James Bachety waited for his acceptance letter for The Citadel, and when it arrived, he called the tennis coach he grew up attending camps under.
Bachety, a Beaufort High School senior, will have the chance to play tennis for the Bulldogs and coach Chuck Kriese. Kriese coached at Clemson more than 30 years and held camps during the summer that Bachety attended growing up. When Bachety called after receiving his letter during spring break, Kriese told him he was required to earn court time.
Bachety will attend a month-long orientation during the summer and attend camps with Kriese. A tryout before the season begins will determine Bachety's place.
"I was looking forward to going there," Bachety said. "The beginning of this year, I was learning stuff about it, and a lot of my friends are going there, and it was like 'yeah this is somewhere I want to go.' "
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Bachety has the chance to be the first Division I boys tennis player for Beaufort High coach David Riedmayer. The senior played for Riedmayer from seventh grade through 10th grade before going to Van Der Meer Tennis Academy for a year.
Riedmayer said his senior came back a sharper player.
"He's able to pick on weaknesses a lot more," Riedmayer said. "Before, he was playing and not thinking as much. This year he's playing a lot better with placement and picking on the kid's weakness and being more creative with his shots. Getting a lot more variety."
Bachety and the Eagles play host to Bluffton High School on April 29 for the Region 8-AAAA title. The senior hasn't dropped a match in region play.
HILTON HEAD PAIR SELECTED FOR ALL-STAR GAME
Two Hilton Head Island High School students have been selected to represent South Carolina's girls team in the annual Clash of the Carolinas all-star game July 12.
The best part? They're twin sisters.
Ashley and Amanda Green, senior midfielders for the defending state-champion Seahawks, were chosen by a panel of coaches to join the 18-person squad for the game, to be played at Blackbaud Stadium in Charleston.
"We're really excited," Ashley Green said. "We know a lot of the people there."
The Green sisters are the only representatives from Beaufort County.
"I think it's really cool," Amanda Green said, adding that it is always fun to play with her sister. "Most of the time, I just know where she's at."
Ashley Green said the two of them wouldn't be where they are now if not for the work of many coaches and teammates. Now, the two of them will be able to put their talent on display at an elite summer showcase.
"It's definitely an honor for me to see our kids selected for the game," Hilton Head boys coach and Clash of the Carolinas coordinator Wayne Quinlan said. "The exposure that the kids get is a just reward for their high school seasons."
AREA TEAMS RANKED
The three-time defending champion Hilton Head Island High School girls soccer team is ranked No. 1 in the most recent S.C. High School Soccer Coaches Association Class 3-A poll.
The Hilton Head Christian Academy girls soccer team is ranked No. 4 in SCISAA Class 3-A. And the Beaufort Academy boys soccer team is ranked No. 5 in Class 1-A/2-A.
The Bluffton High School softball team is tied for seventh in Class 4-A in the latest coaches' poll.