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Beaufort Academy Boys’ Soccer Seeking 6th Straight SCISA Soccer State Championship

By Billy G. Baker

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Beaufort—No doubt Beaufort Academy is the envy of every SCISA school across South Carolina with their domination of Spring each year as the boys’ soccer team won their 5th straight title last year, the boy’s tennis won a state title and the boy’s golf won the gold medal round as well.

With seven starts back and coached by 17-year coaching veteran n Bill Dalton the Eagles boys’ soccer team are heavy favorites to win their sixth title in a row. “I have no reserve players or starters who have not experienced that great feeling you get when you win a championship so of course winning our sixth straight is our number one goal this season,” said Coach Dalton who spends much of his summer helping run nationally known soccer camps in New Hampshire. “The team has been working hard and we expect to have another outstanding season and with seven starters back we feel confident we will have another outstanding season.”

The team is out of the gate at 2-0 with a 2-0 win over John Paul II on March 13 and a 3-1 win over Holy Trinity on March 19. On March, 26 they will be at home against Hilton Head Christian and on the 28th they host Hilton Head Prep. The team competes in the SCISA AA classification.

The team is led by fourth year starting goalie David Mathia who was the HSSR Class AA Player of the Year a year ago. “David invests an incredible amount of time developing himself as a top -flight goalie,” said Coach Dalton. “He goes to nationally known goalie camps and he spends a lot of time working on self-improvement drills and he is a real student of the sport of soccer. His focus on the sport, and his year-round work ethic, is rarely seen in SCISA for sure.

“David is our vocal leader on the field and he communicates very well with his teammates. He plays the goalie position at a very high level,” said Coach Dalton. Coach Dalton said several colleges have inquired about Mathia and at this point he has his heart set on playing for Bapson College in Massachusetts.

Thomas Holiday will be starting in the center midfield for the fourth year in a row and he is just a junior. “Thomas was all-state last year, and he is another dedicated player who has been in the program for a long time and we count on his leadership as well,” said Coach Dalton.

In defeating The Kings Academy for the state title at Cardinal Newman last May attacker Ben Trask scored two goals in the come-from-behind win. Then a few minutes later in the title game Charlie Weeden etched his name in eagle soccer folklore with the winning goal. “We have moved Charlie from the wing on offense to right marking back on defense and he is a versatile player with skills to many positions,” said Coach Dalton.

Junior Dawson Coleman, a top rising 2020 quarterback prospect in South Carolina, is a 6-5 human wrecking ball in the center of the field. “At 6-5 Dawson can cover a lot of ground in the center of the field and he also has a huge wing span when he goes up in the air to control the ball,” said Coach Dalton. “It’s nice to have a player like him in the middle of the field.”

William Tumlin returns as a junior sweeper for the Eagles. “William has great field speed and he is a good cover defender for us,” said Coach Dalton.

Edward McCormick was a human tackling machine this football season for the state champion Eagles football team and he is lending his tenacity to the boys’ soccer team for his senior year. “Edward always gives 100 per cent great effort and he would run through a brick wall if he knew it would help the team,” said Coach Dalton. “Just on sheer will and guts he is good for one goal a game.”

The team has a couple athletes who play two varsity spring sports at the same time and Daniel Richards is among them. “Daniel is number one on our boy’s tennis team that won a state title also and he is back starting for the third season,” said Coach Dalton. “He is our left marking back and he does a great job on defense.”

A few newcomer starters include Elijah Fess, also a good basketball player. “Elijah will play our left wing on offense and he is very quick,” said Coach Dalton. Junior Ashton Bell will start in the forward slot and Coach Dalton said he has vastly improved his soccer skill soccer skills over the past year.

Another new start is two spring sport athlete Joe Stowe and he last played soccer for the Eagles in the 8th grade when he quit to focus more on a budding golf career. “Joe is number one on our golf team and we are pleased that he decided to come back out for soccer because he was one of our outstanding middle school players a few years back,” said Coach Dalton. “He has great potential to help the team this year playing in the middle for us.”

A few key reserves include sophomore midfielder Justin Obregon and right marking back Ben Lubkin.

Softball Team Reinstated This Season For First Time Since 2007

Jan Ulmer is the new head softball coach at Beaufort Academy and she has the challenge of re-starting a program that has been reinstated after being discontinued after the 2007 season.

“All my players are working hard, and they are very coachable and willing to learn but some of them are very new to the sport,” said Coach Ulmer. “We knew when we played Thomas Heyward we were not going to beat them but in our 16-9 loss to John Paul II we gave up 11 unearned runs, so we need to play better defense and we are working on cutting down on errors.

“We will have some growing pains, but I am excited about the effort of the girls and their eagerness to learn,” said Coach Ulmer. ” We are excited about winning a solid program at Beaufort Academy.”

The team consists of the following varsity starters: Sophomore pitcher Anna Grace Dennis is in the circle. Jordan Gray and Kiersten Boulden alternate starting between first and third base. Emily Wilson plays second base and Riley Gates is on third. The only senior on the team is shortstop Hannah Ackerman while catching duties are shared by Gray and Boulden. The center fielders are either Clara Conway or Madison Smith along with Mariah Midyette in right field and Emma Dillinger holds down a corner spot in left.

While 7th grader Olivia Dinkins can’t play in a varsity game by rule she is working hard for a solid future in the program since there is no jayvee program.

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