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Sports briefs for March 23rd-29th

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HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

Beaufort High suffers shutout loss to Berkeley

Berkeley made the most of its opportunities at the plate in a high school softball game versus Beaufort High. The Stags pulled away to beat the Eagles 9-0 on March 17.

The Beaufort and Berkeley softball squads are familiar rivals.  

Beaufort High was limited throughout the game versus Berkeley High. The Eagles collected only three hits in the contest against Berkeley. 

Productive Berkeley scored in four consecutive innings on its way to notching the convincing victory. 

Berkeley pitcher Raylee Brabham earned the win, holding Beaufort High batters in check at the plate throughout the early-season contest. 

Offensively for Beaufort High, Savannah Mullen accounted for two of the Eagles’ three hits. Mullen drilled a leadoff double for the Eagles in the fourth inning. 

Beaufort High was on the verge of scoring in the fourth inning as Lillian Sumner reached base after being hit by a pitch.

But Berkeley’s Bradham got out of the pitching jam by forcing a Beaufort High batter to pop out. Bradham helps to lead the Berkeley pitching staff. 

 

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

Eagles beat Berkeley, 5-1

The Beaufort High baseball team remained undefeated late last week. Beaufort High pulled away to beat Berkeley 5-1 in an early-season high school baseball game on March 17. With the win, Beaufort High improved to 6-0.

Beaufort High pitcher Rome Wallace earned the win. Wallace, a veteran player, held longtime rival Berkeley to one hit over five innings as the Eagles prevailed to notch the victory. The Beaufort High hurler allowed Berkeley to collect a single in the first inning. 

Wallace was strong throughout his appearance on the mound, striking out four Berkeley batters in five innings.

Offensively, Connor Clancy delivered a two-run single in the fifth inning to help catapult the Beaufort High baseball team to the win. Beaufort High fared well both offensively and defensively.  

The Eagles plated five runs on as many hits. Clancy accounted for two of the Beaufort High baseball club’s five hits in the winning effort. The productive Clancy supplied Beaufort High with a grounder to left that brought home two runs as part of a three-run inning.

Berkeley scored its lone run in the fifth inning on a walk and a throwing error on a bunt play. 

Beaufort High doubles up Colleton County, 8-4

Beaufort High doubled up familiar foe Colleton County 8-4 in an early-season high school baseball game on March 14.

On the mound, Beaufort High pitcher Wade Olivarri recorded the win after pitching three innings out of a relief role. Olivarri was able to limit Colleton County batters in multiple innings. 

The Eagles were able to separate themselves from Colleton County in the early-season high school baseball game. 

Reliable hitter Rome Wallace delivered a two-run triple to cap a three-run sixth inning for the Eagles.

Beaufort High and Colleton County swapped leads during the high school baseball game.

Beaufort High moved ahead 5-4 in the bottom half of the fifth inning, thanks to a three-run outburst. 

Colleton County, however, answered with two runs of its own in the bottom half of the fifth inning to move back out in front. 

But Beaufort High wouldn’t be denied the win. 

Drew Luckey tied the game with a one-out RBI double in the sixth inning.

BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL GOLF

Henson fires 76 for BHS in Panther Invitational

Caleb Henson fired a 76 for the Beaufort High boys’ golf team in the Panther Invitational at Coastal Carolina over the weekend. Travis Mancill, however, shot a 3-under par 69 to lead the Hilton Head Island boys’ team to the championship of the Panther Invitational. 

Aiding Hilton Head Island in the victory, Brooks Dyess turned in a 72.

Strong throughout the boys’ high school tournament, Mancill thrived at Hackler Course. 

Hilton Head Island posted a 292 as John DiGenova shot a 74 and Charlie Farrell added a 77.

The boys’ high school golf tournament featured 24 different teams. Myrtle Beach finished second with a 301. Rounding out the top-three, Waccamaw placed third with a 308.   

Beaufort High finished with a 338. Anthony Sutton, following Henson’s leading performance for the Eagles, turned in an 84. 

High school golf teams from throughout the area and around the state continue to compete in tournaments as part of their regular-seasons. 

BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS

Beaufort Academy defeats Whale Branch, 7-1

Daniel Richards dominated his Whale Branch opponent to lead Beaufort Academy to a 7-1 win in a boys’ high school tennis match on March 14. 

Beaufort Academy improved to 3-1 with the win. 

Richards never allowed his counterpart from Whale Branch to capture a game as he pulled away to win convincingly. 

However, Richards wasn’t alone when it came to landing in the win column. 

Beaufort Academy swept all five singles victories in its outing versus Whale Branch. The Eagles earned all five singles wins in straight sets. 

William Lindsay, James Carden, Lawrence Lindsay and Jeffrey Hiestand also notched singles wins for the Beaufort Academy boys’ tennis team. 

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD

Glover excels at Mellow Mushroom Relays

Longtime high school track and field standout Savionna Glover claimed wins in the girls’ long jump and triple jump to lead the Beaufort High School girls’ track and field team in the Mellow Mushroom Relays on March 18. 

Glover is a two-time state champion in both the girls’ long jump and triple jump. She won the long jump with a leap of 17 feet, 6 inches. Her Beaufort High teammate, Ariaughn Bobian, placed third in the long jump.  

In the girls’ triple jump at the Mellow Mushroom Relays, Glover and Carson placed first and second, respectively. 

Beaufort High also won in the girls’ 4×100 hurdles shuttle relay. The Eagles’ unit of Keyasha Brown, Nigeria Davila, Makayla Johnson and McCayla Willingham won in the relay event. Dominating the Beaufort High 4×100 squad finished eight seconds ahead of second-place Cane Bay. 

Beaufort High’s Isaiah Parker won the boys’ shot put with a toss of 48-7. 

The Eagles finished runner-up in both the boys’ 4×110 hurdles and 4×400 relays.

The Mellow Mushroom Relays rank as one of the state’s top high school track and events. 

Tradition continues with the Santa Elena Regatta

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The Santa Elena Foundation and the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club will sponsor the Santa Elena Regatta for PHRF sailboats on Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26. 

This event is the major big boat sailing event in Beaufort each year and commemorates 451 years since the founding of Santa Elena on Parris Island in the spring of 1566. 

The regatta is a combination of the Jean Ribault Cup which will be sailed on March 25, and the Perdo Menendez Cup on March 26. The Ribault and Menendez Cups are sailed as separate events and the results from them will be combined to determine the winner of the Santa Elena Regatta and the recipient of the Founder’s Cup.

The Founder’s Cup trophy is unique and quite an honor for the winner. Their name will be etched on the base of a bronze statue of Pedro Menendez, Santa Elena founder, which was donated by Count Alvaro Armada of Spain, the 20th generation descendent of Menendez.

