College sports briefs for June 23rd-29th

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Smith helps lead Limestone in 2nd season 

Courtney Smith
Courtney Smith

Bluffton High School graduate Courtney Smith developed into a solid pitcher for the Limestone College softball team during her sophomore season.

As a sophomore pitcher in the spring, Smith finished 11-4, compiling a 2.47 ERA and pitching eight complete games. Smith allowed only 96 hits in 110.2 innings, recording 74 strikeouts. Opponents batted only .237 against her.

Smith was named to the 2016 All-Conference Carolinas Team.

In 2015, Smith appeared in 21 games on the mound for the Saints while providing the starting role in 11 contests. She struck out 64 batters during her time in the circle while amassing a 2.72 ERA. Smith held opponents to a .270 batting average.

Doe entering first year at Alabama State

It won’t be long until another local high school graduate is hooping it up for a college team. Hilton Head Christian Academy graduate Ziaira Doe (G/F, 5-9) is set to take the floor for the Alabama State University women’s basketball program. Doe signed with Alabama State University at a signing ceremony held in April.

Ziaira Doe
Ziaira Doe

Doe, who hails from Hardeeville, ranks as the all-time career scoring leader for the Eagles. She finished her prep career with 1,900 points scored in four years. Doe was the SCISA Region Player of the Year for the last three years. She was recognized as the SCISA AA player of the year the previous two years.

Doe averaged 24.3 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and two steals per game as a senior. She can handle the basketball and is a mid-range shooter.

“Ziaira is a guard/forward type of player and the good thing about her is that she already has a college body,” Alabama State University Assistant Coach Clayton Harris said.

Alabama State University has captured two straight SWAC titles and made back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament. The Lady Hornets ended the 2015-16 season 19-12 following a loss to No.-2 seed Texas in the opening round of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament.

Miles makes big impact on USC men’s golf

Hilton Head Island native Will Miles recently completed his freshman year at the University of South Carolina. A Heritage Academy graduate, Miles played in seven tournaments for the USC men’s golf team, finishing with a stroke average of 72.75.

Will Miles
Will Miles

The Hilton Head Island native played as an individual in his first two spring tournaments, finishing tied for 13th at the Savannah Quarters Individual Intercollegiate (149, +5) and tied for seventh at the All-American Intercollegiate (214, -2). Miles tied for sixth with a score of 209 (-1) as the Gamecocks won the Palmetto Intercollegiate.

Prior to furthering his education at the University of South Carolina, Miles ranked as high as the No. 7 junior golfer in South Carolina.

Miles finished second at the 2014 Jimmy Self Invitational. He placed seventh at the 2014 South Carolina Amateur Championship.

The Heritage Academy product qualified for 2014 U.S. Open Sectionals. He was a member of the 2014 Carolinas Amateur team that played against Virginia/West Virginia and tied for seventh at the Hank Haney IJGA Junior Open at Chechessee Creek Club.

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