High Schools

Prep Roundup, Dec. 21: Brandon wrestlers win Seahawk Slam title

Ugly start for Seahawk Holiday Classic basketball tournament

sports@islandpacket.comDecember 22, 2013 

Hilton Head Island High School's Savannah Reier goes up for a shot during Saturday's game with Easley in the Seahawk Holiday Classic. The Seahawks won and will play Smyrna (Tenn.) on Sunday.

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WRESTLING

Seahawk Slam: Brandon (Fla.) High School, ranked in the top 10 in the country, flexed its muscles this weekend in the USMC Seahawk Slam in Savannah, running away with the team title while crowning nine individual champions Saturday.

Camden County (Ga.), the defending champion, finished a distant second in the 52-team tournament held at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center on Hutchinson Island.

Of the five Beaufort County programs participating, Beaufort High had the best performance. The Eagles finished in 21st place and had two wrestlers place -- Kentrell Seabrook and Jake Sharp. Seabrook took second at heavyweight, falling to White Knoll's Patton Gossett in the championship match. Sharp was fifth at 113 pounds.

Bluffton had one place-winner, 138-pounder Talon Seitz, who took third. The Bobcats finished 28th in the team standings.

Host school Hilton Head Island High finished 30th, getting a fifth-place finish from Martin Duane at 182 pounds.

Battery Creek was 37th, helped by Omar Daniels' seventh-place finish at 106 pounds.

Whale Branch was 38th. Heavyweight Max Ford finished in sixth place after an injury default.

BOYS BASKETBALL

Hilton Head Island High 2, Copper Basin (Tenn.) 0, forfeit: The final game of the first round of the annual Seahawk Holiday Classic turned ugly, with Copper Basin pulling its team off the floor in the third quarter after some heated exchanges between both teams' players.

The Copper Basin squad has withdrawn from the rest of the tournament, but Brookland-Cayce has volunteered to field a second team to keep an even number of teams in the boys bracket.

With the score 31-28 with 4:36 left in the third quarter, the game devolved into a barrage of technical fouls, flagrant fouls and ejections.

"I've never been part of anything like that," Hilton Head High coach Ken Updike said. "I feel bad. It got emotional, it got heated."

Aaron Frazier was leading the Seahawks with 15 points at the time of the stoppage.

Other games from the first round of the tournament:

Severn School (Md.) 65, Brookland-Cayce 48 -- Jared Ryan scored 13 for Severn. Kyle Stinson led Brookland-Cayce with 10.

Dutch Fork 82, Pendleton County (Ky.) 62 -- Sterling Thomas led Dutch Fork with 15 points. Austin Williams added 14, Watson Harris had 13 and Christian Mills scored 12. Pendleton's Lance Jones had a game-high 21 points.

Cumberland County (Tenn.) 68, Buford 55 -- Logan Parsons scored 19 for the winners. Buford was led by Druw Rollings' 12 points.

Thomas Heyward Academy 75, Beaufort Academy 45: Tournament MVP Seth Jones scored 21 points as the Rebels won the title at the Andrew Jackson Christmas Tournament in Ehrhnardt.

Collin Roach added 20 points for Thomas Heyward (6-4), Dylan Tillotson finished with 17 points and Davis Owens registered 11 steals. Tillotson and Owens were all-tournment selections.

Jack Dailey scored 11 points to lead Beaufort Academy (3-7). Kane Thorp added 10 points, and Nicky Macuch had eight points and 10 rebounds. Thorp and Macuch were chosen to the all-tournament team.

Both the Rebels and Eagles are idle until Jan. 7.

Whale Branch 56, Fort Mill 53: Justin Rhode's 17 points led the Warriors in the Shootout by the Sea tournament in North Myrtle Beach.

Denzel Daniel chipped in 16 points for the Warriors (7-2), who advanced to Sunday's game against Class 3-A power Hillcrest.

The tournament finals are Monday.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Hilton Head Island High 49, Easley 27: Tiffany Banks had 12 points and six rebounds to lead Hilton Head to a win in the opening round of the Seahawk Holiday Classic.

Rachel Friend and Lauryn Bush added 10 points each, and Bush also had five assists. Savannah Reier finished with nine points, and Americal Jenkins had six points, 11 rebounds, four blocked shots and three assists.

Hilton Head High (6-1) will face Smyrna (Tenn.) in Sunday's second round.

Other games from the first round of the tournament:

Hendersonville (Tenn.) 78, Fort Mill 24 -- Anastasia Haynes scored 18 and Emily Hatfield had 16 for the winners. Fort Mill was led by Meredith Christopher's 13 points.

Severn School (Md.) 74, Booker T. Washington (Tenn.) 18 -- Maddie McDaniels had 23 points and Emily Gibbons scored 19 in the win.

Smyrna (Tenn.) 100, Pendleton County (Ky.) 17

Andrew Jackson 38, Thomas Heyward Academy 25: The Rebels fell in the championship game of the Andrew Jackson Christmas tournament in Ehrhardt.

Sydney Glassberg had 13 points to lead Thomas Heyward. Ellie Bryan added eight. Both were chosen to the all-tournament team.

Caitlin McAllister scored a game-high 22 points for the tournament champions.

The Rebels (4-5) next play Jan. 7.

Beaufort Academy 44, Jefferson Davis Academy 10: Anna Dyer scored 12 points, and other players stepped up in the absence of leading scorer Miranda Weslake to help lead the Eagles to a win in the consolation game of the Andrew Jackson Christmas tournament in Ehrhardt.

Mary Keane, Allison Alvarez and Hope Gray each added six points to help pick up the slack with Weslake away at a soccer tournament.

"I was very proud of how the other girls stepped up and scored points," coach Brock Vaigneur said. "I think that's going to benefit us in the long run."

Beaufort Academy (4-4) is off until Jan. 7.

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