Sports briefs for October 26th-November 1st

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Three BA players earn All-Region honors

Beaufort Academy volleyball players Alyssa Patrick, Amelia Huebel and EmilyAnn Hiers have earned All-Region honors. Photo courtesy of Beaufort Academy.
Beaufort Academy volleyball players Alyssa Patrick, Amelia Huebel and EmilyAnn Hiers have earned All-Region honors. Photo courtesy of Beaufort Academy.

Beaufort Academy has announced that three of its varsity girls’ volleyball players were included on the 2017 SCISA Class AA Region IV Volleyball All-Region Team. Alyssa Patrick was named First Team while Amelia Huebel and EmilyAnn Hiers earned Second Team honors.

Beaufort Academy Head Coach Donna Patrick was also named SCISA All-Region Coach of the Year. 

Patrick had recorded 314 attacks, 146 kills, 91 digs, eight blocks and 36 aces through Beaufort Academy’s first 20 matches. The productive Patrick switched from setter to outside hitter this season.

Huebel had posted 295 attacks, 124 kills, 31 digs, 21 blocks, 130-of-139 serves, compiled a 94 percent serving ratio and delivered 18 aces for the Eagles. She is in her first full season as a middle hitter for the accomplished Beaufort Academy volleyball program.

Hiers, a setter/outside hitter, had registered 198 assists, 222 attacks, 81 kills, 76 digs, 12 blocks, 224/231 serves, compiled a 95 percent serving ratio and logged 22 aces for the Eagles through the initial 20 matches in her first season as a setter after making the move from outside hitter.

BA advanced to the SCISA 1A championship match: Beaufort Academy continued to win in the SCISA Class 1A Volleyball State Tournament on Oct. 21, shutting out both Patrick Henry Academy and Cathedral Academy to advance to the state championship match.

The Eagles prevailed after winning all three of their matches on Oct. 20.

Beaufort Academy topped Patrick Henry 2-0 (25-7, 25-19) and blanked Cathedral Academy 2-0 (27-25, 25-22) on Oct. 21 as it earned the right to compete in the state title match.

With the win, Beaufort Academy advanced to meet Mead Hall in the state title match in Sumter on Oct. 23. Results of that match were not available at press time.

Beaufort Academy shuts out John Paul II

Beaufort Academy shut out John Paul II 3-0 in a high school volleyball match on Oct. 17. 

The Eagles edged John Paul II 25-23 in the opening set of the high school volleyball match. 

Remaining out in front in the second set, Beaufort Academy beat John Paul II 25-17. 

The Eagles held off a late charge from John Paul II in the third set, winning 30-28. 

Alyssa Patrick delivered nine kills, 20 digs and two aces for the Eagles. 

Helping to lead Beaufort Academy to the win, Courtney Kirberger finished 14-of-14 on serves while registering 13 assists, 10 digs and two kills.


Battery Creek beats May River, 31-20

Battery Creek pulled away to beat new rival May River 31-20 in a Region 8-3A football game on Oct. 20. 

With the win, Battery Creek improved to 4-5 overall and 2-2 in the Region 8-3A. 

May River dropped to 2-6 overall and 1-2 in the region with the loss. 

The Dolphins aren’t scheduled to be back in action on Friday, Oct. 27. Battery Creek is slated to start competing in the postseason next week. 

May River is scheduled to face Wade Hampton in a regular-season finale on Friday, Oct. 27. 

Battery Creek produced offensively throughout the region matchup. A pair of players went over 100 yards in the victory. 

Trey Booth rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns in the Dolphins’ victory.

Jordan Gywn passed for 106 yards and rushed for two touchdowns in Battery Creek’s win. 

Battery Creek remained in the win column after defeating host Ridgeland-Hardeeville 44-18 on the road one week earlier. 

Prior to Oct. 20’s game, May River had beaten Ridgeland-Hardeeville 34-8 in its most recent outing on Oct. 6.

The Dolphins have posted additional wins over Whale Branch and Calhoun County thus far in the 2017 season. Battery Creek has dropped games to Swansea, Beaufort, Hilton Head Island, Wade Hampton and Bluffton. 

The Dolphins will look to carry momentum from the regular-season over into the postseason when the playoffs kick off during the first week of November. 

Whale Branch captures Region championship 

Whale Branch is home to another region champion. Determined Whale Branch beat Garrett Academy Tech 49-6 on Oct. 20 to win the Region 6-2A football championship. 

The Warriors, under the direction of head coach Jerry Hatcher, excelled both offensively and defensively throughout the regular-season matchup. Victorious Whale Branch also thrived on special teams during the prep gridiron battle. 

With the win, Whale Branch improved to 4-4 overall and 4-0 in Region 6-2A.

Garrett Academy Tech dropped to 3-5 overall and 2-2 in the region with the loss. 

Numerous Whale Branch players stepped up on each side of the ball and on special teams. 

Jamel Moultrie led the Whale Branch defensive effort with four interceptions. Moultrie nearly tied a state record. The state record for interceptions is five.

