 yards in the winning effort. The Stags were able to make the most of multiple offensive possessions, especially after intermission. 

Beaufort quarterback Jeffrey Smyth passed for 220 yards in the loss.

The Eagles slipped into the loss column after opening the season with wins over Wando, Battery Creek, Bluffton, May River, Stall and Colleton County.

Prior to Friday night’s game, Berkeley had notched wins over Stratford, Summerville, Hanahan, Timberland, Heritage Academy, Hilton Head and Stall after dropping a season-opener to Daniel. 

Beaufort has regular-season games remaining versus Cane Bay and Hilton Head. The Eagles are scheduled to host Cane Bay for a key region game on Friday, Oct. 20.

Beaufort is slated to visit Hilton Head Island for a regular-season finale on Friday, Oct. 27. 

Battery Creek levels Ridgeland-Hardeeville

Visiting Battery Creek saved its best for last on Oct. 13, scoring 31 points in the second half to pull away to beat host Ridgeland-Hardeeville 44-18 on the host team’s homecoming game.

Battery Creek notched its third straight win over familiar foe Ridgeland-Hardeeville. 

Aiding Battery Creek in the win, Jabari Williams rushed for three touchdowns. 

Battery Creek quarterback Jordyn Gwin passed for three touchdowns. One of Gwin’s scoring passes was a school-record 99-yard toss to Armani Gibbs. 

Battery Creek claimed its second straight win. The Dolphins have notched additional wins over Whale Branch and Calhoun County. Battery Creek has suffered losses to Swansea, Beaufort, Hilton Head, Wade Hampton and Bluffton. 

Ridgeland-Hardeeville suffered its fourth straight loss. The Jaguars’ current losing skid consists of losses to Colleton County, Hilton Head, May River and Battery Creek. 

Ridgeland-Hardeeville opened the 2017 season with wins over Thomas Heyward Academy, Estill and Allendale-Fairfax. 

The Dolphins are scheduled to host May River on Friday, Oct. 20. 

Warriors shut out Academic Magnet, 49-0

The Whale Branch Warriors dominated in their latest outing on the gridiron. Whale Branch didn’t have any trouble getting past host Academic Magnet in a late-season matchup on Oct. 13. The Warriors rolled, shutting out Academic Magnet 49-0. 

Whale Branch moved ahead early, forcing Academic Magnet to play from behind throughout the prep football matchup. 

Numerous Whale Branch players contributed offensively in the win. Irvin Mulligan rushed for three touchdowns while CJ Brown added two TDs for the Warriors in the convincing victory. 

Defensively, Whale Branch excelled in each quarter of the contest, holding outmatched Academic Magnet scoreless. 

Whale Branch claimed its third straight win. The Warriors’ current three-game win streak includes additional victories over Woodland and North Charleston. 

Whale Branch has dropped games to Hilton Head, May River, Battery Creek and Bluffton.

The Warriors have regular-season games remaining versus Garrett Academy and Burke. Whale Branch is slated to host Garrett Academy on Friday, Oct. 20.

The Warriors are scheduled to visit Burke for a regular-season finale on Friday, Oct. 27. 

Beaufort Academy falls to Coastal Christian Prep 

Host Coastal Christian Prep prevented Beaufort Academy from winning on the road on Oct. 13, defeating the Eagles 66-49 in a high scoring high school football affair. 

Coastal Christian Prep owned a 14-6 lead at the conclusion of the first quarter but Beaufort Academy managed to take a hard-fought 27-26 lead into halftime. 

Coastal Christian Prep outscored the Eagles 28-16 in the third quarter to move back out in front. The Cougars never faltered late as they separated themselves from the Eagles.  

Quarterback Robert Crates led Coastal Christian Prep to the win, completing 17-of-26 passes for 271 yards and seven touchdowns. Crates also excelled on the ground, rushing 30 times for 234 yards and three touchdowns for the Cougars. 

Individual statistics for the Beaufort Academy football team were unavailable at press time. 

The Eagles are scheduled to visit Cathedral Academy for a regular-season finale on Friday, Oct. 27. 

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

Beaufort Academy blanks Colleton Prep, 3-0

Beaufort Academy shut out Colleton Prep 3-0 in a high school volleyball match on Oct. 12. 

Determined Beaufort Academy edged Colleton Prep 28-26 in the opening set. 

Remaining ahead late in the second set, Beaufort Academy topped Colleton prep 25-21. Finishing strong, the Eagles topped Colleton Prep 25-15 in the third set to earn the win. 

Alyssa Patrick paced Beaufort Academy in the win, registering seven kills and 10 digs for the Eagles. 

Courtney Kirkberger distributed 15 assists and recorded seven digs for Beaufort Academy in the win. 

Aiding Beaufort Academy in the victory, EmilyAnn Hiers added six kills and 10 assists for the Eagles. 

On Oct. 10, Beaufort Academy edged Hilton Head Prep 3-2. More on the Beaufort Academy-Hilton Head Prep volleyball match follows. 

Beaufort Academy 3, Hilton Head Prep 2 (14-25, 23-25, 25-18, 26-24, 15-3): Alyssa Patrick recorded 14 kills and 16 digs to help lead Beaufort Academy past Hilton Head Prep 3-2 in a high school volleyball match on Oct. 10.

Additional contributors for Beaufort Academy in the victory were Courtney Kirkberger (23 assists), EmilyAnn Hiers (10 kills, 22 digs, 18 assists) and Amelia Huebel (nine kills).

GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS

Beaufort handles Hilton Head Prep, 8-1

Beaufort beat Hilton Head Prep 8-1 in a girls’ high school tennis match on Oct. 12.

Complete results from the Beaufort-Hilton Head Prep girls’ tennis match follow. 

Beaufort 8, Hilton Head Prep 1

Singles: McKenzie Daniel (B) def. Lauren Harvey 6-0, 6-0; Morgan Louw (B) def. Holland Traver 6-1, 6-1; Kirsten Stone (B) def. Molly Rankin 6-0, 5-7, 10-4; Sophie Bellomy (B) def. Cassie Cohen 6-3, 7-6 (7-2); Elizabeth Holloway (B) def. Val Carington 6-1, 6-1; Julianna Lane (B) def. Mary Holland 7-5, 6-3. Doubles: Daniel/Bellomy (BHS) def. Harvey/Rankin 8-2; Lucy Aydelette/Caroline Louw (B) def. Traver/Evie Snipes 8-2; Perez/Marko (HHP) def. Wilson/Lubkin 8-3.

BA outlasts John Paul II, 5-4

Beaufort Academy outlasted John Paul II 5-4 in a girls’ high school tennis match on Oct. 10.

Complete results from the Beaufort Academy-John Paul II girls’ tennis match follow. 

Beaufort Academy 5, John Paul II 4

Singles: Jayda Scheper def. Katherine Reilly 6-0 6-1; Presley Jackson def. Alexa Eaddy 6-2 6-1; Abby Dalton def. Abby Quinty 6-2 6-2; Merritt Woodham def. Ladasha Prather 6-3 6-4 ; Mary-Alden Cooper def. Samantha Reilly 6-3 6-1; Ansleigh Pingree def. Brenna Frank 6-2 6-4; Caroline Lavery and Merritt Woodham def. Tallie Pendarvis and Ashley Wilson 6-1. Doubles: Renee Delgado/Caroline Gilmour def. Leath Gray/Bryson Ambrose 6-5; Katherine Reilly/Abby Quinty won by default.

MEN’S COLLEGE GOLF 

Nimmer named ACC Golfer of the Month

Clemson University golfer Bryson Nimmer has been named the ACC Men’s Golfer of the Month for September by the Atlantic Coast Conference office. 

Nimmer had three top 10 finishes in national tournaments and has risen to the No. 9 ranking in the nation, according to Golfweek.

Nimmer opened September with a second-place finish at the Carpet Classic at The Farm in Dalton, Ga. 

The junior had rounds of 73-65-69 for a 207 finish, nine-under-par. The 65 tied his career best round.

The native of Bluffton then finished seventh at the Trinity Forest Invitational near Dallas from Sept. 24-26 thanks to rounds of 69-73-67, a 209 total, four under par.   He completed the month with a 10th place finish at the NIKE Elite in Portland, Ore. thanks to scores of 70-69-68.

For the month, Nimmer posted a 69.22 average with six rounds in the 60s, seven under-par rounds and a team best 42 birdies.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Clemson, USC fans can win scholar sweepstakes

State Treasurer Curtis Loftis announced that the privately funded Future Scholar Holler Facebook Sweepstakes, which will award Clemson University and University of South Carolina football fans game tickets, memorabilia signed by the coaches and $529 in Future Scholar college savings.

Parents are invited to enter the sweepstakes through Friday, Oct. 20, by posting a public photo to their personal Facebook page of their child or family decked out in USC or Clemson gear with the hashtag “#FutureScholarHoller.” 

One fan from each school will be randomly selected to win a prize pack and a $529 Future Scholar contribution.

Entrants must be the parent or guardian of a current or potential Future Scholar beneficiary, who must be a legal resident of South Carolina under the age of 18.

Participants must “like” the Office of South Carolina State Treasurer’s official Facebook page to qualify. Winners will be announced on Facebook on Monday, Oct. 23.

Sports briefs for October 12th-18th

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GOLF

BMH golf challenge open to players of all abilities

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For the first time since its inception three years ago, the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Adaptive Golf Challenge will be open to both adaptive and able body players. 

This year’s event, which takes place Saturday, Oct. 21, at The Legends of Parris Island Golf Course, also will include a nine-hole scramble. 

