Sports briefs for July 13th-19th

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Beaufort High graduate entering 2017 season 

Beaufort High School graduate Jason Senn is set to enter the 2017 college football season. Senn is a defensive back for the University of South Carolina football team.

A walk-on safety, Senn was added to the University of South Carolina football squad when the USC roster expanded in August 2015. As a redshirt freshman walk-on in 2016, Senn spent time on the scout team. He was named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll. In 2015, Senn was a walk-on who worked with the scout team in his true freshman campaign.

Senn played for head coach Mark Clifford at Beaufort High School, earning all-area honors.

South Carolina’s 2017 SEC opener is set. 

The annual battle for the Columbia Cup will take place on Saturday, Sept. 9, when the South Carolina Gamecocks travel to Columbia, Mo., to face the Missouri Tigers. The Gamecocks’ SEC opener is set for a 7 p.m. ETkick (6 p.m. local), and will be televised nationally on ESPN2.

Mizzou holds a slim 4-3 lead in the all-time series between the two SEC Eastern Division rivals. The Gamecocks won last year’s meeting by a 31-21 count at Williams-Brice Stadium. The teams have split two games in the Show-Me State, with Carolina winning by a 27-24 score in double overtime in 2013, and the Tigers posting a 24-10 win in 2015.

The Gamecocks will open the 2017 campaign on Saturday, Sept. 2, when they travel to Charlotte for a non-conference tilt with NC State. That contest was previously announced as a 3 p.m. kickoff on ESPN.

Game times and television networks for the Gamecocks’ remaining 10 regular season games will be announced at a later date.


SCHSL announces changes for school year

In June, the South Carolina High School League’s executive committee announced changes for the 2017-18 school year.

Items that will go into effect for the upcoming school year include:

• Removing the sanction of a fine for playing football on outside and school teams during the same season.

• Adding a week to the current middle school volleyball season.

The season would be extended from six to seven weeks and allow teams to schedule two matches a week instead of three to get their 14 matches in a season. The first date for contests would be Aug. 28.

• Allowing eligible football players who dress but do not participate in a varsity game to play in a sub-varsity game the following day.

• Requiring a minimum of seven wrestling weight classes for a school to compete in the duals playoff bracket.

• Requiring all head coaches — at all levels, including varsity, junior varsity and middle school — to be certified in CPR and AED training before the start of their sport’s season. All coaches will be required to be certified in CPR and AED training by the start of their 2018-19 season.

For a complete list of changes, visit Additionally, SCHSL’s new website went online July 1.


Beaufort Ospreys head into playoffs

American Legion Beaufort Post 9 Ospreys ended their regular season with 10 wins and two losses in their league play. 

They are now in the second round of Lower State playoffs.  

They hosted Horry County on July 12 and will play at Beaufort High School at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 13.

Games three and four of the best of five will be at Horry County on Friday, July 14, and, if needed, Saturday, July 15.

If a fifth game is needed, it will be back in Beaufort on Sunday, July 16 (time TBD).  The winner of this round will advance to the state playoffs in Sumter.

For more information, contact Osprey Manager Dean Adkins 843-252-1516 or Post 9’s John Chubb 757-414-1491.


Golf, tennis tourney raises funds for charity

Weichert Realtors-Coastal Properties, which has offices in Okatie, Hilton Head, Bluffton and Beaufort, is hosting its annual charity golf and tennis tournament at Oldfield Golf Club in Okatie.

Golfers will once again take to the course designed by golf legend Greg Norman, while others spend the day returning serves on the tennis courts. While doing so, each group will be supporting a fundraising event taking place Saturday, Aug. 26.

Since its inception in 2007, the annual golf and tennis outing organized by the South Carolina Weichert affiliate has raised close to $110,000. Proceeds from the event benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island and the First Tee of the Lowcountry.

Golf registration opens at 8 a.m. followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Tennis players can begin registering at 11 a.m. before taking the courts at 11:30 a.m.  

Space to play golf and tennis at this year’s event is still available along with sponsorship opportunities. For more information or to register, contact Maureen Richards at 843-341-3700 or email


Y Youth Flag Football registration open

Registration is underway for the YMCA of Beaufort County Y Youth Flag Football League. The league is for players ages 4-12. Play in the league begins the week of Aug. 28. 

For more information, contact the YMCA of Beaufort County via email at or by calling 843-522-9622. Registration is available online.

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