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Spring sports off to a good start at Hilton Head Prep

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Hilton Head – The baseball program at Hilton Head Prep has been through several changes in recent years but new coach Chris Wells is looking to bring some stability to the program.

Wells, the former successful head coach at Hilton Head High, is the third head coach at Prep in as many seasons. Just a few years ago, the Dolphins contended for the SCISA state title in Class AA before falling on tough times in 2018.

The 2019 version of Hilton Head Prep baseball looks much better, at least in the early going. The Dolphins are off to a 6-1 start this spring with only two seniors on the roster.

The two seniors, Gage Hurlbut and Danny Ledee, will be counted on for leadership and production on the field. Hurlbut is off to a sizzling start, picking up nine hits in his first 11 at bats with seven RBI’s in the first five games. The Dolphins are hitting .382 after five games.

Freshman Tristan Bonomo hit .375 with seven RBI’s in the first five games while freshman Connor McDonnell hit .400 early on. Sophomore Jaiden Hrobar also hit .400 early, scoring seven runs, while sophomore Luke Foley hit .500 with five RBI’s and seven runs scored in five games.

Foley also is a key pitcher this spring with 14 strikeouts in his first six innings of work. Sophomore Tommy Stauffer, who scored nine runs in the first five games, has two early wins on the mound as well.

The lone junior on the team this spring is Christian Britschge. Other sophomores include Will Gray and Michael Zoodsma. Rounding out the young roster are freshman Trevor Weldon, and eighth-graders Torin Hrobar and Payce Gartner.

The girls soccer team expects to contend for the SCISA state title this spring. The team is off to a 5-0-1 start heading into its region opener against Palmetto Christian.

Eighth-grade scoring machine Sadie Callen paces the team offensively. Callen had four goals in a win over St. Andrews earlier this season. Seniors Ryan Dailey and Olivia Light also produce offensively as scorers and passers. Freshman Ella Clark and sophomore Ansleigh Crenshaw return as veteran performers as well.

Working well as the keeper this spring is junior Caitlin Heidel.

The other two senior leaders on this year’s team are Sarah Griz and Kaitlyn Adkins. Other juniors include Kiersten Clark and Mackenzie Joyner while Mia Calamari is the only other sophomore on the roster.

 Rounding out the team are freshmen Haylee Hopman, Ashlyn Parsick, Lizzie Lofye, Ivannia Cardenas, Abigail Mendoza, Annie Braun and Haley Majors.

Senior Writer

Hilton Head – Every prep coach in South Carolina realizes that even the most casual fans remember how their favorite team finishes a lot more than how they started.

Hilton Head Prep boys basketball coach Jerry Faulkner is hoping to leave Dolphins fans with pleasant, championship memories in late February. And, his 2018-19 squad is more than capable of contending for the state AA title in SCISA.

After a 1-2 start to this season, the Dolphins entered their game with rival Hilton Head Christian on January 15th riding a nine-game winning streak. This despite several distractions with injuries and illness through the first six weeks of the season.

“We have had 31 practices since October 29 and we’ve had 11 practices with all 12 guys there at the same time,” Faulkner said. “But, we’re coming together now. Hopefully we are ready to play our best basketball of the season when it counts the most. I have a great group of young men. They work hard and they love to compete. The best thing about them is I love this team, on and off the court. They’re good kids.”

The Dolphins have five seniors on the roster but not all start and some play few minutes. Faulkner says a lack of playing time has never been an issue for any player.

“Some play more than others but they are all very good senior leaders,” the coach said. “There’s not a selfish kid on this team. They have accepted their role and they are very supportive. They’re easy to coach.”

Three seniors are in the starting lineup, starting with two guard Haddith Stewart, who averages about 15 points per game. Stewart is the team’s best perimeter shooter and was the region player of the year last season.

Senior Avern Montaque is a 6-4 wing who recently posted three consecutive double-doubles and is the team’s top rebounder and second-leading scorer.

Senior Jack Braun is the third starter and is a gritty defender and unselfish player, according to Faulkner.

Junior Tyrone Calloway is the returning starter at point guard. Faulkner calls Calloway “a true point guard. He’s very unselfish and he distributes the ball.”

Junior forward Stone McDonald rounds out the starting lineup. A third-year starter, McDonald is good inside scorer and rebounder with good passing instincts out of the post.

First off the bench in most case are sophomore small forward Luke Foley and senior guard Hunter Hopman. The team’s fifth senior is Logan Blair. Rounding out the roster are juniors Luke Bennett and Felipe Mendoza, and sophomores Carson King and Max Marko.

Faulkner says his emphasis with his team for the stretch drive focuses on defense.

“I’m a defensive-minded coach so I will never be satisfied with our defense,” the coach said. “We spend a lot of practice time on defense. We have to play good team defense. We have to focus on getting stops and rebounding the ball. When we do that, the offense will come.”

 

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