“We wanted to create more inclusivity by having everyone play together,” said tournament organizer Steve Giammona, PT. “Able body golfers will have the opportunity to see how adaptive golfers are able to play the game.”

In the scramble, teams of four will be divided into flights based on their scoring level. They will compete as a team in their particular flight for first, second and third place.

“We’re going to have lots of prizes, from golf equipment to gift certificates to local restaurants,” said Giammona, a physical therapist at Beaufort Memorial. “Everyone will have the chance to win, no matter what their level of performance.”

Golfers also can compete as individuals in the skills challenge, featuring putting, chipping and straight drive contests. Adaptive carts and equipment will be available for adaptive players.

Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The $50 entry fee includes admission to all the challenges, goody bags and lunch. 

Proceeds from the event support the Adaptive Golf program, designed to help players who have suffered disabilities due to stroke, spinal cord injuries, TBI, neurological conditions or amputation return to an active lifestyle. 

For more information on the Adaptive Golf Challenge or to make a donation, contact Steve Giammona at 843-522-5850 or SGiammona@bmhsc.org. To learn more about the BMH Adaptive Golf Experience, visit www.adaptivegolfexperience.com or the Adaptive Golf Experience Facebook page. 

Sheriff’s office to hold annual tourney

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is holding its Fall Golf Tournament on Friday, Oct. 27, at The Old South Golf Links to raise money for its Annual Appreciation Event. This event is held each year to thank its deputies, administrative staff and volunteers for their service throughout the year. 

To sign up, be a sponsor or donate, call Lt. Brian Baird at 843-255-3405 or email brianb@bcgov.net.

FISHING/DIVING

Fishing, diving club to hold monthly meeting

The Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club’s October meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 12, 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.

John Satterfield, of the Beaufort Sail & Power Squadron, will speak on medical emergencies during boating activities that may save a life. Following, Drs. Jane Kokinakis and Rebecca Epstein from the Beaufort Eye Center will present ideas on how to protect your face and eyes while fishing. Graphic pictures will be viewed regarding hooks lodged in the eye and procedures to decrease further injuries.

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

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 

Beaufort Eagles KO Colleton County

Beaufort High remained unbeaten on Oct. 6, defeating Colleton County 47-38 in a mid-season high school football game.

With the win, unbeaten Beaufort moved to 6-0.

The Eagles were able to excel offensively throughout the gridiron matchup. Defensively, Beaufort made a big stop on more than one occasion to help secure the win. 

Kyleik Middleton led Beaufort to the win, rushing for three touchdowns. Middleton, a longtime leading rusher for the Eagles, broke free to score a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to allow Beaufort to claim the win and remain undefeated.

The Eagles enjoyed multiple leads before claiming the victory. 

Helping Beaufort to the win, quarterback Jeffrey Smyth passed for two touchdowns. 

Beaufort has regular-season games remaining versus Berkeley and Cane Bay. The Eagles are slated to host Berkeley on Friday, Oct. 13. 

Whale Branch outlasts North Charleston, 21-16

Host Whale Branch held on to defeat North Charleston 21-16 in a mid-season high school football game on Oct. 6.

With the win, Whale Branch improved to 2-4.

The Warriors remained in the win column one week after upending Woodland 20-14 on the road in Dorchester. 

Irvin Mulligan led homestanding Whale Branch on the ground, rushing for one touchdown.

Kyshon Hipp also scored as the Warriors won in the high school football region matchup. 

Longtime high school football rivals, Whale Branch and North Charleston are familiar prep gridiron rivals. 

Whale Branch posted its second region win after opening the season with four consecutive losses to Hilton Head, May River, Battery Creek and Bluffton. 

The Warriors have regular-season games remaining versus Academic Magnet and Garrett Academy Tech. Whale Branch is slated to visit Academic Magnet in North Charleston on Friday, Oct. 13. 

Beaufort Academy falls to Andrew Jackson Academy

Beaufort Academy slipped back into the loss column as Andrew Jackson Academy pulled away to win 36-16 in a mid-season high school football game on Oct. 6.

Determined Andrew Jackson Academy posted the convincing victory after clinging to a 14-6 lead in the third quarter. 

Beaufort Academy wasn’t without its share of offensive highlights during the gridiron matchup as several players contributed. 

Dawson Coleman led the Eagles offensively, throwing for 163 yards and rushing six times for 52 yards.

Jaxon Spratling added 67 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the offensive side for the Eagles.

Also contributing defensively, Spratling registered 14 tackles, second-most for the Beaufort Academy football team.

Edward McCormick led the Beaufort Academy defensive effort with 17 tackles.

Beaufort Academy dropped to 3-4 with the loss.

The Eagles have regular-season games remaining versus Coastal Christian Prep and Cathedral Academy. Beaufort Academy is slated to visit Coastal Christian Prep in Mt. Pleasant on Friday, Oct. 13.

SWIMMING

Swim team registration extended to Nov. 2

The Wardle Family YMCA of Beaufort County has extended fall/winter season BYAC Swim Team registration through Nov. 2. 

Swim team evaluations will be held on an individual basis and the Y also offers swim pups for those youth whose skill level is in between swim lessons and Tiger Sharks competitive swim team. 

Interested swimmers should contact the YMCA of Beaufort County located at 1801 Richmond Ave. in Port Royal or call Lou Bergen, aquatics director, at 843-522-9622. Scholarship assistance is available for qualified applicants. 

Visit ymcabeaufortcounty.com.

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

Beaufort Academy blanks Thomas Heyward

Beaufort Academy blanked Thomas Heyward 3-0 in a high school volleyball match on Oct. 5. 

With the win, Beaufort Academy improved to 13-2. Thomas Heyward dropped to 5-1 with the loss. 

The Eagles excelled throughout the match, limiting familiar foe Thomas Heyward in each set. 

More than one player contributed for the Eagles in the victory. 

Emma Hincher led Beaufort Academy to the win, recording nine aces, four kills and 11 digs. 

Allison Suber followed, proving eight kills for the Eagles. 

Aiding in Beaufort Academy’s victory, EmilyAnn Hiers added 11 assists and five kills.

Both Beaufort Academy and Thomas Heyward are nearing the end of regular-season competition.

Beaufort drops match to Hilton Head Island 

Beaufort couldn’t get past longtime rival Hilton Head in a high school volleyball match. Instead, Hilton Head managed to outlast Beaufort 3-1 on Oct. 5.

Determined Hilton Head prevailed 25-22, 25-17, 28-30, 29-27 over the Eagles. 

Several players contributed for Beaufort in the loss. 

Leading Beaufort, Hailey Lamar posted 12 kills, two aces and three digs. 

Other key contributors for Beaufort were Lillian Sumner (three kills); Macy Purdy (two kills, 17 digs, six assists); Chase Vaigenur (nine kills, two aces, 10 digs); McCayla Willingham  (four kills, two digs); Hannah Merchant (four kills, two digs, six assists); Madison Gallion (two aces, 20 digs, 17 assists); Cheyanne Newberry (seven digs); Caroline Malphrus (26 digs); Catherine Coxwell (two digs) and Sarah Tanis (two assists).

GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS

Beaufort sweeps Colleton County

Beaufort swept a pair of girls’ tennis matches from Colleton County on Oct. 5. 

Results from the Beaufort-Colleton girls’ tennis matches follow. 

Match 1 – Beaufort 6, Colleton County 0

Singles: Makenzie Daniel (B) def. Anni Crook, 6-0, 6-1; Morgan Louw (B) def. Cami Crook, 6-3, 6-1; Kirsten Stone (B) def. Alicia Roberson, 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-5); Lucy Bruns (B) def. Daryn Horker, 6-2 6-3; Elizabeth Holloway (B) def. Taylor Virden, 7-5, 6-3. Doubles: Caroline Louw/ Lucy Aydelette (B) def. Megan Dewitt/ Matilyn Griffin, 6-0, 6-0.

Match 2 – Beaufort 6, Colleton County 0 

Singles: Makenzie Daniel (B) def. Anni Crook, 6-1, 6-0; Morgan Louw (B) def. Cami Crook, 7-5, 7-5; Kirsten Stone (B) def. Alicia Roberson, 6-4, 6-2; Lucy Bruns (B) def. Daryn Horker, 6-2, 6-1; Caroline Louw (B) def. Taylor Virden, 6-3, 6-0. Doubles: Jullianna Lane/ Grace Lubkin (B) def. Megan Dewitt/ Matilyn Griffin, 6-3, 6-1.

Beaufort Academy tops Hilton Head Prep, 5-1

Beaufort Academy beat Hilton Head Prep 5-1 in a girls’ high school tennis match on Sept. 26.

Hilton Head Prep claimed its lone win in the match in singles competition.

Results from the Beaufort Academy-Hilton Head Prep girls’ tennis match follow. 

Beaufort Academy 5, Hilton Head Prep 1

Singles: Olivia Rose Besecker (HHP) def. Jayda Scheper, 6-3, 6-2; Presley Jackson (BA) def. Abby Piduzzi 6-3, 6-4; Abby Dalton (BA) def. Jacqueline Lowrey 7-5, 6-3; Lydasia Prather (BA) def. Elizabeth Minton 6-1, 6-3; Mary Alden Cooper (BA) def. Charlotte Bayer 6-1, 6-2; Anshleigh Pingree (BA) won by default.

WALKING/BIKING

Pringle memorial walk to be held on Oct. 14

The Sixth annual J.T. Pringle Sr. Memorial Walk & Ride will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14. 

