Sports briefs for November 9th-15th

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Beaufort High falls to Myrtle Beach 

Host Myrtle Beach proved to be too much for Beaufort High in the opening round of the Class 4A State Playoffs. Myrtle Beach managed to pull away to beat visiting Beaufort High 46-7, defeating the Eagles convincingly in an early postseason high school football game on Nov. 3. 

With the loss, Beaufort High ended its season 8-3.

Myrtle Beach advances to the second round of the Class 4A State Playoffs with the win. 

The Beaufort High football team was forced to play from behind in each quarter. Dominant Myrtle Beach was able to convert early and often offensively. 

Homestanding Myrtle Beach excelled throughout the postseason contest. Jermani Green paced Myrtle Beach on the ground, rushing for 121 yards and four touchdowns.

Myrtle Beach was able to thrive both on the ground and through the air. Leading a highly produictive aerial attack for the Seahawks, quarterback Lawson Cribb completed 12-of-23 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns. 

Beaufort High wasn’t without a few highlights in the season-ending loss as quarterback Jeffrey Smith completed 11-of-27 passes for 167 yards and one touchdown. Smith hooked up with Jamon Graham on a 70-yard scoring pass for the Eagles’ only touchdown in the early-postseason matchup. 

On the ground for Beaufort High, running back Kyleik Middleton was limited to 40 rushing yards. 

Following the victory over the Eagles, Myrtle Beach will face Lower Richland in the second round of the Class 4-A State Playoffs on Friday, Nov. 10.

Whale Branch battles back, beats Buford 

Whale Branch battled back from an 18-point deficit to beat Buford 30-27 in the opening round of the Class 2A State Playoffs on Nov. 3. 

With the win, Whale Branch improved to 6-4 and advances to host Batesburg-Leesville in the second round of the Class 2A State Playoffs. 

Buford suffered the season-ending loss after posting back-to-back wins. 

Whale Branch notched its fourth straight win after opening the season 0-4. Much-improved Whale Branch has a current win streak that consists of additional victories over longtime rivals Woodland, North Charleston, Academic Magnet, Garreatt Academy Tech and Burke. 

The Warriors fared well on offense, defensive and special teams. 

Providing a lift for the Warriors on special teams, kicker Jhonathan Diaz connected on three field goals. A 25-yard field goal from Diaz with 4:37 remaining allowed Whale Branch to take a 30-27 lead over Buford. 

Buford controlled the postseason high school football contest early, owning a 21-3 lead over Whale Branch in the first half. 

But the Warriors wouldn’t be denied the win. 

Two scoring runs from Irvin Mulligan and a touchdown pass from CJ Brown to Jamal Moultrie allowed Whale Branch to carry a 24-21 lead into halftime. 

Whale Branch owned a 27-21 lead but Buford answered with another touchdown. 

Persevering, the Warriors round up winning, thanks to Diaz’s third field goal of the game. Buford missed an extra point kick following its final touchdown.

Beaufort Academy levels Holly Hill 

The Beaufort Academy football team won easily in the opening round of the postseason and made history in the process. The Eagles leveled Holly Hill 43-6 on Nov. 3, claiming the first playoff win in Beaufort Academy’s history.

With the win, Beaufort Academy improved to 5-5 and will meet Wardlaw Academy in the semifinals of the SCISA 8-Man Division 1 Playoffs on Friday, Nov. 10.

Holly Hill ended its season 2-8 with the loss.

The Raiders had carried some momentum over into the postseason after upending St. John’s Christian Academy 26-18 on the road in a regular-season finale on Oct. 27.

Together, Deshawn Epps and Jax Spratling accounted for five touchdowns. 

Epps paced Beaufort Academy on the ground, rushing for 196 yards. The productive Epps also hauled in a 45-yard touchdown reception.

Spratling rushed 16 times for 103 yards for the Eagles in the victory.

