Hilton Head Christian spring going well
By David Shelton
Hilton Head – With less a month remaining in regular season play of the 2015 spring sports season, the teams at Hilton Head Christian Academy continue to compete at a very high level in hopes of making a run at state championships in May.
One of those teams expected to be among the state title contenders is the girls’ soccer team, coached by Ben Gerdts. The Lady Eagles made a fantastic run for the AAA title last spring before falling in the state championship match with Pinewood Prep.
This spring, Hilton Head Christian is competing in the class AA/A ranks and should be among the short list of favorites to play for the title in May. At presstime, Hilton Head Christian had posted nine wins in their first 11 outings, including five consecutive region victories.
This year’s team has several outstanding leaders, among them being Allison Meeder, Alyssa Lane, Abigale Bensch and Grace Berrigan. Keeper Meaghan Gilis is among the best in the state and anchors the back defensively.
Another state title contender will be the boys’ golf team, which also moves down to AA after being a AAA state title contender for several years.
This year’s team is experienced and talented, led by Matt Lehman. Others competing in the top four include Trace Crowe, Bryson Nimmer and Jonathan Phillips. The state golf tournament is set for April 27-28 at the Hackler Course in Conway.
Hilton Head Christian’s baseball program also appears to be a team that can challenge for the AA state title this spring. The team is off to a 9-3 start overall and a 5-1 record in conference play under coach Matt Smith.
Anchoring the pitching staff are senior Luke Higgs and John Blackshire, who has a 3-0 record. Higgs also rates as one of the team’s offensive leaders, along with Ryan Barrett, Hunter Greenwell and James Bartholomew, who also has three pitching wins this season.
The boys’ tennis team is 2-4 overall and 2-1 in conference action, looking to finish strong and compete in the AA state tournament.
Playing number one singles this season is Cameron Clark, while Alex Likins is playing number two singles. Tate Lucci plays three singles and Charles Michael is playing four.
Rounding out the starting singles ladder are John Minter at five and Grant Boyd at six.
Hilton Head Christian distance runner Sam Gilman looks to make a state run at the upcoming SCISA state track and field championships. Gilman recently ran a 4:52 in the 1600 meter run at the Beaufort track classic. That was good for a fifth-place finish overall. He also has clocked a time of 2:12.20 in the 800 meter run.