Recreation briefs, Dec. 23: Smith Stearns pair honored

info@islandpacket.comDecember 30, 2012 

Smith Stearns Tennis Academy students Hampton Drake and Hayley Carter were honored as USTA South Carolina award winners earlier this month.

Hampton was named the Boys Player of the Year, while Hayley received the Wilton McKinney Award for "outstanding play, exemplary sportsmanship, positive attitude, dedicated work ethic and community/school support."

Award winners are chosen based on their accomplishments during the year and are recognized during the USTA S.C. Annual Meeting, which was held Dec. 7-10 in Aiken.

Hampton Drake has compiled a 105-34 career record and is ranked No. 1 in South Carolina, No. 3 in the Southern Section, and No. 25 nationally.

Carter, one of the top junior players in the country, holds a record 14 titles at the S.C. State Closed Qualifying Tournament and has won several national titles. She will attend the University of North Carolina in 2013 on a tennis scholarship.

Hennessey wins Jingle Jingle 5K

Hilton Head Island High School junior Colton Hennessey won the 21st annual Hilton Head Hospital Jingle Jingle 5K Run and Health Walk on Saturday on the Hilton Head Hospital Campus and Main Street.

Three hundred eighty-five runners completed the event, which benefited Citizens Opposed to Domestic Abuse.

Hennessey, 17, finished in 16 minutes, 34 seconds, besting Bluffton's Seth Tucker, 26, by 11 seconds. Hennessey finished fourth at this season's Class 3-A cross country championship, earning all-state honors.

Savannah 40-year-old Michelle Lafleur was the top female finisher at 18:08.

Hilton Head Island's Jose Hernandez, 42, and Janice Magnin, 44, won the male and female masters divisions, respectively.

Alumni football coming to Beaufort Co.

Gridiron Alumni is hoping to hold several full-contact alumni football games in the area for alumni of local high schools. It has previously held full-pad alumni games in Georgia, West Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Louisiana.

This year, according to a release, Gridiron Alumni is targeting some of the biggest rivalries in the nation for it's Gridiron Alumni Rivalry Series. The company hopes to pit old football rivals against each other one more time.

Players are needed to sign up and the first 40 on each team get to play. Players register according to which high school they graduated from.

The team that gets 30 people registered first gets home-field advantage.

The games would be held in early spring. Interested players can register at

Details: Chris at 530-410-6396 or

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