BEAUFORT RIPTIDE ON A ROLL
The Beaufort Riptide 12U baseball team recently brought home championship trophies from the USSSA Jay Crisone Super NIT Baseball tournament in Lexington and the USSSA Fall Brawl and Fall Home Run Challenge tournaments in Walterboro.
Riptide went undefeated in all three tournaments. and has won a berth to the East Coast Winter Regional Championships.
Team members are Christian Londono, Oliver Holmes, Mason Westerfield, Matthew Bornscheuer, Wes Graves, Rhogue Wallace, Joshua Denton, Rush Riley, Colin Peterson, Josh Kross, Thomas Johnson, Hayden Jennings, Sean Moran. Coaches are Brett Westerfield, Bobby Graves, Richard Jennings and Al Wallace.
Riptide will be hosting its annual golf tournament fundraiser on Saturday and is seeking donations for its silent auction, as well as individuals and teams ready to play golf.
Details: Richard Jennings at 843-522-9018.
HILTON HEAD'S HUNT WINS USTA AWARD
The USTA Southern has awarded the Slew Hester Female Player of the Year award to Ann Hunt of Hilton Head Island.
Given in memory of past USTA Southern Section President William E. "Slew" Hester, this award is presented annually to a ranked male and female adult or senior player in the USTA Southern Section in recognition of their outstanding tennis performance.
Hunt will be recognized during the USTA Southern Annual Meeting to be held Jan. 17 at the Atlanta Perimeter Marriott Hotel.
FOUR AREA TEAMS WIN USTA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hilton Head Island USTA teams continued their winning ways last weekend during the area's final 2014 USTA S.C. state league championships.
Four area teams won 65 and over championships, and another area team finished as a 70 and over finalist. The two championship events were held Thursday through Monday at six facilities. Palmetto Dunes served as the championships' official host site.
All of the 65 and over champions are invited to next month's USTA Southern Section championship in Dothan, Ala. There the teams will compete to play at the USTA 65 and Over National Championships, scheduled for next March in Surprise, Ariz.
The area champions included Hilton Head Island 1, captained by Richard Rickenbach, at 65 and over 4.0 men; Hilton Head Island 1, captained by Barbara Steiger, at 65 and over 4.0 women; Hilton Head Island, captained by Christine Iulo, at 70 and over 4.0 women; and Coastal Carolina Tennis Association, captained by Frank Frankel, at 70 and over 3.0 men.
The Island Rec Center pool will be closed Thursday through Sunday for the addition of the dome.
LOCAL ROWING CLUBS COMPETE IN AUGUSTA
The Beaufort Rowing Club and the Hilton Head Island Crew competed over the weekend in the Head of the South Rowing Regatta in Augusta, Ga.
The Regatta was attended by 79 scholastic, collegiate and club rowing teams, a total of 573 entries. There were 2,400 rowers and 1,500 boats from around the country.
The Beaufort Rowing Club took third place in its class in the 5,000-meter race. The team rowed a four-person shell that included cox Barbara Hogan, Roy Crocker, Paul Spencer, Michael Frederick, and Ken Maliken.
The 36 rowers on the Hilton Head Island Crew, representing all area public and private schools and homeschoolers, rowed six races.
Their results were:
Women's Varsity 8 -- 8th
Men's Varsity 4 -- 14th
Women's Novice 8 -- 4th
Women's Novice 4 -- 6th
Men's Novice 4 -- 15th
Mixed Novice 4 -- 6th