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Hilton Head Christian fall sports hit stretch drive


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Hilton Head – It’s go time for the fall sports teams around the state as the state playoffs are quickly approaching.

The turn of the page into October means state playoffs are a few weeks away and the athletes and teams at Hilton Head Christian Academy are gearing for extended runs.

One team at the school hoping to make a nice run in the postseason is the volleyball team, coached by Steve DeSimone. The Eagles are a perennial playoff participant and have been among the top SCISA AA programs for a few years now.

This year’s team is closing in on a region championship, having won their first five matches of the conference slate. Entering an October 3rd match against Beaufort Academy, Hilton Head Christian was at 17-9 overall, including tournament play.

Junior Sydney DeSimone is among the leaders on this year’s team. DeSimone leads the team in kills (175) and defensive digs (178). She also has served 23 aces and posted 16 blocks.

Sophomore Lauryn Qualls is another key performer this fall. Qualls has posted 155 kills with 168 digs while leading the team with 41 service aces.

Junior Olivia Reichenbach has 113 kills and 19 blocks and sophomore setter Brielle McCarthy is leading the team with 497 assists.

Other key defensive specialists include junior Jane Bender (170 digs), junior Julia Wilder (134 digs) and junior Courtney Grey (127 digs). Junior Amy Murphy has contributed 24 service aces.

The girls’ tennis team is quite young this fall but working hard to improve and compete. Meredith Inglis is the lone upperclassman on the roster as a senior. Charlotte Bauer and Jacqueline Lowrey are eighth-graders while Abby Pedruzzi is a seventh-grader. Rounding out the squad are sixth-graders Elizabeth Minton and Olivia Rose Besecker.

The Eagles’ football team sits a 3-2 at the midway point of the season. The Eagles were preparing to take on AAA Laurence Manning at presstime.

Hilton Head Christian posted early wins over First Presbyterian Academy of Georgia, Colleton Prep and Northwood Academy, while losing games to John Paul II and Thomas Heyward.

Quarterback Daniel Harrington has been a solid early performer, leading the team in rushing (417 yards, 5 TD) and passing (670 yards, 9 TD). Key receivers include Brendan Studenc (14-246, 2 TD) and John Burke (11-189. 2 TD).

Among the top defensive leaders are Max Lowery (40 tackles), Ben Viljac (39 tackles) and Chandler Edwards (30 tackles). Dargan Cherry has 29 tackles with six tackles for loss and three fumble recoveries. Reese Woods has three interceptions while Wesley Warner has two picks.



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