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Beaufort winter sports hitting stretch drive in 2020


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Beaufort – The flipping of the 2020 calendar to February signals the stretch run to the winter sports season across the state.

State playoffs will be well underway by mid-February, which means the final three weeks of the regular season are of utmost importance for the athletes competing at Beaufort High School.

Both basketball teams are hoping to finish strong and earn a spot in the upcoming state AAAA playoffs. To do so, both will need to navigate the remaining contests in region 7-AAAA.

The girls team has opened region play with a split of their first two games, losing to Colleton County and earning a win over Hilton Head. The Eagles went 6-8 overall through games of January 17 and have several key region contests ahead.

Junior Layla Warren continues to set the pace offensively for the Eagles, averaging 16.7 points per game to go with 4.5 rebounds per contest. Senior Sequoia Smalls is the next best option offensively, averaging nearly seven points per game, while senior Naja Deville is the team’s top rebounder, pulling down 6.8 boards per game.

The boys team has struggled to find consistency in the first half of the season. The Eagles enter play on January 21 at 5-14 overall and 0-2 in region seven play.

Senior Jamaad Rivers continues to be a solid option offensively, leading the team in scoring at 14.5 points per game. Junior Oliver Holmes adds 12.2 points per game while sophomore forward Zyrin Odom is averaging 10.1 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

Senior Josh Aiken (7.3 ppg) and junior Ben Vanhise (4.8 ppg) also have been regular contributors.

Beaufort’s wrestling team is currently ranked 10th in Class AAAA by and the Eagles look to have several wrestlers compete for state medals in February.

James Dagin and Michael Cenci continue to be the top performers – Dagin at 160-pounds and Cenci at 170 pounds. Working at 106 is Gary Bayne while Tayriq Legree is getting in time at 113.

Jaidon Fu competes at 120 and Payton Bayne is wrestling at 126. Ryley King wrestles at 132 and Matthew Durrance is wrestling at 138.

Working in the 145-pound weight class is Colton Phares with Kaywan Johnson seeing action at 152 pounds.

 Rounding out the lineup on most nights are Jeremiah Simmons (182), John Legree (195), Degin Lowery (220) and Terrence Wilson (285).



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