Geography not only plays a major role in the historical references but also in the race logistics. The plan is for the Ribault Cup to be sailed in Port Royal Sound and the Menendez Cup in the Beaufort River starting at the Waterfront Park.

“What a great partnership. The regatta is a wonderful tradition for the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club and, now, the Santa Elena Foundation,” says Megan Meyer, Santa Elena History Center director. “Its significance is further realized as we think back 450 years ago … when earliest European settlers too sailed into Port Royal Sound to establish their settlements in the New World.”

The regatta is open to boats with a PHRF rating that are at least 22” LOA. Boats that are 18’ LOA and over will be considered on a case by case basis. Trophies will be awarded for both the Ribault and Menendez Cups as well as to the overall winner of the Santa Elena Regatta.

There will be several social events associated with the regatta including a kickoff Skippers Meeting and cocktail party on Friday night before the racing starts, an Awards Dinner on Saturday night and an Awards Presentation on Sunday after the racing is over. All social events will take place at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club.

For more information about the historic, local significance of Pedro Melendez and Jean Ribault, and to learn more about the Santa Elena Foundation, visit www.Santa-Elena.org.

Sumner leads Beaufort High past Bluffton

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Photo above: Coach Brian Rast gives Essence Champion a high five after she homered in the sixth inning against Bluffton. The Lady’s Eagles won 12-2. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

By Steve LeMaster

Behind the pitching and hitting of Mary Claire Sumner, Beaufort High pulled away to defeat Bluffton 12-2 in a high school softball game on March 8.

The Eagles broke into the win column after suffering a loss in their season-opener. 

Sumner recorded 11 strikeouts over five innings for Beaufort High as the Eagles won convincingly. 

At the plate, Sumner provided two hits. 

The Eagles got going offensively early, thanks in part to Sumner. Also delivering at the plate, Sumner provided a leadoff single for the Eagles in a five-run first inning. 

Beaufort High, following its early outburst, pushed across six more runs in the fourth inning. 

Essence Champion drilled a two-run homer for the Eagles in the fourth frame. 

Beaufort High made the most of a balanced offensive effort. Champion, Lillian Sumner and Emily Cook provided two hits apiece for the Eagles in the victory. Cook ranked as Beaufort High’s leading base runner, scoring twice against familiar rival Bluffton in the early-season clash. 

Offensively for Bluffton, Jordyn Parker led the way with two singles. 

In other action, Beaufort High defeated Stall 21-0 in the first game played as part of a high school softball doubleheader on March 10. 

Two Beaufort High pitchers combined to throw a shutout. 

Krislynn Coolong led Beaufort High to the victory by driving in four runs. Coolong went 2-for-2 at the plate. She delivered both a double and a triple for the Eagles.

Beaufort High took an early lead in the first inning. After pushing across one run in the game’s opening frame, Beaufort High featured several different leaders throughout the matchup.  

Erupting offensively, Beaufort High plated 13 runs in the fourth inning. Coolong legged out a triple and Sumner smacked a double for the Eagles. 

Pitcher Cook earned the win for the Eagles. Cook pitched three innings, giving up zero runs and three hits while registering six strikeouts and walking no one. 

Sumner also pitched for the Eagles in the triumph. 

The Eagles scored 21 runs via 16 hits. Coolong, Cook, Sumner, Madison Powell, Kidron Martin and Lillian Bearden each collected multiple hits for Beaufort High in the win. Powell and Sumner each had three hits to lead the Eagles at the plate. 

Defensively, Beaufort High didn’t commit an error in the field. 

Bricen Riley had a game-high seven chances in the field for the Eagles.

In a second game, Beaufort High blanked Stall 19-0. 

Coolong delivered another double and triple for the Eagles in the second game. Leading the Eagles at the plate, Savannah Mullen connected for three hits and a trio of RBIs.

Cook earned the pitching win, tossing a one-hitter over three innings for the Eagles. 

Sports briefs for March 16th-22nd

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GOLF 

Golf outing will benefit Wounded Warrior project

The second annual Lowcountry Golf Outing Benefiting the Semper Fi Fund and Wounded Warrior Project will take place starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, March 18, at the Arthur Hills Course in Palmetto Hall. 

This will be a scramble format golf event. Each foursome will play with a Marine from Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island. There will also be a foursome of Wounded Warriors. 

The cost is $125 per golfer or $50 for lunch only. Proceeds will be sent to the Semper Fi Fund and the Wounded Warrior Project.

To register, call Bill Spetrino at 330-242-2917 or Ken Phillips at 513-257-6716.

RUNNING 

Twilight Run to be held on March 18

The 9th Annual Beaufort Twilight Run will be held from 3:30-9 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at Habersham Village in Beaufort (11 Market, Beaufort). More than 2,600 participants/spectators from the Lowcountry and more than 20 states are expected to attend. 

The BTR early race packet pick-up/late registration will be held from 4-7 p.m. Friday, March 17, in the Habersham Marketplace Fire House. On race day, late registration and packet pickup will be at 2 p.m. 

The event officially begins at 3:55 p.m. with the 1-mile youth run for ages 5-14; at 4:15 p.m. is the Kids’ Fun Run, a quarter-mile run for ages 8 and under; and staggered between 4:30-5:30 p.m. are the start times for the 5K run/walk, the 8K run, the 10-mile run and the 13.1 Mile Beaufort Challenge. 

This family-friendly event is a draw not only for participants in the six races, but for spectators who are looking for an evening with live music and great food. 

For online details about race registration and more, visit www.BeaufortTwilightRun.com.  

YOUTH SWIMMING 

Tiger Shark Swimmers qualify for regional meet

Thirteen BYAC Tiger Sharks swimmers qualified at the SC Rays CYSL Winter Championships Meet held in Rock Hill Feb. 24-26. 

Fifteen teams represented by 700 athletes competed in the three-day event.

The Tiger Sharks placed sixth overall with 13 swimmers setting sights high, completing the required work and pushing past personal comfort levels to qualify for the 2017 Upper Southeastern YMCA Regional Championships. 

The 2017 SC YSSC USRY Championships will be held March 23-26 at the Middle Tyger YMCA in Duncan.

The BYAC Tiger Sharks swim year round. Interested swimmers should contact the YMCA of Beaufort County, located at 1801 Richmond Ave. in Port Royal or call 843-522-9622. Scholarship assistance is available for qualified applicants.

BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS 

Beaufort Academy beats BC, 6-2

Beaufort Academy pulled away to beat familiar opponent Battery Creek 6-2 in a boys’ high school tennis contest on March 9. The Eagles swept singles matches in the triumph.

