Sports briefs for January 19th-25th

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BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Beaufort Academy tops Colleton Prep

Jalen Moon scored a game-high 20 points to lead Beaufort Academy past Colleton Prep 77-39 on Homecoming on Jan. 13.

The Eagles notched their sixth consecutive victory. Beaufort Academy improved to 9-2 overall and 4-1 in the region with the win.

Four different Eagles reached double figures in the scoring column. Accompanying Moon in double figures for the Beaufort Academy boys’ basketball team, Dawson Coleman contributed 15 points, Kevin Williams scored 14 points and Luke Harper added 12 points.

In all, eight different Beaufort Academy players broke into the scoring column.

The Eagles entered the week with regular-season games remaining versus Hilton Head Christian Academy, Hilton Head Prep, St. Andrew’s, Faith Christian, Thomas Heyward Academy, John Paul II, Coastal Christian Prep, Bethesda Academy and Colleton Prep.

Beaufort Academy is slated to visit Mount Pleasant for a late-season game versus Colleton Prep on Feb. 7.

In a game played earlier in the week, Beaufort Academy toppled visiting Coastal Christian Prep 81-31. More on the Beaufort Academy-Coastal Christian Prep boys’ basketball game follows.

Beaufort Academy 81, Coastal Christian Prep 31: Beaufort Academy pulled away to beat Coastal Christian Prep 81-31 in a regular-season boys’ high school basketball game on Jan. 11.

The win allowed Beaufort Academy to improve to 8-2 overall and 3-1 in the region.

Luke Harper poured in a game-high 30 points to lead the Eagles to the convincing victory. Accompanying Harper in double figures for Beaufort Academy, Kevin Williams netted 21 points,

Jalen Moon and William Lindsay each finished one field goal short of reaching double figures, scoring eight points apiece for the Eagles in the triumph.

Harper leads Eagles past Bethesda Academy

Luke Harper scored 22 points to lead Beaufort Academy over Bethesda Academy 66-64 in a boys’ high school basketball game on Jan. 10.

Familiar foes, Beaufort Academy and Bethesda Academy swapped leads during the contest.

Beaufort Academy players continue to take the floor with heavy hearts. BA coaches, administrators, faculty and staff members and fans are also thinking about an individual that has been sidelined. The Eagles notched their second straight win with head coach Chip Dinkins still recovering after having heart surgery.

Beaufort Academy featured four scorers in double figures. Dawson Coleman netted 17 points and Kevin Williams posted 16 points for the Eagles. Another Beaufort Academy player, Jalen Moon, tallied 10 points for the Eagles in the hard-fought victory.

The Eagles owned a 27-21 lead at halftime. Beaufort Academy had to hold on late for the win. The Eagles led 48-37 heading into the final quarter.

Beaufort Academy players are competing under the direction of assistant coach Izell Sutton, who has been filling in for Dinkins during his absence.

Immanuel Davis paced Bethesda Academy with 21 points. Accompanying Davis in double figures for Bethesda Academy, James Moore posted 18 points and Trevon Pray added 11 points.

Bethesda Academy fared well both offensively and defensively during the contest. Beaufort Academy, however, persevered to post the all-important win. The Eagles were determined throughout the regular-season game against the rival from nearby Savannah.

With the win, Beaufort Academy improved to 7-2 overall and 3-1 in the region.

Whale Branch levels Academic Magnet

Whale Branch rolled past visiting Academic Magnet 56-21 in a boys’ high school basketball game on Jan. 13.

With the win, Whale Branch improved to 12-4 overall and 3-0 in the region.

Academic Magnet dropped to 7-10 overall and 1-2 in the region with the loss.

Whale Branch dominated throughout the contest against Academic Magnet.

The Warriors started strong and never faltered. Whale Branch led 28-12 at halftime and carried a commanding 43-15 lead out of the third quarter.

Three Whale Branch players reached double figures in the scoring column and another Warrior narrowly missed reaching double digits. Kenny Brown paced Whale Branch with a game-high 15 points. Joining Brown in double figures for the Warriors, Cam Miller scored 11 points and Xyion Youmans posted 10 points. George Delaney barely missed reaching double figures, netting nine points for the Warriors in the winning effort.

Whale Branch thrived both offensively and defensively. On the defensive end, Whale Branch recorded 20 steals, making it tough for Academic Magnet to produce offensively.

Behind a game-high 12 points from English Laserna, Academic Magnet defeated Whale Branch 35-31 in a girls’ basketball game.

