Sports briefs for October 12th-18th

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BMH golf challenge open to players of all abilities


For the first time since its inception three years ago, the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Adaptive Golf Challenge will be open to both adaptive and able body players. 

This year’s event, which takes place Saturday, Oct. 21, at The Legends of Parris Island Golf Course, also will include a nine-hole scramble. 

“We wanted to create more inclusivity by having everyone play together,” said tournament organizer Steve Giammona, PT. “Able body golfers will have the opportunity to see how adaptive golfers are able to play the game.”

In the scramble, teams of four will be divided into flights based on their scoring level. They will compete as a team in their particular flight for first, second and third place.

“We’re going to have lots of prizes, from golf equipment to gift certificates to local restaurants,” said Giammona, a physical therapist at Beaufort Memorial. “Everyone will have the chance to win, no matter what their level of performance.”

Golfers also can compete as individuals in the skills challenge, featuring putting, chipping and straight drive contests. Adaptive carts and equipment will be available for adaptive players.

Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The $50 entry fee includes admission to all the challenges, goody bags and lunch. 

Proceeds from the event support the Adaptive Golf program, designed to help players who have suffered disabilities due to stroke, spinal cord injuries, TBI, neurological conditions or amputation return to an active lifestyle. 

For more information on the Adaptive Golf Challenge or to make a donation, contact Steve Giammona at 843-522-5850 or To learn more about the BMH Adaptive Golf Experience, visit or the Adaptive Golf Experience Facebook page. 

Sheriff’s office to hold annual tourney

The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is holding its Fall Golf Tournament on Friday, Oct. 27, at The Old South Golf Links to raise money for its Annual Appreciation Event. This event is held each year to thank its deputies, administrative staff and volunteers for their service throughout the year. 

To sign up, be a sponsor or donate, call Lt. Brian Baird at 843-255-3405 or email


Fishing, diving club to hold monthly meeting

The Beaufort Sportfishing and Diving Club’s October meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club on Lady’s Island off of Meridian Road. 

The social begins at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

John Satterfield, of the Beaufort Sail & Power Squadron, will speak on medical emergencies during boating activities that may save a life. Following, Drs. Jane Kokinakis and Rebecca Epstein from the Beaufort Eye Center will present ideas on how to protect your face and eyes while fishing. Graphic pictures will be viewed regarding hooks lodged in the eye and procedures to decrease further injuries.

In related news, Steven Bettilyon won the monthly $50 weigh-in drawing sponsored by Chris Butler at Butler Marine.


Beaufort Eagles KO Colleton County

Beaufort High remained unbeaten on Oct. 6, defeating Colleton County 47-38 in a mid-season high school football game.

With the win, unbeaten Beaufort moved to 6-0.

The Eagles were able to excel offensively throughout the gridiron matchup. Defensively, Beaufort made a big stop on more than one occasion to help secure the win. 

Kyleik Middleton led Beaufort to the win, rushing for three touchdowns. Middleton, a longtime leading rusher for the Eagles, broke free to score a touchdown late in the fourth quarter to allow Beaufort to claim the win and remain undefeated.

The Eagles enjoyed multiple leads before claiming the victory. 

Helping Beaufort to the win, quarterback Jeffrey Smyth passed for two touchdowns. 

Beaufort has regular-season games remaining versus Berkeley and Cane Bay. The Eagles are slated to host Berkeley on Friday, Oct. 13. 

Whale Branch outlasts North Charleston, 21-16

Host Whale Branch held on to defeat North Charleston 21-16 in a mid-season high school football game on Oct. 6.

With the win, Whale Branch improved to 2-4.

The Warriors remained in the win column one week after upending Woodland 20-14 on the road in Dorchester. 

Irvin Mulligan led homestanding Whale Branch on the ground, rushing for one touchdown.

Kyshon Hipp also scored as the Warriors won in the high school football region matchup. 

Longtime high school football rivals, Whale Branch and North Charleston are familiar prep gridiron rivals. 

Whale Branch posted its second region win after opening the season with four consecutive losses to Hilton Head, May River, Battery Creek and Bluffton. 

The Warriors have regular-season games remaining versus Academic Magnet and Garrett Academy Tech. Whale Branch is slated to visit Academic Magnet in North Charleston on Friday, Oct. 13. 

Beaufort Academy falls to Andrew Jackson Academy

Beaufort Academy slipped back into the loss column as Andrew Jackson Academy pulled away to win 36-16 in a mid-season high school football game on Oct. 6.

Determined Andrew Jackson Academy posted the convincing victory after clinging to a 14-6 lead in the third quarter. 

Beaufort Academy wasn’t without its share of offensive highlights during the gridiron matchup as several players contributed. 

Dawson Coleman led the Eagles offensively, throwing for 163 yards and rushing six times for 52 yards.

Jaxon Spratling added 67 rushing yards and two touchdowns on the offensive side for the Eagles.

Also contributing defensively, Spratling registered 14 tackles, second-most for the Beaufort Academy football team.

Edward McCormick led the Beaufort Academy defensive effort with 17 tackles.

Beaufort Academy dropped to 3-4 with the loss.

