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Several HHP teams faring well during fall sports

By David Shelton
Senior Writer

Hilton Head – Despite a few ups and downs, the fall sports season at Hilton Head Prep is going pretty well overall as several teams look to contend for state playoff opportunities.
The top team during the fall at Hilton Head Prep is the perennially successful girls tennis team. Once again, the Dolphins have gotten off to a solid start, winning their first five matches of the regular season.
At the top of the singles ladder is number one player Ali Despain, followed in the playing order at number two by Corrie LeMasters. Lauren Harvey is playing three singles while Lizzie Lofye plays four. Sophie McMullen and Molly Rankin close out the singles ladder with Rankin also working in doubles with Kaylee Zhu.
Despite a relatively young roster, the volleyball team is having a solid season. Led by only two seniors – Sarah Griz and Kaitlyn Adkins, the volleyball team won nine of their first 13 matches overall and should contend for a berth in the state playoffs.
The football team has struggled to find consistency but has been competitive despite a 1-4 record. Quarterback Stone McDonald continues to post solid numbers in the offense. McDonald has completed 56 of 80 pass attempts for 635 yards and five touchdowns. He also has rushed for 385 yards and five touchdowns.
The cross country teams at Hilton Head Prep continue to compete against a solid regular season schedule in hopes of being ready for the state meet later this month.
On the boys team, freshman Beckett Jones and senior Justin Perez have been the top performers so far this fall. Eighth-grader Harry Hannah, junior Clayman Tang, and senior Griffen Jones also compete among the top five in most events.
The top female runner to date has been seventh-grader Elizabeth Eisinger. Two other seventh-graders – Anabella Platt and Olivia Renaud – have been running among the top five. Seniors Olivia Light and Courtney Doyle also have been running with the lead group in recent events.
The Hilton Head Prep athletic department recently inducted seven former athletes and two former coaches into the school’s athletic Hall of Fame. The event was part of the September 28 home football game and included a post-game banquet and induction ceremony.
Inductees included former girls basketball coach Bob Sulek and former boys soccer coach Larry Tavino. Athletes included Matt Layman (baseball, football), Patrick Andrews (baseball), Kate Brunori (basketball), Liz Buterbaugh (volleyball), Andrew Hazel (cross country) and Niles Murphy (football).

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