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Team Lowco soccer correspondent Conner Worl was in The Nest for a boys brouhaha between the Seahawks and the Bluffton Bobcats in the second and final leg of their Region 7-4A series. Josh Fox’s Bobcats claimed a 2-nil win in the first meeting two weeks earlier in The Den, but Pete Savarese’s Seahawks flipped the script in the rematch.

Justin Ruiz Echeverria made a number of clutch saves to preserve the clean sheet behind a stout Hilton Head defense, and Connor Sheeran cashed in the only goal of the night to give the Seahawks a 1-nil win and even their region mark at 3-3 heading into another pivotal rematch at home against May River on Tuesday.

Hilton Head’s girls made it a sweep with a 3-nil win over the Bobcats, finishing the season sweep of their rivals and climbing into third place in the Region 7-4A standings. The Seahawks have a couple of tough non-region tests lined up this week, including a cross-island clash with Hilton Head Prep this evening.

It was also Seahawks vs. Bobcats on the baseball diamond, running it back for game 2 after Hilton Head’s Slater Alsobrook shut down the Bobcats in a 4-1 win in Monday’s opener. Landon Schwartz picked up where Alsobrook left off, striking out seven Bobcats in a complete game and going 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs at the plate in a 5-1 win. Brad Larson had a big night for Hilton Head, going 3-for-4 with two runs and three RBIs, including a two-run double to help break it open in the sixth.

Seahawks move into fourth in the region standings, while the Bobcats remain winless in region play. Hilton Head was back at it Saturday, splitting a doubleheader with Atlantic Collegiate. Grady Cherrington-Dunton went 2-for-3 with a double and three RBIs to lead the Seahawks to a 12-5 win in game 1.

Staying on the diamond, Hilton Head Prep blanked Habersham School 10-0 on Thursday with Tyler Britschge and Sam Middleton combining on a five-inning no-hitter. Middleton also went deep, and Connor Campbell blasted a pair of homers.

Our friends at Beaufort’s Own were in The Den at Bluffton High School for some softball action Friday night, but it was a tough night for the home team, as Lucy Beckham pulled away late for a 14-4 win. It was also a tough weekend for May River softball, which tested itself against strong Class 5A competition at the Swamp Fox Invitational in Charleston and dropped all five games, four of them competitive matchups.

The USCB Sand Sharks were busy on the diamonds this weekend, with both the baseball and softball teams hosting three-game Peach Belt Conference series out in Hardeeville. The baseball team was in desperate need of a win, entering the weekend on an 11-game losing streak dating all the way back to March 3, and the visiting Lander Bearcats extended the skid to 12 with a 17-6 win in Friday’s opener, but the streak ended in game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader, as Julian Galassi plated Sebastian Biggs in the bottom of the 11th to give the Sand Sharks a 13-12 win that helped with the sting of being no-hit in a 19-0 rout in the series finale. Funny game, baseball.

Things weren’t as dire for the Sand Shark softball team heading into a weekend series with Georgia Southwestern, but USCB had lost nine of 11 coming in and couldn’t get the offense going in the first two games this weekend. The Canes blanked the Sand Sharks 3-0 on Friday and took the first game Saturday by a 10-1 margin, but Jaci Coleman’s two-run homer gave USCB a 4-0 lead in the second inning of the finale, and Cierra Kinlaw made it stand up in a 4-3 win.

Hampton County’s girls blazed to the title and the Hurricanes shared the boys crown with host Whale Branch on Saturday at the Marwin Kline Invitational. Hampton’s Tyshana Leverette was the only Lowco athlete to win two individual events, taking gold in the high jump and the triple jump.

And March might be over, but the Madness continues for one former Lowco high school hoops star. Whale Branch alum Nick Pringle stole the show Saturday night in the Elite Eight, racking up 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Alabama Crimson Tide past the Clemson Tigers and into the first Final Four in program history. Next up for Pringle and the Tide: A date with defending champion UConn on Saturday.

Justin Jarrett, Lowco Sports
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