Sports briefs for July 21st-27th

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Hamilton returns to guide Battery Creek 

A familiar face is back on the Battery Creek High School football sidelines.

Veteran head coach Fred Hamilton has returned to the top of the Battery Creek High School football program. Hamilton has been hired to guide the Dolphins in the 2016 season, returning to coach a program he mentored earlier in his career.

The experienced Hamilton replaces Jim Shuman, who resigned in March. Shuman vacated his head coaching position with the Dolphins in March to aid his ailing parents.

Hamilton guided Battery Creek to its first playoff win in 2001 during his stint with the program. He guided the Dolphins from 1999-2002. Hamilton took the Dolphins to the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, compiling a 20-28 record. Hamilton left Battery Creek to coach the West Ashley football program.

MEN’S COLLEGE GOLF 

Nimmer excels as freshman for Tigers  

Bluffton native Bryson Nimmer, a Hilton Head Christian Academy graduate, thrived throughout his freshman season for the Clemson University men’s golf team.

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. Miller was also named first-team All-ACC. He is only the fourth Clemson freshman to earn the conference honor.

Nimmer played in seven tournaments for the Tigers, finishing second at the individual tournament for the Puerto Rico Classic.

The No. 1 prospect in South Carolina according to the SCJGA, Bryson Nimmer was ranked No. 46 nationally by Junior Golf Scoreboard and No. 33 in the class of 2015 by Golfweek.

COLLEGE BASEBALL

Thorpe concludes season with Lander University 

Beaufort High School graduate Matt Thorpe wrapped up his junior season with the Lander University baseball program in the spring.

Thorpe, a right-handed pitcher, appeared in 12 games and posted an 0-1 record for the Bearcats in the 2016 season. He pitched 10.1 innings with an 8.71 ERA and seven strikeouts.

A standout student-athlete, Thorpe thrived throughout his college career, excelling both on the field and in the classroom at Beaufort High School.