Singles winners for the Beaufort Academy boys’ tennis team were William Lindsey, James Carnen, Daniel Richards, Larry Lindsey, Jeffrey Heinstad and Kevin Williams. William Lindsey, Carnen, Larry Lindsey and Williams won in straight sets for the Eagles, who fared well throughout the evening. 

A pair of Battery Creek doubles teams posted wins. The Garret Morgan-Clinton Taylor doubles team notched an 8-0 win for the Dolphins. Aiding the Battery Creek attack, the Julius Thompson-Dillon Morris duo won its doubles match 6-2.

Boys’ high school tennis teams from throughout the area are competing in regular-season matches. 

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD 

Eagles excel at Sumter Optimist Relays 

The Beaufort High School track and field program thrived at the Sumter Optimist Relays recently. Numerous teams competed in the Sumter-hosted high school track and field event. 

Pacing Beaufort High in the win, Savionna Glover and Desmond Gaillard posted two victories apiece.

Reggie Jones cleared 13 feet, 1 inch to win the boys’ pole vault. Jones’ teammate, Kagel Coke, placed second with a clearance of 10-6. 

Beaufort High boys’ teams finished first in four of seven relays. A versatile performer, Josh Wilborn was a member of both the winning 4×800 relay and 4×1,600 units for the Eagles. 

Beaufort High also prevailed in the boys’ shuttle hurdles and 4×400 relay.

The Beaufort girls’ program placed first in the 4×100 and 4×400 relays and the shuttle hurdles. Beaufort High standout Taylor Johnson won the high jump (5 feet).

Show your strength

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Photo above: Jess Fleury “clean and jerks” 115 pounds and managed to do it 17 times during the Strong Man & Woman competition last Saturday afternoon at Crossfit Beaufort. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

The Strong Man & Woman event raised $530 for the Children’s Organ Transplant Association on Saturday, March 4 at Crossfit Beaufort, according to Jeff Scott, event organizer and promoter. Participants lifted in various classes divided by age and weight, but they all lifted the same amount of weight. Those who lifted the most repetitions won the event, which requires both strength and stamina.

Sports briefs for March 9th-15th

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GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS

Tennis standout named 4A Player of the Year 

Beaufort High School standout McKenzie Daniel has been named the 4A Tennis Player of the Year. 

Daniel, an eighth-grader, currently has a seventh-place USTA-South Carolina Ranking. Her USTA Southern Ranking is 93rd and she is ranked 308th nationally. 

At the state singles tournament, Daniel earned All-State honors by placing sixth in the state. She finished as the top 4A Player in South Carolina, earning 21 wins this season.

Daniel was the number one player in 4-A, Region 8 – finishing as the individual region champion. She was named Beaufort High School’s Most Valuable Player. 

BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS

Beaufort Academy wins first region match

Beaufort Academy hosted St. Andrews on Monday, March 6, for its first region match this spring. BA won 5-1, no doubles matches were played.

No 1 singles William Lindsay lost; No. 2 James Carden won 6-3, 6-2; No. 3 Daniel Richards won 6-3,6-1; No. 4 Lawrence Lindsay won 6-3, 6-1; No. 5 Jeffrey Hiestand won 7-5, 6-2; and No. 6 Kevin Williams won 6-2, 6-1.

BA is 1-1 overall and 1-0 in region play after losing its first match at May River High School last week. The team plays against Battery Creek High today.

BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

Beaufort Varsity team beats Bluffton High

Beaufort High School varsity boys’ baseball team beat Bluffton, 7-4. Rome Wallace was the winning pitcher, who also had 3 RBIs and a triple.

Other standout players include Kyle Torrey, Cooper Woods, and Drew Luckey. 

Beaufort JV defeats Colleton by 10+ points

Beaufort High School JV Baseball Team beat Colleton 14-3 on Monday, March 6. 

Kaiden Grissom, Jacob Anderson, Brooks Brown, and Brendon Bowersox each had one hit. Brown had 2 RBI’s and Bowersox saw 4 RBI’s. Jayden Morrison pitched 2.1, 3 strikes, while Bowersox pitched 2.1 with 4 strikes.

BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Garay invited to play in All-Star game

Beaufort High School senior Matt Garay has been invited to play in the 2016-17 edition of the North/South All-Star basketball game. 

Garay, a 6-foot-7 standout, received an invitation to play for the South team in all-Star game at Lexington High School on March 18 at 3 p.m.

A longtime leader for the Beaufort High School varsity boys’ team, Garay averaged 15.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game during his senior season. He led the basketball squad to an 11-11 record and a third-place finish in Region 8-4A.

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD 

Eagles tie for third in Hornet Invitational

The Beaufort High School boys’ track and field team finished tied for third at the Diamond Hornet Invitational in Columbia over the weekend. 

A total of 41 teams from across the state competed in the early-season track and field meet. Beaufort High and Spartanburg shared third place with 43.5 points apiece.  

Lower Richland posted 53 points to capture the meet title. 

Reggie Jones paced the Beaufort High boys’ track and field program, placing second in the pole vault, third in the 110 hurdles, sixth in the 400 hurdles, and helping the 4×400 relay team place third. The relay team also featured Kyliek Middleton, Phabian McDomick and Chase Cohee. 

In all, Beaufort High boasted three top-three finishes.

Dexter Ratliff finished third in the discus with a throw of 121 feet; Corey Witter turned in a 119 feet throw to finish fifth in the discus; while Demond Gaillard cleared 6 feet to place fourth in the high jump.

GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

Beaufort Eagles outlast Battery Creek, 3-1

The Beaufort High girls’ soccer team beat visiting Battery Creek 3-1 in an early-season match on Friday, March 3.

Beaufort High claimed its second consecutive win in the young 2017 season.

The Eagles used a balanced offensive attack to beat longtime rival Battery Creek. Heiley Hernandez, Olivia Crisologo and Maggie Crisologo scored one goal apiece. 

Defensively, goalkeeper Anna Fossberry limited Battery Creek’s offensive charge by delivering seven saves. 

GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE

Beaufort High drops match to Bluffton 

The Beaufort High girls’ lacrosse team struggled to keep up with the opposing Bluffton High School squad in an early-season match on Wednesday, March 1. Bluffton pulled away to beat Beaufort High 14-2. 

Alyssa Martinez and Sarah McMullen netted one goal apiece for Beaufort while defensively, Maile Paulmeier recorded 12 saves for Bluffton.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Delaney to transfer to University of Miami 

Whale Branch High School graduate Dee Delaney is transferring to the University of Miami. Delaney is set to graduate from The Citadel in May and will attend the University of Miami as a graduate transfer. 

