Beaufort High volleyball opened region play with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 26-24) win over Bluffton on Thursday, Sept. 6.
Coach Michael Dixon said the Eagles put together their best team effort of the season with sophomore outside hitters Hannah Merchant (15 kills) and Chase Vaigneur (13 kills) leading the attack. McCayla Willingham and Hailey Lamar each notched five kills and two blocks for the Eagles, and Olive Renforth and Madison Gallion added four kills apiece.
Beaufort traveled to Simpsonville on Saturday for the Hillcrest Tournament of Champions. The Eagles were competitive in every match but only came away with one victory. Lamar finished the day with 13 kills and was named to the all-tournament team. Merchant had 14 kills, Willingham added 13, and Vaigneur had 10. Setters Gallion and Zyaire Middleton dished out numerous assists and served well for the Eagles.
Beaufort Academy volleyball swept rival Thomas Heyward on Tuesday, Sept. 4, winning 3-0 (25-19, 25-13, 25-21).
Amelia Huebel led the Eagles’ attack with 13 kills and added two blocks, while EmilyAnn Hiers dished out 23 assists to go with seven kills, four aces, and two blocks. Alyssa Patrick anchored the defense with 23 digs and added five kills and two aces, and Gracie Cope contributed 15 digs, five kills, and three aces.
Beaufort High’s boys finished second and the girls were third among 11 teams at the Hilton Head Christian Academy Invitational on Saturday at Island Recreation Center.
Beaufort Academy’s girls finished fifth and the boys were seventh, while Battery Creek’s girls finished eighth and the boys were 11th.
Battery Creek’s Honoka Nakajima (100 fly, 100 free) was a multiple-event winner, and Beaufort High’s Lily Bostwick (50 free) also won an event. Beaufort High’s boys won the 200 medley relay, and Beaufort Academy had three swimmers qualify for the SCISA state meet — Michela Gianni (200 IM, 100 breast), Ashton Bell (50 free), and Eli Summa (200 free, 100 back).
HS Cross Country
Beaufort High’s boys finished 18th among 69 teams and Shannon Smith posted a top-five individual finish for the girls at the Coaches Classic on Saturday in Columbia.
Marlon Belden led the Eagles’ boys, finishing 15th with a time of 17:03, followed by Nash Mills (87th, 18:07), Maxwell Davis (151st, 18:50), Collin Durham (168th, 19:02), Charlie Bennett (176th, 19:07), and Eli Smith (323rd, 20:43).
Beaufort’s girls did not have enough runners to post a team score, but Smith finished fifth overall in 20:16, followed by Charlize Anita (65th, 22:51), Anna Brown (120th, 24:00), and Isabel Vega (153rd, 24:38).
Beaufort High’s girls golf team finished third in two matches last week.
The Eagles shot 229 to finish third among five teams at Golden Bear Golf Club on Sept. 4, as Izzy Stone fired a 42 to earn co-medalist honors. Amelia McKnight shot 60, followed by Chelsea Miley (61), Kyleigh Tokar (66), and Elissa Hopper (69).
Beaufort High posted a 224 on Sept. 6 at Pinecrest Golf Club. Stone paced the Eagles with a 44, followed by Hopper (59), McKnight (60), and Tokar (61).