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Hilton Head Christian wrapping up another successful spring

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Hilton Head – Though not quite officially in the books, the spring sports season of 2017 has been quite successful for the athletes at Hilton Head Christian Academy.

The playoff runs for a few teams have been completed but a few more teams are still chasing the state championship dream heading into the second week of May.

One team hoping for a title is the baseball team, coached by Matt Smith. The Eagles have had a great season, winning the region championship and taking their first-round playoff series over Oakbrook Prep with a two-game sweep.

The second round is proving to be more difficult as the Eagles face perennial state title contender Robert E. Lee. Hilton Head Christian lost the first game of the best-of-three series, 11-1, on May 8th, dropping their season record to 16-6.

Several players have had successful seasons for the Eagles, led by sophomore pitcher/catcher Dargan Cherry. Cherry was tabbed as the region Co-Player of the Year this season, hitting .442 with 23 RBI’s while compiling a 5-1 record on the mound.

Junior pitcher/outfielder John Burke is hitting .423 with 21 stolen bases while also earning five pitching victories. Junior shortstop/pitcher John Blackshire has four wins and is hitting .344 with a team-leading 26 runs batted in.

Senior Zach Whitton is hitting .413 with 21 runs scored, while junior outfielder J.D. Monts and freshman infielder Daniel Harrington continue to be solid contributors.

The boys’ soccer team also won the region championship and opened the state playoffs with a 6-1 win over Shannon Forest. The Dolphins look to win on May 10th to advance to the state finals. Hilton Head Prep played Thomas Sumter in the semi-final round.

Evan Berkner scored three goals in the first playoff win. Carson Webster added a goal and two assists.

The boys’ tennis team advanced to the state AA finals before losing, 5-3, to rival Hilton Head Prep. Alex Likins played number one singles this season, followed by Davis Phillips at number two. Tate Lucci played three singles and Brent Geist played four. Charles Michael was the number five singles player and combined with Lucci at number two doubles. John Minter rounded out the singles ladder at six.

The Dolphins finished with an 8-4 record this season.

The boys’ golf team finished fourth in the SCISA state AA championship, 12 shots off the pace. Danny Azallion earned all-state honors with an 18-hole total 69. Evan Greenplate shot 77 and Max Green shot 80. Rounding out the scoring were JD Patterson and Anna Lesemann Eddy, each with 83’s.

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