Performers of the week
Sammie Buchanan, Bluffton girls golf -- The Bobcats and Seahawks clinched their spots in next week's state tournament by finishing in the top-six at Monday's Class 3-A Lower State meet. Buchanan's 77 led Bluffton to third place, while the Seahawks took fourth.
Ciara Lelie, Battery Creek volleyball -- During a win over Hilton Head Christian on Monday, Lelie had 10 aces and 17 kills. She added nine kills and an ace during a Senior Night loss to Ashley Ridge on Tuesday.
Sarah Garratt, Hilton Head Prep cross country -- The Dolphins junior won the girls race at the SCISAA Region 3-AAA meet Wednesday in Charleston, finishing the 5K race in a personal-best time of 19 minutes, 41 seconds.
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Charlotte Bellomy, Beaufort High tennis -- Playing in Beaufort High's No. 1 singles spot in place of Marian Hohenwarter, Bellomy defeated Colleton County's Kyla Floyd 6-2, 6-4 on Thursday. Bellomy finishes the regular season 8-0 against Region 8-AAAA opponents.
BOBCATS WANT ANOTHER SHOT AT RIVALS
Al Stern is pleased with where his Bluffton volleyball team stands as it prepares fro the start of Class 3-A playoffs last week.
But there is an underlying goal, perhaps a nagging memory for the Bobcats as they begin their playoff run. Bluffton was swept by rival Hilton Head High during the regular season. And the Seahawks snatched the Region 7-AAA title.
Bluffton is hoping for a chance at redemption.
"We want to play them one more time," Stern said. "We want to play them for the Lower State championship."
If the two meet in the playoffs, the matchup would take place at Hilton Head High. The Seahawks swept Bluffton in two games on Oct. 14. And Bluffton dropped its match with Hilton Head High on Sept. 30 in three games.
SCISAA STATE VOLLEYBALL UNDER WAY
Hilton Head Prep and Thomas Heyward Academy qualified for the SCISAA state volleyball tournament, which began Thursday in Sumter.
The Rebels are the No. 7 seed in the Class 2-A Lower State bracket and opened play Thursday against No. 2 seed Holly Hill Academy.
Thomas Heyward lost that match but bounced back to beat Bible Baptist and Oakbrook Prep in the consolation bracket, qualifying for Saturday's play.
To win the state, the Rebels must win their 8:30 a.m. match and then beat another team twice in the championship.
The Dolphins begin the Class 3-A tournament today as the No. 5 seed in the Lower State bracket. They will take on No. 4 seed Heathwood Hall at 4:25 p.m. today with the winner advancing to play top seed Ashley Hall at 7:10 p.m. and the loser facing either Cardinal Newman or Laurence Manning at 8:30 p.m.