BA stays hot with road volleyball win over THA


A day after outlasting Hilton Head Prep in five sets on the road, Beaufort Academy volleyball picked up another region road win Thursday, holding off a scrappy Thomas Heyward team for a 3-1 victory.

The Eagles kept it rolling Thursday in Ridgeland, but the Rebels put up a fight in their final home game of the season.

BA took the first set 25-21, but THA clawed back to win a 26-24 battle to even the match. The Eagles returned the favor with a 25-23 win in the third set and finished off the Rebels with a 25-20 win in the fourth.

Margaret Hiers put up an incredible stat line with 17 kills, 15 assists, 19 digs and three aces, and Tumlin’s was just as impressive with 13 kills, 22 assists, 21 digs, and five aces. Simmons was strong in the middle again with six kills and five blocks, while Mary Hanna Hiers had 16 digs, and Dinkins had five kills and nine digs.

Natalie King racked up 13 kills, Brooke Smith had 10 kills and 20 digs, and Keleigh Bowers collected eight assists, 16 digs, and six kills for THA. Kaylee Standard had 11 assists, and Emily Hansen added 10 for the Rebels.

On Wednesday, the Eagles took down HHP in a thrilling 3-2 victory after dropping the first two sets on the road. Maddie Nelson had 10 kills and seven blocks and Grace Simmons added five kills and six blocks in an outstanding performance in the middle, and Margaret Hiers (10 kills, 14 assists, 20 digs) and Claire Tumlin (8 kills, 17 assists, 19 digs) continued their strong all-around play for BA. Mary Hanna Hiers racked up 32 digs, and Olivia Dinkins added three aces for the Eagles.

Mighty Lions sweep Sundevils on senior night

After playing in a flex region with SCISA 2A and 3A teams all season, Holy Trinity volleyball got to pick on someone its own size Tuesday, sweeping visiting Charleston Collegiate 3-0 in a matchup of SCISA 1A programs.

It was senior night for the Mighty Lions, but a freshman took center stage, as Izzy Harter racked up 49 digs in her debut at libero to anchor a strong defensive showing from Holy Trinity.

Emily Ruth Wilson led the way on offense with 11 kills, while Eliza Gaillard added six kills and a block, and Lilly Cooler collected 15 assists and five kills to go with three aces. Grace Brubeck also had a strong game with 12 assists and 10 digs.


Seahawk boys, Shark girls sweep county crowns

Hilton Head’s boys and May River’s girls bested their county rivals on the trails Thursday, claiming both the team and individual titles at the 2021 Beaufort County Cross Country Championship in Bluffton.

The Seahawks (33 pts) impressed on the boys’ side, placing all five scoring runners in the top 10 led by overall champion Caden Thune (16:43.92). William Lemire (17:26.92), Max Struna (17:48.05), and Miles Brown (17:49.64) took fifth, eighth, and ninth, while freshman Coen Smith (17:57.68) rounded out the stellar Seahawk showing in 10th.

Sparked by individual runner-up Earlon Baker (16:49.67), the Bluffton Bobcats (40 pts) took second place in the team standings. Tyler McMahan (17:33.81) and Carson Colmer (17:46.39) nabbed a pair of top-10 finishes in sixth and seventh. May River (70 pts) earned the bronze thanks to Cohen MacDonald (17:15.98) and Noah Wasserman (17:20.23) placing third and fourth. 

Anya Arroyo (19:06.09) notched another individual victory for the May River girls as the Sharks (28 pts) won the team title. Victoria Sosa (19:38.73) was third, while Ashlyn Babkiewicz (20:48.52) and Caroline Stickler (20:51.18) finished sixth and seventh. Charlize Antia (19:07.01) turned in a terrific runner-up finish to lead Beaufort High.

Bluffton’s girls (48 pts) impressed in second place, as all five scoring runners crossed the line inside the top 13. Eighth-grader Aubrey Sampson (20:21.54) shined with a fifth-place finish, while Ava Gerschutz (21:17.52) and Kaitlyn McDonagh (21:37.02) placed eighth and 10th. Hilton Head High (84 pts) took third, as Cynthia Gudaitis (20:17.72) and Chloe Fair (21:22.54) paced the Seahawks in fourth and ninth place.

The Region 7-4A Cross Country Championship will take place on October 30 in Bluffton

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