From staff reports
Girls basketball teams from Bluffton and Hilton Head Island high schools both have another region game to play before the rivals hit the hardwood for a rematch on Friday.
But that doesn't mean it's too early to talk about the region championship.
The Bobcats and Seahawks enter the final week of league play atop the Region 7-AAA standings. Hilton Head High is the lone unbeaten team remaining, as its 47-46 overtime win over Bluffton helped push the Seahawks to their current 8-0 record. That game also represents the Bobcats' lone loss, as Bluffton heads into the final week at 7-1 in the region.
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If both teams win on Tuesday -- Bluffton hosts Battery Creek while Hilton Head High travels to Berkeley -- the Bobcats will need to beat the Seahawks to force a tie at the top of the standings. The first tiebreaker is overall record, which the Seahawks also claim thanks to having played one extra game. Hilton Head enters the final week at 18-4 while Bluffton is a game back at 17-4.
The overall records will rule out the second tiebreaker, which is record in tournament play. So that means the best way for Bluffton to claim the region is to simply win out and hope the Seahawks fall at Berkeley, which is 4-17 overall and 1-7 in the region.
Bockelman continues impressive run
It was just another day on the mat for Battery Creek wrestler Chris Bockelman Saturday at Hilton Head High.
Bockelman's 9-0 major decision over Bluffton's Lloyd Williams gave the Dolphins standout yet another Region 7-AAA championship in the 106-pound weight class. The senior will now turn his attention to Lower State, where's he's finished as the runner-up in each of the past two years. That includes a loss two years ago to Hilton Head High's Label Lewis.
"It's going to be tough no matter what," said Bockelman, who is ranked No. 2 in his weight class by scmat.com. "There's a lot of good kids here. I know if I go in on my feet, I should be able to dominate."
Weaver happy with decision
Kyle Weaver heard all the chatter about the tough discipline instilled at The Citadel during his recruitment process.
And for a while, that had an affect on him. The Hilton Head Christian Academy football standout said last Wednesday that he initially didn't want to play football for the Bulldogs.
But that all changed on his official visit to Charleston over the summer.
"I heard from people that don't really know what they're talking about The Citadel," Weaver said on National Signing Day, when he officially signed his letter of intent to become a Bulldog. "Some people think they know about it, but they really don't.
"Once you get to know The Citadel, you realize how awesome of a school it is and how great of a place it is."
Weaver, who also earned preferred walk-on status at South Carolina and Kentucky, thinks the military lifestyle of The Citadel fits him well.
"Everybody's like, 'Oh, you have no freedom. You have curfews and all this,'" Weaver said. "But when you really get down and do your research, you have plenty of freedom. Yes, you're not going to have as much freedom as everyone else, but the way they do things is the right way and that's the way I want it done."