Prep Roundup, May 2: Hilton Head Prep to play for SCISAA tennis title

sports@islandpacket.comMay 2, 2013 


Hilton Head Prep 6, Wilson Hall 0: Competing without No. 1 player Andrew Schafer, the Hilton Head Prep boys tennis team easily advanced to the SCISAA Class 3-A championship match, where they will meet a familiar foe.

Led by Jared Woodson's win at No. 1, the Dolphins swept all six singles matches against Wilson Hall. No doubles matches needed to be played.

Porter-Gaud awaits the Dolphins (10-2) in the final, which will be played either Friday or Monday at a neutral site. The Cyclones have won two of the past three state titles, while Hilton Head Prep was the champion two years ago.

Schafer might not be back for the state title match. He is playing in a USTA Pro Circuit event in Vero Beach, Fla., having won four matches to qualify for the main draw.

"We need Andrew to win," Hilton Head Prep coach Clint Van Aswegan said, noting that Porter-Gaud won their last matchup, 5-4. "If we don't have Andrew, we have no shot. That's not just me being pessimistic."

"I'd like him not to be back Friday -- for him," Van Aswegan said. "If he gets through, I'll be thrilled for him."

However, Van Aswegan said that Porter-Gaud wasn't opposed to pushing back the championship match to Monday if it would give Schafer a chance to return.

Singles: No. 1 Jared Woodson def. Thomas Brown 7-5, 6-2; No. 2 Colton Lavery def. Craig Davis 7-6, 6-2; No. 3 Amit Kohli def. Tradd Stover 6-1, 6-1; No. 4 Jack Kelly def. Hunter Hendricks 6-1, 6-4; No. 5 Matt Kandel def. Pierce Thompson 7-5, 7-5; No. 6 Angelo Carrabba def. Chandler Stone 6-1, 6-7, 10-7

Porter-Gaud 5, Hilton Head Christian Academy 2: The Eagles saw their season end in the semifinals of the SCISAA Class 3-A playoffs, losing in Charleston to one of the state's traditional tennis powers.

Charlie Drake and Ben Likins picked up the two points for Hilton Head Christian (7-6), winning at No. 2 and No. 3 singles. Drake finished his high school career without a playoff loss, while Likins hasn't lost in the playoffs in the last two seasons.

No. 1 player Hampton Drake played through a wrist injury, but wasn't able to slow down Porter-Gaud's Thomas Spratt.

The Cyclones advance to the SCISAA state final, where they will face either Hilton Head Prep or Wilson Hall.

Singles: No. 1 Thomas Spratt (PG) def. Hampton Drake 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Charlie Drake (HHCA) def. Seth Pinosky 6-2, 6-4; No. 3 Ben Likins (HHCA) def. Payne Hoy 6-3, 6-1; No. 4 Connor Grady (PG) def. Alex Likins 2-6, 7-5, 10-6; No. 5 Brant Fenno (PG) def. Cameron Clark 6-0, 6-3; No. 6. Foster Moe (PG) def. Walker Wood 6-1, 6-0

Doubles: No. 3 Moe/Cross Tolliver (PG) def. A. Likins/Clark 6-1, 6-1


St. James 11, Hilton Head Island 2: The Seahawks surrendered more runs than in any game this year, falling to the Sharks in the Class 3-A District VII playoffs and ending their season.

After giving up a total of 32 runs in the previous 22 games, Hilton Head Island gave up three runs in the first and five more in the third to fall into an eight-run hole to start the evening. Six of the runs came off starter Ryan Cherry, who lasted just two innings.

Storm Grisham, Aaron Facenda and Michael Perez each went 1 for 3 to lead the Seahawks, who managed just three hits.

Hilton Head High finishes the season 16-6.

Latta 10, Whale Branch 0: The Vikings scored six earned runs on eight hits off starter Jay Delaney on the way to eliminating the Warriors from the Class 1-A Distirct VIII playoffs.

Nik Nederman was 1 for 2 with a double, Dee Delaney was 1 for 2 with a single and Malik Fields stole two bases for the Warriors.

Whale Branch finishes the season 8-8.


Fort Dorchester 2, Bluffton 1 (PK): The Bobcats lost in a penalty kick shootout, leaving their playoff hopes in the hands of Summerville. If the Green Wave knock off Ashley Ridge on Thursday, Bluffton (10-10 overall, 4-6 Region 8-AAAA) will get into the Class 4-A playoffs.

Davis Rosenbloom scored early in the first half on a penalty kick for Bluffton's only goal.

Fort Dorchester won the shootout, 4-2.

Bluffton goalkeeper Kevin Millan made six saves.

Bluffton 3, Airport 2 (Tuesday): Omar Govea scored two goals and Akeel Crooks had the other, as Bluffton won its first match ever at Airport.

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