Sports briefs for June 22nd-28th

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HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL

Beaufort standout Coolong named All-Star

Beaufort High School standout Krislynn Coolong is among three area student-athletes who have been named SCACA North/South softball All-Stars. 

Coolong led the Beaufort High School softball team throughout the 2017 season. 

Along with Coolong, Bluffton’s Jordyn Parker and May River’s Taylor Gleason have been named All-Stars by the state coaches association.

Coolong, Parker and Gleason will play for the Class 3A/4A South team. Class 5A/2A/1A squads will also compete in upcoming event. Marlboro County’s Rutus Jackson and Swansea’s Marty Mack will coach the Class 3A/4A South team. 

The statewide All-Star games started on June 13. 

PRO BASKETBALL

Brooks continues coaching career in Australia

Beaufort native Kevin Brooks is continuing his coaching career overseas. Brooks is an assistant coach of the Adelaide 36ers in the National Basketball League (NBL) in Australia.

Brooks was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round as the 18th pick of the 1991 NBA Draft. Following a trade to the Denver Nuggets, Brooks played in 126 games from 1991-1994.

After his NBA stint and stops with minor league teams in the United States and Argentina, Brooks played in Australia, first for the Adelaide 36ers. His professional playing career also took him to Sweden. 

His playing career included being a two-time NBL Champion, an NBL Grand Final MVP and All-NBL First Team. 

PRO FOOTBALL

Brown signs one-year deal with Redskins 

Beaufort native Zach Brown has signed a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins. Brown, an inside linebacker, signed with the Redskins earlier in the year. 

The Beaufort native was named to the Pro Bowl for the 2016 NFL season, in which he played for the Buffalo Bills. He finished the season with 149 tackles (97 individual, 52 assisted), four sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles. 

Brown started in the Buffalo Bills’ season-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens and finished the game with a total of eight tackles, four being solo. The following week, Brown made a career-high 14 tackles in a 37-31 loss to the New York Jets. On Oct. 2, 2016, Brown collected a career-high 17 tackles in a 16-0 victory over the New England Patriots.

The Beaufort-born Brown was also named All-Pro Second Team in 2016. 

Brown is set to suit up for his third NFL team. 

The Tennessee Titans drafted Brown with the 52nd pick of the 2012 NFL Draft. He spent 2012-2015 with the Titans. 

Through 2016, Brown had recorded 410 tackles, 14 sacks, four forced fumbles, seven interceptions and two defensive touchdowns. 

PRO BASEBALL

Heesch signs with Sussex County

Former University of South Carolina Beaufort pitcher Michael Heesch signed with the Sussex County Miners of the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball (Can-Am League) in May. 

A native of Riverview, Fla., Heesch is a left-handed pitcher. 

Thus far in the 2017 season, Heesch has appeared in five games, making four starts. Heesch has recorded 11 strikeouts in 25 innings for the Miners. 

The Can-Am League is made up of the following teams: Sussex County Miners, New Jersey Jackals, Ottawa Champions, Quebec Capitales, Rockland Boulders and Trois-Rivieres Aigles. 

COLLEGE SOCCER

BA grad Weslake to return for Tigers

Five NCAA Sweet 16 teams from 2016, including three that advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight, are on the slate for the Clemson University women’s soccer team in 2017. 

The schedule was announced by head coach Eddie Radwanski.

Radwanski and his staff have helped return the program to national prominence

Among the returnees for the Clemson women’s soccer team is sophomore Miranda Weslake, a Beaufort Academy graduate.