Directing the Beaufort Academy offense, quarterback Dawson Coleman passed for 55 yards and rushed for 35 additional yards. Combined, Coleman delivered a pair of touchdowns for the Eagles in the winning effort.

Defensively, Beaufort Academy thrived, holding Holly Hill out of the endzone. The Holly Hill offense was held scoreless as Beaufort Academy prevailed.

Holly Hill scored its only touchdown on a fumble return on the game’s opening possession.

Several Beaufort Academy players provided a lift on the defensive side but none more so than Edward McCormick. The game’s leading tackler, McCormick delivered 15 tackles for the Eagles.

Spratling finished second behind McCormick in the Beaufort Academy defensive category, posting 12 tackles of his own.

Another Beaufort Academy player, Daniel Richards, delivered four tackles for losses and three pass breakups as the Eagles won convincingly.

Dolphins fall short versus Bishop England

The Battery Creek Dolphins couldn’t pull off a win on the road in the opening round of the postseason. Bishop England held on to win 32-26 over Battery Creek in the first round of the Class 3A State Playoffs on Nov. 3. With the loss, Battery Creek concluded its season 4-6.

Bishop England improved to 8-2 and advanced to the second round of the Class 3A State Playoffs with the win.

Quarterback Leo Albano led Bishop England to the win. Albano amassed 440 yards of total offense and four touchdowns to lead the Battling Bishops to the hard-fought win in the opening round.

The productive Albano rushed for three touchdowns and threw for another TD, hooking up with Chris Dangler on a scoring toss to allow Bishop England to carry a commanding 25-0 lead into halftime.

However, Battery Creek mounted a furious comeback. The Dolphins pulled to within two touchdowns in the second half as Bishop England clung to a 32-20 lead. Battery Creek was able to tack on a touchdown on the game’s final play.

Offensively for the Dolphins in the season-ending setback, quarterback Jordan Gwyn passed for 184 yards, rushed for 84 yards and had a hand in on four touchdowns.

In other area high school football games on Nov. 3, it was Whale Branch 30, Buford 27; Beaufort Academy 43, Holly Hill 6; Myrtle Beach 46, Beaufort High 7; Dillon Christian 35, John Paul II 0; Robert E. Lee 42, Hilton Head Christian 7; Timberland 12, May River 10 and Thomas Heyward 20, Christian Academy 14 (OT).

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

Battery Creek’s Lampkin named to All-State Team

A local high school volleyball player has earned an All-State honor. Battery Creek standout Ta’Quasia Lampkin has been named to the Class 3A All-State Team.

Another area high school volleyball player, Megan Briody of Bluffton, also earned an All-State nod in Class 3A.

The complete Class 3A All-State Team follows.

Class 3A All-State Team: MacKenzie Hayes, Crescent; Alexis Albright, Powdersville; Lexi Irby, Chapman; Whitley Kahler, Camden; Lexie Edwards, Gilbert; Berkley Causey, Aynor; Anna Warren; Ta’Quasia Lampkin, Battery Creek; Sydney Norton, Walhalla; Ally Waters, Palmetto; Haley Beck, Woodruff; Emily Alanis, Indian Land; Rebecca Lorimer, Strom Thurmond; Savanna Morris, Waccamaw; Gwen Conway, Bishop England; Megan Briody, Bluffton; Brianna Strobert, Swansea; Catherine Hardy, Powdersville.

HIGH SCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY

Beaufort’s Belden finishes 11th in meet

Marlon Belden finished 11th individually in the Class 4A Cross Country Meet at Sandhills Research Center on Nov. 4 to lead the Beaufort High School boys’ team to a sixth-place showing.

Boys’ and girls’ team and individual results from the Class 4A Meet follow.

Class 4A Girls

Team Scores: Daniel 41; Hilton Head 57; Eastside 95; AC Flora 109; Wren 152; Dreher 193; Travelers Rest 220; North Myrtle Beach 270; Blue Ridge 271; Greer 310; Chapin Cane Bay 345; Colleton County 354; Aiken 365; St. James 430; Beaufort 447; Westwood 457; South Aiken 458; Hartsville 461; Lugoff Elgin 555.

