The "second season" is officially here.
Hilton Head High headlines a group of area girls teams that will begin their postseason journeys this week. The Seahawks, 21-3 overall, take the top seed from Region 7-AAA into tonight's game with Lakewood, despite losing to Bluffton High School on Friday night.
The Bobcats (17-7) will host Darlington. Both games are scheduled for 6 p.m.
A win won't come easily for either team. The Bobcats and Seahawks are matched up against Region 6-AAA, which Seahawks coach Dave Greenberg believes is the deepest region in Class 3-A.
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"All six teams are pretty good," Greenberg said. "They all have losses, but they only seem to lose to (one another)."
The Seahawks' first-round opponent, Lakewood, earned the final playoff spot from the region. But Greenberg expects a difficult battle tonight nonetheless.
The Seahawks, who have set a school record for wins, will rely on their tough man-to-man defense to counter an athletic Lakewood lineup.
"They've got three real good players, and they're athletic and quick," Greenberg said. "It will be a challenge."
The Bobcats enter the postseason coming off the best finish in school history. They tied Hilton Head High for the region championship with Friday's win and increased their total of the most wins in program history.
Beaufort High's girls, the No. 3 seed from Region 8-AAAA, travel to Aiken on Tuesday to face the Hornets, who earned the No. 2 seed from Region 5. Beaufort High (13-10) fell to Colleton County in overtime to end the regular season.
The Eagles could again be without head coach Lillian Keeler Aldred, who gave birth to a baby girl last week. Interim coach Elaine Senn said Beaufort High's focus will remain on defense as it enters the playoffs.
"Defense has been our key ingredient all year," Senn said. "It's been what's won us ball games and kept us in ball games."
Senn pointed to the team's balanced scoresheet as evidence the Eagles were playing as a team and sharing the ball.
"It's a total team package," she said. "And that's what's carrying us into the playoffs."
Battery Creek's girls, which fell to Lake Marion on Friday to end the regular season, still earned the No. 3 seed from Region 7-AAA. The Dolphins will travel today to play Crestwood.
Before the loss Friday, the Dolphins ran off five consecutive victories, including wins over the region's top two seeds.
Crestwood, in Sumter, is also coming off a season-ending loss, having fallen to Hartsville on Feb. 8.
Ridgeland's girls open the Class 1-A playoffs by hosting Cross today. The Jaguars earned the top seed from Region 5-A after dropping one region contest, Feb. 12 to Estill.
Having multiple weapons built the Jaguars' success. April Jenkins leads the team in steals and assists, averaging more than four per game in each category. Senior post player Brittany Richardson is averaging double digits in points and rebounds.
BLUFFTON'S CRIBB SELECTED TO COACH IN 2011 SHRINE BOWL
After a record-breaking 2010, the offseason is in full swing for the Bluffton High School football team -- but the honors seem to keep coming anyway.
The latest: Bobcats coach Ken Cribb has been selected as an assistant coach for the 75th Shrine Bowl Game, which will be played Dec. 17 at Gibbs Stadium, the home of Wofford College.
"Just good for our program -- maybe it will get our kids a little more recognition," Cribb said. "I'm excited about the opportunity to get to coach that kind of talent."
Each assistant coach is assigned a specific responsibility for the Shrine Bowl. Cribb said he doesn't have his assignment yet -- which will come from Chuck Jordan of Conway, the head coach of South Carolina's squad -- but he expects to be assigned to the quarterbacks or running backs. Cribb coached against Jordan for six years while he was at region rival South Florence and said he knows him well.
It will be Cribb's first time coaching in the Shrine Bowl. He coached the North/South All-Star Football Game in 2008 while he was at Stall.
WEAVER INVITED TO U100 CAMP
Hilton Head Christian Academy junior Kyle Weaver has been invited to participate in one of five National Underclassmen Combines Ultimate 100 Camps, which will take place at sites throughout the country in June and July.
The Ultimate 100 is an invitation-only camp where top performers from previous underclassmen combines are invited back to compete against other top regional athletes. The camps are sponsored by Rivals.com and covered by ESPN.com; ESPN RISE; Scouts, Inc.; and Scout.com, according to a release.
Weaver was a standout offensive and defensive lineman for the Eagles last season, helping Hilton Head Christian reach the SCISAA Class 2-A title game and earning a spot on The Island Packet and The Beaufort Gazette's All-Area Football Team.
CREW TEAM HOLDING FUNDRAISER
The Hilton Head Island crew team will hold a bingo and pasta dinner fundraiser Saturday at Hilton Head Beach and Tennis Resort.
Prizes will include rounds of golf at area courses and gift certificates to area restaurants and businesses.
Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door and include dinner and your first bingo card. Advance tickets are available at Harbour Town Crafts and Island Party Supplies in the Port Royal Plaza.
Dinner is at 6 p.m. with bingo starting at 7. Limited seating is available.