High School Roundup, Sept. 17: Hilton Head Island High School boys top SC cross country poll

sports@islandpacket.comSeptember 18, 2013 

In the first regular-season South Carolina Track and Cross Country Coaches poll, the Hilton Head Island Seahawks boys cross country team is first among Class 3-A schools and No. 1 across all classifications.

The Seahawks have two runners in the top 10, as well. Colton Hennessey is fifth, while Cisco Ferre ranks seventh.

Hilton Head is No. 2 among Class 3-A girls.

Also ranked is Hilton Head Prep at No. 9 in the SCISAA Boys poll.


Hilton Head Prep 8, Ashley Hall 1: Hilton Head Prep's unbeaten streak stands at 20 matches, dating back to the state final of 2011. Prep (6-0, 3-0) will play Hilton Head Christian Academy at 4 p.m. Thursday at the Sea Pines Racquet Club.

Singles: 1. Mariana Gould (HHP) def. Linsey Yarbrough 6-0, 6-0; 2. Sydnee Wheeler (HHP) def. Ana Lei Kalawe 6-0, 6-1; 3. Ellie Czura (HHP) def. Gyles Laney 6-0, 6-3; 4. Ellie Zimmermann (HHP) def. Tiffany Dye 6-0, 6-0; 5. Taylor Childress (HHP) def. McCrae Nistad 6-0, 6-0; 6. Katie Rankin (HHP) def. Courtney Schnorr 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles: 1. Wheeler/Childress (HHP) def. Yarbrough/Kalawe 8-1; 2. Rankin/Cori Leonard (HHP) def. Laney/Dye 8-6; 3. Ginna Wallace/Avery Saunders (AH) def Alyssa Marotta/Charlotte Ruhlin 8-1.

Woodland 6, Battery Creek 1: Kayla Stewart earned the lone win for the Dolphins at No. 5 singles.

Now 1-2, Battery Creek travels Thursday to Bishop England.


No. 1 -- Courtney Simmons (W) def. Victoria Moyha 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 -- Emily Floyd (W) def. Katie Harris 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 -- Maia Wilson (W) def. Jade Cituk 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 -- Yuko Kiojimoto (W) def. Brieanne Healle 6-0, 6-2. No. 5 -- Kayla Stewart (BC) def. Blair Floyd by forfeit;


No. 1 -- C. Simmons/Floyd def. Jade/Stweart 8-0; No. 2 -- Meghan Simmons/Angel Schuler (W) def. Courtney Hershberger/Jocelyn Thompson 6-0, 6-2.

Hilton Head Christian 6, Bluffton 0: The Eagles notched their second shutout of the season to improve to 4-0.

Hilton Head Christian visits Hilton Head Prep at 4 p.m. Thursday.


No. 1 -- Madison Dillon (HHCA) def. Justin Wilson 6-1, 6-1; No. 2 - Catherine Campbell (HHCA) def. Cooper Baxter 6-1, 6-3; No. 3 -- Monica Bundy (HHCA) def. Anna Rathke 6-3, 6-2; No. 4 -- Kate Bennett (HHCA) def. Angie Castillon 6-4, 6-2; No. 5 -- Meredith Inglis (HHCA) def. Moriel Williams 6-2, 6-3.


No. 2 -- Berrigan/Bauer (HHCA) def. Biershank/Wilson 6-4, 7-6.


Pinewood Prep 3, Hilton Head Prep 0: Pinewood Prep swept the Dolphins, 25-18, 25-19, 25-20.

For Hilton Head Prep, Taylor Kent had two blocks and seven kills, Deia Hunt had two blocks and five kills, Carley Willey turned in four aces and Riley Brown had three kills.

The Dolphins (1-9) host St. Andrew's at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Bluffton 2, Summerville 0; Bluffton 2, Effingham Co. 0: In their first home match of the year, the Bobcats downed Summerville 25-6, 25-7 and Effingham County (Ga.) 25-7, 25-8.

