Match PointA look at tennis and high school sports in southern Beaufort County.
Hilton Head High has been careful not to call tonight’s matchup at Beaufort High a revenge game.
But for the players involved in last year’s Hail Mary ending — which resulted in a 22-19 loss for the Seahawks — the get-even factor will certainly be present.
And maybe even for the coach, too.
“We always think about it,” Seahawks coach Tim Singleton said. “Can we do anything about it? No, we move on. But I’ll tell you what, our kids are looking forward to the matchup.”
They have plenty of reason.
A few notes on the two southern Beaufort County public schools I wasn't able to include in Saturday's Island Packet...
BLUFFTON HIGH SCHOOL
JENKINS IMPRESSIVE: The Bobcats have two well-known running backs in Timmy Smith and Zack Frazier. The duo combined for nearly 2,000 yards last season. But Desmond Jenkins is quickly adding his name to the mix. Jenkins, who plays the wing in the Wing-T offense, brings a new wrinkle to the Bobcats offense with his breakaway speed.
Hilton Head Island High School cruised through Region 8-AAA play last season. The Seahawks allowed less than a touchdown per game on their way to a 5-0 mark in the league.
On the other hand, things couldn't have gone much more differently for Bluffton High School, which had its season end seemingly before it even began. As a result, the Bobcats enter 2009 on an eight-game losing streak.
Jeremy West has been champing at the bit for another chance, another season.
That time arrives today for the Bluffton High School football coach, as public schools are slated to begin practice in South Carolina. And West and his team are taking in every ounce possible.
Like the rest of the Beaufort County high schools, the Bobcats have scheduled an afternoon practice. Their initial meeting will come at 5 p.m. this afternoon.
S.C. High School League discussing realignment; where will Beaufort County sports teams compete in 2010?
The S.C. High School League is in the process of discussing the realignment and reclassification of the state’s athletic teams for the 2010-12 school years, Roger Hazel said Thursday.
Hazel, who is overseeing the project, said the SCHSL hoped to have a realignment proposal in place for the League’s Executive Committee to review late this week. But that appears unlikely, he said.
“We’re running a bit behind,” Hazel said. “If we can get it done by (Friday) morning, then we can have (the Executive Committee) vote on it. But again, I don’t think we’ll have time.”
Hilton Head Island High School has chosen to promote from within for its boys basketball head coaching vacancy. Athletics director Lew Kent said Tuesday that he has recommended three-year assistant coach Ken Updike for the position, pending approval from principal Amanda O'Nan and the Beaufort County School District, he said.
Three Hilton Head Island juniors came away with singles titles at the 53rd annual Wachovia Palmetto Championships, a prestigious junior state tournament that wrapped up Friday in Belton and Anderson.
Bluffton High School learned last week it will have to replace its only varsity boys basketball coach in school history after Jim Finlen resigned from the position following a 4-20 season for the Bobcats.
On Thursday, Bluffton athletics director Dave Adams set out a timeline for how he plans to conduct a search for a new coach. He will be accepting applications for the vacancy through May 22, followed by a round of interviews starting May 25. He said he hopes to make a hire by the end of the month.
I know you've already filled out a bracket. Some of you have probably filled out several. But there's always those last-minute changes you're thinking about making. The Beaufort Gazette/Island Packet sports staff is here to help.
The tournament begins tomorrow (12:20 p.m. precisely) and just so you're highlighting your teams on the couch tomorrow rather than crossing out Final Four picks, you might want some advice.
Feel free to post your picks in the comments section.
Here are our selections for the Elite Eight and beyond.
In yesterday’s tennis column, I previewed the final day of the Special Olympics event that has made its way to Hilton Head Island for more than a decade now.
The National Invitational Tennis Championships at Van Der Meer Shipyard Racquet Club began Monday and concluded with a closing ceremony this afternoon.
The event, presented by the Professional Tennis Registry, included 67 participants in the match play and 31 athletes in the individual skills competition, totaling Special Olympics players from eight different states.