Hilton Head Christian 5, Hilton Head Prep 3: The Eagles knocked off the Dolphins to mark their deepest run in the SCISAA playoffs since moving to 3-A.
Hilton Head Christian advances to face Porter-Gaud for the state championship in a match that is supposed to be held Friday in a neutral site. But according to coach Eric Wammock, the match may be moved to early next week. The time and site for the match will be determned today.
"The last time we played them, the last four matches came down to tiebreakers," Wammock said. "So we knew coming in that this was anybody's match. This is so exciting for us."
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Ben Likins remains undefeated on the season at No. 5 singles for the Eagles (8-3).
Singles: 1. Andrew Shafer (HHP) def. Nick Bible 4-6, 6-2, 12-10; 2. Hampton Drake (HHC) def. Juan Sheppard 6-1, 6-1; 3. Charlie Drake (HHC) def. Jared Woodson 7-6, 4-6, 10-4; 4. Robert Loeb (HHP) def. Sam Trimble 6-1, 6-1; 5. Ben Likins (HHC) def. Amit Kohli 6-2, 6-3; 6. Alex Likins (HHC) def. Colin Richardson 6-1, 5-1, ret.
Doubles: 1. Shafer/Sheppard (HHP) def. Bible/Hampton Drake 6-2, 6-1; 2. Woodson/Loeb led Charlie Drake/trimble 4-2, abandoned; 3. Ben Likins/John Diegler (HHC) def. Kohli/Angelo Carrabba 6-3, 6-2.
Beaufort High 5, Fort Dorchester 1: The Eagles (15-5, 7-0) remained unbeaten in region play to clinch the Region 8-AAAA crown for the third year in a row.
Malcolm Kates, unbeaten in the region, claimed the individual region championship and earned an automatic bid into the state singles tournament May 11-12. He has also been selected to play in the North-South matches May 18-19 in Greenville.
Singles: 1. Malcolm Kates (BFT) def. Patrick McArdle 6-1, 6-2; 2. James Bachety (BFT) def. Sam McCullum 6-1, 6-0; 3. Hunter Pylant (BFT) def. Tim McManus 6-1, 6-1; 4. Alex Angus (BFT) def. James Minard 6-0, 6-0; 5. Anthony Williams (BFT) def. Kevin Helton 6-2, 6-1.
Doubles: 1. Jack Louw/Rohan Desai (BFT) def. Tim Pittman/Dan Nelson 6-1, 6-1; 2. McArdle/McCullum (FD) def. Fred Tkach/Daniel Lange 8-6.
TRACK & FIELD
Region 7-AAA Championship: The Hilton Head Island High School boys won the region championship Wednesday at Cane Bay, led by Desmond Bonaparte and Jack Manesiotis. Bonaparte won the 200- and 400-meter dashes, as well as helping the Seahawks win the 4x400 relay. Manesiotis won the 1600 and 3200 meters.
The Seahawks' Blake Bishop was named boys coach of the year.
Bluffton finished second behind Cane Bay in the girls meet. The Bobcats used their depth to stay in the title hunt despite only winning three events.
Battery Creek's girls were third, led by three wins from Gretchen Brown. She took first in the 100 hurdles, long jump and triple jump.
Next up for the local athletes is the Class 3-A state qualifier May 5 in York.