"This was the best in 10 years I've ever seen our team play," Bobcats coach Al Stern said. "Five or fewer errors a game between serve and spikes are conisdered a perfect game. We had a total of seven (errors) for four games. The girls just played so well, tonight. So smart, really played well."

Bluffton hosts (9-7, 1-0) Savannah Country Day and Glynn Academy at 5:30 p.m.

The Bobcats competed last weekend in the Volleyball at the Beach Tournament at Glynn Academy in Brunswick, Ga.

The Bobcats played all Georgia teams and finished third out of 10 teams with a mark of 4-2. Bluffton beat South Effingham 25-14, 25-13; Mt. Paren Christian 25-16, 25-18; Peachtree Ridge 22-25, 25-11, 25-20; and Camden County 25-7, 26-24. Bluffton lost to Etowah 25-23, 19-25, 10-15 and Hebron Christian Academy 25-22, 19-25, 10-15.

JV: Bluffton 2, Effingham Co. 0

Thomas Heyward 3, Bible Baptist 0: The Rebels downed the Braves 25-16, 25-16, 25-21 to move to 4-5, 2-1 in region.

Victoria Quick led the way with eight kills, three aces, 11 digs, and an assist. Haylee Wade added three aces and nine digs, Shelby Best had 10 kills, two blocks, and two digs, Hailey Malphrus made 14 assists with three digs, two kills, and 11 of 11 serving. Jamie Davis added 10 assists for the Rebels, who host Colleton Prep at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Hilton Head Island 2, Orangeburg-Wilkinson 0; Hilton Head Island 2, James Island 0: The Seahawks pulled off two sweeps, led by Sierra Davis' 13 kills and four blocks.

Brantley Herrington added 12 kills and two blocks, Hannah Edelman had nine kills and four aces, Mallory Lewis had nine kills and two blocks, Claire Kent had 10 kills and three blocks and Renee Homad tallied 48 assists.

Whale Branch 3, Denmark-Olar 0: The Warriors blanked rival Denmark-Olar 25-13, 25-14, 25-8. Among the top players for Whale Branch are Shay Jiles (kill, four aces), Rietta Salters (two kills, three aces), Shaniqua Johnson (five kills, nine aces), Kemoni Jenkins (five kills, six), Olivia walker (six kills, five aces), Jonae Riley (two kills, 12 aces) and Renee Smalls (three aces).

Hilton Head Christian 3, St. Andrew's 0 (Monday): The Eagles knocked off previously unbeaten St. Andrew's (8-1), 25-7, 25-11, 25-14, combining for 40 kills in three sets.

Stevie DeSimone led the way with 18 kills and four aces, while Amber Hubbard added six kills. Hannah Reynolds had 27 assists and four Denmark-Olar people.

Lilly Strickland had three kills, two aces and 13 assists. Kerry Davis (four kills), Meccay Nimmer (3 kills), Andy Anderson (11 digs), Bria McCarthy (1 kill, 2 aces ) and Alyssa Whitehead (one kill) contributed for the Eagles (6-5). They host First Baptist at 5 p.m. Wednesday.


Aiken Invitational: Bluffton finished second among 14 teams at the tough Woodside Plantation Course. Lexington was the winner with a 306. Bluffton shot 326, led by Kasidy Beckel's 76.

Klyie Nizolek (78), Brandi Hammonds (79), Kathryn Thorne (93) and newcomer Rachel Wohn (102) rounded out the Bluffton lineup.

Bluffto's next match is 36 holes Saturday and Sunday, sponsored by the SCWGA, at the Sanctuary Golf Club at Cat Island.


Lowcountry Middle School Cross Country meet: Beaufort County's 10 schools/clubs will be competing at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the old course in Royal Pines Plantation -- roughly 160 boys and girls from fourth grade to eighth grade competing in the 5K distance.


Beaufort High's B team is set to kick off at 6:30 Thursday at Beaufort High.

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