HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS ROUNDUP

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SWIMMING

Newcomer Lucy Beckham High School ended Hilton Head High’s reign over Region 7-4A swimming Saturday, edging the Seahawks for both the boys and girls team titles. 

The Seahawk boys won seven of the 11 events, including two wins each for Cohen Bruner (100 free, 200 free) and Tommy Hughson (200 IM, 500 free), but the Bengals used their depth to rack up 515 points and edge HHIHS by 11 despite not winning a single event. 

HHIHS also had a champion in Dylan Magda (100 breast) and took the 200 free and 400 free relays. Beaufort High’s Samuel Marrero (50 free, 100 back) also won two events, and teammate James Stone won the 100 fly. Bluffton’s boys claimed the 200 medley relay.

On the girls’ side, Beckham won six of the 11 races, while the Seahawks won the other five, but the Bengals’ 593 points were enough to beat HHIHS (532). 

Skylar Bruner won the 200 and 500 free, Katie Lyons took the 100 breast, and the Seahawks won the 200 and 400 free relays.

Girls Team Scores

1. Lucy Beckham 593

2. Hilton Head High 532

3. James Island 483.5

4. May River 366

5. Beaufort High 148

6. Bluffton 61.5

Boys Team Scores

1. Lucy Beckham 515

2. Hilton Head High 504

3. James Island 408

4. Beaufort High 371

5. Bluffton 301

6. May River 236

VOLLEYBALL

Dolphins out of sync in loss to Raptors

After putting together a dominant outing Tuesday night, the Battery Creek volleyball team could not continue that momentum against Academic Magnet, losing 3-0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-6) in a Region 8-3A Thursday evening. 

Amber Cooklin and Brooke Crosby each recorded eight aces, while Laiani McCullough added seven and Kinley Webb picked up five. 

The Dolphins’ offensive attack never could get into rhythm as it only collected four kills as a team. Multiple service errors forced McCullough and Caroline Malphrus into a sense of urgency, which led to a number of receiving errors. 

Creek piles up 61 aces in sweep of Cougars

The Battery Creek volleyball team put together a dominant effort against visiting North Charleston on Tuesday at the Palace, sweeping the Cougars 3-0 (25-6, 25-5, 25-7) in Region 8-3A play.

One might have to look far into the record book to find another performance like the Dolphins put on. Battery Creek recorded an outstanding 61 service aces in the victory. Laiani McCullough (18), Amber Cooklin (15), and Caroline Malphrus (11) all recorded double-digit aces while Brooke Crosby, Kinley Webb and Emonee Johnson each recorded at least four. 

Everything was going right for Creek in the first set, as Crosby opened the frame with back-to-back aces. Battery Creek then rattled off two separate runs of seven consecutive points, which helped end the first set 25-6.

In the second stanza, McCullough notched seven consecutive aces during a 12-0 run to help BCHS take a commanding lead. Fittingly, the stanza ended with another ace, ending in favor of the Dolphins, 25-5. 

The final frame saw Battery Creek jump out to another large lead, at one point being up by 15. Malphrus notched her final ace of the evening before a couple of communication errors resulted in consecutive Cougar points. A service error ended the match with the Dolphins winning 25-7. 

Warriors pick up first region win

Whale Branch volleyball earned its first region win of the season with a 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-6) victory at Cross on Thursday.

Erin Rivers racked up 10 kills to lead the Warriors’ attack, while Jada Jenkins served 11 aces, and Danasia Williams added 10. Williams also had five kills and a team-high 11 assists, and Jada Pryor added four kills. 

Trinity Heyward, Jahmaisha Green, and Grace Burvenich added three aces apiece, and Heyward had a team-best seven digs.

BA picks up big region win over HHCA

Beaufort Academy volleyball notched a big region win Tuesday with a three-set sweep of visiting Hilton Head Christian Academy. 

BA used a strong all-around performance to win three hard-fought sets from HHCA, 25-19, 25-21, 25-21.

Chase Vaigneur had another balanced night on the stat sheet with eight kills, eight assists, six digs, and four aces, while Claire Tumlin added four kills, five assists, and 10 digs. Ari Gonzalez was a force at the net with six blocks, and Mary Hanna Hiers anchored BA’s defense with 20 digs.

Amelia Auld dished out 27 assists for HHCA, with a team-high 16 of them ending with Abby Peduzzi kills. Ella Klepchick led the team with four digs, and Mackenzie Buchter had three aces.

Lions roar past Bridges

Holy Trinity volleyball roared past crosstown rival Bridges Prep on Monday for a 3-0 (25-19, 25-12, 25-21) victory. 