Girls -- Cane Bay 138, Bluffton 119, Battery Creek 111, Berkeley 79, Hilton Head High 58
Boys -- Hilton Head High 142, Berkeley 133, Cane Bay 91, Bluffton 86.5, Battery Creek 59.5, Lake Marion 13
Girls 4x100 Relay: 1. Berkeley (Marissa Pinckney, Jonnay Anthony, Donni Robinson, Tykeonah Mustapher), 49.24
Boys 4x100 Relay: 1. Berkeley (Rashad Simmons, Ezekeil Jenkins, Emanuel Collier, Ezequiel Sepulveda), 43.89
Girls 4x800 Relay: 1. Bluffton (Madison Putich, Tibra Wheeler, Jennifer Giles, Lea Tierney), 10:30.71
Boys 4x800 Relay: 1. Berkeley (Demonte Reid, Emanuel Collier, Matthew Kizer, Devin Butler), 8:29.03
Girls 100 Hurdles: 1. Gretchen Brown, Battery Creek, 15.97
Boys 110 Hurdles: 1. JC Safford, Cane Bay, 15.39
Girls 100: 1. Marissa Pinckney, Berkeley, 12.07
Boys 100: 1. Muhammad Abdul-Malik, Bluffton, 10.99
Girls 1600: 1. Faith Lifer, Hilton Head, 5:30.26
Boys 1600: 1. Jack Manesiotis, Hilton Head, 4:39.17
Girls 400: 1. La'Schirrae Morral, Battery Creek, 60.80
Boys 400: 1. Desmond Bonaparte, Hilton Head, 51.31
Girls 400 Hurdles: 1. Johnnie Gaston, Bluffton, 70.53
Boys 400 Hurdles: 1. Javon Livingston, Battery Creek, 58.28
Girls 800: 1. Rachel Friend, Hilton Head, 2:29.00
Boys 800: 1. Demetrius Smalls, Bluffton, 2:03.55
Girls 200: 1. Marissa Pinckney, Berkeley, 25.65
Boys 200: 1. Desmond Bonaparte, Hilton Head, 22.44
Girls 3200: 1. Savannah Schepp, Hilton Head, 12:17.51
Boys 3200: 1. Jack Manesiotis, Hilton Head, 9:49.04
Girls 4x400 Relay: 1. Cane Bay (Bianca McEwen, Halexis Thomas, Semaj Tolliver, Jessica West), 4:12.44
Boys 4x400 Relay: 1. Hilton Head (Alex Couch, Desmond Bonaparte, Robbie Iulo, Michael Julian), 3:26.87
Girls High Jump: 1. Ashlee Eady, Cane Bay, 5-0
Boys High Jump: 1. Mike Williams, Lake Marion, 6-4
Girls Pole Vault: 1. Kimberly Vigil, Battery Creek, 7-6
Boys Pole Vault: 1. Shiloh Burbage, Berkeley, 12-6
Girls Long Jump: 1. Gretchen Brown, Battery Creek, 16-6
Boys Long Jump: 1. Ezekeil Jenkins, Berkeley, 20-9
Girls Triple Jump: 1. Gretchen Brown, Battery Creek, 34-9 1/4
Boys Triple Jump: 1. Justice Oliver, Battery Creek, 42-4 1/2
Girls Discus: 1. Shalyn Shine, Berkeley, 96-11
Boys Discus: 1. Tyrell Davis, Cane Bay, 143-5 1/2
Girls Shot Put: 1. Shakeria Kitty, Bluffton, 35-0 1/4
Boys Shot Put: 1. Shakil Gause, Battery Creek, 47-8
Hilton Head Christian 9, Coastal Hurricanes 2: The Eagles wrapped up their regular season with a win over the Coastal Hurricanes, a team of home-school students and others from schools without baseball teams.
Luke Higgs and JD Reichel went 2 for 4, and John Jenkins and Lincoln Fuller each had one hit and two RBIs for Hilton Head Christian.
Andrew Halley started and got the win, giving up two runs in four innings. Reichel struck out three in one inning of relief.
The Eagles now wait to hear who they will play Monday in the first round of the SCISAA Class 3-A playoffs. The Eagles will play a doubleheader on the road. Game 3 of the first-round series would be at Hilton Head Christian on Tuesday if necessary.
Calhoun Academy 15, Thomas Heyward Academy 9: Zack Newton had a double and a triple, and Taylor Cowart went 2 for 4 as the Rebels lost a non-region game.
Will Richardson took the loss for Thomas Heyward (12-8), which hosts First Baptist at 7 tonight in a game to decide the SCISAA Region 1-AA champion.
Middle school: Beaufort Co. Championship -- McCracken 11, Beaufort 1 (5 innings): Tyler Fox struck out eight and earned the win, while Tim Ortega and Cooper Morgan each went 2 for 3.