The event will begin at Lady’s Island Airport at 39 Airport Circle, Lady’s Island.

The bike ride will begin at 8 a.m. and the walk will begin at 9 a.m. A health fair will be held at the completion of the walk/ride.

Beaufort High athletic teams soar

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Photo above: Beaufort High’s #1 singles tennis player McKenzie Daniel serves the ball during her 6-0, 6-0 win over Cane Bay’s Autumn Leya on Tuesday, Sept. 19. Photos by Bob Sofaly.

The Beaufort High School varsity volleyball team has an inter-squad scrimmage during practice Sept. 26.
The Beaufort High School varsity volleyball team has an inter-squad scrimmage during practice Sept. 26.

By Justin Jarrett

The postseason is just around the corner for fall high school sports teams, and it’s shaping up to be a busy season at Beaufort High School. 

While the biggest buzz at BHS is centered on the football team’s first 5-0 start since 2013, the Eagles’ success this fall goes well beyond the football field. 

The girls tennis and volleyball teams both sit in second place in Region 8-4A, the cross country and girls golf teams have had athletes claim individual wins, and the swim team is gearing up for the S.C. High School League state meet.

“Our Eagle fall sports teams are off to fantastic starts,” BHS athletics director Linc Lyles said. “We have now started region play in all sports and have crucial contests this week that will determine upcoming playoff seeding spots.” 

The Eagles’ football team continued its perfect start to the season with a 56-3 rout of R.B. Stall to open region play Sept. 29 and will travel to Colleton County for another region matchup on Oct. 6. BHS is looking to win its first six games to start the season for the first time since a 9-0 start in 2008.

BHS has outscored opponents 168-54 through five games thanks to a powerful running game and a dominant defense. Running back Kyleik Middleton is putting up huge numbers on the ground — 655 yards and eight touchdowns — with the help of strong offensive line play, and quarterback Jeffrey Smyth has been efficient passing the ball while also helping in the ground game.

The BHS defense has held its last two opponents in single digits, with Reid Daughtry (seven tackles for loss, five sacks) and Brendan Bowersox (three tackles for loss, four sacks) wreaking havoc in opposing backfields and Smyth and Reggie Jones causing problems for quarterbacks with three interceptions apiece.

The Eagles have two huge region matchups remaining at home with defending Region 8-4A champion Berkeley visiting on Oct. 13 and Cane Bay coming in on Oct. 20 before wrapping up the regular season at Hilton Head Island High School on Oct. 27.

The cross-county rivalry with the Seahawks is heating up in other fall sports, too. The BHS girls tennis team is 7-1, with the only loss coming to Hilton Head High. 

The Eagles get a rematch with the Seahawks at home on Oct. 10, and they need to swing only one singles match in their favor from last month’s 4-2 loss to force a winner-take-all match at No. 1 doubles. The Eagles have not lost an individual match in their seven victories, and McKenzie Daniel and Lucy Bruns are undefeated in singles play.

BHS also trails Hilton Head High in the Region 8-4A volleyball standings, as the Seahawks have handed the Eagles their only two losses in region play. Finishing second in the region would allow BHS to host a first-round match in the Class 4A playoffs. 

Most encouraging of all for the Eagles is the fact that their statistical leaders in virtually every category — freshman Chase Vaigneur (108 kills), sophomore Madison Gallion (196 assists, 55 aces), and freshman Caroline Malphrus (199 digs) — are underclassmen. 

The BHS cross country team also is leaning on talented youngsters, as freshman Marlon Belden and eighth-grader Nash Mills finished first and second in the boys’ 5K race, leading the Eagles to a third-place team finish at the Beaufort County Cross Country Championships. 

The BHS girls finished fourth at the county meet, and both teams have two races remaining before the region, Lower State, and state championships.

Individuals on the swimming and girls golf teams also have big hopes for the postseason, especially golfer Izzy Stone, a sophomore who recently won medalist honors at a four-team meet featuring all the Beaufort County public school teams. Stone and the Eagles have one more county meet in Bluffton before the region, Lower State, and state meets.

Beaufort High School’s head football coach Mark Clifford, left, watches his team practice on Sept. 26. The Eagles have a perfect 5-0 start to their 2017 season.
Beaufort High School’s head football coach Mark Clifford, left, watches his team practice on Sept. 26. The Eagles have a perfect 5-0 start to their 2017 season.

In other sports news…

• Whale Branch outlasted rival Woodland 20-14 in overtime on Sept. 29 to claim a region win. With the win, Whale Branch improved to 1-4. 

Woodland dropped to 2-4 with the loss. 

Irvin Mulligan, one of the area’s top high school football players, scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime for Whale Branch. Mulligan delivered two touchdowns in the Warriors’ victory. 

• Host Faith Christian Academy prevented Beaufort Academy from claiming its fourth consecutive win on Sept. 29, defeating the Eagles 53-14. Miscues hindered Beaufort Academy’s progress in the game versus Faith Christian. Struggling to take care of the football when it had possession, Beaufort Academy committed six turnovers in the loss.

With the loss, Beaufort Academy stumbled to 3-4. 

• A Beaufort High School football cheer clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 7 at the BHS gym. This is for pre-K through 8th grade students. The cost is $35 for pre-registration and $40 for walk-in. Check in starts at 8:30.

Contact Hillary Savarese at hillary.savarese@beaufort.k12.sc.us, 843-322-2000; or Nancy Hall at nhcabana22@yahoo.com.

Sports briefs for September 7th-13th

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Photo above: Whale Branch running back Irvan Mulligan, left, is nearly taken down by four May River defensive players during the first quarter of their non-regional game on Sept. 1 at Whale Branch. With 8:16 left in the quarter, Mulligan escaped and scampered 67 yards for the Warrior’s only touchdown. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Whale Branch falls to improved May River

The Whale Branch football team remained in the loss column at home against a newfound rival. Freshman quarterback Ahmad Green rushed for 149 yards and two touchdowns and passed for another 57 yards to lead visiting May River past Whale Branch 22-6 in an early-season high school football game on Sept. 1. 

Much-improved May River earned its first win in the 2017 high school football season. 

With the win, May River improved to 1-2.

Whale Branch dropped to 0-2 with the loss.

Cam Adams added 124 yards and a touchdown for the Sharks in the convincing victory. 

Delivering on the defensive side for the May River football team, Terry Fields provided two interceptions and forced a fumble.

Irvin Mulligan broke loose on a 66-yard touchdown run for Whale Branch in the first quarter. The Warriors wouldn’t return to the end zone, though.

Mulligan, one of the area’s top high school running backs, rushed for 108 yards in the loss. The Whale Branch running back was limited throughout the second half of the game versus May River.

The Warriors remained in the loss column after suffering a heartbreaking one-point setback to Hilton Head Island in their season opener. Hilton Head Island had outlasted Whale Branch 22-21 one week earlier.  

The Warriors have regular-season  games remaining versus Beaufort, Battery Creek, Bluffton, Woodland, North Charleston, Garrett Academy Tech and Burke. 

Whale Branch will host Beaufort while May River battles Hilton Head Island on Friday, Sept. 8. 

Beaufort rolls over Bluffton, 41-21

Beaufort beat a longtime rival on Sept. 1, defeating visiting Bluffton 41-21 in an early-season high school football game.

The Eagles notched their first win over familiar foe Bluffton on the gridiron since the 2013 season. 

With the win, Beaufort claimed the Broad River Bowl trophy and moved to 3-0.

Bluffton stumbled to 1-2 with the win. 

The Eagles amassed 361 yards of total offense in the winning effort. 

Senior running back Kyleik Middleton led the Beaufort football team to the win, rushing 24 times for 270 yards and two touchdowns. 

Beaufort quarterback Jeffrey Smyth completed four passes for 47 yards n the Eagles’ victory.

Bluffton was limited to 46 rushing yards. The Bobcats also struggled to keep possession of the football.

Defensively for Beaufort, Smyth recorded two interceptions and teammates Brendan Bowersox and Reggie Jones Jr. picked off one pass apiece. Jones returned his interception for a touchdown in the Eagles’ triumph.

Beaufort registered four sacks. Junior lineman Chase Guynup recorded one and a half sacks for the Eagles in the winning effort.

The Eagles boast additional wins over Wando and Battery Creek.

Beaufort has additional regular-season games remaining versus Whale Branch, May River, Stall, Colleton County, Berkeley, Cane Bay and Hilton Head Island.

Both Beaufort and Bluffton are due back on the field on Friday, Sept. 8. Beaufort is slated to visit rival Whale Branch while Bluffton hosts New Hampstead later in the week.

Battery Creek struggles offensively

Quarterback Collin Kaiser threw three touchdown passes to lead Hilton Head Island past Battery Creek 24-3 in an early-season high school football game on Sept. 1. 

With the win, Hilton Head Island improved to 2-0.

Battery Creek dropped to 0-3 with the loss. 

The Dolphins remained in the loss column after dropping games to Swansea and Beaufort. One week earlier, Beaufort had defeated Battery Creek 48-13.

Continuing to control a tradition-rich high school football series, Hilton Head Island notched its 10th straight victory over Battery Creek.

The Seahawks moved head early and never faltered in the matchup versus Battery Creek, eventually pulling away to win convincingly.

The Dolphins struggled to put points on the scoreboard. Battery Creek was held out of the end zone and only got on the scoreboard when it connected on a field goal.

The high school football game contest was delayed by more than two hours because of lightning. 

The Dolphins have regular-season games remaining versus Charleston Math & Science, Whale Branch, Calhoun County, Wade Hampton, Bluffton, Ridgeland-Hardeeville and May River.

