HHP gtennis champs 2020Hilton Head Prep’s girls tennis team added another chapter to its dynastic reign this season, earning the Dolphins’ seventh state championship in the past eight years.

But simply pointing out that Hilton Head Prep has stood out above the competition in the SCISA Class 2A ranks doesn’t do justice to the level of domination the Dolphins have displayed during their reign.

Sports Dad CoachAs the parent of a … um … difficult child, I sometimes find myself walking the tightrope between concerned, engaged parent and overbearing helicopter parent when I’m forced to reach out to said difficult child’s teacher to ask why she was on “yellow” on the behavior chart or whether her dubious sounding cover story for something is true.

I want the teacher to know that I’m not questioning their actions or undermining their authority; I’m usually trying to hold the little pain-in-the-you-know-what accountable, but I’m a journalist, so I know better than to take an unreliable source’s word at face value. (And this source has a history of fudging the details.) 

TFC 03 GirlsWhen it comes to club soccer, it’s as much about where you go and who is there as it is about who you are. That’s why the Tormenta FC Academy 03 Girls travel far and wide to find the best competition.

The Hilton Head Island-based team has pulled together some of the area’s top players and taken on the top teams the southeastern United States has to offer.

Jacobi SaundersJacobi Saunders is only 11 years old, but he’s already making quite a name for himself in the youth football world.

In fact, Saunders, a fifth-grader at Red Cedar Elementary School in Bluffton, is one of the top players in his age group in all of South Carolina, evidenced by his invitation to represent the Palmetto State in the Carolina Bowl at Duke University on Jan. 5.

A standout defensive lineman, Saunders was one of 25 South Carolina fifth-graders picked for the team after a six-hour tryout in Greenville, adding to the list of prestigious games in which he has played, taking him everywhere from Myrtle Beach to Missouri. He also plays for the Rincon Raiders travel team and will be competing in two upcoming tournaments in Savannah.

Baseball dreamsBless his heart, like many boys his age have dreamed since forever, my 9-year-old son, Truman, wants to be a Major League Baseball player. 

Of course, I, being a man of a certain age who once was a boy his age, know how this story ends when your tallest parent is 5 feet, 6 inches tall and has no discernible athletic talent.

But I’ve been wondering … does he need to know what I know?