Delaney was a first-team STATS All-American for the second straight season. He has also been voted a Walter Camp All-American, a first-team All-American by the Associated Press and College Sports Madness and a first-team All-Southern Conference performer by the conference’s coaches and media for his performance this year. The junior from Beaufort recorded 35 tackles, six interceptions, eight pass breakups and one fumble recovery in 2016. His interceptions total tied for third on The Citadel’s single-season list, and his 14 total passes defended tied for fourth in a season in program history. Delaney’s six interceptions ranked first in the Southern Conference and tied for third in FCS in 2016, and his passes defended total ranked second in the SoCon.

Sports briefs for March 2nd-8th

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Photo above: The Beaufort High School Eagles first-ever varsity boys lacrosse match was held recently against Ettowah High School. Beaufort High’s Jake Creiger, left,  moves the ball upfield into scoring position against a more experienced Ettowah High School on Feb. 21 at Eagle Stadium. The Eagles lost their inaugural match 21-1. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE

Waccamaw beats Beaufort High, 13-2

Beaufort High fell behind early and couldn’t recover from its slow start as host Waccamaw pulled away to win 13-2 in an early-season boys’ high school lacrosse game Feb. 24. 

Ethan McKenzie paced Beaufort High, scoring its first goal and providing an assist on the Eagles’ other goal. 

Waccamaw forced Beaufort High to play from behind throughout the contest. 

Bobby Gecy scored Beaufort High’s second goal. 

Crosson Derrick delivered an assist on McKenzie’s opening goal for the Eagles. 

In all, Beaufort High managed to take 14 shots.

Defensively, Austin Payne, playing out of a reserve role, recorded seven saves for the Beaufort High lacrosse squad. Chase Guynup registered five saves for the Eagles in the setback. 

HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

Eagles split doubleheader in softball tournament

The Beaufort High Eagles split games in the Summerville-hosted Battle on the Bases tournament on Feb. 24. 

Ashley Ridge managed to edge Beaufort High 1-0 in the Eagles’ opening game of the tournament. Pulling away to win convincingly in a nightcap, Beaufort High blanked Bluffton 12-0.

Ridge scored the game’s lone run in the bottom half of the seventh inning to edge Beaufort High.

Beaufort High, however, turned in a solid all-around performance in the nightcap, shutting out longtime rival Bluffton. 

Emily Cook pitched a one-hit shutout as the Eagles won convincingly. 

Cook retired nine Bluffton batters in order before giving up a single to Bluffton’s Chandler Nix. Recovering nicely, Cook retired the next three hitters to allow Beaufort High to prevail. Helping her pitching cause at the plate, Cook delivered two hits for the Eagles, one of which was a two-run double in the first inning. 

As a team, Beaufort High posted eight hits. The Eagles scored five runs in the first inning. Savannah Mullen connected for an RBI single and Kali Bledsoe delivered an RBI triple for the Beaufort High softball squad. 

Bledsoe eventually scored for the Eagles on a Bluffton throwing error.

BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Beaufort Academy falls to Charleston Collegiate 

The Beaufort Academy boys’ basketball team’s postseason run ended as two-time defending champion Charleston Collegiate pulled away to win 95-71 in the SCISA Class 1A Boys’ Basketball Tournament Semifinals on Feb. 23. 

The Eagles finished in the final four after Izell Sutton filled in for head coach Chip Dinkins, who had been absent since undergoing heart surgery in January. 

Thriving offensively, Charleston Collegiate featured three scorers with 27 or more points. Beaufort Academy, however, started strong. The Eagles owned multiple double digit leads. Beaufort Academy carried a 25-15 lead out of the first quarter.

But Charleston Collegiate eventually got going. The Sun Devils battled back to lead 41-37 at halftime. Charleston Collegiate drained 12 three-pointers in the victory. 

Luke Harper paced the Eagles with a team-best 25 points. Beaufort Academy also featured three scorers in double figures as Dawson Coleman scored 18 points and region player of the year Kevin Williams posted 15 points. 

Prior to falling to Charleston Collegiate, Beaufort Academy beat Covenant Christian. More on the Beaufort Academy-Covenant Christian boys’ basketball matchup follows: 

Eagles hold off Covenant Christian: No. 1 seed Beaufort Academy beat Covenant Christian 65-60 in the SCISA Class 1A Boys’ Basketball Tournament on Feb. 21.

Beaufort Academy claimed its fourth straight win to remain alive in the postseason. The Eagles used a diverse scoring attack to claim the victory. 

Three Beaufort Academy players reached double figures in the scoring column. Leading Beaufort Academy to the win, Kevin Williams scored a team-high 25 points. 

Luke Harper posted 23 points and Dawson Coleman contributed 14 points for the Eagles in the triumph.  

Covenant Christian featured the game’s leading scorer. Javonte Cooke paced Covenant Christian with a game-high 29 points.

With the win, Beaufort Academy advanced to the state tournament’s semifinals.

BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

Muniz signs with University of Mary Washington  

Beaufort Academy senior Ryan Muniz signed to play soccer for the University of Mary Washington last week. Photo courtesy of Beaufort Academy.
Beaufort Academy senior Ryan Muniz signed to play soccer for the University of Mary Washington last week. Photo courtesy of Beaufort Academy.

Beaufort Academy senior Ryan Muniz officially signed an NCAA National Letter of Intent to play soccer at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va. last week. Joining Muniz at the signing ceremony were his parents, Beaufort Academy soccer coach Bill Dalton, BA Athletic Director Neal McCarty and the school’s headmaster, Stephen Schools.  

A three-year starter for the Beaufort Academy boys’ soccer program, Muniz emerged as the team’s leader and MVP last spring, earning All-Region honors the previous two years. 

Muniz was named the 2016 Region Player of Year and selected to play in the SCISA North-South All-Star games the previous two years as well. The University of Mary Washington-bound Muniz led the Beaufort Academy boys’ soccer team to the past two state championships. 

The University of Mary Washington men’s soccer team competes in NCAA Division III. The squad ended the 2016 season 14-4 and made an appearance in the Capital Athletic Conference Championship.

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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Beaufort High falls to Crestwood 

The Beaufort Eagles’ 2016-17 season ended on the road in the first round of the Class 4A State Playoffs on Feb. 15. Crestwood pulled away to defeat the visiting Eagles 68-43 in an opening round game.

With the loss, Beaufort High ended its season 11-11.

Crestwood improved to 17-7 and advanced in the postseason with the win. 

The victory allowed the Knights to move on to meet A.C. Flora in the second round of the Class 4A State Playoffs on Feb. 18. 

