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State title in girls tennis highlights Hilton Head Prep fall

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Hilton Head – While competing well across the board, the Hilton Head Prep fall sports campaign ended with only one state championship in 2018.

The perennially powerful girls tennis team captured another SCISA AA state championship in October, knocking off Spartanburg Christian, 5-1, in the state finals. The Dolphins defeated Carolina Academy, 6-0, in the semi-final round. The team finished with a 10-0 record.

Anchoring the team in the number one singles position this season was Ali DeSpain, the lone senior in the starting lineup. The other seniors on the team were Aubrey Zoodsma, Evie Snipes and Holland Traver.

Sophomore Corrie LeMasters played two singles and freshman Avery Brothers played number three singles. Sophomore Lauren Harvey handled four singles and freshman Lizzie Lofye was at number five. Seventh-grader Maria Herrmann rounded out the singles ladder at number six.

Other freshmen on the roster were Cassie Cohen, Valerie Covington, Lily Perez and Kaylee Zhu. Rounding out the roster were eighth-grader Molly Rankin, and sixth-graders Lila Ferne, Anna Armistead and Bella Johnson.

The football team won the region championship and earned a spot in the state playoffs. The season, however, ended with a first-round loss to Robert E. Lee, 39-26. The Dolphins finish with a 4-6 record after a 1-5 start.

Quarterback Stone McDonald had a solid finish to his season, passing for 230 yards and rushing for 101 yards in the final game. McDonald finishes his junior season with 1,781 yards passing with 14 touchdowns and 867 yards rushing and 11 more scores.

Sophomore Tommy Stauffer also had a big game in the finale, catching 10 passes for 187 yards. The team will lose nine seniors off this year’s team

Athletes in cross country also competed in postseason action at the SCISA Class AA state cross country championships in late October.

The boys team posted a sixth-place team finish in the standings, led by freshman Beckett Jones, who was the team’s top finisher in 29th-place overall. Sophomore Harry Hannah, Justin Perez and Clayman Tang finished 37th, 39th and 40th, respectively. Gunnar Bonomo, Griffin Jones and Felipe Mendoza also ran in the championship meet.

The girls team finished seventh in the final standings. Leading the effort was eighth-grader Elizabeth Eisinger, who was 20th overall. Iva Cardenas was 40th and Annabella Platt was 51st, while Olivia Light placed 54th.

Also competing were Sophia Parris, Jackie Sullivan and Greta Bonomo.

The volleyball team finished with a 10-11 record and made the AA state tournament. The team went 1-2 in the playoffs. This year’s team had only two seniors – Kaitlyn Adkins and Sarah Griz.




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