When the brackets for the SCISAA Class 3-A baseball playoffs were released, Hilton Head Prep was happy to see itself as a No. 3 seed. That meant the Dolphins would have the advantage of playing the first two games of their best-of-3 series in the first round at home.
Because Prep's home field doesn't have lights, the Dolphins were required to find a lighted field to play the opening doubleheader against Heathwood Hall, so they arranged to play at Hilton Head High today.
Then the Seahawks split their first two games in the Class 3-A district playoffs, meaning they would need their home field for a playoff game today. The Seahawks host Hartsville tonight at 6:30 p.m. in an elimination game.
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So Prep will play on the Dolphins' home field, after all, but it won't be theirs. The Dolphins instead will play at Battery Creek High School, with the first game of the doubleheader starting at 4 p.m. today. If the teams split the twinbill, the deciding game of the series will be played Tuesday at Heathwood Hall. The winner will advance to face No. 2 seed Pinewood Prep in a best-of-3 series Friday and Saturday.
Thomas Heyward Academy also earned the right to host the first two games of its first-round series in the SCISAA Class 2-A playoffs, and the No. 3 seed Rebels will actually get to take full advantage.
They will host Byrnes School for a doubleheader starting at 4:30 p.m. today. The winner of the series will face the winner of the Pee Dee Academy-Spartanburg Christian series on Friday and Saturday.
AREA LACROSSE PLAYERS HONORED
Four Hilton Head High lacrosse players headlined a group of area all-state selections from the South Carolina Lacrosse League.
Seahawks goalie Clayton Reed received the highest honor -- the senior was named the S.C. Goalie of the Year. Reed tallied a .692 save percentage this season and allowed only 4.6 goals per game. He also scored one goal.
Joining Reed on the all-state first team were defenseman Yannie Reynecke and midfielder Charlie Jackson. Reynecke had 99 ground balls and was regularly assigned to the opposing team's top goal scorer, coach Joe Monmonier said. Jackson, a senior transfer, scored 40 goals and had 21 assists in his first season with the Seahawks.
Seahawks senior Nick Roberts was selected to second team. He led the team with 52 goals and added 22 assists, despite missing significant time to injury and illness. Hayden Lovette was also named to the team.
Bluffton High School's girls team was also represented on SCLL's all-state teams. Midfielder Gabbie Tosky, goalie Talley Young and defenseman Taylor Cocuzza were all first-team selections.
PHYSICALS SCHEDULED AT HHH
Hilton Head High will conduct physicals at 5:30 p.m. May 5 at the school's fieldhouse. Any athlete interested in competing in a fall sport, summer practice or spring football is required to have a physical on file. Cost is $10, and only cash will be accepted.