Prep notes, Aug. 25: Stephanie Cox takes reins as Battery Creek softball coach

sfastenau@beaufortgazette.comAugust 23, 2013 

Stephanie Cox

Stephanie Cox wants a buzz about the Battery Creek High School softball program.

She wants current players excited to play and for the enthusiasm to draw more participation. The plan will start with some continuity.

The Dolphins have cycled through a number of coaches in recent years -- Cox will be the fourth in four seasons. The 23-year-old former Battery Creek assistant was hired as head coach this month and expects to stick.

"I look forward to being at Battery Creek for as long as theyll have me," Cox said. "I want to build a reputation at the school. I want to build a program that future players are excited to join."

Cox, a 2007 Beaufort High School graduate, played softball for the Eagles and on a travel team and played at USC Aiken before returning to Beaufort. She coached local recreation teams, for Lady's Island Middle School and was a Dolphins' assistant during the 2012 season under Lydia Williams.

"Softball is such a passion of mine," she said. "It fits. I'm honored it worked out the way that it did."

Cox replaces interim coach Richard Jarrett, a former Dolphins junior varsity coach. The Dolphins reached the playoffs their first season in Class 2-A, going 1-2.

Battery Creek athletics director John Drafts said he looks forward to having a coach in place for the long-term.

"She brings the expertise and enthusiasm we are looking for to build our program," he said.

JACKETS OFFER PINCKNEY

Whale Branch sophomore defensive lineman Nyles Pinckney is humble and focused, according to teammates.

And Pinckney said his focus would remain on the field while the interest from colleges continued to pick up. The task should become more and more difficult.

The 6-foot-2, 275-pound tackle received his third offer when Georgia Tech called Wednesday. Pinckney also has offers from fellow ACC schools Clemson and North Carolina.

Whale Branch coach Jerry Hatcher said a Yellow Jackets' coach had called throughout the week.

"I figured that's what it was building up to," Hatcher said.

The Warriors coach said Georgia Tech is also interested in junior lineman Treyvon Bryan.

BEAUFORT HIGH ANNOUNCES TICKET INFO

Beaufort High School is selling sports passes for the upcoming school year.

The "early bird special," is $135 until Sept. 6 and includes two adult passes and one football stadium parking pass.

After Sept. 6, a family pass is $250 and includes a football parking pass. A since adult pass is $80 until Nov. 4. A student pass for grades 6-12 is $40 until Nov. 4. A pass for students kindergarten through fifth grade is $15 for the year.

Students can join the "Kirkland Krazies" pep squad for $10 and receive a T-shirt and reduced admission at each regular-season game.

Single-game tickets for the football and basketball regular season are $7. Admission for the Bluffton football game and Battery Creek basketball game is $8.

Admission for all other varsity sports is $6. All junior varsity and "B" team tickets are $5.

Children under 5 are free.

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