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Above: Beaufort Academy freshman Grace Simmons seems to say, “I don’t think so,” as she clears the net and blocks a shot from Colleton Prep during the first game of their volleyball match Tuesday, Oct. 5, at Beaufort Academy. The Eagles went on to win 3-0. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

Eagles’ Stone claims All-State honors

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Beaufort High’s James Stone claimed All-State honors with a third-place finish in the 100-yard butterfly at the Class 4A Boys Swimming Championships at the North Charleston Aquatic Center.

Stone finished in 52.80 seconds, less than two seconds off the pace set by Aiken’s Jared Allison.

Stone was also part of the 200 free relay and 200 medley relay teams that finished 10th, along with Caden Eby, Davis Martin, and Cameron Hussmann.

VOLLEYBALL

BA comes out swinging with key sweep of CPA

Beaufort Academy volleyball was on a roll Tuesday night, securing an impressive 3-0 home victory against Colleton Prep.

BA was able to shake off a slow start to earn a 25-14 win in the first set, then cruised to a 25-11 victory in the second set before closing it out with a hard-fought 25-22 win.

BA’s Claire Tumlin ended the night with five kills, 12 assists, and 11 digs, and Margaret Hiers aksi stuffed the stat sheet with four kills, 14 assists, and 17 digs. Olivia Dinkins provided three kills and 15 digs, and Maddie Nelson and Grace Simmons both contributed eight kills, while Nelson had five blocks and Simmons added two. Mary Hanna Hiers led the defense with 25 digs to go along with two aces.

Emily Wilson had 18 assists and six digs for CPA, with Taylor Tomedolskey and Caroline Kinard each contributing five kills and Jessica Hughes adding four. Linley Jones picked up a team-high 15 digs, and Kinard added five to match her kill total.

HHCA holds off BA in fight for region’s top spot

Hilton Head Christian Academy retained the top spot in SCISA Region 4 — and its perfect region record — with a hard-fought 3-1 win at Beaufort Academy on Thursday.

BA was hoping to salvage a season-split and pull even with HHCA atop the region standings, but the visiting Eagles were resilient on the road. HHCA took the first set 25-18, then fought off a set point at 24-23 to rally for a 26-24 victory and a 2-0 lead.

The home team fought back to dominate the third set, winning 25-12 to stay alive, but HHCA recovered and claimed a 25-18 win in the final frame.

Amelia Auld dished out 31 assists for HHCA, as Marissa Majorkiewicz and Abby Peduzzi put down 11 kills each, and Kenzie Buchter served up three aces.

Margaret Hiers collected seven kills, seven assists, and 21 digs in a strong all-around performance for BA, while Claire Tumlin continued her well-rounded play with five kills, eight assists, 17 digs, and three aces. Maddie Nelson (9 kills, 3 blocks) and Grace Simmons (3 kills, 5 blocks) played well in the middle for BA, and Mary Hanna Hiers anchored the defense with 30 digs.

HHCA still perfect in region with sweep of Lions

Hilton Head Christian Academy volleyball stayed perfect in region play with a 3-0 road win at Holy Trinity on Monday.

The Mighty Lions put up a challenge, but the Eagles were able to maintain control for a 25-15, 25-17, 25-19 victory.

HHCA’s offense was in top form, as Amelia Auld dished out 37 assists with Marissa Majorkiewicz leading the attack with 11 kills. Abby Peduzzi served up five aces for the Eagles, and Ella Klepchick had 13 digs to anchor the defense.

Lilly Cooler had a big all-around night for Holy Trinity with three kills, two blocks, four assists, five digs, and two aces. Emily Ruth Wilson added four kills and three blocks for the Mighty Lions, and. Eliza Gaillard had three kills and three blocks. Rachel Cain had a team-high 10 digs for HTCCS, and Grace Brubeck added seven digs and five assists.

Mighty Lions take down THA for first time

Holy Trinity volleyball knocked off Thomas Heyward for the first time Wednesday, as the Mighty Lions earned their first region win with a 3-1 home triumph.

The Lions jumped on the Rebels early, winning the first two sets 25-18 and 25-16, before THA found its footing and dug in for a tough 26-24 win to extend the match. Holy Trinity recovered, though, and closed it out with a 25-18 win.

Emily Ruth Wilson was outstanding for the Lions with 12 kills and 11 digs to go with a block and an ace, and libero Rachel Cain racked up 26 digs along with three assists and an ace. Eliza Gaillard had a strong night at the net with seven kills and three blocks, and Lilly Cooler dished out 16 assists and collected 14 digs, four kills, and two aces for Holy Trinity.

The short-handed Rebels started the night with seven players but lost another to injury after the first set, forcing everyone to play full rotations. Senior captain and middle blocker Natalie King did so for the first time this season and compiled 15 digs and seven kills while going 10-for-10 from the service line. Fellow senior Keleigh Bowers also had a great night with 26 digs, eight kills and three aces, while Brooke Smith added five kills and a team-high 21 digs, and Kaylee Standard dished out 10 assists to go with eight digs.

GIRLS TENNIS

Eagles earn region win over Cougars

Beaufort High girls tennis picked up a region win with a 4-2 victory over Colleton County on Monday.

Beaufort’s No. 3 singles tennis player Natalie Turbeville returns a ball to Colleton County’s Brianna Banks during the first set of their match Monday afternoon at Beaufort High School. Photo by Bob Sofaly.

Natalie Turbeville set the tone for the Eagles with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles, and Julia Pollitzer and Laila Cunningham followed suit with straight sets wins at No.3 and No. 5. Beaufort’s Kathryn Fries lost a thrilling three-set match at No. 4, falling 4-6, 6-4, 10-7.

The Cougars forfeited the No. 2 doubles match, giving the Eagles the win.

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