Sports briefs for March 9th-15th

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GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS

Tennis standout named 4A Player of the Year 

Beaufort High School standout McKenzie Daniel has been named the 4A Tennis Player of the Year. 

Daniel, an eighth-grader, currently has a seventh-place USTA-South Carolina Ranking. Her USTA Southern Ranking is 93rd and she is ranked 308th nationally. 

At the state singles tournament, Daniel earned All-State honors by placing sixth in the state. She finished as the top 4A Player in South Carolina, earning 21 wins this season.

Daniel was the number one player in 4-A, Region 8 – finishing as the individual region champion. She was named Beaufort High School’s Most Valuable Player. 

BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS

Beaufort Academy wins first region match

Beaufort Academy hosted St. Andrews on Monday, March 6, for its first region match this spring. BA won 5-1, no doubles matches were played.

No 1 singles William Lindsay lost; No. 2 James Carden won 6-3, 6-2; No. 3 Daniel Richards won 6-3,6-1; No. 4 Lawrence Lindsay won 6-3, 6-1; No. 5 Jeffrey Hiestand won 7-5, 6-2; and No. 6 Kevin Williams won 6-2, 6-1.

BA is 1-1 overall and 1-0 in region play after losing its first match at May River High School last week. The team plays against Battery Creek High today.

BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL

Beaufort Varsity team beats Bluffton High

Beaufort High School varsity boys’ baseball team beat Bluffton, 7-4. Rome Wallace was the winning pitcher, who also had 3 RBIs and a triple.

Other standout players include Kyle Torrey, Cooper Woods, and Drew Luckey. 

Beaufort JV defeats Colleton by 10+ points

Beaufort High School JV Baseball Team beat Colleton 14-3 on Monday, March 6. 

Kaiden Grissom, Jacob Anderson, Brooks Brown, and Brendon Bowersox each had one hit. Brown had 2 RBI’s and Bowersox saw 4 RBI’s. Jayden Morrison pitched 2.1, 3 strikes, while Bowersox pitched 2.1 with 4 strikes.

BOYS’ HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Garay invited to play in All-Star game

Beaufort High School senior Matt Garay has been invited to play in the 2016-17 edition of the North/South All-Star basketball game. 

Garay, a 6-foot-7 standout, received an invitation to play for the South team in all-Star game at Lexington High School on March 18 at 3 p.m.

A longtime leader for the Beaufort High School varsity boys’ team, Garay averaged 15.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game during his senior season. He led the basketball squad to an 11-11 record and a third-place finish in Region 8-4A.

HIGH SCHOOL TRACK AND FIELD 

Eagles tie for third in Hornet Invitational

The Beaufort High School boys’ track and field team finished tied for third at the Diamond Hornet Invitational in Columbia over the weekend. 

A total of 41 teams from across the state competed in the early-season track and field meet. Beaufort High and Spartanburg shared third place with 43.5 points apiece.  

Lower Richland posted 53 points to capture the meet title. 

Reggie Jones paced the Beaufort High boys’ track and field program, placing second in the pole vault, third in the 110 hurdles, sixth in the 400 hurdles, and helping the 4×400 relay team place third. The relay team also featured Kyliek Middleton, Phabian McDomick and Chase Cohee. 

In all, Beaufort High boasted three top-three finishes.

Dexter Ratliff finished third in the discus with a throw of 121 feet; Corey Witter turned in a 119 feet throw to finish fifth in the discus; while Demond Gaillard cleared 6 feet to place fourth in the high jump.

GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER

Beaufort Eagles outlast Battery Creek, 3-1

The Beaufort High girls’ soccer team beat visiting Battery Creek 3-1 in an early-season match on Friday, March 3.

Beaufort High claimed its second consecutive win in the young 2017 season.

The Eagles used a balanced offensive attack to beat longtime rival Battery Creek. Heiley Hernandez, Olivia Crisologo and Maggie Crisologo scored one goal apiece. 

Defensively, goalkeeper Anna Fossberry limited Battery Creek’s offensive charge by delivering seven saves. 

GIRLS’ HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE

Beaufort High drops match to Bluffton 

The Beaufort High girls’ lacrosse team struggled to keep up with the opposing Bluffton High School squad in an early-season match on Wednesday, March 1. Bluffton pulled away to beat Beaufort High 14-2. 

Alyssa Martinez and Sarah McMullen netted one goal apiece for Beaufort while defensively, Maile Paulmeier recorded 12 saves for Bluffton.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Delaney to transfer to University of Miami 

Whale Branch High School graduate Dee Delaney is transferring to the University of Miami. Delaney is set to graduate from The Citadel in May and will attend the University of Miami as a graduate transfer. 

Delaney was a first-team STATS All-American for the second straight season. He has also been voted a Walter Camp All-American, a first-team All-American by the Associated Press and College Sports Madness and a first-team All-Southern Conference performer by the conference’s coaches and media for his performance this year. The junior from Beaufort recorded 35 tackles, six interceptions, eight pass breakups and one fumble recovery in 2016. His interceptions total tied for third on The Citadel’s single-season list, and his 14 total passes defended tied for fourth in a season in program history. Delaney’s six interceptions ranked first in the Southern Conference and tied for third in FCS in 2016, and his passes defended total ranked second in the SoCon.