Multiple players stepped up to help pace the Crestwood boys’ basketball team. 

Ja Morant, flirting with a triple-double, led Crestwood with 19 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and five steals. 

Dakota Jennings registered a double-double of his own to help lead Crestwood to the win. Jennings scored 18 points and pulled down 14 rebounds for Crestwood in the victory. 

Accompanying Morant and Jennings in double figures in scoring for the Knights, Trevion Webber added 11 points. 

Beaufort High was forced to play from behind early. Crestwood moved ahead in the game’s opening quarter. The Knights led 19-15 at the conclusion of the first period. 

Struggling to keep up with Crestwood, Beaufort High faced a double-digit deficit throughout the game’s last three quarters.  

Beaufort High’s leading scorer and rebounder, Matt Garay, drew a technical foul after committing his fourth foul in the third quarter. 

The Eagles suffered their third straight loss after opening the month with a 68-55 win over Berkeley on Feb. 3.

Williams named Player of the Year 

Beaufort Academy senior Kevin Williams has been named the Region Player of Year.  

Williams averaged 21 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks per game for the Beaufort Academy boys’ basketball program during the regular-season. He scored 458 total points in the regular-season. Williams has been a longtime leader for the Eagles. 

Beaufort Academy’s Luke Harper was selected to the All-Region Second Team. Harper averaged 15.5 points per game (2.8 3-pointers per game) during the regular-season.

Players from Beaufort Academy, Hilton Head Prep, John Paul, Bethesda Academy, St. Andrews and Hilton Head Christian earned All-Region honors. The complete all:region team follows:

Player of the Year: Kevin Williams (Beaufort Academy).

First Team: Javone Watson (Hilton Head Prep), Rashad Battiste (John Paul), Haddith Stewart (Hilton Head Prep), James Moore (Bethesda Academy), Jacob Boyd (St. Andrews).

Second Team: Karl Johnson (John Paul), Mac Orie (Hilton Head Prep), Cole Webster (Hilton Head Christian), Stone McDonald (Hilton Head Prep), Luke Harper (Beaufort Academy). 

Harper scores 1,000th career point in Eagles’ win 

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Luke Harper scored the 1,000th point of his high school basketball career as Beaufort Academy defeated Faith Christian 55-35 in the SCISA Playoffs on Feb. 18. 

With the win, Beaufort Academy improved to 16-7. 

Beaufort Academy freshman Dawson Coleman led all scorers with a game-high 25 points. Coleman was 7-for-7 from the free throw line in the Eagles’ victory.  

Accompanying Coleman in double figures for Beaufort Academy, Harper scored 15 points and netted his 1,000th career point in the second half of the postseason matchup. Harper was honored and recognized for scoring his 1,000th career point, which came from the free throw line.  

Flirting with double figures for the Eagles, Kevin Williams finished with nine points. Williams has been named the Region Player of the Year.  

Beaufort Academy gradually pulled away to beat Faith Christian convincingly. Faith Christian was forced to play from behind throughout the game. 

Levi Watts led Faith Christian with a team-high 15 points.  

Following the victory, Beaufort Academy was set to travel to Sumter on Tuesday to face top-seeded Covenant Christian in the quarterfinals of the SCISA playoffs. Continued coverage of the Beaufort Academy Eagles in the postseason will appear in next week’s edition. 

Sports briefs for February 16th-22nd

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HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

BA student scores 1,000 career points

Kevin Williams
Kevin Williams

Kevin Williams scored a game-high 32 points to lead Beaufort Academy past Hilton Head Christian Academy 59-55 in a boys’ high school basketball game on Feb. 10. 

Longtime rivals, Beaufort Academy and Hilton Head Christian Academy met for a late-season contest. 

With the win, Beaufort Academy improved to 14-7 overall and 7-6 in the region.

The Eagles prevailed on Senior Night. 

At halftime, Williams was honored for scoring his 1,000th career point. 

Accompanying Williams in double figures for the Eagles, Luke Harper scored 20 points. 

Thus far in his high school career, Williams has scored nearly 1,300 points. He was presented with a 1,000th point banner. 

Frampton Harper, who posted 1,823 points as an Eagle, ranks as Beaufort Academy’s all-time leading scorer and was among those who helped to honor Williams. 

With the loss, Hilton Head Christian Academy dropped to 9-14 overall and 6-7 in the region.

The victory allowed Beaufort Academy to halt a two-game losing skid.

Beaufort Academy was due back in action on the road at Hilton Head Prep on Feb. 13. 

The Beaufort Academy-Hilton Head Prep boys’ basketball game ended too late to make this edition. More coverage of the Beaufort Academy boys’ basketball program will appear in next week’s edition. 

Hilton Head outlasts Lady Eagles in overtime

The Beaufort High girls’ basketball team suffered a loss in its final regular-season game. Host Hilton Head High edged Beaufort High 57-54 in overtime on Feb. 9. 

Determined Hilton Head High outscored Beaufort High 8-6 in an extra period to post the win. With the loss, Beaufort High concluded its regular-season season 13-11 overall and 3-7 in the region. 

Hilton Head High ended its regular-season 15-9 overall and 9-1 in the region with the win.

Kamryn Jackson led Hilton Head High with 27 points. Two Seahawks reached double figures in the scoring column as Miley Ray posted 13 points. 

Hilton Head High shot 83 percent from the free throw line, draining 30 of 36 foul shots. The Seahawks overcame 17 turnovers en route to the victory. Hilton Head High dished out a total of 23 assists. 

Beaufort High featured the game’s leading scorer. Naijuia Moyd led the Eagles with a game-high 33 points. Moyd, who was the only Beaufort High player to reach double figures in the scoring column, drained 11 field goals. 

Finishing one shot short of reaching double figures for the Eagles, Imari Smalls added eight points. 

Terrayah Williams scored six points, recorded four blocks and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Eagles. Williams led all players in blocks and rebounds. 

Beaufort High shot only 47 percent (7-of-15) from the free throw line. 

The Eagles outrebounded Hilton Head 34-31 in the setback. Beaufort High, however, committed 21 turnovers. 

Beaufort Academy drops game 48-44 

Langley Harter led Colleton Prep Academy to a narrow region win over visiting Beaufort Academy last week. Host Colleton Prep Academy edged Beaufort Academy 48-44 in a region girls’ high school basketball matchup on Feb. 7.  

Accompanying Harter in double figures for Colleton Prep Academy was Anne Garrett Carter. 

The two familiar girls’ high school basketball rivals traded the lead several times during the game. Beaufort Academy owned a one-point advantage at halftime. But the Eagles couldn’t maintain an advantage over Colleton Prep Academy. 

