Sports briefs for July 27th-August 2nd

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Eagles to kick off season versus Wando 

The Beaufort High football team will host Wando for its season opener on Friday, Aug. 18. Kickoff for the Beaufort-Wando football game is set for 7:30 p.m.

Additional teams on Beaufort’s 2017 football schedule include Battery Creek, Bluffton, Whale Branch, May River, Stall, Colleton County, Berkeley, Cane Bay and Hilton Head. 

The Eagles, under the direction of veteran head coach Mark Clifford, concluded the 2016 season 8-4 overall and 3-2 (third) in their league.

Beaufort High’s junior varsity team finished 9-1 in 2016. 

The Beaufort High football team entered the preseason scheduled to welcome back 13 starters. Eight offensive starters and five defensive starters are poised to return for the Eagles. 

Top players back for the Beaufort High football team include senior running back Kyleik Middleton, senior cornerback Reggie Jones and junior safety Jeffrey Smyth.

The Eagles compete in AAAA, Region 8. 

COLLEGE SPORTS 

Wills named to conference honor roll

The Citadel was represented by 174 cadet-athletes on the 2016-17 Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll, 44 more than last season’s 130. Beaufort native Raven Wills was among the honorees. A Battery Creek High School graduate, Wills is headed into her senior year at The Citadel.

The Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll consists of student-athletes at member institutions who achieve at least a 3.0 grade-point average for the academic year while being a member of the final squad list during their sport’s traditional season. Recipients must have been eligible to compete throughout the entire academic year. In addition to being on the team, 40 Bulldogs earned the Commissioner’s Medal for completing the academic year with a grade-point average of 3.8 or higher.

The Southern Conference champion football team led all Bulldog sports with 44 cadet-athletes recognized on the team, the third-highest total among football teams in the SoCon. Soccer, track and field and volleyball all tied for the top women’s sport with 13 honorees each. Men’s track and field produced 31 honorees and baseball placed 20 on the team. Rifle and wrestling each had 11 on the Academic Honor Roll, while tennis had eight and golf and basketball each had five honorees. 

Fifteen Bulldogs earned a perfect 4.0 GPA for the 2016-17 academic year. The football team led the way with five perfect grade-point averages, a mark earned by Jonathan Dorogy, Gregory Pappas, Myles Pierce, Lee Riley and Will Vanvick. 

Joe Bove, Holton Lane and Noah Nawabi produced perfect academic years for the men’s tennis team, and the men’s track and field team was represented on the 4.0 list by Charles Braddock and Jackson Butkus.

Kyle Smith from baseball, Carla Bruce from volleyball, Sara Winch from golf, two-time defending SoCon javelin champion Mady Riegel from soccer and women’s track and field and wrestler K.C. Braddock also had 4.0 grade-point averages in 2016-17.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Rentz nearing start of junior season 

Beaufort High School graduate Tyler Rentz is set to enter his junior season with the University of Mount Union football program. Rentz is an offensive lineman for the Raiders. 

The Beaufort High School graduate played in nine games along the Mount Union offensive line and was on the Raiders’ playoff roster during the 2016 season.

As a freshman at Mount Union in 2015, Rentz played in five games along the offensive line and was on the playoff roster. 

Rentz is a Computer Science major. He earned multiple honors during his time at Beaufort High School including being named Offensive Lineman of the Year.  

Rentz played under head coach Mark Clifford at Beaufort High School. 

COLLEGE EQUESTRIAN

Bushey headed into sophomore campaign 

Beaufort High School graduate Alyson Bushey is a member of the College of Charleston equestrian team. Bushey’s positions on the College of Charleston equestrian squad are Advanced Walk/Trot/Canter. 

A Beaufort native, Bushey contributed for the College of Charleston equestrian program as a freshman during the 2016-17 schoolyear. Bushey graduated from Beaufort High School in 2016. She competed in Interscholastic Equestrian Show (IEA) for four years.

Bushey entered her freshman year at the College of Charleston in 2016 with an undeclared major. 

The College of Charleston equestrian team finished sixth in the nation at the Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association (IHSA) 50th Anniversary National Championship Horse Show held at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Savannah College of Art & Design won the national championship, while Centenary University claimed the reserve national championship.