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Beaufort wraps up winter sports and looks ahead to spring


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Beaufort – In terms of athletics, the buzz around the campus of Beaufort High School centers around the start of spring sports. But the winter sports season ended with a solid performance by the wrestling team.

 The Eagles won the region 7-AAAA title again this season. After receiving a first-round bye in the Lower State playoffs, the Eagles posted a second-round win over Airport. The duals season ended with a third-round loss to North Myrtle Beach.

After the duals playoffs, the focus turned to the AAAA state individual tournament. First was the Lower State qualifier with the top four wrestlers in each weight class advancing to the state tournament in Anderson.

At Lower State, four Beaufort wrestlers advanced to the state tournament. Gary Bayne was the Lower State champion in the 106-pound weight class. He advanced to the state tournament where he placed third overall in the championships.

Senior James Dagin also won the Lower State title at 152 pounds. Dagin advanced to the state tournament, reaching the finals before losing and finishing as the state runner-up.

Jeremiah Simmons qualified for state at 160 pounds and posted a solid third-place finish. Colton Phares qualified for state in the 145-pound weight class, finishing fourth.

Matthew Durrance was the Lower State champ at 138 pounds and Michael Cenci was the Lower State champ at 170 pounds, Neither placed in the top four at the state tournament.

The girls basketball team qualified for the Lower State AAAA playoffs, losing in the first round. The Lady Eagles posted a 9-12 overall record.

Junior Layla Warren had an outstanding season, earning all-region honors. Warren averaged 16.2 points and nearly five rebounds per game. Senior Sequoia Smalls averaged 7.9 points and 5.1 rebounds, while N’yia Deville was a key worker on the boards, averaging nearly eight caroms per game.

The boys team failed to make the playoffs, finishing with a 5-20 record. But the future appears bright as several of the key contributors were underclassmen.

Senior Jamaad Rivers ended up as the team’s leading scorer, averaging 12.9 points per game. Junior Oliver Holmes averaged 11.9 points and sophomore Zyrin Odom added 9.8 points and 10 rebounds per game.

Junior Rush Riley added nearly eight points per game while juniors Ben Vanhise and Daniel Phares each averaged six rebounds per game.



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