The Eagles have regular-season games remaining versus Coastal Christian Prep and Cathedral Academy. Beaufort Academy is slated to visit Coastal Christian Prep in Mt. Pleasant on Friday, Oct. 13.


Swim team registration extended to Nov. 2

The Wardle Family YMCA of Beaufort County has extended fall/winter season BYAC Swim Team registration through Nov. 2. 

Swim team evaluations will be held on an individual basis and the Y also offers swim pups for those youth whose skill level is in between swim lessons and Tiger Sharks competitive swim team. 

Interested swimmers should contact the YMCA of Beaufort County located at 1801 Richmond Ave. in Port Royal or call Lou Bergen, aquatics director, at 843-522-9622. Scholarship assistance is available for qualified applicants. 



Beaufort Academy blanks Thomas Heyward

Beaufort Academy blanked Thomas Heyward 3-0 in a high school volleyball match on Oct. 5. 

With the win, Beaufort Academy improved to 13-2. Thomas Heyward dropped to 5-1 with the loss. 

The Eagles excelled throughout the match, limiting familiar foe Thomas Heyward in each set. 

More than one player contributed for the Eagles in the victory. 

Emma Hincher led Beaufort Academy to the win, recording nine aces, four kills and 11 digs. 

Allison Suber followed, proving eight kills for the Eagles. 

Aiding in Beaufort Academy’s victory, EmilyAnn Hiers added 11 assists and five kills.

Both Beaufort Academy and Thomas Heyward are nearing the end of regular-season competition.

Beaufort drops match to Hilton Head Island 

Beaufort couldn’t get past longtime rival Hilton Head in a high school volleyball match. Instead, Hilton Head managed to outlast Beaufort 3-1 on Oct. 5.

Determined Hilton Head prevailed 25-22, 25-17, 28-30, 29-27 over the Eagles. 

Several players contributed for Beaufort in the loss. 

Leading Beaufort, Hailey Lamar posted 12 kills, two aces and three digs. 

Other key contributors for Beaufort were Lillian Sumner (three kills); Macy Purdy (two kills, 17 digs, six assists); Chase Vaigenur (nine kills, two aces, 10 digs); McCayla Willingham  (four kills, two digs); Hannah Merchant (four kills, two digs, six assists); Madison Gallion (two aces, 20 digs, 17 assists); Cheyanne Newberry (seven digs); Caroline Malphrus (26 digs); Catherine Coxwell (two digs) and Sarah Tanis (two assists).


Beaufort sweeps Colleton County

Beaufort swept a pair of girls’ tennis matches from Colleton County on Oct. 5. 

Results from the Beaufort-Colleton girls’ tennis matches follow. 

Match 1 – Beaufort 6, Colleton County 0

Singles: Makenzie Daniel (B) def. Anni Crook, 6-0, 6-1; Morgan Louw (B) def. Cami Crook, 6-3, 6-1; Kirsten Stone (B) def. Alicia Roberson, 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-5); Lucy Bruns (B) def. Daryn Horker, 6-2 6-3; Elizabeth Holloway (B) def. Taylor Virden, 7-5, 6-3. Doubles: Caroline Louw/ Lucy Aydelette (B) def. Megan Dewitt/ Matilyn Griffin, 6-0, 6-0.

Match 2 – Beaufort 6, Colleton County 0 

Singles: Makenzie Daniel (B) def. Anni Crook, 6-1, 6-0; Morgan Louw (B) def. Cami Crook, 7-5, 7-5; Kirsten Stone (B) def. Alicia Roberson, 6-4, 6-2; Lucy Bruns (B) def. Daryn Horker, 6-2, 6-1; Caroline Louw (B) def. Taylor Virden, 6-3, 6-0. Doubles: Jullianna Lane/ Grace Lubkin (B) def. Megan Dewitt/ Matilyn Griffin, 6-3, 6-1.

Beaufort Academy tops Hilton Head Prep, 5-1

Beaufort Academy beat Hilton Head Prep 5-1 in a girls’ high school tennis match on Sept. 26.

Hilton Head Prep claimed its lone win in the match in singles competition.

Results from the Beaufort Academy-Hilton Head Prep girls’ tennis match follow. 

Beaufort Academy 5, Hilton Head Prep 1

Singles: Olivia Rose Besecker (HHP) def. Jayda Scheper, 6-3, 6-2; Presley Jackson (BA) def. Abby Piduzzi 6-3, 6-4; Abby Dalton (BA) def. Jacqueline Lowrey 7-5, 6-3; Lydasia Prather (BA) def. Elizabeth Minton 6-1, 6-3; Mary Alden Cooper (BA) def. Charlotte Bayer 6-1, 6-2; Anshleigh Pingree (BA) won by default.


Pringle memorial walk to be held on Oct. 14

The Sixth annual J.T. Pringle Sr. Memorial Walk & Ride will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14. 

The event will begin at Lady’s Island Airport at 39 Airport Circle, Lady’s Island.

The bike ride will begin at 8 a.m. and the walk will begin at 9 a.m. A health fair will be held at the completion of the walk/ride.