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Photo above: Battery Creek’s Clinton Taylor backhands the ball against Beaufort Academy’s Daniel Richards. Taylor won the first then lost the next two sets in this the best-of-three competition. Photos by Bob Sofaly.

Beaufort Academy Freshman Daniel Richards defeated Battery Creek's Clinton Taylor after grueling match 4-6, 7-5, 10-7.
Beaufort Academy Freshman Daniel Richards defeated Battery Creek’s Clinton Taylor after grueling match 4-6, 7-5, 10-7.

The Beaufort Academy Eagles increased their winning streak to 9-2 overall after defeating the Battery Creek High School Dolphins 7-1, on Tuesday, April 6, at BA.

The last singles match of the day pitted BA Freshman Daniel Richards against Clinton Taylor, a junior at BCHS. Richards, BA’s no. 3 singles player, lost the first set to Taylor 4-6, but came away with the win after winning the best-of-three sets. BA tennis coach Larry Scheper said his boys were playing very well and had won some challenging matches. “We beat the defending state champions recently. That was tough.”

The Eagles’ weren’t as lucky when they travelled the next day to face no. 1 ranked Hilton Head Prep on Thursday, April 7. Hilton Head Prep managed a 5-3 win and needed a pair of doubles wins to beat Beaufort Academy. The Hilton Head Prep doubles teams of Rodney Sturgis/Justin Williams and Max Marko/Thor Pullon both prevailed in the boys’ high school tennis match.

In singles competition, Sturgis, Pullon and Justin Perez posted wins for the Hilton Head Prep boys’ tennis team. Daniel Richards, Mitchell Russell and Jack Staley notched singles wins for the Beaufort Academy boys’ tennis program in the short effort.