Battery Creek is scheduled to visit Charleston Math & Science for its next game on Friday, Sept. 8. In another high school football matchup set for that same day, Hilton Head Island is slated to visit May River.

Beaufort Academy upends Patrick Henry

Beaufort Academy claimed its first win in the 2017 high school football season on Sept. 1, beating host Patrick Henry Academy 28-22.

Heading into the early-season game against the Eagles, Patrick Henry Academy had an unblemished record. 

With the win, Beaufort Academy improved to 1-2.

Patrick Henry Academy dropped to 2-1 with the loss. 

The Eagles landed in the win column after suffering back-to-back losses to St. John’s Christian Academy and Clarendon Hall.  

The Patriots slipped into the loss column after opening the 2017 season with back-to-back wins over Holly Hill Academy and King Academy.

Individual statistics from the Beaufort Academy-Patrick Henry Academy football game were unavailable at press time and will appear in next week’s edition. 

Beaufort Academy has regular-season games remaining versus Holly Hill Academy, Northside Christian Academy, Calhoun Academy, Faith Christian Academy, Andrew Jackson Academy, Coastal Christian Prep and Cathedral Academy. The Eagles will visit Holly Hill Academy on Friday, Sept. 8.

GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS 

Beaufort Academy beats Bluffton

Beaufort Academy beat familiar rival Bluffton 5-1 in a girls’ high school tennis match on Aug. 31. 

Presley Jackson, Abby Dalton, Lydasia Prather, Emily Potter and Mary Alden Cooper claimed singles wins for the Eagles. 

Complete results from the Beaufort Academy-Bluffton girls’ tennis match follow. 

Beaufort Academy 5, Bluffton 1

Singles: Rachel Riley (B) def. Jayda Scheper (BA), 6-3, 6-1; Presley Jackson (BA) def. Lydia John 6-1, 7-5; Abby Dalton (BA) def. Rachel Richardson 6-2, 5-7 (10-5); Lydasia Prather (BA) def. Serena Lin 6-0, 6-2; Emily Potter (BA) def. Olivia Boshan 6-2, 6-0; Mary Alden Cooper (BA) def. Anastasiya Antsyferova 6-0, 6-1.

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Photo above: Battery Creek’s quarterback Jordan Gywn, left, evades Beaufort High’s Brendan Bowersox during the first half of the non-conference, cross-town-rivalry game Aug. 25 at BHS. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Smith leads Eagles past Battery Creek 

Quarterback Jeffrey Smyth threw for 180 yards and rushed for 133 yards to lead Beaufort High past Battery Creek 48-13 in an early-season high school football game on Aug. 25.

Familiar foes, Beaufort High and Battle Creek are longtime rivals. 

With the win, Beaufort High moved to 2-0

Battery Creek dropped to 0-2 with the loss. 

Beaufort High, under the direction of head coach Mark Clifford, remained in the win column after outlasting Wando 14-10 in a season opener on Aug. 18. 

Smyth excelled for Beaufort High throughout the early-season high school football game. 

Multiple players contributed for the Eagles in the victory. Kyleik Middleton rushed for two touchdowns. Another Eagle, Reggie Jones, returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown. 

Junior receiver Reed Reichel hauled in five receptions for 115 yards. 

Dominant Beaufort High led 27-0 before Battery Creek scored its first touchdown. 

The Dolphins had to punt a dozen times. 

Battery Creek remained in the loss column following a setback to Swansea in a season opener. Swansea beat the Dolphins 27-13 in a season opener on Aug. 18. 

Both Beaufort High and Battery Creek are due back on the field for games later in the week. Beaufort High is slated to host longtime rival Bluffton while Battery Creek visits Hilton Head Island. 

Whale Branch falls to Hilton Head Island

Whale Branch barely missed landing in the win column on Aug. 25. Visiting Hilton Head Island prevented Whale Branch from winning its season-opener, edging the Warriors 22-21.

The Warriors and Seahawks swapped leads during the early-season high school football game. 

With the loss, Whale Branch opened its season 0-1,

Hilton Head Island started its campaign 1-0 with the win. 

Special teams played a big part in Hilton Head Island’s victory. Hilton Head Island kicker Jonathon Orr drilled a 22-yard field goal with 3 minutes remaining to allow the Seahawks to pull out the hard-fought win. The Hilton Head Island kicker drilled three field goals in the Seahawks’ victory. 

Battling back to win, Hilton Head Island scored the game’s final 12 points.

Jamel Moultrie delivered a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for the Warriors in the third quarter. Moultrie’s scoring run allowed Whale Branch to move ahead 21-10.

But Hilton Head Island wouldn’t be denied the win. 

Whale Branch’s regular-season schedule includes additional games versus May River, Beaufort High, Battery Creek, Bluffton, Woodland, North Charleston, Garrett Academy Tech and Burke.  

Both Whale Branch and Hilton Head Island are due back on the field on Friday, Sept. 1. Whale Branch is scheduled to entertain May River while Hilton Head Island hosts Battery Creek. 

Beaufort Academy drops game to Clarendon Hall

Visiting Beaufort Academy couldn’t keep up with Clarendon Hall during its second game in the young 2017 high school football season. Clarendon Hall pulled away to beat the Eagles 46-28 in an early-season gridiron get-together on Aug. 25. 

With the loss, Beaufort Academy dropped to 0-2.  

Clarendon Hall moved to 2-0 with the win. 

Deshawn Epps helped to lead Beaufort Academy offensively, rushing for 215 yards and two touchdowns. 

Quarterback Dawson Coleman completed 13-of-17 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns. 

Daniel Richards emerged as Coleman’s top target, hauling in six receptions for 86 yards. 

Charlie Weeden and Daijon Galloway added one touchdown reception apiece for the Eagles in the loss.

Showing much improvement, Beaufort Academy battled back from a 10-point deficit in the first half to cut the lead to two points in the fourth quarter. But Beaufort Academy eventually finished short of earning its first win in the 2017 season. 

Defensively, Jaxon Spratling led Beaufort Academy with 14 tackles. 

Clarendon Hall captured its second win after clobbering Cathedral Academy 60-12  in a season opener on Aug. 18.

The Eagles remained in the loss column after falling to St. John’s Christian Academy in a season opener. St. John’s Christian Academy beat Beaufort Academy 51-8 in a season opener on Aug. 18.

Beaufort Academy is scheduled to visit Henry Academy on Friday, Sept. 1.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Beaufort Academy coach steps down

Locally, a boys’ high school basketball program will be under the direction of a late addition head coach during the upcoming 2017-18 season. Beaufort Academy announced that longtime boys’ basketball head coach Chip Dinkins is stepping down. 

Dinkins missed most of last season after suffering a torn aorta. He started coaching at Beaufort Academy in 1999 as the boys’ basketball junior varsity coach and has made history ever since. 

“Coach Dinkins and I have worked and coached together at Beaufort Academy for three years, but have been good friends for a long time,” said Beaufort Academy Athletic Director Neal McCarty. “Coach Dinkins had a great run coaching at his alma mater, 10 teams qualified for state playoffs, and won a state championship in 2006. Unfortunately, he missed most of his final season coaching due to a torn aorta. However, I have a good feeling that he still will be involved in some capacity. Chip is a legend around campus, and the ‘Voice of the Eagles’ on Fridaynights in the fall. I can’t thank Coach Dinkins enough for everything he has done for our school and basketball program up to today. Beaufort Academy is a better place, and basketball is a better program because of Coach Dinkins.”

Traditionally, the Beaufort Academy boys’ basketball program begins preseason practice in mid-October each year. 

Beaufort Academy is in the search process of finding the next varsity boys’ basketball head coach. Anyone interested should send their resume and references to McCarty at nmccarty@beaufortacademy.org. For more information, call 843-524-3393, ext. 240.

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

Beaufort varsity team defeats Fort Dorchester 

Beaufort High defeated Fort Dorchester 2-0 (25-9, 25-20) in a varsity high school volleyball match on Aug. 23. 

Madison Gallion, Cheyanne Newberry and Kaylie Richardson provided strong serving for the Eagles in the winning effort. 

Hailey Lamar and Chase Vaigneur logged high kill percentages while Gallion delivered strong setting for the Beaufort High volleyball team.

Strong defensive play from Newberry and Caroline Malphrus aided the Eagles in the win.

Hilton Head Christian Academy outlasted Beaufort Academy 2-1 (22-25, 25-11, 16-25) in another varsity match.

The Beaufort High junior varsity swept both Fort Dorchester and Hilton Head Christian Academy. More on the Beaufort junior varsity team’s sweep follows. 

Beaufort junior varsity sweeps Fort Dorchester, Hilton Head Christian Academy: The Beaufort High junior varsity volleyball team swept Fort Dorchester and Hilton Head Christian Academy in junior varsity matches on Aug. 23. 

Beaufort High blanked Fort Dorchester 2-0 (25-23, 25-21) in a junior varsity match.

The Lady Eagles shut out Hilton Head Christian Academy 2-0 (25-11, 25-16) in another junior varsity match. 

Beaufort High had 85 percent service accuracy. Jasmine Callender led the Beaufort junior varsity with eight aces and seven kills. Olive Renforth added four aces and five kills for the Lady Eagles. Hayley Trader provided four aces while Layla Warren added four aces of her own and provided 100 percent service accuracy.

Beaufort Academy blanks Clarendon Hall: Beaufort Academy blanked Clarendon Hall 3-0 (25-17, 25-8, 25-14) in a high school volleyball varsity match on Friday. 

WOMEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

BA grad Weslake scores in Tigers’ win

Four different Tigers scored as the Clemson University women’s soccer team defeated UNCG 4-0 on Aug. 27 at UNCG Soccer Stadium. With the win, Clemson improves to 4-0 overall, while the Spartans slip to 1-3.

After 42 minutes of play, Sam Staab put the ball in play on a corner kick, finding Mackenzie Smith who headed it backward to junior Patrice DiPasquale, who buried it away, giving Clemson a 1-0 lead heading into halftime and her first goal of the season.

In the 55th minute, Jenna Polonsky scored from 30 yards out in deep midfield, to increase the lead to 2-0 with her fourth goal of the season. One minute later, senior Shannon Horgan sent a cross from the left wing to junior Miranda Weslake, who headed the ball into the bottom left corner, putting the Tigers up 3-0. Weslake is a Beaufort Academy graduate. Less than 60 seconds later, the Spartans committed a foul in the box, setting up a penalty kick for Horgan, who converted for her first goal of the season.

For the match, the Tigers outshot UNCG 17-4, and 9-2 in shots on goal. Clemson took nine corner kicks, converting on one of them, while the Spartans had just two. Sophomores Sandy MacIver and Melanie Stiles split time in goal in the match, each with one save.

Prior to arriving at Clemson, Eddie Radwanski spent 10 seasons as the head coach at UNCG, where he amassed a 139-65-13 record and led the Spartans to five NCAA tournament appearances during his tenure. In his time at UNCG as a player, he was a two-time All-American and captain of the school’s NCAA Division III men’s soccer national championship teams in 1982 and 1983.  In 2000, he was inducted into the UNC Greensboro Hall of Fame. Sunday’s match was his first time returning to UNCG Soccer Stadium since taking over the program at Clemson.

The Tigers will return to action at 5 p.m.Friday, Sept. 1, as they host VCU at Historic Riggs Field.

GOLF

United Way to hold golf tournament

The United Way of the Lowcountry is inviting the public to participate in the 17th Annual Golf Invitational on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at Secession Golf Club. 

Registration and lunch will begin at 11 a.m. with the shotgun start at 1 p.m.   

Proceeds from the event benefit United Way of the Lowcountry, serving Beaufort and Jasper counties. United Way of the Lowcountry works to meet the immediate needs of the community and create lasting positive change through Community Impact, focusing on Basic Needs, Education, Health and Income/Family Stability.  

The 17th Annual Golf Invitational is sponsored by Publix, Cleland Site Prep, Dividend Assets Capital, LLC, Hargray, Hilton Head BMW, Palmetto Electric Cooperative, Secession Golf Club and Turbeville Insurance Agency.  

For more information about the tournament, visit www.uwlowcountry.org or contact Michelle Frier at mfrier@uwlowcountry.org or at 843-982-3040.  

FISHING

Fishing, diving club to meet Sept. 14

The Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club’s September meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 14, 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.

John Satterfield, of the Beaufort Sail & Power Squadron, will speak on medical emergencies during boating activities that may save a life. Additionally, Dr. Jane Kokinakis and Dr. Rebecca Epstein from the Beaufort Eye Center will present ideas to how to protect your face and eyes while fishing.

In related news, Steven Bettilyon 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.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Beaufort outlasts Wando 14-10 

Beaufort High quarterback Jeffrey Smyth uses the old fashioned stiff-arm to thwart Wando. Photo by Bob Sofaly.
Beaufort High quarterback Jeffrey Smyth uses the old fashioned stiff-arm to thwart Wando. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

Beaufort beat familiar foe Wando 14-10 in a high school football season opener on Aug. 18. 

The Eagles opened the 2017 season 1-0 while Wando started the new campaign 0-1. 

Hot temperatures welcomed players, coaches, officials and fans to the high school football season opener. The heat index forced the game to start more than 30 minutes late. 

Wando carried a 10-7 lead into halftime but couldn’t prevent the Eagles from battling back for the win. The Eagles were determined get a win in their opener.  

Beaufort, under the direction of veteran head coach Mark Clifford, battled back to win despite committing 13 penalties. 

Logan Adkins led the Beaufort offensive effort, rushing 16 times for 102 yards. 

Kyleik Middleton rushed for 80 yards and one touchdown via 18 carries. Middleton scored the game-winning touchdown for the Eagles in the fourth quarter.

Beaufort quarterback Jeffrey Smyth, an experienced signal-caller, completed a 20-yard scoring pass to Reed Reichel for the Eagles’ first half touchdown. 

Wando quarterback Cale Lewis led the Warriors, completing 21-of-41 passes for 256 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions.

Conner McCarthy paced Wando receivers, hauling in four receptions for 88 yards and one touchdown. 

Wando was able to get some points off special teams in the opener. Kicker Andrew Weil added a 45-yard field goal for the Warriors in the loss. 

The Eagles will look to notch their second win against an old nemesis. 

Beaufort is slated to host rival Battery Creek on Friday, Aug. 25. 

Beaufort Academy drops game to St. John’s 

The Beaufort Academy football team faced a tough test on the road at St. John’s in a high school football season opener on Aug. 18. 

Short-handed Beaufort Academy had only 12 players in uniform for its opener. The Eagles answered St. John’s initial score in the opening quarter but couldn’t maintain their early momentum. Host St. John’s pulled away to beat the Eagles 51-8. 

Forced to play from behind throughout the game, Beaufort Academy battled against a much deeper St. John’s football team. 

Beaufort Academy quarterback Dawson Coleman passed for 168 yards in the loss. 

DaiJion Galloway accounted for 74 receiving yards for the Eagles. Finishing second in the Beaufort Academy receiving column behind Galloway, Daniel Richards delivered 30 receiving yards. 

Jaxon Spratling rushed for Beaufort Academy’s lone score. Spratling finished with a team-high 24 rushing yards. 

Additional rushers in positive yardage for the Eagles included Edward McCormick, Jeffrey Heistand and Charlie Weeden. 

Defensively, McCormick led the Eagles with 15 tackles. Also contributing on the defensive side, Spratling posted nine tackles and Weeden chipped in six tackles. 

Beaufort Academy head coach Scott Richards expects his team to bounce back. 

“I am hoping that tonight sort of wakes this team up because I know how good they can be,” Richards commented, following his team’s loss on Aug. 18. “We have a lot of hard work ahead of us, but that work isn’t building or developing talent – we have loads of talent. We have to just work on execution in the heat of the battle. It is hard to simulate Friday night on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday with only 12 players. I have to do a better job at getting this team prepared. We will get there!”

Beaufort Academy is slated to host Clarendon Hall for a home opener on Friday, Aug. 25. Kickoff for the Beaufort Academy-Clarendon Hall football game is set for 7:30 p.m. in Beaufort. 

Battery Creek falls to Swansea 

Battery Creek missed its first opportunity to land in the win column in the 2017 high school football season. Visiting Swansea defeated Battery Creek 27-13 in a high school football season opener on Aug. 18. 

The Tigers performed well in the season-opener, preventing the Dolphins from winning thanks in part to a solid defensive effort.

Swansea also produced offensively as several players contributed.

The Dolphins were forced to play from behind in multiple quarters. Still, Battery Creek remained within striking distance for much of the gridiron season opener. 

Swansea quarterback Keenan Coats passed for 182 yards and two touchdowns. On the ground, Coats rushed for 66 yards and one touchdown. As a team, Swansea rushed 23 times for 150 yards. 

Trey Chance and Gabe Singleton rushed for one touchdown apiece as Battery Creek suffered the loss. 

Junior quarterback Jordan Gwyn passed for 97 yards and a touchdown with an interception for the Dolphins. Gwyn rushed 14 times for 67 yards in the setback. 

In other area high school football games on Aug. 18 it was Beaufort High 14, Wando 10; St. John’s 51, Beaufort Academy 8; John Paul II 26, Hilton Head Christian Academy 20 (2 OT); Ridgeland-Hardeeville 12, Thomas Heyward 8; Orangeburg Prep 46, Hilton Head Prep 7 and Hanahan 27, May River 8. 

Battery Creek is set to visit Beaufort High for a rivalry game on Friday, Aug. 25. 

Whale Branch to host Hilton Head Island 

The Whale Branch football team is headed into its season opener versus Hilton Head Island. The Warriors are slated to host Hilton Head Island on Friday, Aug. 25. 

Whale Branch is under the direction of head coach Jerry Hatcher. The Warriors fiished the 2016 season 7-5 after advancing to the second round of the SCHSL Class AA Playoffs. 

Irvin Mullian is the top player back for the Warriors. As a sophomore in 2016, Mulligan rushed for 1,678 yards and 26 touchdowns. 

Marion Smalls is poised to lead the Warriors from his quarterback position. Smalls is back healthy for Whale Branch after breaking his left wrist early in the 2016 season. 

Receiver Jamel Moultrie is the top pass catcher back for Whale Branch. 

Injuries aren’t something Whale Branch can afford to have happen in the 2017 season as depth isn’t a strength for the Warriors. 

Junior running back Roscoe Fields is another rushing threat for Whale Branch. 

Hilton Head Island is under the guidance of head coach BJ Payne. The Seahawks concluded the 2016 season 7-5 following a loss in the SCHSL Class AAAA Playoffs. 

In addition to Hilton Head Island, Whale Branch’s 2017 schedule includes games versus May River, Beaufort, Battery Creek, Woodland, North Charleston, Academic Magnet, Garrett Academy Tech and Burke.  

