Recreation Briefs, March 19: Bluffton's 11-12 all-stars win state basketball title

sports@islandpacket.comMarch 19, 2014 


A group of 11- and 12-year-old all-stars from Bluffton won the South Carolina state championship this weekend at Beaufort County Parks and Leisure Services' Buckwalter Gymnasium in Bluffton.

The Bluffton all-stars defeated opponents from North Charleston, North Myrtle Beach and Richland County to win the title, taking the final game in overtime. It is the first time a PALS team has won a state basketball championship.

Members of the winning team were: Lee Kirkland, Stephen Vanderpool, Josh Patterson, Jack Hegan, C.L. Chewning, Camwren Pinckney, Andrew Babkiewicz, Stone McDonald, Aaron Hill, Joseph Kelley and Michael Chappelear. The team was coached by Jack Fripp and assistant B.J. Hill.


The Buckwalter Gymnasium in Bluffton will be closed from March 19 through the morning of March 24 while it is being used for the Lowcountry Home and Garden Show.


A men's volleyball team from Sun City claimed the championship at the Good Life Games in Clearwater, Fla., on March 6. The field consisted of five teams of 60-and-over players.

Sun City's squad won every match they played against the four Florida teams, taking the final game 28-26.

Members of Sun City's gold medal team were Dennis Stosak, Bob Lewis, Harry Kauffman, Charles Kozup, Steve Weber and player/coach "Kid" Jose Bermudez.

Two other Sun City players were recruited to play on other teams in the event. Diana Cooper-Fawcett played for the Villages in the women's division, while Bill Fawcett played for one of the Clearwater club teams in the 60-and-over event. Both won bronze medals.


The Low Country Volleyball Club 14 National team brought home the Gold Championship earlier this month at the Southern Classic Power Tournament in Greenville.

Members of the winning team are: Grace Vanderslice, Olivia Janson, Lizzie Rhoads, Essence Mitchell, Kaylie Richardson, Madeline Novak, Sidney Beasley, Megan Briody and Bethany Mullins. The team is coached by Kristine Richardson and Priscilla Kelly.


Four members of Beaufort's Club Karate competed in the Sharkfest tournament recently held in Myrtle Beach.

Kylie Rast took first place in weapons, first place in kata and second in fighting. Hunter Rast was first in weapons, first in fighting and second in kata. Ryan Giles placed first in fighting and second in kata. Collin Owens took second in kata and third in fighting.

Their instructor is Chuck Elias.


The Sports Academy Sparklers participated in the seventh annual National Gymnastics Challenge on March 7-9 on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens. More than 3,000 gymnasts competed.

The Level 3 Sparklers won first place in their Friday session, with a record team score of 109.725. Mallie O'Rourke, 7, led the way for the Sparklers, winning silver in the all-around and uneven parallel bars, and a bronze on the balance beam. Alyssa Jo Jesweski, 12, had a score of 9.425 on the beam to take home gold.

Level 9 Sparkler Hannah Shannon, 17, won bronze on vault.

Lauren Angus, 13, won a Level 5 silver medal on the floor exercise and bronze on beam.

Madayln West, 9, won silver on vault and bronze medals in the bars and all-around at Level 4.

National Gymnastics Challenge

March 7-9, at Athens, Ga.

Sports Academy Sparklers Results

Level 3

Mallie O'Rourke, vault 9.35 5th, bars 2nd 9.5, beam 3rd 9.3, floor 9.2 3rd, AA 37.350 2nd

Chloe Morrison 8, vault 9.2 8th, bars 9.025 5th, beam 9.25 4th, floor 8.8 5th, AA 36.275 5th.

Alyssa Jo Jesweski 12, vault 9 6th, bars 8.725 8th, beam 9.45 1st, floor 8.75 5th, AA 35.975 4th

Sarah Olivarri 11, bars 8.85 7th, beam 9.125 6th, floor 8.625 8th,35.400 7th

Cameran Burnell 9, vault 10th, floor 8.325 10th, AA 34.15 10th

Level 4

Madalyn West 9, vault 8.95 2nd,bars 9.4 3rd, beam 8.975 11th, floor 8.9 6th, AA 36.225

Kyla Ebanks 11, vault 8.35 9, beam 8.975 7th, floor 8.825 4th, Kristen Burnell 15, floor 8.7 6th

Level 5

Lauren Angus 13, vault 8.8 8th, beam 9.125 3rd, floor 9.025 2nd, AA 35.025 5th

Briana Nelson 14, vault 8.95 5th, beam 8.425 9th, floor 8.8 6th, AA 34.725 6th

Level 9

Hannah Shannon 17, vault 9.2 3rd, beam 8.5 6th

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