Homestanding Colleton Prep Academy pulled out to a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter before Beaufort Academy started to make a furious comeback, albeit too late.

Amelia Huebel, one of the state’s most underrated girls’ high school basketball players, led Beaufort Academy with her seventh double-double of the season. Huebel, the only Beaufort Academy player to reach double figures in the scoring column, finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds.  

Becca Frelin and Karolina Struharova added seven points apiece for the Eagles.

Beaufort Academy shot only 22 percent from two-point range in the setback. The eagles were 3-of-10 (30 percent) from 3-point range in the game versus Colleton Prep Academy. 

Eagles suffer 1-point loss to Cane Bay

The Beaufort High Eagles fell short on the road at Cane Bay in a boys’ high school basketball game early last week. Host Cane Bay managed to edge the Eagles 54-53 in a boys’ high school basketball affair on Feb. 7. 

Beaufort High and Cane Bay are longtime boys’ high school basketball rivals. 

With the loss, Beaufort High dropped to 11-9 overall and 5-4 in the region. 

Cane Bay improved to 8-12 overall and 2-7 in the region with the win. 

Cane Bay overcame a slow start to capture the victory. The Eagles couldn’t capitalize on a strong start. Beaufort High opened the game in impressive fashion, outscoring Cane Bay 14-9 during the first quarter. 

But Cane Bay battled back to lead 29-24 at halftime. 

The productive Cobras owned a 40-36 lead at the conclusion of the third quarter 

Matt Garay, one of the area’s top boys’ high school basketball players, paced Beaufort High, scoring 17 points before fouling out. 

The Cobras halted a six-game losing skid. Cane Bay posted its first win since claiming a hard-fought 58-56 victory over Hilton Head High back on Jan. 13.

Beaufort High finished third in the region and entered the week set to play on the road in the first round of the SCHSL Playoffs. 

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Bulldogs celebrate historic 2016 season

The Citadel football program celebrated its historic 2016 season inside McAlister Field House on Feb. 11.

The highlight of the banquet, which featured nearly 500 guests, was the presentation of the team’s 2016 Southern Conference championship rings celebrating back-to-back conference titles for the first time in school history. Head coach Brent Thompson addressed the crowd, thanking fans and administration for their support and the team for their efforts during the season, before displaying the ring design and allowing each cadet-athlete to open their ring box for the first time.

The program, which was emceed by The Citadel Athletic Hall of Famer Lee Glaze, featured the recognition of 58 lettermen from the 2016 season as well as the 20 seniors who played their final season for the Bulldogs. In addition, team captains Joe Crochet, Tevin Floyd, DeAndre Schoultz and Kyle Weaver were introduced. The Citadel also handed out individual awards, including player of the year for offense, defense and special teams.

The first awards presented were to linebacker Joe Crochet and offensive lineman Nick Jeffreys, The Citadel’s two Academic All-Americans. Crochet and Jeffreys are the first Bulldog pair to earn Academic All-America status in the same season, and Crochet is the first Bulldog to be named an Academic All-American in consecutive seasons since 1976-78.

Senior Tyler Renew was honored as The Citadel’s Offensive Player of the Year. Renew rushed for 1,096 yards, the seventh-highest single-season total in program history, and four touchdowns while adding five receptions for 120 yards and two touchdowns. He was selected as an All-American by STATS for the second straight year and earned All-Southern Conference recognition from the coaches and media. The Columbia native finished his career ranked fifth on the Bulldogs’ all-time rushing yards list with 2,828 and tied for eighth on the program’s all-time 100-yard rushing games list with nine.

Junior defensive back Kailik Williams took home the team’s Defensive Player of the Year award. Williams was selected as the Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year by the conference’s media contingent, becoming the first Bulldog to take home defensive honors from the media since 1986, and was a first-team All-Southern Conference selection by the coaches and media. Williams finished the season with 103 tackles, tied for the third-highest single-season total in program history, with 10.5 for loss and 0.5 sack, two interceptions, five pass breakups and one forced fumble. The Ormond Beach, Fla., native turned in one of the best defensive plays of the year in The Citadel’s overtime win at Wofford with his “Pitch Six” return for a touchdown that tied the game with 5:57remaining in regulation.

The co-Special Teams Players of the Year were senior punter Will Vanvick and senior punt returner DeAndre Schoultz. Vanvick ranked second in the SoCon and 16th in FCS with his career-best average of 42.6 yards per punt, which also stands fifth on the program’s single-season list, and improved his standing on the program’s career punt average list to sixth with a mark of 39.6 yards per punt. The Greenville native was a second-team Academic All-District selection and a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy. Schoultz was the first-team All-Southern Conference return specialist after averaging 11.9 yards per return, the seventh-highest single-season average in school history, and scoring one touchdown. The Aiken native ranked first in the SoCon and 10th in FCS in punt return average, and he moved into ninth on the program’s all-time career list.

A trio of offensive lineman won awards after blocking for the best rushing offense in FCS in 2016. Jeffreys was the recipient of the Brigadier Foundation Award for team before self. The Oklahoma City, Okla., native started all 12 games and was a first-team All-Southern Conference performer. Isaiah Pinson won the Citadel Football Association Blood & Guts Award. The offensive tackle from Wellford was named an All-American by Walter Camp, AFCA, STATS and HERO Sports and was a first-team All-Southern Conference performer in addition to winning the Southern Conference Jacobs Blocking Award. Kyle Weaver earned the Cal McCombs Award. The Hilton Head native was a second-team All-Southern Conference selection and earned All-Southern Conference academic honors for the third straight season.

Crochet took home the Ann Seignious Award for academic and football excellence. In addition to his Academic All-America honors, he also earned first-team Academic All-District and was named to the Fall Academic All-Southern Conference Team and the FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team. On the field, the Stone Mountain, Ga., native was a first-team All-Southern Conference performer with 45 tackles, including 12.5 for loss with 4.5 sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two quarterback hurries. His 11 tackles for loss in conference play ranked second in the SoCon.

Linebacker Trey Nelson was honored with the Linwood Sikes Award for outstanding effort. The junior from Beaufort appeared in all 12 games and recorded nine tackles. Defensive back Dee Delaney earned the J.B. Weber Academic Achievement Award after a consensus All-American season. The Beaufort native made a SoCon-best six interceptions, tying for third on The Citadel’s single-season list and for third in FCS in 2016, and had 14 total passes defended to rank fourth on the program’s single-season list and second in the SoCon. Delaney is set to graduate in May with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Both Nelson and Delaney are Whale Branch Early College High School graduates.  