SOCCER

Registration open for YMCA adult soccer

Registration is open for YMCA of Beaufort County Adult Soccer.

Registration for the local adult soccer league is as follows: $300 per team; $55 per individual YMCA of Beaufort County member and $65 per non-YMCA of Beaufort County member. 

Games will begin the week of Sept. 11 and continue through November. 

For more information on the adult soccer league, contact Mike Woods at mjwoods10@gmail.com or 843-522-9622.

Additional information about the adult soccer league is available online at www.ymcabeaufortcounty.com/sports.

YMCA of Beaufort County Youth Flag Football will begin the week of Aug. 28. 

GOLF

Sheriff’s office to hold annual tourney

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is holding its Fall Golf Tournament on Friday, Oct. 27, at The Old South Golf Links to raise money for its Annual Appreciation Event. 

This event is held each year to thank its deputies, administrative staff and volunteers for their service throughout the year. 

To sign up, be a sponsor or donate, call Lt. Brian Baird at 843-255-3405 or email brianb@bcgov.net.

BIKING

Bike ride coming to Parris Island

The 10th Annual Iron Mike Bike Tour, hosted by the Parris Island Historical and Museum Society, will be held Saturday, Sept. 9. 

Riders will go on a 15-mile loop of the Marine Corps Recruit Depot and stop at 16 historical sites where volunteer historical interpreters will provide additional information about the history of Parris Island and the United States Marine Corps. 

Register at bit.ly/2t1sgpQ. This free event is open to the public and begins at the Parris Island Museum. 

The tour is named for the iconic Iron Mike monument, which was erected in 1924 and is the oldest sculpture on Parris Island. It was installed to honor Marines who served in World War I. Today, the Iron Mike logo also represents the Parris Island Historic and Museum Society.

The first group of bikers will begin their ride at 9 a.m. and the last riders will depart by noon. All participants are invited to join the Society at the Parris Island Museum afterward for a hot dog lunch. 

Helmets are required while bike riding on Parris Island. A driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance are required to access the base.

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Photo above by Bob Sofaly.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 

Following are the 2017 football schedules for Whale Branch Early College High School and Battery Creek High School.

Whale Branch

Aug. 25: Hilton Head Island
Sept. 1: May River
Sept. 8: Beaufort High
Sept. 15: @ Battery Creek
Sept. 22: @ Bluffton
Sept. 29: @ Woodland
Oct. 6: North Charleston
Oct. 13: @ Academic Magnet
Oct. 20: Garrett Academy Tech
Oct. 27: @ Burke

Battery Creek

Aug. 18: Swansea
Aug. 25: @ Beaufort
Sept. 1: @ Hilton Head
Sept. 8: @ Charleston Math & Science
Sept. 15: Whale Branch
Sept. 22: Calhoun County
Sept. 29: @ Wade Hampton
Oct. 6: Bluffton
Oct. 13: @ Ridgeland/Hardeeville
Oct. 20: May River

Smalls back on field after battling injuries

Whale Branch Early College High School quarterback Marion Smalls is back on the field after suffering a pair of injuries during the 2016 season.

The Warriors, under the direction of veteran head coach Jerry Hatcher, compiled a 7-5 record in 2016. Whale Branch lost to Carvers Bay in the second round of the 2016 Class 2A State Playoffs. 

The Warriors compete in Region 6 of Class 2A. 

Hatcher will carry a 34-31 overall record into the latest campaign. The Whale Branch will look to add to his win total when the Warriors take the field for their season opener. 

Along with Smalls, Whale Branch returns Irvin Mulligan (RB), Jamel Moultrie (WR), Anthony McVay (OL), Carus Epps (OL), CJ Brown (DB), Jaheem Hazel (DB) and Jordan Reeves (DB). Mulligan thrived throughout the 2016 season, rushing for 1,678 yards and 26 touchdowns as a sophomore. 

Whale Branch is set to host longtime rival Hilton Head Island for its season opener on Aug. 25. Additional opponents for Whale Branch during the 2017 season will include May River, Beaufort, Battery Creek, Bluffton, Woodland, North Charleston and Garrett Academy Tech. 

The Warriors have made strides throughout the preseason. However, heading into its season opener, Whale Branch features a small roster of only 20-plus players. 

Whale Branch is a former region champion. The Warriors’ 2017 schedule features other games versus May River, Beaufort High, Battery Creek, Bluffton, Woodland, North Charleston, Garrett Academy Tech and Burke. 

GOLF

Greg Jones wins South Carolina Amateur

Former Clemson All-American and 2003 National Champion team starter Gregg Jones won the South Carolina Amateur at Florence Country Club on Sunday, Aug. 6. Jones joined a select group to win the South Carolina Junior Amateur and the South Carolina Amateur. 

Jones was tied for the lead entering the final round, then shot his worst round of the week (71), but came away with a two-shot victory as the golfers found the Florence Country Club course to be challenging in the final round.

Jones played the front nine at one-over-par and slipped out of the lead, but came back with couple of key birdies on the back nine to win by two shots over Ryan Marter of Columbia and R.J. Keur of Charleston.

Jones, who was playing at his home course, turned in rounds of 69-67-65-71 for a 272 total, eight-under-par on the par 70 course. An All-American in 2002 and an All-ACC selection in 2002, 2003 and 2004, Jones finished 35th at the 2003 NCAA Championship, helping Larry Penley’s program to its first national title.

With Jones’s victory, 17 former or current Clemson golfers have won the South Carolina Amateur dating to 1975 when Parker Moore was the champion. Carson Young, a senior on the 2017 Clemson team, won the title in 2013 and 2016.

Two current Clemson players competed in the tournament this weekend. Coleman Self finished 23rd with a 284 score after rounds of 70-74-70-70, while Josh Fickes was 52nd with a 293 total after rounds of 71-71-74-75. Fickes is a Beaufort native.

COLLEGE SPORTS

USC fan appreciation day set for Aug. 19

University of South Carolina fans are invited to Colonial Life Arena on Saturday, Aug. 19 for the annual Colonial Life Fan Appreciation Day.

Coaches and student-athletes from the Gamecocks’ football, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, equestrian, cross country and men’s and women’s swimming & diving teams will be on hand to sign autographs for this free event. 

Doors will open to the public at 1:30 p.m. with the football team scheduled to arrive at 2 p.m. and sign until 3:30 p.m.

Only the main entrance to CLA will be available for the public to enter. Parking will be available in the lots adjacent to Colonial Life Arena.

Due to our commitment to NCAA compliance, student-athletes will only sign the official South Carolina Athletics team poster or autograph card that will be provided at the event free of charge. Fans should not bring or ask student-athletes to sign other items. Bag checks will occur at the arena entrance and fans will not be allowed to bring in other memorabilia.

With a large crowd expected and a limited amount of time available, it is highly unlikely that fans will be able to receive an autograph of every student-athlete in attendance. 

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TENNIS

Scheper claims 3 titles at national tournament

Larry Scheper remained on top at the 2017 ATA National Tennis Tournament in Baltimore. Photo by Scheper Tennis Academy.
Larry Scheper remained on top at the 2017 ATA National Tennis Tournament in Baltimore. Photo by Scheper Tennis Academy.

Beaufort Academy coach Larry Scheper claimed three titles at the 2017 ATA National Tennis Tournament in Baltimore last week. Scheper maintained his No. 1 seed in 45 singles and 45 and 50 doubles. 

The Scheper Tennis Academy was well-represented throughout the national tournament.

The ATA (American Tennis Association) was formed when representatives from more than a dozen black tennis clubs met in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 30, 1916, Thanksgiving Day. Dr. Harry S. McCard, Dr. William H. Wright, Dr. B.M. Rhetta, Ralph Cook, Henry Freeman and Tally Holmes were among the ATA’s founding fathers. Holmes, of Washington, D.C., won the first two ATA men’s singles titles.

In August 1917, the organization held its first ATA National Championships, consisting of three events (men’s and women’s singles and men’s doubles), at Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park in August 1917.

Tennis players from across the national competed in this year’s ATA National Tennis Tournament in Baltimore. 

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

SCHSL proposes realignment for 2018

The South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) has released a reclassification proposal that would take effect in 2018. 

Under the realignment, Whale Branch would be in Region 5-AA and Battery Creek in Region 7-AAA.

The complete proposed realignment follows. 

SCHSL 2018-20 Realignment

Class 5A (48 schools)

Region 1: Easley, Greenwood, J.L. Mann, Laurens, T.L. Hanna, Westside, Wade Hampton (G), Woodmont;

Region 2: Boiling Springs, Byrnes, Dorman, Gaffney, Hillcrest, Mauldin, Riverside, Spartanburg;

Region 3: Blythewood, Clover, Fort Mill, Nation Ford, Northwestern, Rock Hill, Spring Valley, York;

Region 4: Chapin, Dutch Fork, Irmo, Lexington, Lugoff-Elgin, River Bluff, White Knoll;

Region 5: Carolina Forest, Conway, Socastee, South Florence, St. James, Sumter, West Florence;

Region 6: Cane Bay, Goose Creek, James Island, Stratford, Wando;

Region 7: Ashley Ridge, Colleton County, Fort Dorchester, Summerville, West Ashley.

