Beaufort High’s best-ever boys tennis season ended with a heartbreaking 4-2 loss to powerhouse AC Flora in the Class 4A state championship match Saturday in Florence.
Bodie Daniel and Griffin Stone earned wins at No. 4 and No. 5 singles for the Eagles, but the Falcons swept the remaining courts, including a thrilling three-set victory at No. 1 and a hard-fought victory at No. 2 doubles to clinch the title.
The Eagles complete the season with a 15-3 overall record with their only losses coming to undefeated state championship teams — two to SCISA 3A power Hilton Head Prep and one to AC Flora.
Coach David Riedmayer’s squad put together another outstanding effort Tuesday, beating visiting South Aiken 4-1 in the Class 4A Lower State final to advance to the state championship match.
With a crowd of football, baseball, and basketball players and coaches cheering them on, the Eagles claimed four of the five singles courts, clinching the victory without contesting the doubles matches. Graeme Angus, Tucker Martin, Daniel, and Stone all claimed straight-sets victories to secure the victory.
Angus, only a seventh-grader, had an outstanding campaign in the No. 1 spot and finished in the top eight at the Class 5A/4A state singles tournament on Monday and Tuesday.
“Coach Stone and I are very proud of the boys for their never-give-up attitude and making history with the best run Beaufort High has ever had,” Beaufort coach David Riedmayer said. “We will be back in the state championship next season.”
Above: Beaufort Eagle Griffin Stone, seen here in last week’s tennis match against North Myrtle Beach, was also victorious in his singles match Saturday, May 15, in the 4-A state championship against A.C Flora in Florence. Stone won his match 6-4, 6-2. Photo by Bob Sofaly.