The Bulldogs also recognized Scout Team Players of the Year, awarding Shy McPhail the offensive award, Adam Wawrzynski the defensive honor and Cody Floyd the special teams accolade. In addition, DaSean Daniels was honored for serving as the team’s Military Captain.

The end of the night featured a special announcement from senior wide receiver Rudder Brown, who joined his classmates to establish a new scholarship for The Citadel Brigadier Foundation. The scholarship is entitled The 2015 & 2016 Southern Conference Football Championship Teams Scholarship and will provide permanent income for scholarship support while increasing the endowment value. The scholarship will be awarded for the first time in the fall of 2017.

The Citadel completed a 10-2 campaign in the first season under Coach Thompson, who broke the program’s 100-year-old record for wins by a first-year head coach. The Bulldogs earned their second straight Southern Conference championship and tied the record for most SoCon wins in a season by completing only the seventh 8-0 conference mark in SoCon history. The Citadel broke the program’s single-season program record with six road wins, the most in FCS in 2016, and finished with the second-highest single-season wins total in school history.

The Citadel was awarded the No. 6 seed in the FCS Playoffs, earning a national seed for the first time under the current 24-team format, and hosted a playoff game for the first time since 1992. The Citadel ranked first in FCS in rushing for the first time since 1994 and the third time in program history.

Dee Delaney
Dee Delaney
Trey Nelson
Trey Nelson

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Photo above: A Berkeley High defender, left, tries to block Beaufort High School’s Deron Robinson’s hook shot Feb. 3 during their Region VIII, Class-AAAA basketball game at BHS. The Eagles won the game 68-55. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

HEADED TO THE NEXT LEVEL

Omar Cummings signs to play football for South Carolina State University. Photo courtesy of Beaufort High School.
Omar Cummings signs to play football for South Carolina State University. Photo courtesy of Beaufort High School.
Heily Hernandez and Omar Cummings signed National Letters of Intent last week. The Beaufort High School student-athletes were joined by friends and family in a signing ceremony held at Beaufort High School. Hernandez signed to play soccer for North Greenville University. Photo courtesy of Beaufort High School.
Heily Hernandez and Omar Cummings signed National Letters of Intent last week. The Beaufort High School student-athletes were joined by friends and family in a signing ceremony held at Beaufort High School. Hernandez signed to play soccer for North Greenville University. Photo courtesy of Beaufort High School.

RUNNING

5th Annual Race4Love to be held Feb. 11

Hopeful Horizons will hold the 5th annual Race4Love benefiting its efforts to end child abuse, domestic violence and sexual assault. This 5K run/walk will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, on Cat Island.

The course, which is flat and quick, offers a pleasant trip through the scenic neighborhoods of Cat Island.

“We are thrilled to continue this community tradition that started with CODA,” said Kristin Dubrowski, COO of Hopeful Horizons. “The Race4Love is a family friendly event that is raising money for three great causes. Each step you take helps us make a difference in the lives of victims of abuse.”

Fees are $25 for the run and $20 for the walk and will increase to $30/$25 for race day registration, which opens at 8 a.m. at the event. Group discounts are available.

The race will start near Sanctuary Golf Course located at 8 Waveland Ave. in Beaufort. Visit www.race4love.com.

GOLF

Sanctuary Golf Club to host NWGA event

The National Women’s Golf Association (NWGA) has announced a partnership with Cat Island’s Sanctuary Golf Club which will bring a women’s professional golf event to the Beaufort area.

The Cat Island Ladies Classic will be contested July 18-20 at the Sanctuary Golf Club.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for both the Beaufort community and the NWGA,” said Scott Walker, president of the NWGA. “We have been considering bringing a tournament to this part of the country for quite some time, and I am pleased that management of Sanctuary Golf Club is providing us this opportunity. It is great for the community, and it is great for women’s golf.”

Sponsorship opportunities are available for the event. For information regarding sponsorship, Pro-Am participation and volunteering, contact Michael Sinisko, GM, Sanctuary Golf Club, at 843-524-0300.

BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

BHS drops home game to Colleton County 

Host Beaufort High fell behind early and couldn’t recover from its slow start as Colleton County pulled away to win 67-51 in a boys’ high school basketball game on Jan. 31.

The Eagles hosted Colleton County in their final regular-season home game of the 2016-17 campaign.

With the loss, Beaufort High dropped to 10-8 overall and 4-3 in the region.

Beaufort High was forced to play from behind throughout the contest.

Colleton County took control early, outscoring the Eagles 23-13 in the first quarter. The Cougars led 40-26 at halftime and remained ahead throughout the second half.

Colleton County continued to limit Beaufort High late, outscoring Beaufort High 15-11 in the final quarter.

A pair of Cougars reached double figures in the scoring column. Leading Colleton County to the win, Nyeem Green netted a game-high 18 points.

De’iajae Ferguson accompanied Green in double figures, scoring 17 points for the Cougars in the victory.

Colleton County won despite committing 16 turnovers. The Cougars dished out 16 assists and grabbed 33 rebounds in the victory.

Monty White led Beaufort High with 17 points.

The Eagles ventured into the week with regular-season games remaining on the road at Cane Bay and Hilton Head.

BA rolls over Coastal Christian Prep

The Beaufort Academy boys’ basketball team didn’t have any trouble returning to the win column on the road at Coastal Christian Prep on Feb. 2, rolling past host Coastal Christian Prep 75-43.

With the win, the Eagles improved to 13-5.

Two Beaufort Academy players recorded a double-double and four Eagles reached double figures in the scoring column.

Kevin Williams paced Beaufort Academy with a game-high 26 points and 13 rebounds.

Dawson Coleman delivered a double-double of his own for the Eagles, adding 10 points and 12 rebounds.

Jalen Moon netted 19 points and Luke Harper pushed in 17 points for the Eagles in the win.

Beaufort Academy separated itself from Coastal Christian Prep following the opening quarter. The Eagles, after edging Coastal Christian Prep 16-15 in the first quarter, used a 24-7 run in the second period to carry a commanding 40-22 lead into halftime.

Pulling away to win easily, Beaufort Academy outscored Coastal Christian Prep 23-10 in the fourth quarter to set the final score.

Ashton Wood was the only Coastal Christian Prep player to reach double figures in the scoring column. Wood paced Coastal Christian Prep with 16 points.

In other Beaufort Academy news, the boys’ basketball team fell short in a game on the road against host John Paul II on Jan. 31.

Homestanding John Paul II edged Beaufort Academy 65-63.

With the loss, Beaufort Academy improved to 12-5 overall and 6-4 in the region.