Leading the Warriors offensively, Irvin Mulligan rushed for four touchdowns. Mulligan was able to help lead Whale Branch as the Warriors set the tone early. 

Jaheem Hazel aided the Whale Branch offensive attack, scoring two touchdowns for the Warriors. 

Along with the victory over Garrett Academy Tech, Whale Branch has notched wins against Woodland, North Charleston and Academic Magnet. 

Whale Branch is slated to face familiar foe Burke for a regular-season finale on Friday, Oct. 27. 

Beaufort drops game to Cane Bay

Beaufort suffered its second straight loss on Oct. 20 as visiting Cane Bay pulled away to win 49-33 in a late-regular-season high school football game.

Longtime rivals, Beaufort and Cane Bay met for a region matchup.

With the loss, Beaufort slipped to 6-2 and 3-1 in the region.

Cane Bay improved to 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the region with the win. 

The Eagles remained in the loss column after opening the 2017 season 6-0.

Kris Copeland led Cane Bay to the win, rushing for 309 yards and five touchdowns on 22 carries. 

Determined Cane Bay came out strong in the second half, scoring two quick touchdowns to stretch its lead out of Beaufort’s reach. 

The Eagles weren’t without some highlights in the late-regular-season high school football matchup, especially on the offensive side. 

Jeffrey Smith led the Eagles offensively, scoring three touchdowns. 

Beaufort remained in the loss column following a setback to Berkeley one week earlier. Berkeley beat the Eagles 23-14 on Oct. 13.

Beaufort has posted wins over Wando, Battery Creek, Bluffton, May River, Stall and Colleton County thus far in the 2017 season.

The Eagles are slated to visit Hilton Head Island for a regular-season finale on Friday, Oct. 27.


Aldred named new BA girls’ soccer coach 

Steve Aldred has been named the new head coach of the Beaufort Academy girls' soccer team. Photo courtesy of Beaufort Academy.
Steve Aldred has been named the new head coach of the Beaufort Academy girls’ soccer team. Photo courtesy of Beaufort Academy.

After an incredible 15 years of coaching girls’ varsity soccer, David Byrne has stepped down as Beaufort Academy head coach. Steve Aldred is set to guide the Beaufort Academy girls’ soccer team as its new head coach in the spring.

“It is with a mixture of emotions that I announce I will not be coaching the girls’ varsity soccer team this upcoming season. I feel fortunate to teach and coach at an amazing school where I have had the opportunity to work with students in so many different capacities. My work with the soccer program, spanning 15 years, has easily been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. In addition, we have developed a strong program that has experienced much success, most notably winning state championships in 2010, 2013 and 2017,” stated Byrne.

In 15 years as the varsity girls’ soccer head coach at Beaufort Academy, Byrne represented the school with the highest of integrity and character. He had an excellent run as head coach, winning three state championships and sending three players – Miranda Weslake, Sissy Mungin and Meredith Andrepont Anderson – on to play collegiate soccer.

“It’s obviously hard to step down after you put 15 years of your heart and energy into building a strong program,” said Beaufort Academy Athletic Director Neal McCarty. “We take pride in the fact that David’s efforts and success have left our girls’ soccer program better off and in good hands.” 

Aldred, with nearly 30 years of soccer coaching experience, currently holds the UEFA ‘A’ Coaching License, the Futsal License and the AFC Goalkeeping License. 

As a player, Aldred played for professional soccer clubs Fulham and Crystal Palace in England during the early 1980s at youth and reserve level before taking up soccer coaching that led to full-time coaching positions in England, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Hong Kong, China, Australia and the United States.

“I am very much looking forward to working with our talented girls here at Beaufort Academy, and I am excited about developing our program to compete at the highest level,” said Aldred.


Beaufort blanks Bluffton, 6-0 

Beaufort blanked Bluffton 6-0 in a girls’ high school tennis match on Oct. 17.

Complete results from the Beaufort-Bluffton girls’ tennis match follow. 

Beaufort 6, Bluffton 0 – Singles: McKenzie Daniel def. Rachel Riley 6-3, 6-0; Morgan Louw def. Lydia John 6-2, 4-6, 12-10; Kirsten Stone def. Rachel Richardson 6-2, 6-1; Sophie Bellomy def. Serena Lynn 6-0, 6-0; Lucy Bruns def. Anastasiya Antsyferova 6-0, 6-1. 

Doubles: Caroline Louw/Lucy Aydelette def. Alex Davis/Olivia Boshan 6-1, 6-1.


Running fundraiser to benefit Hopeful Horizons

Grounded Running is celebrating its 12-month anniversary by running for a cause. It will host “Hours for Hope” to benefit Hopeful Horizons from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4.

People can support owner Tim Waz as he runs for 12 hours to raise donations, with 100 percent of the proceeds going directly to Hopeful Horizons.

To donate, visit

Grounded Running is a running specialty store to help you achieve your running and walking goals. It is located at 864 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort. Call 843-986-4523.

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