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Beaufort spring off to a good start

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Beaufort – The 2019 spring sports season is off to a good start at Beaufort High School, particularly in baseball, track, boys tennis.

Beaufort’s baseball team expects to contend for the region 7-AAAA title this spring as coach Keith Riley returns several key players from last year’s playoff club.

The Eagles are off to an 8-0 start this season heading into their first region series against Hilton Head on March 18th. The region series consists of three games in a week and the Eagles have a solid chance of winning the region title. Colleton County appears to be the other favorite as the Cougars are off to an 8-1 start this season.

Beaufort’s top returning player is senior right-hander Paul Winland. Winland was the ace of the pitching staff last year, winning eight games. Oliver Holmes will be another key performer on the mound.

Senior Jeffrey Smyth returns behind the plate and is one of the team leaders offensively. Seniors Brenden Bowersox and Reed Reichel also return as starters and will be among the top hitters in the lineup as well.

The boys tennis team also should contend for a Lower State playoff berth as the season progresses. The Eagles are 2-1 to start the season, including a 1-1 start in conference play after a win over Bluffton and a 4-3 loss to Hilton Head.

Thomas Gnann is holding down the number one spot in the singles ladder this spring, followed by Griffin Stone at number two. Merritt Patterson and Diego Ladino have shared early time at the number three singles slot while Mitchell Russell and Tucker Martin round out the top singles performers.

Gnann and Ladino form the number one doubles team. Working for the top spot as the two doubles team are Bodie Daniel and Casey Hoogenboom, and Joseph Combs and Walker Perryman.

The track and field program is annually a state title contender and several athletes are making an early mark this spring.

On the girls team, early top performers include Charlize Antia (3200), Layla Warren (100 hurdles), Darien Watkins (triple jump), Anna Lyles (pole vault, high jump), JyYan Simmons (discus) and Tiana Litmon (shot put).

 From the boys team, Trejohn Smalls has been a top sprinter and Josh Wilborn is working in the 800. Nash Mills and Marlon Belden will be top distance runners while Edward Warren and Kenneth Williams are the top hurdlers. Excelling in the throws is Dexter Ratliff.

 

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