Fall sports hitting stretch drive at HHCA
By David Shelton
Hilton Head – The state playoffs for the fall sports teams are just around the corner and the athletes at Hilton Head Christian Academy are working to peak at the opportune time.
The state swimming championships mark the start of the fall sports playoff competition. The state swim meet will be held on October 10 in Augusta, Georgia. Hilton Head Christian’s boys and girls teams should contend for a top five finish in the state meet.
Among the best hopes for a gold medal on the girls’ team are Grace Hilton (200 free, backstroke), and Ashley Weaver (backstroke and breaststroke). The relay units also should be in top five contention as well.
On the boys’ side, Charles Michael is a state title contender in the 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. Drew Robinson will contend in the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke, while JD Monts will contend in the 50 freestyle.
Hilton Head Christian’s volleyball program advanced to the state semi-finals last year and this year’s team is expected to make another deep run in the playoffs.
Coach Steve DeSimone has a quality, balanced team and the Eagles won 12 of their first 15 matches this fall, including a 6-0 start in region play.
This year’s team has six seniors – Lily Strickland (setter), Logan Cherry (middle), Linsey Gillis (RS/DS), Mary Allen Dolyniuk (RS), Mia Joyner (DS) and Jacie Miller (RS).
The lone junior on the team this fall is middle blocker Andi Jacobs. Freshmen this year include Julia Wilder (libero), Sydney DeSimone (OH), Josie Frazier and Lauren Poppy. Lauryn Qualls, an eighth-grader, rounds out this year’s roster.
In girls’ tennis, Kaera Handy plays number one singles for the Eagles. Meredith Inglis plays number two singles while Maddy Bauer is the number three singles player. Allison Foster plays four, followed by Molly Lucci at five and Michelle Bundy at six.
A young Hilton Head Christian football team, coached by Matt Smith in his first season at the helm, is competing hard but struggling this fall. The Eagles managed one victory in their first five games, that coming against Smith’s former team, Bible Baptist of Savannah.
The Eagles have losses to Trinity-Byrnes, Northwood, First Baptist and Bethesda. There are some possibilities for success down the stretch, however. Hilton Head Christian takes on Palmetto Christian on October 2nd, Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach on October 9th, Thomas Heyward on October 16th, St. Andrews on October 23rd, and rival Hilton Head Prep in the regular season finale on October 30.
Four of those final five opponents have losing records as presstime.