Beaufort Academy's girls soccer team brought back one key piece of its 2010 state championship team, goal-scoring machine Miranda Weslake.
And much of the Eagles' midfield and attack remained unchanged. But Beaufort Academy coach David Byrne has overseen a change in the back, and the Eagles' success in SCISAA Class 2-A will hinge in part on how they adjust defensively.
"My defense is being reconstructed," Byrne said. "It's a new back. They've responded well."
Juniors Megan Kahn and Katie Kindwall, in their first year on the varsity squad, are starting on defense. Kahn plays stopper and Kindwall sweeper.
Keeper Charlotte Delfosse, a converted basketball player, played her first full varsity game March 1, a 4-4 tie with Hilton Head Christian Academy. Byrne said Delfosse was aggressive out of the net and made several key saves.
Byrne said Delfosse has the demeanor needed to play in goal and possesses good instincts. She guessed correctly on Hilton Head Christian's tying penalty kick in stoppage time, diving to the right. The shot made it through, but Byrne was impressed.
Delfosse made eight saves during a tie with Ashley Hall on March 2.
"She's really picked it up," Byrne said. "She's got a great work ethic, too."
RUSTY BUT READY
It was a quick turnaround for the Thomas Heyward Academy softball team, which opened its season with a 13-2 win against Dorchester Academy on Tuesday.
All but two of the Rebels' starters were also on the basketball team that played for the state title three days earlier, meaning the squad had just one day of practice at full-strength before the opener.
But that didn't stop last year's SCISAA Class 3-A runners-up from pounding the Raiders, as Ashlie Layman went 3 for 3 with five RBIs, Chandler Cook had four hits and an RBI, and pitchers Weslee Sewell and Taylor Ernestine combined to shut down Dorchester Academy.
The Rebels should be slightly better prepared for their next game, which is at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Colleton Prep.
In the North-South all-star game at Wilson Hall, the North squad pinned an 88-80 loss on the South.
Hilton Head Prep's Alex Orford tallied 12 points,12 rebounds, two steals and two assists for the South, and Hilton Head Christian Academy's Taylor MacDonald added nine points, three blocks, two assists and two boards.
In the SCISAA vs. GISA game at Heathwood Hall, Hilton Head Christian's JaBrook Tucker played a starring role in his team's 100-89 loss to its Georgia counterparts. Tucker scored seven of South Carolina's first 11 points and finished with 11 points and four assists.
BEAUFORT HIGH BOOSTERS TO HOLD YARD SALE
Beaufort High School's Big Green Booster Club is accepting donations for a yard sale to support Beaufort High athletics. Donations may be dropped off at the Lady's Island-St. Helena Fire District, at 237 Sea Island Parkway, or donors can call and schedule a pick-up for items too large to haul. Contacts for to schedule pick-up are: Benji 986-7169, John 812-1083, Scott 321-0944, David 575-7470, Will 252-9051. The yard sale will be held April 30 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Beaufort High.
HHCA SHOOTS IN CLINTON
Hilton Head Christian Academy placed 13th among 28 teams in the varsity division and 17 among 26 teams in the junior varsity division of the most recent SCISAA clay shooting meet in Clinton last weekend. Justin Remegi led the Eagles' varsity squad with a score of 78, followed by Drew Davis with 72 and Ryan Cash with 65.