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I've said all season I was having a hard time getting a read on most of our area's high school football teams, but after a full slate of 10 games Friday, it looks like most of the teams in our coverage area (cue Denny Green) ARE WHO WE THOUGHT THEY WERE!
With the exception of Bluffton's stunning homecoming loss to Lake Marion and Thomas Heyward's decidedly less shocking home loss to St. Andrew's, everything played out as expected Friday.
Out this week is the wildly popular, "Forgetting Sarah Marshall." Peter (Jason Segal) has just been dumped by his world-famous celebrity girlfriend Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell). He's now lost, lonely, and sad. So in a desperate attempt to get her out of his head, he jumps on a plane to Hawaii. It's not long before he realizes that his choice of hotel wasn't the best because not only is Sarah there, she has brought along her new rocker-boyfriend. Let the games begin.
Well, it's October, and that means three things: (1.) The weather is turning cooler; (2.) The Cubs will break my heart and crush my spirit; (3.) The region portion of the high school football season is about to hit full bore.
This is a sports blog, so I'll leave the weather alone, and goodness knows I don't want to talk about No. 2, so let's move on to the last item on the list. Region 8-AAA and Region 5-AA open region play tonight, marking the last of the regions featuring local teams to do so.
It might be a bit of stretch -- though not much of one -- to say USC Beaufort's pitching staff was lights out Thursday evening ... until the lights went out at the Richard Gray Baseball Complex.
The lights down the first- and third-base lines popped off with the USCB squad leading its Sand Sharks counterparts 6-3 in the top of the ninth inning, ending USCB's "Fall Ball Game" prematurely, but before the Sand Sharks put on a pretty nice show for about 200 fans.
"I couldn't be more impressed," USCB coach Rick Sofield said. "I'm pleasantly surprised."
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Fans who can't wait until the Jan. 31 season opener to get their first look at the USC Beaufort baseball team will get their chance Thursday, when the Sand Sharks hold their inaugural "Fall Ball Game" on their home field at the Richard Gray Baseball Complex in Hardeeville.
The intrasquad scrimmage will begin at 5 p.m., and fans are encouraged to bring lawn chairs because bleacher seating is limited. Admission is free, and food and merchandise will be on sale.
We're going to mix up the batting order this week because ... well, because I feel like bragging a bit.
I don't know if you know this, but I'm pretty good at picking high school football games. I went 8-0 last week to improve to 29-3 overall. I nailed Hilton Head Christian over Hilton Head Prep, had Creek breaking the streak, among other prophetic picks last week. Also, my apartment smells of rich mahogany, and I own many leather-bound books.
Out this week is the comedy, "Run, Fat Boy, Run" (2008). Directed by David Schwimmer, this is the story of Dennis (Simon Pegg), a now slightly overweight rent-a-cop whose life has taken a turn for the worse. It was just five years ago that he was about to marry his longtime love, Libby (Thandie Newton), who was also pregnant. Nerves got to Dennis, and he bolted from the church, leaving her at the altar.
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On the wings of an Angel: Charleston County's giant Angel Oak may soon get new neighbors - a lot of neighbors. But, as the The Charleston City Paper reports, "Last-minute petitions look to stall Johns Island development" that would place a 600-unit Angel Oak Village on 21 acres near the popular oak.