High School Basketball

New Zealand girls team visiting Beaufort County high schools this week

Beaufort Academy hosts Ruapehu College today, HHCA hosts on Monday

info@islandpacket.comDecember 8, 2012 

A couple of area girls basketball teams will be getting a taste of the Southern Hemisphere, starting this weekend.

A team from Ruapehu College, a high school in Ohakune, New Zealand, will visit the Lowcountry to face Beaufort Academy and Hilton Head Christian Academy today and Monday, respectively.

The team is coached by Jerry Jordan, who used to work at Hilton Head Preparatory School. His girls raised $80,000 to make the trip from New Zealand's North Island.

Beaufort Academy athletics director Michael Millwood said he had no idea what kind of team Ruapehu is, except that they brought only eight players for today's game, which tips off at 4 p.m.

"Four on a Saturday is a good time," Millwood said. "It gives people a chance to have their day, and it doesn't interfere with their evening. We're expecting all of our faculty and staff to be here."

Doing their best to make the Ruapehu girls feel at home, the Eagles have divided their student body -- roughly 275 students -- in half, with one half cheering for the home team, while the other will cheer for the New Zealand club. They'll even play New Zealand's national anthem before the game starts.

After Saturday's game, the Eagles are hosting the Ruapehu girls for dinner at one of their homes. Millwood said the girls from Ruapehu would then spend Monday at the school, visit classes and will teach some PE classes.

"Were excited to be doing this," Millwood said. "It's a great experience for our girls."

Ruapehu will move on to face Hilton Head Christian at 4 p.m. Monday.

Want to go?

  • Ruapehu College (New Zealand) girls basketball at Beaufort Academy, 4 p.m. today

  • Ruapehu College (New Zealand) girls basketball at Hilton Head Christian Academy, 4 p.m. Monday

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