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Hilton Head Prep heading for final push to postseason

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Hilton Head – Both the boys and girls basketball teams at Hilton Head Prep can see the end of the 2019-20 regular season approaching, and both look to finish strong in region play and earn a spot in the SCISA AA postseason state tournament.

The boys team, coached by Jerry Faulkner, is the defending state champion but was hit hard by graduation. Nonetheless, the Dolphins are once again having a strong season. Entering play on January 24th against rival Hilton Head Christian, the boys team was 12-4 overall with a 4-1 record in region play.

 The most experienced returning player from last season is guard Tyrone Calloway and he has brought the leadership for this year’s roster. Calloway is averaging better than 17 points per game and recently had a string of six consecutive games with at least 20 points.

Senior forward Stone McDonald is a strong, consistent performer inside and will anchor the paint.

Two other contributing seniors are Felipe Mendoza and Luke Bennett. Juniors expected to contribute include Carson King, Harrison Green, Luke Foley and Max Marko.

Rounding out this year’s roster are sophomores Connor McDonnell and Ryan Mikell, and freshmen Thomas Dowling and Kane Eanes.

The girls team, coached by Dan Sheehan, is 8-8 overall and 1-3 in conference play as they prepare for Hilton Head Christian.

Sophomore Ella Clark is the team’s leading scorer at 10.9 points per game. Clark also brings down nearly five rebounds per game. Sophomore Haylee Hopman averages five points and four rebounds per game while senior Kiersten Clark adds 4.9 points and 3.3 boards per game.

Senior Maddie Frank has been a solid rebounder, averaging 5.4 boards per game. Senior Mackenzie Joyner, sophomores Annie Braun and Abi Mendoza, and eighth-grader Gracie Henderson also have contributed offensively.

Prep athletes honored as HSSR all-state

Several Hilton Head Prep athletes from the 2019 fall sports season were recently announced as all-state performers by the High School Sports Report. The publication will honor all-state athletes in all of the fall sports with two banquets on February 16 in Columbia.

The non-football awards banquet will take place at 1 p.m., followed by the all-state football banquet at 4 p.m. Both events are held at the Seawell’s Restaurant.

Football all-state honorees from Hilton Head Prep included linebacker Carson King and quarterback Stone McDonald.

Three players and a coach from the state championship girls golf team will be honored. Coach Steve Moe is the SCISA AA Coach of the Year and Sophie Burnett, who won medalist honors at the SCISA AA state tournament, was tabbed as the Player of the Year by the HSSR.

Also named all-state in golf were McKenzie Gallagher and Maddie Frank.

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