All-State: Mari Cagle Lockhart, Daniel 18:13; Ally Wilson Daniel 18:23; Hannah Twine, AC Flora 18:30; Tori Herman, Hilton Head 18:52; Isabel Muehleman, Hilton Head 19:00 Olivia Esselman, South Aiken 19:03; Madison Ellis, Eastside; Taylor Houston, Greer 19:12; Maren Sorber, Daniel 19:13; Pippa Richter, AC Flora 19:14; Eliza Sorber Daniel 19:17; Olivia Henn, Eastside 19:27; Kathleen Allden, Dreher 19:27; Cara Bognar, Eastside 19:28; Sarah Cooke, Hilton Head 19:28.

Class 4A Boys

Team Scores: Hilton Head 61; Eastside 66; Greer 137; Blue Ridge 146; Aiken 147; Beaufort 185; Daniel 185; AC Flora 223; Chapin 243; Wren 293; Darlington 303; Dreher 329; South Aiken 349; Travelers Rest 369; North Augusta 394; Cane Bay 428; St. James 474; Hartsville 475; Westwood 483; Berkeley 496.

All-State: Sam Gilman, Hilton Head 15:36, Noah White, Eastside 15:42; Coen Roberts, Greer 15:56; Ryan Moosbrugger, Hilton Head 15:57; Joshua Williams, Hilton Head 16:12; Zakiah Bassett, South Aiken 16:13; Jaden Kingsley, Chapin 16:17; Bruce Nation, Aiken 16:27; Mismeh Balawi, Daniel 16:32; Kyle Thompson, Blue Ridge 16:34; Marlon Belden, Beaufort 16:35; Luc Sanchez, Eastside 16:39; Austin Lane, Blue Ridge 16:40; Grayson Martin, Eastside 16:42; Barrett Broome, Blue Ridge 16:45

May River runner earns spot on bowl team

May River runner Madison Lewellen has been named to the Mike Moore South Carolina Shrine Bowl Run Team.

One of the area’s top high school runners, Lewellen finished 10th in the Class 3A Cross Country Meet to pace May River in a second-place finish.

Lewellen was one of 12 high school senior runners from across the state selected for the team. The team will run on Dec. 16,  the same day as the Shrine Bowl in Spartanburg.

A breakdown of the Shrine Bowl Run Team follows.

Girls: Carter Marchbanks (Riverside); Morgan Moseley (Mann); Sarah Taylor (Byrnes); Riley Stuart (River Bluff); Melea Sangl (Hanna); Megan Winningham (Ashley Ridge); Darrian Cole (West Florence); Lanie Knight (Rock Hill); Hannah Twine (A.C. Flora); Madison Ellis (Eastside); Madison Lewellen (May River); Mary Abbott (Walhalla).

Boys: Patrick Spychalski (Wando); Wynn Johnson (Dorman); Andrew Castano (Riverside); Thomas Sutcliffe (Lexington); Marlin Young (Riverside); Steven Andreen (Spring Valley); Brandon Poston (Sumter); Noah McLain (Dorman); Amir McCall (Spring Valley); Zack Kochert (Irmo); Colby Caviness (River Bluff); Alexander Umberg (Norman); Jeff Keene (Lexington); Drew Thomas (Boiling Springs); Logan Easterlin (Dorman); Dylan Adams (Stratford); Ethan Smith (Fort Mill); Brandon Wilson (River Bluff); Parker Calvert (Stratford); Hunter Whetstone (Lexington); Kyle Thompson (Blue Ridge); Bruce Nation (Aiken); Jacob Holcombe (Walhalla); Daniel Whitten (Southside)’ Jack Moody (Waccamaw); Chandler Stanley (Pelion); Elijah Stewart (Seneca); Brett Schlesinger (Academic Magnet); Seth Corey (Greer Middle College); Adam Lester (Liberty).