Sports briefs for August 10th-16th

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Scheper claims 3 titles at national tournament

Larry Scheper remained on top at the 2017 ATA National Tennis Tournament in Baltimore. Photo by Scheper Tennis Academy.
Larry Scheper remained on top at the 2017 ATA National Tennis Tournament in Baltimore. Photo by Scheper Tennis Academy.

Beaufort Academy coach Larry Scheper claimed three titles at the 2017 ATA National Tennis Tournament in Baltimore last week. Scheper maintained his No. 1 seed in 45 singles and 45 and 50 doubles. 

The Scheper Tennis Academy was well-represented throughout the national tournament.

The ATA (American Tennis Association) was formed when representatives from more than a dozen black tennis clubs met in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 30, 1916, Thanksgiving Day. Dr. Harry S. McCard, Dr. William H. Wright, Dr. B.M. Rhetta, Ralph Cook, Henry Freeman and Tally Holmes were among the ATA’s founding fathers. Holmes, of Washington, D.C., won the first two ATA men’s singles titles.

In August 1917, the organization held its first ATA National Championships, consisting of three events (men’s and women’s singles and men’s doubles), at Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park in August 1917.

Tennis players from across the national competed in this year’s ATA National Tennis Tournament in Baltimore. 


SCHSL proposes realignment for 2018

The South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) has released a reclassification proposal that would take effect in 2018. 

Under the realignment, Whale Branch would be in Region 5-AA and Battery Creek in Region 7-AAA.

The complete proposed realignment follows. 

SCHSL 2018-20 Realignment

Class 5A (48 schools)

Region 1: Easley, Greenwood, J.L. Mann, Laurens, T.L. Hanna, Westside, Wade Hampton (G), Woodmont;

Region 2: Boiling Springs, Byrnes, Dorman, Gaffney, Hillcrest, Mauldin, Riverside, Spartanburg;

Region 3: Blythewood, Clover, Fort Mill, Nation Ford, Northwestern, Rock Hill, Spring Valley, York;

Region 4: Chapin, Dutch Fork, Irmo, Lexington, Lugoff-Elgin, River Bluff, White Knoll;

Region 5: Carolina Forest, Conway, Socastee, South Florence, St. James, Sumter, West Florence;

Region 6: Cane Bay, Goose Creek, James Island, Stratford, Wando;

Region 7: Ashley Ridge, Colleton County, Fort Dorchester, Summerville, West Ashley.

Class 4A (41 schools)

Region 1: Belton-Honea Path, Daniel, Palmetto, Pickens, Walhalla, Wren;

Region 2: Berea, Blue Ridge, Eastside, Greenville, Greer, Travelers Rest, Union County;

Region 3: Lancaster, Ridge View, Richland Northeast, South Pointe, Westwood;

Region 4: A.C. Flora, Crestwood, Dreher, Lakewood, Lower Richland, Orangeburg-Wilkinson;

Region 5: Aiken, Airport, Brookland-Cayce, Midland Valley, North Augusta, South Aiken;

Region 6: Darlington, Hartsville, Marlboro County, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Wilson;

Region 7: Beaufort, Berkeley, Bluffton, Hilton Head, Stall.

Class 3A (44 schools)

Region 1: Crescent, Liberty, Pendleton, Powdersville, Seneca, West-Oak;

Region 2: Berea, Carolina, Chapman, Chesnee, Landrum, Southside;

Region 3: Clinton, Emerald, Mid-Carolina, Newberry, Woodruff;

Region 4: Camden, Chester, Fairfield Central, Indian Land, Keenan;

Region 5: Edisto, Gilbert, Pelion, Strom Thurmond, Swansea;

Region 6: Aynor, Cheraw, Dillon, Lake City, Loris, Marion;

Region 7: Battery Creek, Lake Marion, May River, Ridgeland-Hardeville, Wade Hampton;

Region 8: Bishop England, Academic Magnet, Georgetown, Hanahan, Manning, Waccamaw;

Class 2A (46 schools)

Region 1: Blacksburg, Brashier MC*, Christ Church, Greenville Tech*, Greer Middle College*, Next*, Southside Christian, St. Joseph;

Region 2: Abbeville, Batesburg-Leesville, Dixie, Fox Creek, Ninety-Six, Saluda, Silver Bluff;

Region 3: C.A. Johnson, Calhoun County, Columbia, Eau Claire, Gray Collegiate;

Region 4: Andrew Jackson, Buford, Central, Cheraw, Chesterfield, Lee Central, Lewisville North Central;

Region 5: Allendale-Fairfax, Bamberg-Ehrhardt, Barnwell, Whale Branch, Woodland;

Region 6: Andrews, Burke, Charleston Charter, Garrett, North Charleston, Oceanside Collegiate, Palmetto Scholars*, Timberland;

Region 7: Carvers Bay, East Clarendon, Hannah-Pamplico, Johnsonville, Kingstree, Latta, Mullins.

