Beaufort High School defensive line coach Michael Mahoney will be recognized this week for his longtime devotion to football.
Mahoney is in Dallas for the 2011 American Football Coaches Association convention, where he will be honored as a 35-year member of the organization.
Texas coach Mack Brown and Ohio State coach Jim Tressel will be among the other honorees.
Mahoney coached the Eagles' defensive line the past two seasons. Before that, he coached at a number of high school and college stops, including a stint as head coach at Murray State.
Beaufort High head coach Mark Clifford said Mahoney has done a good job the past two seasons getting the most out of what has been an undersized defensive line.
Eagles defensive linemen Detrell Gantt and DeEndre Jefferson Fields were all-region selections this season, and Gantt was picked for the North-South All-Star Game.
"That's what he's had to do the past couple years, is get it out of those kids who don't have the real size," Clifford said. "He does a good job, real knowledgeable coach, brings a lot to the table."
An upshot of being honored at the convention is Mahoney's contact with a number of college coaches. Clifford loaded his assistant with DVDs to pass out in hopes of players catching a coach's eye.
The convention started Sunday with former college coaches talking X's and O's of offense and defense. Today there will be a luncheon, followed by talks from Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio and Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy.
An awards luncheon will be held Tuesday, followed by the association's coach of the year announcement at dinner that night. LSU coach Les Miles and Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema will be the featured speakers.
The convention will conclude with an educational series Wednesday. Offensive, defensive and special teams coaches will share their expertise.
The AFCA boasts about 10,000 member coaches, from all levels of football. Once a coach becomes a 35-year member, they join Club 35, a program designed to help keep the association informed of issues or concerns.
GODSHALK COMMITS TO ST. JOSEPH'S
Hilton Head Prep senior Tim Godshalk has given a verbal commitment to play golf at NCAA Division I St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia next season. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Godshalk has been a standout for the Dolphins the past two seasons and was named the team's MVP in 2008. Over the past two summers, he has competed on several junior tours, earning two top-five finishes in IJGT events and top-15 finishes in events on the AJGA and SJGT tours and in the Philadelphia Junior Boys Championship.
Godshalk, who has been offered both academic and athletic scholarships, plans to study marketing. He will sign a national letter-of-intent during the signing period in April.
FUTURE TIGERS TANGLE
A key matchup in the post in Friday's boys basketball game between Hilton Head Prep and Porter-Gaud presented an odd dynamic in that it pitted a pair of future Clemson athletes against one another -- but neither will play basketball for the Tigers.
Prep's Patrick Andrews, who has signed to play baseball at Clemson, and Porter-Gaud's Stanton Seckinger, a star receiver who has committed to the Tigers' football team, went toe-to-toe in the post.
"He's a tremendous athlete," Andrews said of Seckinger. "Having to play against him for a long time, I know he can do a lot of good things (at Clemson)."
The two became friends when they met while both were on official visits in July, but they were rivals against Friday.
Unfortunately for the Dolphins, Seckinger and the Cyclones got the better end of the matchup. Both players scored eight points, but Porter-Gaud rallied in the second half for a 59-52 victory.
BOYLES' INJURY LIMITS BLUFFTON DEPTH
The Region 7-AAA schedule opens Tuesday, and with the region considered to be wide open, the Bluffton High School boys basketball team certainly hopes to make its mark.
But the Bobcats' chances took a hit last week when starting guard Eric Boyles broke his wrist in practice -- the Bobcats junior will miss the rest of the season.
Bluffton felt his absence in its first game following Boyles' injury. The Bobcats lost 51-39 to Hilton Head Christian Academy on Friday, and coach Brett Macy used just a seven-man rotation during the game.
Macy said he thought his team appeared tired down the stretch.
"It's going to be a challenge," Macy said. "We have to get into the bench somehow. Right now, we're only seven (players) deep. We have to find a way to get to eight or nine deep. We need guys to step up, just to give us a rest."
The Bobcats host Lake Marion at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The girls game tips off at 6 p.m.
HILTON HEAD ISLAND CREW TEAM ORGANIZING
The Hilton Head Island crew team will hold two meetings next week to provide information and register athletes for the team's upcoming season. The meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. Saturday at Island Recreation Center. Attendance at one of the meetings is mandatory for all athletes and parents.
New team members will also be required to undergo a physical examination and a swim test. Physicals are scheduled for 3 p.m. on Jan. 19 at the Volunteers in Medicine clinic. A $10 donation is suggested. The swim test is set for 3 p.m. on Jan. 20 at the Island Recreation Center pool.
The team's first practice is scheduled for Jan. 24 at the Old Oyster Factory.
Because crew is not a sport sanctioned by either of the state's governing bodies for high school sports, the team is open to students from all high schools.
For more information, call club president Lucinda DeSantis at 597-3145.