With the setback, the Whale Branch girls’ basketball team dropped to 2-11.

The Academic Magnet girls’ basketball team improved to 13-3 with the victory.

Whale Branch nets win over North Charleston

The Whale Branch Warriors pulled away to beat the North Charleston Cougars 53-42 in a boys’ high school basketball game on Jan. 10. Whale Branch claimed its six straight victory.

With the win, Whale Branch improved to 11-4 overall and 2-0 in the region.

North Charleston had a two-game winning streak halted. Prior to suffering the setback, North Charleston had notched back-to-back wins over Branchville and Academic Magnet. The Cougars were 2-0 in the new year after exiting 2016 on a three-game losing skid.

Cam Miller led the Warriors with a game-high 19 points. Miller excelled for the Warriors in each half of the regional boys’ basketball matchup.

Mo Hollis led North Charleston with 12 points. Hollis was the only North Charleston player to reach double figures in the scoring column.

The Whale Branch’s boys’ basketball team’s six-game winning streak included additional wins over Swansea, Byrnes, Beaufort High, Woodland and Bluffton.

GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Lady Eagles fall to Stall in double OT

The Beaufort High Lady Eagles came up short in a bid to beat Stall in a region girls’ basketball game early last week. Visiting Stall, an opponent from Charleston, outlasted the Beaufort High Lady Eagles in double overtime, prevailing 49-44 in double overtime.

With the loss, Beaufort High dropped to 10-5 overall and 0-1 in the region.

Stall featured three scorers in double figures. Diamond Phillips paced Stall with 14 points. Accompanying Phillips in double figures, Ja’miya Fox scored 12 points and Zahria Chilsom chipped in 11 points.

Beaufort High wasn’t without some highlights in the win. Terrayah Williams, one of the state’s most underrated girls’ high school basketball players, led Beaufort High with a triple-double, scoring 11 points, grabbing 15 rebounds and recording 10 blocks.

Beaufort High also featured three scorers in double figures as Imari Smalls and Naijuia Moyd contributed 10 points apiece.

Aiding the Beaufort High scoring attack, Janiyah Lynch added six points.

Stall completed a come-from-behind effort to notch the win.

The Lady Eagles surged ahead early and led at the conclusion of each of the first three quarters. Starting strong, Beaufort High outscored Stall 18-1 in the first frame. Beaufort High led 23-11 at halftime and carried a 34-25 lead out of the third quarter. Stall outscored Beaufort High 12-3 in the final quarter to force the game into overtime. The two longtime rivals were deadlocked 42-42 at the conclusion of the first overtime.

FISHING

Year-round fishing tournament underway

The Beaufort Sportfishing & Diving Club’s Year Round Annual Fishing Tournament is entering its 12th year.

Beginning this month every angler who enters the tournament by weighing in eligible species will be entered into a monthly drawing for a $50 prize.

The hosts for the Annual Year Round Fishing Tournament, Port Royal Landing Marina and Beaufort Boat & Dock Supply, will be sponsoring the first quarter’s prize money.

Each month the name of the angler will be recorded when the fish is weighed in at the Port Royal Landing Marina during working hours. The following month, all of the names will be drawn out of the hat at the Fishing Club’s monthly meeting.

The winners will be notified before the monthly meeting and requested to attend or send a representative. However, if they so desire, their prize money can be donated to the Waddell Mariculture Center that the Beaufort Sportfishing & Diving Club supports each year for development and research for the local fisheries. This new addition to the tournament will hopefully help increase participation while the focus still remains on promoting fishing opportunities in the Lowcountry.

Rules and regulations for the tournament can be found at most fishing tackle dealers, marinas and seafood stores throughout Beaufort County. Additional information is on the BSFDC’s website at www.beaufortfishingclub.com.

BIATHLON

Sea Island Rotary Club biathlon coming March 11

Hurricane Matthew cannot hold the Sea Island Rotary Club down from bringing runners and paddlers a spectacular event at a different, but great, new location.

As many are aware, Hunting Island State Park is currently closed and the trails being the last to be reopen after post hurricane repairs.

So, the 2017 SIRC race location will be held in and around Port Royal on Saturday, March 11.

The race will begin at The Sands with kayaks and paddleboards paddling about 6 miles on the waterway separating Port Royal and Parris Island Recruit Depot. Following the paddle, runners will be entertained by an approximately 4-mile run complete with challenges.

Participants can go solo, relay (one paddler and one runner) or team (tandem kayak with both paddling and running).

For more information, visit www.huntingislandbiathlon.com.