High School Football

Prep roundup, Oct. 29: Bluffton girls tennis, Battery Creek volleyball 1st-round winners

Bluffton rolled to a 6-0 win over Carolina Forest in the first round of the Class 4-A girls tennis Lower State playoffs on Wednesday.

The Bobcats will host a second-round match on Monday.

Bluffton 6, Carolina Forest 0

Singles: 1. Natalie Bassett def. Drew Limpasuvan 6-1, 6-0; 2. Rachel Riley def. Eva Vandoros 6-1, 7-6; 3. Cooper Baxter def. Joslyn McCray 6-1, 6-3; 4. Chloe Thomas def. Jaden Nye 4-6, 6-0, 10-7; 5. Angie Castrillon def. Sophia Gouhin 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles: 2. Moriel Williams and Lauren Bierschenk def. Casey Mallon and Brittany Morgan 6-3, 6-1.

Hilton Head 6, Midland Valley 0: The Seahawks made quick work of Midland Valley in the first round and will host a match on Monday.

Singles: 1. Jen Oliver def. Leah Padgett 6-0, 6-0; 2. Sarah Wood def. Kristina Rhoden 6-0, 6-0; 3. Holly Kerr def. Amber Lewis 6-0, 6-0; 4. Sydney Hall def. Brittany Pixley 6-0, 6-0; 5. Henry Clare Cram def. Ashley DeFore 6-1, 6-0.

Doubles: 2. Nicole Diaz/Sara Warner def. Maddie Morris/Brooke Henderson 6-0, 6-0.


Battery Creek 3, Silver Bluff 0: The third-seeded Dolphins knocked off second-seeded Silver Bluff in the first round of the Class 2-A playoffs on Wednesday (26-24, 25-9, 25-22).

Top players for the Dolphins included Taquasha Lampkin (12 blocks), Mia Debardelaben (three blocks, five kills), Michaux Gee (10 assists), Ajaha Parker (10 digs), McKenzie Young (three aces, four assists) and Dazanni Hinton (three kills).

Battery Creek will play Monday at Dillon.

Woodland 3, Whale Branch 2: The fourth-seeded Warriors put up a good fight but fell 25-17, 20-25, 25-12, 23-25, 15-12 to No. 1-seeded Woodland to eliminate Whale Branch from the Class 2-A playoffs.


Class 4-A Lower State qualifier: The Bluffton boys and girls qualified for the state championship at the Lower State qualifier on Wednesday at North Charleston's Wannamaker Park.

The girls finished second, led by fourth-place finisher Madison Lewellen, Madison (20:44.22). Other Bluffton girls scorers: 7. Hayley Welsch, 20:53.67; 11. Emma Dewey, 21:05.29; 20. Lea Tierney, 21:35.63; and 25. Grace Sulak, 21:50.09.

The boys finished sixth, led by Walter Wheeler, who finished 18th with a time of 18:11.25. Other Bluffton boys scorers: 21. Nathan Lessard, 18:18.11; 33. Sean Sutay, 18:48.54; 39. Patrick Connolly, 19:02.25; 45. Rory Witkowski, 19:11.17.


Class 4-A Championship: The Lady Bobcats (40-35) finished 13th overall with a team score of 729. Dorman won the title with a team score of 641.

"We're in a growing year and made great accomplishments," Bluffton coach David Crosby said. "The overall goal was to make it to state. The weather was a big impact with torrential rains."

Sophia Burnett led the Bobcats with an 80-83--163. The other Bluffton golfers were Kathryn Thorne (86-83--169), Molly Minasi (97-93--191), Brooke Larson (104-103--207) and Kaylia McIntyre (105-102--207).

"(We're) proud of the effort of all the girls," Crosby said. "We will be back and stronger next year. A very good season."