Hilton Head Christian basketball teams hope for strong finish
By David Shelton
Hilton Head – With a handful of games remaining in the regular season, it does not appear that either basketball team at Hilton Head Christian Academy will be able to win a region championship this season.
However, the possibility remains for one or both teams to earn a spot in the upcoming SCISA state basketball tournament if they can finish strong.
The girls’ team, coached by third-year head man Kenny Conroy, stands the best chance of earning a state playoff bid and is in strong contention for a top two finish in the region. Hilton Head Christian entered a game on January 31st with a 12-2 record overall and a 4-2 record in region 3-AAA. The Eagles trail region leader Northwood by two games and trail Pinewood Prep by a game.
HHCA won its first 10 games of the season after finishing 19-10 a year ago. Conroy returned most of the top talent from that team and expected to be a contender this winter.
This year’s team is led by Andy Anderson and sophomore Ziaira Doe, the top two scorers on the squad this season. Fellow seniors Audrey Bensch, Francesca Guidobono and Alexis Evanofski are providing solid team leadership and production as well.
The boys’ basketball team had hopes of improving on last year’s 10-14 record, but have struggled at times to find consistency this season. Entering play on January 31st, the Eagles were 6-9 overall and 1-4 in region play. The lone region win came against rival Hilton Head Prep. The Eagles won two league games last year.
The team’s top offensive performer is senior guard Brad Meccariello, a consistent double figure scorer. Senior point guard Deovonte Doe has made a nice impact in his first season with the program.
Senior Zack Polk has been starting at the small forward position while senior CT Davis works down low, along with senior post Frank Smith, the team’s tallest player at 6-3.
Junior Chris Edwards and sophomore Josh Polk provide good depth off the bench. Shooting guard Ryan Barrett and forward Cole Webster also see considerable playing time.
Athletes to be honored at HSSR all-state banquet
Hilton Head Christian Academy will be well-represented at the High School Sports Report’s annual fall sports all-state awards banquet on February 16.
The publication hosts one banquet at 1 p.m. for all sports other than football at Seawell’s Restaurant in Columbia. All-state athletes and coaches in volleyball, swimming, golf, cross country and tennis will be recognized.
Hilton Head Christian Academy volleyball player Stevie DeSimone was named to the HSSR SCISA All-State volleyball team and will receive an award at the banquet.
At 4 p.m., the HSSR Football All-State banquet will take place. Selected to the SCISA all-state AA team were HHCA quarterback/defensive back Brad Meccariello, running back Deo’vonte Doe, running back DeAngelo Clark, tight end/linebacker Reese Dolyniuk, and offensive lineman Ben Warner.
Coastal Carolina head football coach Joe Moglia is the featured speaker for the football awards banquet.