High School Sports

Prep Notebook, May 4: HHCA athletes ready for first SCISAA state track meet

A bevy of Hilton Head Christian Academy athletes are headed to Porter-Gaud in Charleston on Saturday for the SCISAA state track and field meet, which the Eagles' inaugural program will be competing in for the first time.

Destiny Cook-Herndon and Mary Hannah Lewis will compete in the 3200-meter run, while Cook-Herndon and Lewis will join Carley Wilson and Kate Bennett in the 4x800 relay. Lewis' third and final event will be the 1600 run.

On the boys side, Jamario Williams will take part in four events -- the 4x100 relay and the 100, 200 and 400-meter dashes. He'll be joined in the 4x100 by Tyler Chisholm, DeAngelo Clark and Alex Martin, who will also compete in the 400 hurdles.

Ben Gilman will run the 3200, and Reed Shindell rounds out the list of Eagles' state qualifiers, as he'll take part in the discus.

Dennis headed to PC

Beaufort High School center Rob Dennis will play football for Presbyterian College in the fall.

Dennis, a Beaufort Gazette/Island Packet all-area selection as a senior, chose the Blue Hose over The Citadel and Sewanee. He visited Presbyterian earlier this spring and said he liked the campus.

He said The Citadel's 95-man roster was already set and that he didn't want to wait and start the first day of classes. And Sewanee's price tag wasn't appealing.

"I got the best of both," Dennis said.

Dennis said he has about 90 percent of his Presbyterian tuition covered with academic scholarships, with football coaches working to fill in the gap. He plans to begin workouts with the Blue Hose this summer while enrolling in a summer class.

Dennis was also a member of the Eagles' baseball team.

Hilton Head High lacrosse rakes in awards

Five lacrosse players at Hilton Head Island High School took home lacrosse honors this week, highlighted by Nick Bautista, who was named South Carolina's 2012 Midfielder of the Year.

Bautista, who led the Seahawks to a 10-5 record and a berth in the Lower State championship, was also named to the first team all-state squad at midfield.

But the awards may not be done pouring in for Bautista just yet. Coach Joe Monmonier said the senior is up for All-American honors, but that the nationwide team will not be named until later this month.

Joining Bautista on the all-state first team was Andrew Kirby, who was selected as a long pole midfielder.

Nate Jones was named to the second all-state team at attack while Madison Gayle was named to the second all-Lower State team at goalie. Justin Shaw also brought home second team all-Lower State honors at midfield.