Hilton Head Christian fall sports wrapping up
By David Shelton
Hilton Head – Hilton Head Christian Academy continues to compete on a championship level as the fall sports program contends for titles in several sports.
The volleyball team made a run at the AA state title before getting eliminated in the semi-finals by Florence Christian, 2-1. Coach Steve DeSimone’s squad went 8-0 in region play and finished with 20 victories this season.
“We are disappointed with the way it ended but we had a really good season and I am proud of the team,” said DeSimone.
Senior outside hitter Stevie DeSimone is headed for all-state honors again. DeSimone finished the season with 456 kills and a 57.1 kill percentage. She also had 346 digs 42 blocks.
Junior Logan Cherry had 168 kills and led the team with 85 blocks. Senior Andy Anderson had a team-high 469 digs and senior Hannah Reynolds led the team with 652 assists. Sophomore Andi Jacobs had 105 kills and 64 blocks.
The HHCA girls’ tennis team advanced to the AA state finals before losing to Hilton Head Prep, 6-0. Madison Dillon played number one singles for the Eagles this season. Monica Bundy played number two singles while Meredith Inglis manned the number three position.
Catherine Campbell played four singles and Maddy Bauer played five. Michelle Bundy occupied the number six singles position.
The swim teams from Hilton Head Christian performed very well at the SCISA state championships. The boys’ team finished as the state runner-ups while the girls’ team finished third in the AA/A standings.
Grayson Lentz was the top performer for the boys’ team, capturing gold in the 50-yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle. Charles Michael finished second in the 200-yard free and was third in the 100-yard butterfly.
Drew Robinson finished third in the 100 backstroke and fourth in the 50 free while Kevin Geist was second in the 100 butterfly and fifth in the 200 IM. Lentz, Robinson, Geist and Michael won the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay.
Davis Lentz was fifth in the 500-yard freestyle and placed eighth in the 100 breaststroke.
The top performer for the girls’ team was Ashley Weaver, who took gold in the 200 IM and was second in the 100 butterfly. Audrey Robinson was fourth in the 50 free and fifth in the 100 free while Grace Hilton was fifth in the backstroke and 10th in the 50 free.
Samantha Norton was sixth in the 200 free while Anne Gray Cummings took seventh in the 200 free and ninth in the 100 free.
HHCA’s cross country team participated in the SCISA state AA meet on October 25th. Eighth-grader Sam Gilman was the top finisher for the boys’ team in fourth place. The top female runner for the HHCA team was Callie Haertel, who placed seventh.
Other male runners included JC Bauer (42nd), Logan Harsta (43rd), David Graupner (46th) and Matthew Monts (58th).
The other female runners were Alyssa White (36th), Bria McCarthy (51st), Nena Brown (56th) and Hannah Rose Harrison (57th).