The first quarter ended with the two foes tied 14-14. Beaufort Academy outscored John Paul II 21-15 in the second quarter to lead 35-29 at halftime.

Remaining ahead after intermission, visiting Beaufort Academy outscored John Paul II 18-14 in the third quarter.

But John Paul II wouldn’t be denied the win. The determined Golden Warriors outscored Beaufort Academy 22-10 in the final quarter to notch a come-from-behind win.

A pair of John Paul II players posted double-doubles to lead the Golden Warriors to the victory. Karl Johnson paced John Paul II with a game-high 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Rashad Battiste accompanied Johnson in double figures in the John Paul II scoring column and led the Golden Warriors on the glass, scoring 19 points and grabbing a game-high 12 rebounds.

The Eagles weren’t without their share of highlights in the late-regular-season affair.

Beaufort Academy featured three scorers in double figures. Kevin Williams led Beaufort Academy with a game-high 21 points. Accompanying Williams in double figures for the Eagles, Dawson Coleman contributed 14 points and Luke Harper added 13 points.

GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Beaufort High School’s Caroline O’Hara, right, passes the ball behind the back of Berkeley’s Jasmia Gadsden on Feb. 3 during their Region Vlll, Class-AAAA basket ball game at BHS. Photo by Bob Sofaly.
Beaufort High School’s Caroline O’Hara, right, passes the ball behind the back of Berkeley’s Jasmia Gadsden on Feb. 3 during their Region Vlll, Class-AAAA basket ball game at BHS. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

Beaufort High beats Berkeley on Senior Night

Beaufort High pulled away to beat Berkeley 41-29 as the two girls’ high school basketball teams met on Senior Night on Feb. 3.

With the win, Beaufort High improved to 13-9 overall and 3-5 in the region.

Beaufort High remained at least a few field goals ahead of Berkeley throughout the late-regular-season girls’ high school basketball matchup.

The Lady Eagles carried a lead out of each quarter. Beaufort High edged Berkeley 9-8 in the first quarter then stretched its lead in the second period. The Lady Eagles outscored Berkeley 13-7 in the second quarter to lead 22-15 at halftime.

Finishing strong, Beaufort High outscored Berkeley 16-12 in the final quarter.

Beaufort High featured two scorers in double figures. Naijuia Moyd led the Lady Eagles with a game-high 19 points. Joining Moyd in double figures for the Lady Eagles, Imari Smalls added 11 points.

Terrayah Williams narrowly missed reaching double figures in the scoring column, netting nine points. Williams led Beaufort High on the backboards, grabbing eight rebounds for the Lady Eagles.

Beaufort High entered the week with regular-season games remaining on the road at Cane Bay and Hilton Head. The Lady Eagles will begin competing in the postseason later in the month.

Beaufort Academy ladies prevail at Coastal Christian

Beaufort Academy pulled away to beat Coastal Christian Prep 63-45 in a girls’ high school basketball game on Feb. 2.

With the win, Beaufort Academy improved to 9-7 overall. The Eagles boast a 3-6 region record.

Beaufort Academy returned to the win column following back-to-back losses to Thomas Heyward Academy and John Paul II. The Eagles won for the third time in five games.

Emily Ann Hiers turned in a career-high scoring performance to lead Beaufort Academy to the victory. Hiers paced the Eagles with a career-high 18 points. The productive Hiers also recorded five steals and dished out four assists for the winning team.

Hiers led a trio of Beaufort Academy players in double figures, Mary Keane netted 15 points and registered five steals for the Eagles in the victory. Joining Hiers and Keane in double figures for Beaufort Academy, Amelia Huebel followed with 10 points.

The Eagles forced Beaufort Academy to play from behind throughout the girls’ high school basketball matchup.

Hailey White led Coastal Christian Prep with a game-high 21 points.

Sarah Silcox accompanied White in double figures in the Coastal Christian Prep scoring column, chipping in 11 points for the host squad in the setback.

Beaufort Academy entered the week with regular-season games remaining versus Colleton Prep Academy, Hilton Head Christian Academy and Hilton Head Prep.

Lady Eagles turn back Colleton County, 44-33 

Beaufort High beat visiting Colleton County 44-33 in a girls’ high school basketball game on Jan. 31.

The Lady Eagles prevailed in a battle of longtime girls’ high school basketball rivals.

With the win, Beaufort High improved to 12-9 overall and 2-5 in the region.

The Lady Eagles led at the conclusion of each quarter. Starting strong, host Beaufort High outscored Colleton County 14-5 in the first period. Beaufort High led 22-16 at halftime and doubled up Colleton County 20-10 in the third quarter to extend its lead out to a double digit advantage.

Beaufort High featured a pair of scorers in double figures. Naijuia Moyd led the Lady Eagles with 15 points. Moyd drained a pair of 3-point field goals for Beaufort High in the victory.

Imari Smalls accompanied Moyd in double figures for Beaufort High, scoring 13 points.

Terrayah Williams finished one field goal short of reaching double figures for the Lady Eagles, tallying eight points in the triumph.

Williams led Beaufort High on the backboards, grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds.  The game’s leading rebounder chased down nine defensive caroms in the winning effort.

Lillian Sumner, Jada Wilson and Carolina O’Hara also provided scoring. Sumner netted four points for the Lady Eagles, while Wilson and O’Hara contributed two points a piece.

The Lady Eagles won despite committing 20 turnovers. Homestanding Beaufort High dished out eight assists. Smalls distributed a game-high four assists for the Lady Eagles.

VOLLEYBALL

New timeout responsibilities approved for second referee

The responsibilities and mechanics of the second referee during a time-out in high school volleyball have been altered.

Effective with the 2017-18 season, the second referee will whistle a warning at 45 seconds and instruct the timer to sound the horn at 60 seconds as the defining end of a time-out. Further, the second referee shall whistle if the teams are ready to play prior to the 45-second warning and then instruct the timer to sound the horn.

This revision to Rule 5-5-3b was one of five rules changes recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Volleyball Rules Committee at its January 8-10 meeting in Indianapolis and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

In a related change, Rule 5-4-3c(17) now states that the first referee shall whistle a warning at 45 seconds if the second referee is still checking the scoresheet. In addition, Rule 5-8-3a states that every time-out will end with a warning whistle by the second referee followed by the horn sounded by the timer.

A new rule, 9-8-2, clarifies that a replay is considered to be part of a single-play action. Once a replay is signaled by the first referee, no requests — time-out, service order, lineup, substitution, libero replacement, etc. — may be recognized until after the replay.

A complete listing of all rules changes will be available soon on the NFHS website at www.nfhs.org. To access, click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page, and select “Volleyball.”

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