Celebrating the Lowcountry’s state champs for 2018-19
May River promoted assistant coach Wesley Starkes to be its next baseball coach.
Starkes replaces Keith Stewart, who was promoted to assistant principal at Bluffton Middle School. He has been on the May River staff for the past two seasons after moving from Texas.
“Coach Stewart did a great job building it from year one and I hope we can continue the tradition that earlier classes started,” Starkes said in a release from the school. “I hope to get these guys to play fast, play smart and above all else compete every pitch. I am very excited as to what the future holds for the Shark Baseball team.
Starkes played baseball at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M and New Mexico State. After college, he coached at Crandall High School in Texas before moving to the Bluffton area.
Six Lowcountry teams in SC Prep Media polls
Whale Branch moved in and May River moved up in latest SC Prep Football Media polls released Tuesday.
The Warriors are No. 10 in Class 2A while the Sharks moved up to No. 4. May River opens the season Friday against Bluffton.
In SCISA, Thomas Heyward remains No. 1 in Class A and Beaufort Academy tops the 8-man poll. In 2A, Hilton Head Prep is fourth and Hilton Head Christian fifth.
1. Dutch Fork (14); 2. Gaffney; 3. Fort Dorchester; 4. Byrnes; 5. Dorman; 6. TL Hanna; 7. Sumter; 8. Blythewood; 9. River Bluff; 10. Greenwood
Also receiving votes: West Florence, Berkeley, Carolina Forest, Summerville
1. Myrtle Beach (14); 2. Hartsville; 3. Daniel; 4. Greer; 5. North Myrtle Beach; 6. South Pointe; 7. Belton Honea Path; 8. Wilson; 9. North Augusta; 10. Ridge View
Also receiving votes: Wren, Marlboro County, Greenville, York, Walhalla, Eastside, AC Flora
1. Chester (13); 2. Dillon (1); 3. Chapman; 4. May River; 5. Union County; 6. Camden; 7. Strom Thurmond; 8. Wade Hampton (H); 9. Woodruff ; 10. Gilbert
Also receiving votes: Fairfield Central, Newberry, Manning, Aynor, Hanahan, Pendleton, Cheraw, Marion
1. Abbeville (14); 2. Barnwell; 3. Timberland; 4. Bamberg-Ehrhardt; 5. Saluda; 6. Oceanside Collegiate; 7. Southside Christian; 8. Gray Collegiate; 9. Carvers Bay; 10. (tie) Whale Branch, Andrew Jackson
Others receiving votes: Blacksburg, Batesburg-Leesville, Cheraw, Hannah-Pamplico, Woodland, Hageland Central, Lee Central
1. Lamar (6); 2. Green Sea-Floyds (7); 3. Wagener-Salley (1); 4. Lake View ; 5. Blackville-Hilda; 6. C.E. Murray; 7. Baptist Hill; 8. Ridge Spring-Monetta; 9. St. John’s; 10. (tie) Hemingway, Dixie
Others receiving votes- Great Falls, Williston-Elko, McCormick, McBee, Cross, Ware Shoals
1. Hammond (6); 2. First Baptist; 3. Porter-Gaud; 4. Laurence Manning; 5. Cardinal Newman
1. Florence Christian (6); 2. Trinity-Byrnes; 3. Robert E. Lee; 4. Hilton Head Prep; 5. Hilton Head Christian
1. Thomas Heyward (6); 2. Pee Dee Academy; 3. Dillon Christian; 4. Carolina Academy; 5. Bethesda Academy
1. Beaufort Academy (5); T-2. Clarendon Hall; T-2. Andrew Jackson Academy; 4. Jefferson Davis; 5. W.W. King
Hilton Head Christian 3, Calvary Day 2
The Eagles defeated Calvary Day, 25-21, 20-25, 25-19, 20-25, 15-12.
HHCA Leaders: Ady O’Grady 23 kills, 21 digs; Lauryn Qualls 15 kills,14 digs, 2 aces; Dior Shelton 4 kills, 4 blocks; Kate Booth 8 kills, 6 digs; Abby Peduzzi 4 kills, 10 digs ; Brielle McCarthy - 2 aces, 46 assists, 4 digs; Amelia Auld - 2 aces, 12 digs
Hilton Head Island finishes third at Nation Ford tournament
Hilton Head Island finished third out of 16 teams over the weekend at the Nation Ford tournament.
The Seahawks went 4-1, losing to Rock Hill in the semifinals. McKenzie Ryan made the all-tournament team. HHI beat Catawba Ridge 2-0, Northwestern 2-0, Oceanside Collegiate 2-1, Fort Mill 2-0 before losing to Rock Hill.
Bluffton 3, Memorial Day 1
The Bobcats won their season opener, 25-20, 15-25, 25-18, 25-23.
Hilton Head Prep 9, Bluffton 0
Singles: Lizzie Lofye (HHP) def. Phelan O’Keefe (BLHS) 6-1, 2-6, 10-1; Lauren Harvey (HHP) def. Gianna Wilson (BLHS) 7-6, 7-4, 6-3; Molly Rankin (HHP) def. Anastaysia Antsyferova (BLHS) 6-2, 6-1; Val Covington (HHP) def. Lydia John (BLHS) 1-6, 6-3, 10-4; Paige Sriubas (HHP) def. Rachael Richardson 6-1, 6-2; Lily Perez (HHP) d. Natalie Rizzo (BLHS) 6-2, 6-2; Doubles: Lizzie Lofye/Lauren Harvey (HHP) def. Phelan O’Keefe/Lydia John 8-4; Molly Rankin/Paige Sriubas (HHP) def. Anastaysia Antsyferova/Gianna Wilson 8-4; Val Covington/Lily Perez def. Erin Brant/Abby Stevens 8-3
Beaufort 4, May River 2
Singles: Margaret Zenzian (MR) def. Sophie McMullen, 4-6,6-3,(9-10); Caroline Louw (B) def. Delaney Brown, 6-3, 6-3; Madelyn Confaare (B) def. Grace Saari, 6-3, 6-2; Lucy Aydlette (B) def. Jaelynn Basinger 6-2, 6-4; Elizabeth Holloway (B) def. Blythe Tarleton 2-6, 6-1, (12-10). Doubles: Juliana Pollitzer/Liz Iglesis (MR) def. Gracie Cunningham/Ellie Ford, 6-4. 6-2
May River wins tri-match
May River won a tri-match with Hilton Head Island and Beaufort on Tuesday.
The Sharks fired a team score of 168. Hilton Head Island was second and Beaufort third. Beaufort’s Izzy Stone was medalist with a 37.