Eagles enter Class 4A playoffs as top seed


After soaring all the way to the Class 4A state championship match a year ago, the Beaufort High boys tennis team is flying high heading into the playoffs again in 2022.

The Eagles took down three more opponents last week, closing out a perfect Region 7-4A slate with a 5-1 win over Hilton Head High and a sweep of Lucy Beckham and blanking visiting Bergen Catholic (N.J.) 7-0 to finish the regular season with a 14-1 record. Coach Dave Riedmayer’s team takes the No. 1 seed into the playoffs beginning Thursday at home against either Aiken or Wilson.

“We had a successful run, going 12-0 in the region, and we’re looking forward to seeing how far we can take it in the playoffs,” Riedmayer said. “We remember what it felt like to make it to the state championship and come up short, so the athletes are working hard to take that next step.”

If the Eagles advance Thursday, which seems like a near certainty, they would host a Lower State semifinal matchup Monday, likely against North Myrtle Beach or region rival James Island. If fellow region champions Myrtle Beach or South Aiken advance to the Lower State final, the Eagles would have to go on the road Wednesday to punch their ticket back to the championship match.

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