Class 4A (41 schools)

Region 1: Belton-Honea Path, Daniel, Palmetto, Pickens, Walhalla, Wren;

Region 2: Berea, Blue Ridge, Eastside, Greenville, Greer, Travelers Rest, Union County;

Region 3: Lancaster, Ridge View, Richland Northeast, South Pointe, Westwood;

Region 4: A.C. Flora, Crestwood, Dreher, Lakewood, Lower Richland, Orangeburg-Wilkinson;

Region 5: Aiken, Airport, Brookland-Cayce, Midland Valley, North Augusta, South Aiken;

Region 6: Darlington, Hartsville, Marlboro County, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Wilson;

Region 7: Beaufort, Berkeley, Bluffton, Hilton Head, Stall.

Class 3A (44 schools)

Region 1: Crescent, Liberty, Pendleton, Powdersville, Seneca, West-Oak;

Region 2: Berea, Carolina, Chapman, Chesnee, Landrum, Southside;

Region 3: Clinton, Emerald, Mid-Carolina, Newberry, Woodruff;

Region 4: Camden, Chester, Fairfield Central, Indian Land, Keenan;

Region 5: Edisto, Gilbert, Pelion, Strom Thurmond, Swansea;

Region 6: Aynor, Cheraw, Dillon, Lake City, Loris, Marion;

Region 7: Battery Creek, Lake Marion, May River, Ridgeland-Hardeville, Wade Hampton;

Region 8: Bishop England, Academic Magnet, Georgetown, Hanahan, Manning, Waccamaw;

Class 2A (46 schools)

Region 1: Blacksburg, Brashier MC*, Christ Church, Greenville Tech*, Greer Middle College*, Next*, Southside Christian, St. Joseph;

Region 2: Abbeville, Batesburg-Leesville, Dixie, Fox Creek, Ninety-Six, Saluda, Silver Bluff;

Region 3: C.A. Johnson, Calhoun County, Columbia, Eau Claire, Gray Collegiate;

Region 4: Andrew Jackson, Buford, Central, Cheraw, Chesterfield, Lee Central, Lewisville North Central;

Region 5: Allendale-Fairfax, Bamberg-Ehrhardt, Barnwell, Whale Branch, Woodland;

Region 6: Andrews, Burke, Charleston Charter, Garrett, North Charleston, Oceanside Collegiate, Palmetto Scholars*, Timberland;

Region 7: Carvers Bay, East Clarendon, Hannah-Pamplico, Johnsonville, Kingstree, Latta, Mullins.

Class A (37 schools)

Region 1: Calhoun Falls, High Point Academy*, McCormick, South Carolina School for Deaf and Blind*, Ware Shoals, Whitmire;

Region 2: Governor’s School**, Great Falls, Lamar, McBee, Timmonsville;

Region 3: Blackville-Hilda, Denmark-Olar, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, North, Ridge Spring-Monetta, Wagener-Salley, Williston-Elko;

Region 4: Baptist Hill, Bridges Prep*, Estill, Low Country Leadership*, Military Magnet, Phillip Simmons, Royal Live Oaks*, St. Johns;

Region 5: Bethune-Bowman, Branchville, C.E. Murray, Cross, Richland One Middle College* Scott’s Branch;

Region 6: Coastal Leadership *, Creek Bridge, Green Sea-Floyds, Hemingway, Lake View.

*No football program.

TRACK & FIELD 

Glover to compete for Benedict College

Beaufort High School graduate Savionna Glover is headed to Benedict College. 

Glover excelled throughout her high school career, claiming three triple jump state championships and finishing with a 4.0 grade point average. 

The talented Glover drew recruiting interest from numerous colleges, including Florida State, Bethune-Cookman and South Carolina State. 

Glover is preparing to join a tradition-rich Benedict College women’s track & field program. The Benedict College women’s track & field team won the 2017 SIAC Championship, winning seven events on the final day of the annual conference title meet to surge to the top of the team standings. Benedict won a total of nine events over the three days of competition at the conference event and finished with 216 total points. Albany State placed second with 187 points and Clark Atlanta was third with 179.5 points.

Glover plans to major in sports management. 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Delaney preparing for Miami’s season-opener

Whale Branch Early College High School graduate Dee Delaney is less than one month away from making his debut for the University of Miami football program. Delaney is set to play for the Hurricanes following a transfer from The Citadel. 

Delaney started all 12 games for The Citadel in 2016. Delaney was a Walter Camp All-American, Athlon All-American, First Team Associated Press All-American, First Team STATS All-American, First Team College Sports Madness All-American, First Team HERO Sports All-American and First Team All-Southern Conference selection.

A stellar defensive player, Delaney was the first Bulldog in The Citadel football program’s history to earn Walter Camp All-America honors twice. He recorded 35 tackles, six interceptions, eight pass breakups and one a fumble recovery.

Delaney excelled throughout his career at The Citadel. 

A 2013 graduate of Whale Branch Early College High School, Delaney lettered four times each in football, basketball and baseball and twice in track and field. He served as a team captain during his senior year when he caught 35 passes for 899 yards and 14 touchdowns, returned two punts for scores and intercepted three passes. 

In high school, Delaney was named the Region 5A Wide Receiver and Offensive Player of the Year and was selected to play in the North/South All-Star game. As a junior in high school, Delaney made 27 receptions for 512 yards and seven touchdowns and posted two interceptions. Delaney earned all-region and region wide receiver of the year accolades for the first time in his career. 

The productive Delaney caught passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore. He was an all-region and all-area selection in basketball and baseball during the 2011-12 schoolyear and a gold medalist in the 4×100 meter relay when his team won the Class A state championship. In addition to excelling in athletics at Whale Branch Early College High School, Delaney was a member of the National Honor Society.

FISHING

Fripp Island Marina to host fishing tournament 

Fripp Island Marina’s 2017 Kingfish Tournament will take place from Thursday, Aug. 31, to Saturday, Sept. 2. 

Fishermen are invited to compete for a $5,000-plus payout in the traditional Labor Day event. 

Prizes will include largest in the king mackeral and Spanish mackeral categories. 

For more information, call 843-838-1517, register at www.frippislandresort.com or email at kingfishtournament@gmail.com. 

Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Keyserling Cancer Center in Beaufort.

Fishing/diving club to meet Aug. 10

The Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club’s August meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 10, 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.  

Kate Parks Schaefer, South Coast Office director of the Coastal Conservation League, will present a brief update on the potential annexation of Bay Point Island by the Town of Hilton Head Island and attempted development.

The main topic will be spade fish. Local Capt. Wally Phinney of Sea Wolf Charters will discuss techniques about locating and landing Spade Fish.

In related news youth angler Olivia Gibson Loveless 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.

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

AA: Whale Branch ranked 19th in poll

The Whale Branch Early College High School football team is ranked 19th in the High School Sports Report AA Pre-Season Football Rankings.

The HSSR AA Pre-Season Football Rankings are as follows: 1. Abbeville, 2, Barnwell, 3. Cheraw, 4. Saluda, 5. Batesburg-Leesville, 6. Woodland, 7. Central, 8. Lee Central, 9. Blacksburg, 10. Bamberg-Ehrhardt, 11. Carvers Bay, 12. Christ Church, 13. Andrews, 14. Latta, 15. Andrew Jackson, 16. Liberty, 17. Fox Creek, 18. Calhoun County, 19. Whale Branch, 20. Marion. 

The Warriors are slated to host Heritage Academy in a season opener on Aug. 25.

Whale Branch has additional regular-season games scheduled versus May River, Beaufort High, Battery Creek, Bluffton, Woodland, North Charleston, Academic Magnet, Garrett Academy Tech and Burke. 

The Warriors concluded the 2016 season 7-5, reaching the second round of the state playoffs. 

Whale Branch is under the tutelage of head coach Jerry Hatcher.

The Warriors compete in AA, Region 6.

AAAA: Beaufort High listed 20th in rankings 

The Beaufort High School football team is ranked 20th in the High School Sports Report AAAA Pre-Season Football Rankings, which were released earlier in the month. 

The HSSR AAAA Pre-Season Football Rankings are as follows: 1. South Pointe, 2. Hartsville, 3. BHP, 4. Myrtle Beach, 5. Berkeley, 6. Cane Bay, 7. Union County, 8. South Aiken, 9. Greer, 10. North Augusta, 11. Wren, 12. Marlboro County, 13. North Myrtle Beach, 14. Lancaster, 15. AC Flora, 16. Chapin, 17. Daniel, 18. York, 19. Hilton Head, 20. Beaufort. 

Beaufort is set to host Wando for its season opener on Aug. 18. Kickoff for the Beaufort-Wando football game is set for 7:30 p.m.

Additional teams on Beaufort’s 2017 football schedule include Battery Creek, Bluffton, Whale Branch, May River, Stall, Colleton County, Berkeley, Cane Bay and Hilton Head. 

The Eagles, under the direction of veteran head coach Mark Clifford, concluded the 2016 season 8-4 overall and 3-2 (third) in their league after reaching the second round of the state playoffs.

Beaufort High’s junior varsity team finished 9-1 in 2016. 

The Eagles compete in AAAA, Region 8. 

KARATE

Local instructor brings home prizes

Chuck Elias, head instructor at Club Karate, is shown here with actor Chuck Norris. Photo provided.
Chuck Elias, head instructor at Club Karate, is shown here with actor Chuck Norris. Photo provided.

Club Karate’s head instructor, Chuck Elias, brought home the Norris Cup from a competition in Las Vegas.

The cup is named after Martial Arts legend Chuck Norris. 

While attending the International Training Conference and World Championships in July, Elias won first place in his weight division and went on to defeat the heavyweight and lightweight winners in the younger division to earn the grand championship. 

Elias also won first place in Open Hand Forms and second place and Weapons Forms.  

