Sports briefs for December 21st-27th

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YMCA offers youth league basketball

The Wardle Family Y in Port Royal is offering youth league basketball for kids age 3-12. 

Registration is open now and play begins Jan. 13.

The cost per child is $55 for Y members and $70 for nonmembers. Register online at or stop by the Y front desk. Questions? Contact Mike Woods, sports coordinator, at or 843-522-9622.


Delaney invited to play in East-West Shrine Game 

Whale Branch Early College High School graduate Dee Delaney has been invited to play in the 93rd East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 20 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Delaney is a senior for the University of Miami football team. He has seen action in nine games with five starts for the Hurricanes. 

Delaney missed three games due to injury. He started and made his Miami debut in the Hurricanes’ season opener against Bethune-Cookman (Sept. 2) and posted seven tackles (six solo). The Whale Branch product made his second straight start in the secondary and recorded five tackles (four solo) in a win over Toledo (Sept. 23).

Delaney started and registered three tackles (two solos) and one PBU in a win at Duke (Sept. 29). He recorded the first interception of his Miami career and totaled six tackles (four solo) in a start on the road at rival Florida State (Oct. 7).

Delaney missed games against Georgia Tech (Oct. 14), Syracuse (Oct. 21) and at North Carolina (Oct. 28) due to an injury. He returned to the field versus Virginia Tech (Nov. 4). Delaney delivered three tackles and one tackle for a loss in a win over Notre Dame (Nov. 11).

The Whale Branch Early College High School graduate finished with six tackles and one-half tackle for a loss in a win over Virginia (Nov. 18). He saw action at Pittsburgh (Nov. 24) and started the ACC Championship Game against Clemson (Dec. 2), finishing with four total tackles (three solo).


Swim lessons available at Y

The Wardle Family YMCA, at 1801 Richmond Ave. in Port Royal, is offering group and private swim lessons.  

Group swim lessons are by age, starting at age 3 and are twice per week for four weeks. 

Winter 2018 group lesson registration is open now. 

The Y also offers private lessons for children and adults; Baby and Me classes; and for those wanting to increase endurance and perfect their technique, a stroke development class.  

All lessons are taught by certified instructors in the Y’s heated, indoor pool. 

Group lessons are $60 per person for Y members and $80 for nonmembers.  


Battery Creek cruises past Whale Branch

Kevea Sanders scored a game-high 24 points to lead No. 1 ranked Battery Creek past rival Whale Branch 64-34 in a girls’ high school basketball game on Dec. 16. 

The victory allowed the Dolphins to remain undefeated.

With the win, unbeaten Battery Creek moved to 9-0. 

Sanders was the only Battery Creek player to reach double figures in the scoring column. But multiple Battery Creek players delivered offensively. 

Jayden Thompson and Coresha Rutledge scored seven points apiece while Ta’Quasia Lampkin and Trezure Siplin netted six points each for the Dolphins in the convincing victory. 

After opening the season 7-0, Battery Creek was ranked No. 1 in the South Carolina Coaches’ Class 3A rankings. The Dolphins started the current campaign ranked 10th. 

In a boys’ high school basketball, Whale Branch beat Battery Creek 37-32. More on the Whale Branch-Battery Creek boys’ basketball game follows. 

Boys’ Basketball – Whale Branch 37, Battery Creek 32: Whale Branch held on to beat rival Battery Creek 37-32 in a boys’ high school basketball game on Dec. 16. 

The Warriors used a balanced offensive attack to earn the win. Xzavier Bryan led Whale Branch with a team-high nine points. 

Following Bryan in the Whale Branch scoring column, Rob Alston added seven points for the Warriors.

Trey Chancey paced Battery Creek with a game-high 11 points. 

Beaufort High teams split with MRHS squads

Beaufort High split a pair of basketball games with host May River on Dec. 12.

In a girls’ high school basketball matchup, Beaufort High held on to beat May River 44-37. May River defeated Beaufort High 77-49 in a boys’ basketball game. 

Girls – Beaufort High 44, May River 37: Beaufort High held on to beat homestanding May River 44-37 in a girls’ high school basketball game on Dec. 12.

The victory allowed the Eagles to halt a two-game losing skid. 

Darien Watkins led Beaufort High with a game-high 16 points. 

Chynna Sneed led May River with a team-high 13 points. 

Boys – May River 77, Beaufort High 49: Five players reached double figures in the May River scoring column as the Sharks defeated visiting Beaufort High 77-49 on Dec. 12. 

Isaiah Byam led the Sharks with a team-high 17 points. 

Daijon Galloway led Beaufort High with a double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing 12 rebound, both of which were game-highs. 

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