Beaufort High School’s standout tennis player Graeme Angus, center, was awarded his 2022 State Champion ring by Beaufort Athletic Director Linc Lyes during a brief ceremony Wednesday afternoon with his teammates, family and supporters in attendance. At left is head coach Dave Riedmyer. Angus won the 2022 Singles State Tournament in Class 4A/5A while an 8th grader at Beaufort Middle School. Bob Sofaly/The Island News

Beaufort’s Angus collects his reward

From staff reports

As an 8th-grader at Beaufort Middle School last year, Graeme Angus claimed a state title for Beaufort High School before he even enrolled, winning five consecutive matches in straight sets to win the SCHSL Class 5A/4A state singles championship.

Wednesday afternoon, March 9, Angus was rewarded with his state championship ring in a brief ceremony before the Eagles took on Summerville. Beaufort Athletic Director Linc Lyes gave him the ring while his coach, teammates, family and friends looked on.

Beaufort High School’s Graeme Angus returns the ball to Summerville’s Sam DiMuzio during no. 1 singles play Wednesday, March 9, at BHS. Angus won in straight sets 6-1, 6-1. The Eagles, as a team, lost to Summerville, 4-2. Bob Sofaly/The Island News

Before winning the title last year, Angus had earned All-State honors as a seventh-grader when he won three straight matches in the back draw in the tournament.

Then last year, he dispatched the players who troubled him the year before, went 23-1 and earnedcRegion 7-4A and Class 4A Player of the Year honors. And he’s only a freshman.

On Wednesday, Angus continued his winning ways, downing Summerville’s Sam DiMuzio, 6-1, 6-1. But the Eagles (0-1) fell to the Green Wave, 4-2. Diego Alvarez earned Beaufort’s other win, 6-2, 6-2, over Edward Naval.

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