High School Sports

Prep Notebook: Eagles enjoying season of firsts

The list of first-time accomplishments continues to grow for the Beaufort High School boys soccer team, and the Eagles will add their first appearance in the Class 4-A Lower State final to the list Tuesday night.

To add one more milestone -- a trip to Saturday's state championship game in Columbia -- the Eagles will have to reprise their initial "first" of this charmed season.

When the fifth-ranked Eagles beat Wando 3-2 in a preseason tournament in Charleston on Feb. 25, it marked the first time in school history they had beaten the Warriors. They'll try to duplicate that feat when they travel to Mount Pleasant to face the third-ranked Warriors at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

And with their nemesis waiting, the Eagles didn't spend much time celebrating Saturday's 3-1 win over Lexington before shifting their focus.

"We're going to enjoy this now, and then tomorrow we're going to work really hard for Wando," said junior Christian Faale, who scored the final goal Saturday.

The Eagles (19-3-2) know they have their work cut out for them with a Wando team that handed them a 5-2 home loss on March 18. And with a spot in the state championship on the line, they expect an intense game between budding rivals.

"It's like a classic now," Beaufort High coach Gabriel Nieves said. "They are a great team, but we have a great program here, too, and we are ready for everything."


Hilton Head High track coach Blake Bishop held a trophy in one hand and stack of T-shirts in another after Saturday's S.C. High School League track and field championships at Spring Valley.

The full load was a sign of the Class 3-A boys champion Seahawks' success at the meet and also marked the end of an era. If Hilton Head High repeats in 2012, it will be with a new-look team.

Four seniors will graduate this year. Jack Felix, Michael Brewer, MacKenzie Johnston and Aubree Bruce will be moving on. The four make up the Seahawks 4x800-meter relay team that won at state to give the program five straight in the event.

Bishop's team has made adjustments before. It lost standout Clifford Morrow from last year's team. But the Seahawks, who finished fourth in Class 3-A last year, were deeper this season, he said.

They will look for a similar resurgence in 2012.

"We're going four fresh bodies (next year)," Bishop said. "I still have high hopes for the young guys here."


A movie depicting Hilton Head High's lacrosse season, titled "LAXBros: the movie," will premiere at 7 p.m. Sunday at Park Plaza Cinemas.

The movie includes highilghts from games, as well as interviews with players, coaches and parents. It is dedicated to the memory of Ret Thomas, a young lacrosse player who died of pediatric cancer in 2000.

Tickets for Sunday's premiere are $10. Kids 10-and-under will be admitted for free. DVDs are also available for purchase, with some of the proceeds being donated back to the Hilton Head High lacrosse program. The movie's runtime is 93 minutes.