Hilton Head Christian spring athletes performing well
By David Shelton
Hilton Head – With the way things have started over the first month of the spring sports season, it appears Hilton Head Christian Academy is in for a big finish to the 2017 campaign.
Several of the school’s athletic teams are enjoying great success as the spring reaches the final month of competition. Entering April, Hilton Head Christian was contending for region titles in nearly every sport.
The boys’ soccer team, coached by Dylan Curtis, notched a major win last week when they knocked off rival Hilton Head Prep, 8-1. The victory improved the Eagles to 6-1 on the season and the margin of victory was one of the biggest in school history against their rivals.
The remarkable thing about this year’s team is that Curtis does not have a senior on the roster, which doesn’t bode well for opponents over the next few years.
Juniors Evan Berkner, Alex Nasiadka and Reece Woods are the team captains and leaders this season. Matthew McCutchen and Davis Lentz also represent the junior class.
The rest of the roster is comprised of sophomores and freshmen. Sophomores include Carson Webster, Ben Viljac, Josue Hurtado, Rece Cloud, Lukas O’Grady, Bryce MacCaulay, Jacob Zook, Wesley Warner, Clay Corkern, Will Ruhlin, Chase Harsta and Troy Sevier.
Rounding out this year’s program are freshmen Payne Sherbondy, Ben Bartolotto and Jacob Weaver, along with eighth-grader Cassidy Plowden.
The boys’ tennis team is coached by Eric Wommack. The Eagles reached the state championship match last season before losing to Hilton Head Prep in the finals. This year’s team appears poised to make another run at the championship in class AA.
Junior Alex Likins sits atop the singles ladder and leads the way in the biggest matches. Eighth-grader Davis Phillips plays two singles and seniors Tate Lucci and Charles Michael play three and four, respectively. John Minter is playing five singles with junior Grant Boyd and seventh-grader Brent Geist rounding out the squad.
Jason Suddeth’s boys’ golf team also will contend for a state championship trophy this spring. Sophomores Daniel Azellion and JD Patterson, with junior Evan Greenplate, lead the way. Two members of the successful girls’ team – seniors Anne Lesemann Eddy and Jamie Hubbard – add quality depth to the scoring roster.
Freshman Ricky Weathers, junior JC Bauer, eighth-grader Max Green, seventh-grader Sean Engler and sixth-grader Hudson Buck round out the squad.