THREE WINNERS CROWNED IN JUNIOR TEAM TENNIS
The fall/winter season of Beaufort County Junior Team Tennis has concluded, with three local teams earning the opportunity to move on to the JTT state championships in Florence on July 20-22. State winners have the chance to advance all the way to the USTA national championships.
The local JTT season champions, as announced by Public Tennis Inc.: 18 Under Intermediates -- Bluffton Badkatz, coached by Robert Brown; 14 Under Intermediates -- Hilton Head Beach and Tennis, coached by Eric Wammock; 14 Under Beginners -- Wexford Warriors, coached by Patrick Mason.
USTA Junior Team Tennis is for boys and girls ages 6 to 18. Teams are comprised of players of similar age and skill. PTI's Beaufort County JTT program will begin registration for next season on May 1. Call Robert Brown for more information at 843-290-2833 or go to www.blufftontennis.org.
SAND SHARKS' RIETKOVICH TO SPEAK
The February meeting of the the Athletic Club of the Low Country will be held Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Palmetto Electric Company headquarters, across from the USC Beaufort campus on Highway 278 in Bluffton.
The featured speaker will be Ty Rietkovich, athletics director and head softball coach at USCB. Rietkovich will talk about the current state of USCB athletics and give insight on what the future holds.
Rietkovich, a native of Columbia, played football at the University of South Carolina from 1980-83. He has been an assistant football coach at USC and Maryville (Tenn.) College, and was the head football coach and athletics director at Groves High School in Savannah from 1989-96. Since 1998, he has been the executive director of the Angels girls fast pitch softball organization. He began his career at USCB in 2008 as director of athletics marketing before being promoted to athletics director in June 2010.
Membership to the Athletic Club of the Low Country can be renewed at the door on Feb. 6. The membership rate is $30. Non-members can attend the meeting for $10.