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Hilton Head track teams fare well at Beaufort Classic

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Write

Hilton Head ready to compete for Lower State title

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Hilton Head Island—The Hilton Head High baseball team has taken on a road warrior mentality recently as they’ve made an outstanding run in the postseason.

After finishing third in their region, the Seahawks won at Chapin and Myrtle Beach, respectively, in the first two rounds of the District 7-AAAA tournament. They eventually earned the district title with a 7-6 victory over Chapin.

“There’s no difference (between the regular season and playoffs). Our region is very, very good. Every night our kids faced a quality pitcher, so when we went to the districts we were already used to this. We haven’t seen any surprises and that’s what’s made us better. Our region made us better,” head coach Ken Soucy said.

The Seahawks dropped their opening game in the Lower State Final Four to conference foe Colleton County, but bounced back to eliminate Beaufort before getting another shot at the Cougars. This time it was Hilton Head who came out on top to punch their ticket to the state semifinals.

The team is currently 23-5 overall and will have to win two games on the road at A.C. Flora on May 10 to advance to the Class 4A championship series.

“We have played our best baseball down the stretch and we’ve gotten quality pitching. We’ve gotten progressively better and our swings have gotten progressively better,” Soucy said.

Pitcher/infielder Eric Foggo has given the Seahawks a huge boost on the mound and at the plate. The Stetson commit got off to a slow start but bounced back nicely.

“He’s been amazing. He started slow because of basketball but he’s come on really good,” Soucy said.

 Leadoff hitter and outfielder Koty Brigham has done his job at the top of the order and South Carolina commit Carmen Mlodzinski has continued to show his ability. Catcher Dalton Shaw, an Anderson commit, has been solid behind the plate.

Soucy, who spent the previous seven years as the junior varsity head coach, couldn’t have envisioned a better first season at the helm. No matter what happens from here on out, there are plenty of positive memories this group will take with them.

“These guys are special. I’ve been with a lot of them for five years. We started together in the eighth-grade and I expected this from them,” Soucy said. “They come to work every day. Their work ethic is special. They’ll leave me after practice and sneak down to the public park and hit for another hour. You don’t get a lot of kids that do that at the high school level.”

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Hilton Head Island—While many people think of baseball and softball during the spring sports season, there are several other teams competing for region and state championships as well.

The Hilton Head High girls’ and boys’ track teams had a solid showing at the recent Beaufort Classic. The Lady Seahawks finished third in their division with 68 total points while their male counterparts were fifth with 61 points.

There were several top placers on the girls’ side, including a pair in the distance events. Freshman Tori Herman won the 1600-meters in a time of 5:20.12, and eighth-grader Sarah Cooke was victorious in the 3200-meters after crossing the finish line at 11:54.07.

Herman also teamed with Esther Anderson, Mallory Liggett and Isabel Muehleman to earn first place in the 3200-meter relay. Muehleman, a sophomore, was second in the 1600-meter run as well.

Senior Traci Brown scored points in two sprinting events, grabbing second in the 100-meter dash and third in the 200-meter dash. She also was a member of the 400-meter relay team – along with Jillian Goeman, AJ Morton and Tanashia Robinson – that came in fifth.

Sophomore Kiana Bolden earned a runner-up finish in the 400-meter run, and junior Miyah Shatz took fifth in the 1600-meter run. Other runners that competed at the meet included senior Carol Ann Rosenblum and freshmen Laura Huggins, Kaitlin Cooke, Kaitlyn Holland and Chynna Sneed.

The Hilton Head boys were led by senior Nahuel Coronel and sophomore Sterling White, who both captured top honors in individual events. Coronel won the 3200-meter run in a time of 10:18.44 while White needed just 51.83 seconds to finish the 400-meter run.

The relays were also strong for the Seahawks. Ben Gilman, Sam Gilman, Joshua Williams and Ja’Quell Williams combined to take first in the 3200-meters with a time of 8:11.06.

The foursome of PJ Franklin, Taquan Pope, Ja’Quell Williams and White were runners-up in the 1600-meters, and Nate Brown replaced Pope on the 400-meter relay squad that claimed sixth place.

Joshua Williams also had an individual third place finish in the 1600-meter run while Franklin took fifth in the 400-meter hurdles. Senior David Robinson (third in 3200-meter run) and junior Harvey King (fifth in discus) picked up points in their respective events as well.

Other athletes that participated at the classic included seniors Dajon Robinson and Jose Gayton, juniors Michael Stapleton and Chris Washington, sophomore Reggie McKinney, and freshman Ean Gardner.

In other news, four Hilton Head students will be honored at the upcoming HSSR winter sports awards banquet to be held April 23 at Seawell’s in Columbia.

Junior Kamryn Jackson was named to the Class 4A all-state girls’ basketball team after helping the Lady Seahawks to a region championship. She averaged 10.2 points, 3.5 steals and 2.1 assists on the season.

Bryce Singleton was tabbed to the Class 4A all-state boys’ basketball team after putting up outstanding numbers in 2016-17. The senior recorded 15.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 4.0 steals per game.

A pair of junior grapplers will take home trophies as members of the 4A wrestling team as well. Alex Braden (138 pounds) and Billy Christie (170 pounds) each finished the season as state champions in their weight classes to earn the honor.

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