The Lions used a strong team effort to dispatch the Bucs, as Eliza Gaillard led the attack, Gracie Glover anchored the back row, and Katherine Hurtt had a strong night in the service game and guided the offense.

JPII’s Michael aces the victory over Rebels

John Paul II’s volleyball team used a big night at the service line to squeak out a thrilling five-set win over Thomas Heyward on Thursday.

The Rebels got off to a hot start, winning the first set before the Golden Warriors rallied to win the next two. THA was able to force a fifth set, but JPII prevailed 3-2 (17-25, 25-18, 25-21, 16-25, 15-13).

With the score sitting at 14-13 in the last set, eight-grader Camryn Michael delivered the last of her team-high seven aces to clinch the victory for the Golden Warriors. Michael’s addition to the varsity team this year displayed her strength at the serving line, as she recorded seven of JPII’s 18 aces. Seniors Gin White and Bella Termini also served four aces apiece.

Junior Natalie King led the Rebels, compiling 12 kills and a block, and Keleigh Bowers returned from an injury to dish out 19 digs along with three kills and six aces. Senior setters Abby Bennett and Amelia Bonds combined for 23 assists and 36 digs. 

GOLF

Milbrandt, Seahawks win quad match

Hilton Head High girls golf easily placed atop a four-team field Thursday at Patriots Point Links, firing a team score of 176 for a 40-shot win. 

Alexia Milbrandt earned medalist honors with an even-par 36 over nine holes, eight shots clear of teammate Eliza Jane Coulter. 

Anna LaPour shot 49 to lead Bluffton (216) to a runner-up finish, while Beaufort High (257) was third, and James Island (267) was fourth.

HHIHS (176) — Alexia Milbrandt 36, Eliza Jane Coulter 44, McKenzie Bradley 47, Grace Weismantel 49, Catherine Gavin 57

Bluffton (216) — Anna LaPour 49, Jennifer Richardson 53, Lucia Serratelli 57, Sarah Lazier 57

Beaufort High (257) — Elissa Hooper 56, Maddie Lewis 65, Angelina Guerrero 65, Lisa Sherbert 68

James Island (267) — Caroline Chausse 59, Vivian Nguyen 66, Virginia Rhett Smith 70, Christina Vines 72, Marisa Meyer 72

TENNIS

Bottom of lineup delivers win for Eagles

Beaufort High girls tennis earned a region win with a 4-2 victory over Bluffton on Thursday despite dropping the top two singles matches.

The Bobcats picked up two wins at the top of the lineup, but the Eagles’ depth carried the day, as Beaufort won the remaining three singles courts and took the No. 2 doubles match to clinch the victory.

Singles

1. Phelan O’Keefe (BLHS) def. Cypress Daniels 6-2, 6-2

2. Ellory Pruitt (BLHS) def. Caroline Louw 6-1, 7-6 (4)

3. Anson Daniels (BHS) def. Julia John 6-0, 6-1

4. Madeline Confare (BHS) def. Natalie Rizzo 6-0, 6-0

5. Sophie Confare (BHS) def. Abby Stevens 6-2, 6-0

Doubles

2. Gracie Cunningham/Natalie Turbeville (BHS) def. Reese Marcotte/Anna Andreoletti 6-2, 6-4

Dolphins prevail, 

JPII’s McClure notches big win

Hilton Head Prep girls tennis took down region rival John Paul II on Thursday, winning 7-2, but the Golden Warriors came away with a thrilling win at No. 1 singles.

The outcome of the match was already decided by the time JPII’s Trice McClure finished off an epic 4-6, 7-5, 13-11 win over Avery Brothers on the first court, as Prep ran through the rest of the lineup in straight sets.

The Dolphins also won two of the three doubles matches. Lizzie Lofye and Sami Heginbottom each won their singles matches easily and teamed up for a victory at No. 1 doubles for the Dolphins.

Singles

1. Trice McClure (JP) def. Avery Brothers 4-6, 7-5, 13-11

2. Lizzie Lofye (HHP) def. Samantha Reilly 6-0, 6-0

3. Sami Heginbottom (HHP) def. Paige Weniger 6-1, 6-0

4. Emma Moore (HHP) def. Madi Johnson 6-4, 6-4

5. Molly Rankin (HHP) def. Charlotte Bauer 6-0, 6-0

6. Lauren Harvey (HHP) def. Brie Suiter 6-1, 6-0

Doubles

1. Lofye/Heginbottom (HHP) def. McClure/Reilly 8-5

2. Weniger/Johnson (JP) def. Harvey/Paige Sirubus 8-6

3. Val Covington/Cassie Cohen (HHP) def. Suiter/Nia Poacher 8-6