Class A (37 schools)

Region 1: Calhoun Falls, High Point Academy*, McCormick, South Carolina School for Deaf and Blind*, Ware Shoals, Whitmire;

Region 2: Governor’s School**, Great Falls, Lamar, McBee, Timmonsville;

Region 3: Blackville-Hilda, Denmark-Olar, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, North, Ridge Spring-Monetta, Wagener-Salley, Williston-Elko;

Region 4: Baptist Hill, Bridges Prep*, Estill, Low Country Leadership*, Military Magnet, Phillip Simmons, Royal Live Oaks*, St. Johns;

Region 5: Bethune-Bowman, Branchville, C.E. Murray, Cross, Richland One Middle College* Scott’s Branch;

Region 6: Coastal Leadership *, Creek Bridge, Green Sea-Floyds, Hemingway, Lake View.

*No football program.


Glover to compete for Benedict College

Beaufort High School graduate Savionna Glover is headed to Benedict College. 

Glover excelled throughout her high school career, claiming three triple jump state championships and finishing with a 4.0 grade point average. 

The talented Glover drew recruiting interest from numerous colleges, including Florida State, Bethune-Cookman and South Carolina State. 

Glover is preparing to join a tradition-rich Benedict College women’s track & field program. The Benedict College women’s track & field team won the 2017 SIAC Championship, winning seven events on the final day of the annual conference title meet to surge to the top of the team standings. Benedict won a total of nine events over the three days of competition at the conference event and finished with 216 total points. Albany State placed second with 187 points and Clark Atlanta was third with 179.5 points.

Glover plans to major in sports management. 


Delaney preparing for Miami’s season-opener

Whale Branch Early College High School graduate Dee Delaney is less than one month away from making his debut for the University of Miami football program. Delaney is set to play for the Hurricanes following a transfer from The Citadel. 

Delaney started all 12 games for The Citadel in 2016. Delaney was a Walter Camp All-American, Athlon All-American, First Team Associated Press All-American, First Team STATS All-American, First Team College Sports Madness All-American, First Team HERO Sports All-American and First Team All-Southern Conference selection.

A stellar defensive player, Delaney was the first Bulldog in The Citadel football program’s history to earn Walter Camp All-America honors twice. He recorded 35 tackles, six interceptions, eight pass breakups and one a fumble recovery.

Delaney excelled throughout his career at The Citadel. 

A 2013 graduate of Whale Branch Early College High School, Delaney lettered four times each in football, basketball and baseball and twice in track and field. He served as a team captain during his senior year when he caught 35 passes for 899 yards and 14 touchdowns, returned two punts for scores and intercepted three passes. 

In high school, Delaney was named the Region 5A Wide Receiver and Offensive Player of the Year and was selected to play in the North/South All-Star game. As a junior in high school, Delaney made 27 receptions for 512 yards and seven touchdowns and posted two interceptions. Delaney earned all-region and region wide receiver of the year accolades for the first time in his career. 

The productive Delaney caught passes for 182 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore. He was an all-region and all-area selection in basketball and baseball during the 2011-12 schoolyear and a gold medalist in the 4×100 meter relay when his team won the Class A state championship. In addition to excelling in athletics at Whale Branch Early College High School, Delaney was a member of the National Honor Society.


Fripp Island Marina to host fishing tournament 

Fripp Island Marina’s 2017 Kingfish Tournament will take place from Thursday, Aug. 31, to Saturday, Sept. 2. 

Fishermen are invited to compete for a $5,000-plus payout in the traditional Labor Day event. 

Prizes will include largest in the king mackeral and Spanish mackeral categories. 

For more information, call 843-838-1517, register at or email at 

Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Keyserling Cancer Center in Beaufort.

Fishing/diving club to meet Aug. 10

The Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club’s August meeting will be held on Thursday, Aug. 10, at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club on Lady’s Island off of Meridian Road. 

The social begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m.  

Kate Parks Schaefer, South Coast Office director of the Coastal Conservation League, will present a brief update on the potential annexation of Bay Point Island by the Town of Hilton Head Island and attempted development.

The main topic will be spade fish. Local Capt. Wally Phinney of Sea Wolf Charters will discuss techniques about locating and landing Spade Fish.

In related news youth angler Olivia Gibson Loveless won the monthly $50 weigh-in drawing sponsored by Chris Butler at Butler Marine.

Guests are welcome and you do not need a reservation. For additional information, contact Capt. Frank Gibson at 843-522-2122 or email