Sports briefs for February 21st

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BA girls roll into semifinals

Beaufort Academy’s girls blazed into the SCISA 1A semifinals with a 59-29 rout of Richard Winn Academy on Monday in Sumter. 

EmilyAnn Hiers scored 20 points, Amelia Huebel added 17, and Shanese Bostick had 10 to lead the Eagles to the blowout win. 

BA breezed through the first round with a 59-33 win over Holly Hill Academy on Friday. Huebel scored 21 points, Hiers added 20, and Bostick had eight.

BA (16-8) will face Dorchester Academy in the semifinals at 6 p.m. Thursday at Wilson Hall in Sumter. 

Coleman tops 1K, BA boys advance

Dawson Coleman surpassed 1,000 career points while leading Beaufort Academy’s boys to a 69-59 win over South Aiken Baptist in the first round of the SCISA 1A state tournament Saturday. 

Coleman led the Eagles with 20 points, pushing him past the 1,000-point mark. David Mathai added 15 points and Jaylen Reeves had nine for BA.

The Eagles (13-10) were scheduled to face top-seeded Richard Winn Academy in the second round at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wilson Hall in Sumter.

Whale Branch boys fall in 2nd round

The Whale Branch boys saw their season come to a close with a 62-40 loss to Gray Collegiate Academy in the second round of the Class 2A playoffs Saturday in Columbia. 

RaeQuan Brisbane scored 15 points and Shawn Chisolm added 10 lead the Warriors.

The Warriors advanced to the second round with a 70-63 home win over Kingstree on Wednesday. JaQuan Watson scored 17 points to lead four Warriors in double figures. Chisolm added 14 points, Shemar Williams scored 13, and Nick Pringle had 12.

Whale Branch finishes the season with a 14-9 record. 

BA announces new girls soccer coach

Beaufort Academy has announced Bruce Marroquin will take over the varsity girls soccer program after Steve Aldred stepped down after one season at the helm. 

Marroquin is a certified NFHS coach, coming to Beaufort Academy from the YMCA with 28 years of experience playing soccer.  

“Bruce is going to bring great energy and expertise to the position,” BA athletics director Nick Field said. “He has a great background as a player and is quickly becoming a big name in the community for his investment in the sport.”  

Marroquin will be assisted by Taylor Dunphy and former longtime head coach David Byrne. 

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