Sports briefs for August 18th-24th

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Local football games to be televised

WHHI-TV has released its 2016 high school football lineup.

The Covert Aire High School Football Bowl Series will kick off Friday, Aug. 26, when first-year program May River visits crosstown rival Bluffton.

WHHI is available on Hargray Channel 8 and Channel 418 HD, Time Warner Cable Channel 3 and Channel 1230 HD as well as online at WHHITV.com.

The schedule is:

Aug. 26: May River at Bluffton
Sept. 2: Beaufort at Bluffton
Sept. 9: John Paul II at Hilton Head Prep
Sept. 16: Hilton Head at Bluffton
Sept. 23: Bluffton at Whale Branch
Sept. 30: Thomas Heyward at Hilton Head Christian
Oct. 7: Battery Creek at Bluffton
Oct. 14: Ridgeland-Hardeeville at Battery Creek
Oct. 21: Battery Creek at May River Or Stall at Hilton Head
Oct. 28: Hilton Head at Beaufort Or Hilton Head Christian at Hilton Head Prep
(Schedule subject to change)

GOLF

Nimmer finishes third in South Carolina Amateur

Clemson University senior golfer Carson Young fired a final round 70 to win the South Carolina Amateur for the second time.

Clemson sophomore Bryson Nimmer finished at 287, one-under-par, to finish in third place. Nimmer is a Bluffton native.

“The key for me was putting the ball in the fairway and making a couple of 15-20 foot putts each round,” said Young, who was a first-team All-ACC selection on the course and in the classroom this past year for the ACC Champion Tigers.

Nimmer was only the third Clemson freshman to be named ACC Freshman of the Year. He joined D.J. Trahan and Kyle Stanley, two current PGA Tour players.

The talented Nimmer is a second generation Clemson golfer. His dad, Tony Nimmer, started for the Tigers from 1980-83.

Tony Nimmer was the first Clemson golfer to record three top 10s in the ACC Tournament. He finished sixth in 1981, 1982 and 1983.

Bryson Nimmer was ranked No. 134 by Golfweek and No. 149 by Golfstat entering the NCAA National Tournament. He was a Dean’s List student for the spring semester with a 3.60 GPA.

The younger Nimmer led Hilton Head Christian Academy to the state 3A Championship by 30 shots in 2013. He was named to the all-state team, won the 2013 Jimmy Self Invitational and captured the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour’s Charleston Junior Open.

COLLEGE CHEERLEADING 

Sophomore season awaits Beaufort High graduate

Beaufort High School graduate Victoria Settlemire excelled throughout her freshman year at Coastal Carolina University. Settlemire is a member of the Coastal Carolina University cheerleading squad. She is headed into her sophomore season at CCU.

At Beaufort High School, Settlemire was a competition team captain. She was a South Carolina Lower State Champion as a senior.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL 

Cook concludes her freshman season at CCU 

Beaufort High School graduate Mari Cook concluded her freshman season at Coastal Carolina University as a member of the Chanticleers’ softball team in late-spring.

Cook appeared in 14 games for the Coastal Carolina University softball program during the 2016 season, making five starts.

A standout both on the field and in the classroom, Cook was named to the Coastal Carolina University Dean’s List in Fall 2015.

At Beaufort High School, Cook was named 4A All-State at the conclusion of her junior season after batting .345 with 32 hits, eight doubles, seven homeruns and 22 RBIs.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Bluffton High School graduate battling back with Gamecocks

Bluffton High School graduate Shameik Blackshear is battling back from an injury with the University of South Carolina football program.

A second-year defensive end, Blackshear was limited to two games in 2015 while battling back from a knee injury he suffered during his senior year of high school.

He did not participate in the South Carolina football team’s spring drills while recovering from injuries sustained in an off-season incident.

In 2015, Blackshear played in two games, seeing action against Central Florida and Missouri. Blackshear was credited with one solo tackle and one assisted tackle in the game against Southeastern Conference (SEC) rival Missouri. The former Bluffton Bobcat petitioned and received a medical redshirt.

Blackshear was a talented defensive end who graduated from Bluffton High School in 2015. He played for Coach Ken Cribb and the Bobcats. Blackshear missed half of his senior season at Bluffton High School with a knee injury. He was selected to play in the Under Armour All-America game in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Delaney named to STATS Defensive Player of the Year Watch List 

The Citadel junior defensive back Dee Delaney is included on the STATS Defensive Player of the Year Watch List.

Delaney is a Whale Branch Early College High School graduate. He has excelled throughout his career with The Citadel football program.

The watch list includes 22 athletes from across the country, only four defensive backs and just two from the Southern Conference. Delaney has already been selected as a Preseason All-American by STATS and Athlon Sports and is a first-team Preseason All-Southern Conference selection by the conference’s coaches.

In 2015, Delaney was named a Walter Camp All-American, first-team STATS All-American and a second-team All-American by the Associated Press and College Sports Madness. The Beaufort native also earned the College Football Performance Awards Elite Defensive Back Award and was a first-team All-Southern Conference selection.

COLLEGE SOCCER

Hilton Head trio set to start season for CSU

Three Hilton Head Island High graduates are set to take the field in their final seasons for the Charleston Southern University women’s soccer program..

A captain in 2015, Nikki Schoning was a Nike Challenge 1 All-Tournament Team selection. Jordan Haughton-James played in 13 matches at defender during the 2015 season. Kelsey Fitzhugh was a Nike Challenge 2 All-Tournament Team selection.