Recreation Briefs, March 27: Beaufort's Shannon wins state gold on balance beam


Hannah Shannon, a sophomore at Beaufort High School, recently won a state championship in the balance beam while competing for the Sports Academy Sparklers gymnastics team.

Shannon claimed the title in the Level 9 Senior C Division with a team record score of 9.225 in the South Carolina USAG Level 5-10 Championships at Winthrop University in Rock Hill on March 23-25.

She also finished fourth on vault and seventh in the all-around with a total of 34.075, which qualified her for the Region 8 Level 9 meet being held April 11-14 in Jackson, Miss. Shannon managed to qualify despite dealing with a chipped bone in her thumb that didn't allow her much time to work on her uneven parallel bars routine. She was able to post a score of 7.1 on bars, just pushing her all-around score over the national qualifying mark of 34.

This is the fifth straight year she has qualified for the Region 8 regionals at Level 8 and 9.

In the Level 7 B Division, Carol Ann Rosenblum and Alyssa Pierce of Hilton Head Island Gymnastics both posted scores of 9.0 in the vault, finishing in a tie for fifth. Rosenblum also was eighth on the bars.

In the Level 6 E division, Sports Academy's Blair Scheer, a freshman at Battery Creek High School, scored a personal best of 9.15 on floor exercise to win the bronze medal. The Sparklers' Lauren Angus, a sixth-grader at Beaufort Middle School, placed fifth on floor in the Level 6 D Division with a season-high 9.1.

The Sparklers' Level 3-5 gymnasts travel to Rock Hill on April 13-14 for the state AAU District Championships.


The Sun City travel softball team competed recently in the ISSA Myrtle Beach Invitational tournament, winning three of the five games it played before falling in the double-elimination competition. Sun City defeated travel teams from North Carolina, West Virginia and Tennessee before losing to teams from Ohio and West Virginia.

Outfielders Lou Fasano, Red Kopytko and Ken Abshier led the way for Sun City. Fasano batted a team-best . 818, Kopytko added 12 hits and Abshier led the team with nine RBIs and two home runs.

Other contributors included Doug Baker, who batted .733 and had eight runs and eight RBIs. John Heere batted .777, Rick Dory added eight RBIs and Pete Bonanno had six RBIs. Pitcher Bob Lee won one game while batting .714, and Mike Coriale was the winning pitcher in two of Sun City's victories.

Sun City travel team players were: Bill Wealleans, Fitz Harding, Mike Coriale, Craig Waite, Lou Fasano, John Heere, Red Kopytko, Doug Baker, Bob Lee, Dean Waters, Rick Dory, Don Feldkamp, Tom DaParma, Pete Bonanno and Ken Abshier.

Sun City hosts the Sun City Invitational tournament in April.