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Story by Barry Kaufman | Photos by Rittherbeck Photography

B.J. STEARNS: GUIDING YOUNG ATHLETES TO GREATNESS

Over the past 20 years, Smith Stearns Tennis Academy has been helping shape the next generation of the sport. 

The two gentlemen whose name can be found on the sign need no introduction, of course. The first is Stan Smith, perhaps equally famous for his legendary tennis career as he is for the iconic shoe that bears his name. Joining him is B.J. Stearns, well known as a premiere juniors coach with dozens of junior national champions under his training, who has grown along with the academy.

Story by Barry Kaufman | Photos by Rob Kaufman

There are certain things that come to mind when one pictures Long Cove Club – elegant Lowcountry homes, picturesque waterfront scenery, and of course crisply manicured greens and meandering fairways on their world-famous Pete Dye course.

Since returning to the club as Director of Golf in 1987, Bob Patton has seen Long Cove Club’s profile grow to become one of the most celebrated courses in the country. 

HHI RESIDENT KEN ANDERSON RELIVES LEADING BENGALS TO THE BIG GAME

BY JUSTIN JARRETT | PHOTOS BY LLOYD WAINSCOTT

Every February the memories come rushing back to Ken Anderson, not that they ever fully fade. 

Every young boy who picks up a football dreams at some point of playing quarterback in the NFL, and in the wildest of those dreams, he might become the league MVP or even play in a Super Bowl.

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LOWCOUNTRY TEAMS ENJOY FANTASTIC FALL SPORTS SEASON

A Lowcountry star was crowned South Carolina’s Mr. Football for the first time, and a local squad capped off a second straight perfect season with a state title this fall — and that was just on the gridiron.

GOAL INDOOR SOCCER GIVES KIDS OPPORTUNITY TO EXCEL

In retrospect, the post on GOAL Indoor Soccer’s Facebook page from Jan. 13, 2020, seems almost ominous. Photos of construction taking place on the massive facility off S.C. 170 are accompanied by a message that seems doomed in hindsight.

“Moving fast!!! Are you ready for March?” 

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Historians have somehow traced the modern tailgate to a college football matchup between Rutgers and Princeton in the College Field parking lot in 1869. And while we won’t argue with historians, I can tell you from growing up in New England that true tailgating begins once you hit the Carolinas. 

“It’s a cookout, a family reunion, a sports bar and a fashion show all in one,” said Bluffton resident Erik Bridges, a recent Lowcountry import who has been tailgating at Clemson University games for 22 years. “I’m from New York, but my true baptism as a football fan happened at my first Tigers tailgate. It’s a fall ritual. Our social calendar year begins on September 1.” 

POLO RETURNS TO ROSE HILL TO HONOR VETERANS, FIRST RESPONDERS 

Polo returns to the Rose Hill Polo Field in October, and while it may look like the sport you’ve watched for more than 20 years, this year’s event will be unlike any Rose Hill match to date. 

The Okatie-Bluffton Rotary has officially handed the reins of the event over to the Savannah Harbor Foundation, Lowcountry Foundation for Wounded Military Heroes and the 200 Club of the Coastal Empire after staging more than 25 matches throughout the past two decades. 

GET TO KNOW THE IRISH ATHLETIC OBSESSION CATCHING ON FAST IN THE LOWCOUNTRY

Niall Archbold lives for football. It’s just a variety of the game you’ve likely never heard of.

The Dublin native and recent Bluffton transplant had a dream of introducing his lifelong passion, Gaelic football, to the local community. 

WHAT’S BEING OFFERED IN YOUTH SPORTS ACTIVITIES

The start of a new school year also means the start of a new sports season, and parents looking for an athletic outlet for young kids in the Lowcountry have a wealth of options.

Both the Beaufort County Parks and Recreation Department and the Island Recreation Center offer a wide range of youth sports programs. Other groups such as the First Tee of the Lowcountry and numerous private organizations give parents even more opportunities to get their children up and moving. 

LOWCOUNTRY SCHOOLS ENJOY ATHLETIC SUCCESS

A year ago, the high school spring sports season was just starting to heat up when the world shut down, bringing an abrupt end for baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, track, tennis and golf standouts who had set their sights on winning a state championship. 

After a long wait, those student-athletes donned their school colors again this spring, and three area teams and five individuals achieved the milestone they had to put on standby during the COVID-19 pandemic: capturing state titles.