Club Karate’s only other participant, Rob Gallagher, earned third place in fighting in his perspective weight division.  

Club Karate also had the distinction of seeing one of its students promoted to Master Rank. Carmen Blanchard-Stitt earned her 5th° black belt in a special ceremony. 

Another one of Elias’ black belts, Lindy Woods, and the owner of Dunamis Karate in Ridgeland, had two of her black belts also earn their 5th° black belt. 

This week-long event is highlighted by the three-day tournament. This is attended by martial artists from many different countries including Germany, Brazil, Finland, Canada and Mexico.    

For more information about Club Karate, call 843-252-7283 or go to www.clubkaratellc.com.  

FISHING/DIVING

Fishing/diving club to meet Aug. 10

The Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club’s August meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 10, 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.  

Kate Parks Schaefer, South Coast Office director of the Coastal Conservation League, will present a brief update on the potential annexation of Bay Point Island by the Town of Hilton Head Island and attempted development.

The main topic will be spade fish. Local Capt. Wally Phinney of Sea Wolf Charters will discuss techniques about locating and landing spade fish.

In related news, youth angler Olivia Gibson Loveless won the monthly $50 weigh-in drawing sponsored by Chris Butler at Butler Marine.

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

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Wilsons set to take field for Palmetto Prep

Three Beaufort High School graduates – Cameron Wilson, Chris Wilson and Kai Wilson – are preparing to take the field for the Palmetto Preparatory Academy football team. 

Cameron Wilson is a 6-2, 325-pound defensive tackle. 

Chris Wilson is a 6-3, 310-pound offensive guard. 

Kai Wilson is a 6-0, 180-pound strong safety. 

Palmetto Preparatory Academy acts as a post-graduate prep school and a junior college, helping student-athletes get academically qualified and earn scholarships.

A total of 60 players from Palmetto Prep Academy’s 2016 and 2017 classes have received offers to play college football at a four-year program.

Palmetto Prep Academy has sent players to colleges and universities including the University of South Carolina, Troy University, the University of Southern Mississippi, East Carolina University, Georgia Southern University and others. It is a Christian post-graduate and junior college program based out of Columbia, has been in existence since 2011 and was originally founded as Gray Military Academy. 

Palmetto Prep Academy is a member of the East Atlantic Conference, which is also home to Gulf Coast Sports Academy, Birmingham Prep, Alabama Prep Sports and Georgia Prep Sports. 

COLLEGE TRACK & FIELD

Forehand signs with rejuvenated Newberry 

Battery Creek High School graduate Gari “GiGi” Forehand has signed with the Newberry College track and field program. 

Forehand finished fourth in the Class AAA discus throw at the state championship meet in Columbia in May. 

In high school, Forehand earned a 3.5 grade-point average and played basketball. Forehand’s prep career also included playing drums for the Dolphin Pride Marching Band. 

Kimour Bruce is the head coach of the Newberry College track and field program. 

Newberry is resurrecting its track program after a lengthy hiatus. The school had previously competed in track for over a decade, primarily in the 1930s, before discontinuing the program following the 1940 season.

Since moving to the NCAA ranks in the early 1990s, Newberry’s only appearance in a track event came in the 2013 Terrier Relays hosted by Wofford in Spartanburg, where a five-member Newberry contingent netted three top-10 finishes in a handful of distance events and the triple jump.

A 12-time All-American and seven-time national champion at Lincoln University in Missouri, Bruce came to Newberry with tremendous track and field credentials. He holds the second-fastest 60-meter dash time in NCAA Indoor Championship history, completing the event in 6.62 seconds in 2011 to defend his title from the previous season, and helped Lincoln to three 4×100-meter relay titles in his four years.

Simmons excels for Coastal Carolina 

Beaufort High School graduate Malcolm Simmons excelled for the Coastal Carolina University men’s track and field team throughout his junior season.

A Beaufort native, Simmons is a productive sprinter for the Coastal Carolina University track team. 

Simmons appeared in nine meets for the Chanticleers during the 2017 season. He opened the season strong, finishing first as part of a 4x400m relay team at the Battle of the Beaches XII with a 3:16.7 performance. Simmons set a personal- and season-best time in the 200m at War Eagle Invitational with a 22.40. He ran a 50.00 in the 400m at Tom Jones Memorial for a personal- and season-best time.

During the 2016 season, Simmons appeared in eight meets for the Chanticleers. He finished sixth in the 200m race at the Big South Triangular, crossing the finish line in 22.60. He ran a season-best 50.25 in the 400m at the Georgia Invitational during the 2016 season.

Coastal Carolina competes in the Big South Conference, along with Campbell, Charleston Southern, Gardner-Webb, High Point, Liberty, Longwood, Presbyterian, Radford, UNC Asheville and Winthrop. 

MEN’S COLLEGE SOCCER

Wallace heading into junior season

Whale Branch Early College High School graduate Ben Wallace is headed into his junior season with the Queens University of Charlotte men’s soccer program. 

Wallace contributed early in his college career for the Queens University of Charlotte men’s soccer team, playing in three games during the 2015 season. He made seven saves with a save percentage of .778 for the Royals in 2015. 

Wallace thrived throughout his prep career. At Whale Branch High School, Wallace played both soccer and football. He was a four-year MVP and a three-year captain. 

Wallace will look to push for playing time in the 2017 season.

An NCAA Division II men’s soccer program, Queens competes in the South Atlantic Conference, along with Wingate, Tusculum, Lenoir-Rhyne, Catawba, Lincoln Memorial, Coker, Mars Hill, Brevard, Anderson, Carson-Newman and Newberry.   

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Garay among top players in freshmen class

Beaufort High School graduate Matt Garay is among the top players for the Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball program’s incoming freshmen class. 

A 6-8 post player, Garay thrived throughout his senior season for the Beaufort High School boys’ basketball team. 

In addition to Garay, the Catawba Valley Community College freshmen class includes Anthony Anderson (6-5, Wing, Charlotte, NC), William Boyd (6-8, Post, Charlotte, NC), Cameron Edmonson (6-5, Post, Morganton, NC), Isayah Johnson (6-6, Forward, Charlotte, NC), Alex Linberger (5-10, Shooting Guard, Morganton, NC), Tireq Morrow (5-10, Point Guard, Charlotte, NC), Tyrell Oglesbee (5-10, Combo Guard, Inman), Everett Palmer (6-1, Wing, Roxboro, NC), Davis Phillips, 6-4, Wing, Asheville, NC), Jamari Roberts (6-8, Post, Concord, NC), Anthony Salley (6-4, Wing, Charlotte, NC), Elijah Smith (6-3, Wing, Charlotte, NC), Tarique Stowe (5-10, Point Guard, Matthews, NC), Dorieon Suggs (6-4, Forward, Wilson, NC), Marcus Talley (5-10, Combo Guard, Charlotte, NC) and Victor Tshiona (6-6, Forward, Charlotte, NC). 

COLLEGE WRESTLING 

Daniels, Kaminsky look to lead at Limestone

Battery Creek High School graduates Omar Daniels and Cooper Kaminsky will have an opportunity to compete at the next level when they wrestle for Limestone College later in the year. 

Both Daniels and Kaminsky enjoyed accomplished high school wrestling careers.

Daniels was a four-time state placer, three-time finalist and two-time state champion. He recorded over 200 career wins and broke the Battery Creek wins record. He will compete in the 125/133 class for the Saints. 

Kaminsky was a two-time state champion and recorded over 200 career wins at Battery Creek. He will compete in the heavyweight division for the Saints. 

Beaufort High School graduate DeAndre Johnson is a reigning national champion for the Saints. Johnson won a national title at 157 pounds earlier in the year.  

Limestone finished the 2016-17 season with a 10-3 record overall and a 5-1 mark in league matches. The Saints won the team’s first ECAC Division II Wrestling Championship in just the second year of the conference’s existence.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Murray-Green headed to Savannah State 

Whale Branch High School graduate Ryan Murray-Green is poised to compete for the Savannah State University baseball program. 

A versatile baseball player, Murray-Green played centerfield, first base and pitched for the Warriors. A right-hander, Murray-Green (6-3, 185) excelled throughout his senior season. 

Savannah State competes in the MEAC, which also includes Bethune-Cookman, Coppin State, Delaware State, Florida A&M, Hampton, Howard, Maryland Eastern Shore, Morgan State, Norfolk State, North Carolina A&T, North Carolina Central and South Carolina State. 

Head coach Carlton Hardy guides the Savannah State baseball program. He is in his 12th year with the Tigers. 

In 2013, Hardy led the Savannah State baseball club to its first-ever Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Championship and NCAA regional appearance. SSU was also crowned co-MEAC regular season champion with  a 33-23 overall record and a 17-7 MEAC mark.

Hardy was named the 2013 MEAC Coach of the Year, garnered 2013 MEAC Tournament Outstanding Coach honors and the won the Georgia Dugout Club’s Division I Coach of the Year award.

EXERCISE

Y to hold ‘70s theme morning of exercise

Can ya dig it? Boogie over to the Y from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 26, for a far out morning sweatin’ in groovy ‘70s disco themed group exercise classes.

There will be kickboxing, Zumba, Poundfit, spin, yoga, Tabata and more. This event is to raise money for the Y annual scholarship campaign. Cyclers should reserve a bike at the front desk prior to Aug. 26.

This event is open to the public. There is a $10 minimum fee to participate and donations are appreciated.

The YMCA of Beaufort County is at 1801 Richmond Ave., Port Royal. 

Call 843-522-9622 or visit ymcabeaufortcounty.com.

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