PEDAL HILTON HEAD GAINS NEW GROUND

Excitement is building for Pedal Hilton Head Island. Cyclists from the Lowcountry and all over the Southeast will ride onto the island Sept. 17 to tackle a series of courses ranging from family fun rides on the beach to 62-mile courses that span the island’s bridges and go all the way to the flyovers. It’s the perfect event for riders of all ages and skill levels, organizers said.

OWNING A RESTAURANT AS A FAMILY GIVES NEW MEANING TO THE WORDS “FAMILY MEETING,” BUT THE WHITEHEADS HAVE A SPECIAL DYNAMIC THAT MAKES ALL WORK.

“Our motto is ‘friends, family and fun’ because we want people to know that we are all about families, and we welcome them.” said Rocky Whitehead, whose family opened Bomboras Grille in 2011. The Hilton Head Island restaurant was renamed Rockfish Seafood & Steak at Bomboras this spring.

The Skidaway Island Boating Club and the Yacht Club of Hilton Island Head held the second annual Low Country Hook summer ocean sailing race on July 29, with 24 boats racing from Calibogue Sound off the south end of Hilton Head Island to Landings Harbor Marina on Skidaway Island. Teams sailed approximately 30 miles through 5- to 6-foot swells and 15- to 25-mph winds, which held steady throughout the race until the last hour, when a storm surge hit the final group of boats.

Hilton Head Island tennis player Grant Durham teamed with Isaac Smith of Clearfield, Utah, to claim a runner-up doubles finish at the United States Tennis Association Boys’ 14s National Clay Court Championships from July 16-23 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. 

A trio of local players is making the leap from Storm Soccer Academy to MLS club Atlanta United’s development academy this fall, joining another homegrown star. Bluffton’s Juan Zuniga and Mikey Chappelear and Hilton Head Island’s Alan Leyva reported to Atlanta United in early August, following in the footsteps of Hilton Head native James Brighton, who enjoyed great success in his first full season in the academy.

The University of South Carolina Beaufort athletics department has rolled out a new booster club level aimed at attracting more local fans to the Sand Sharks’ home soccer, baseball and softball games. For the first time, residents of Beaufort and Jasper counties will be able to join the Sand Shark Club at a reduced rate and receive season tickets to all USCB home sporting events. The Lowcountry Level is $40 and includes one all-sport pass good for the 2017-18 season and a Sand Shark Club car decal. Local residents can add an additional all-sport pass for $30.

The Beaufort County All-Stars made good use of the home-field advantage, capitalizing on their host bid and claiming the Dixie Boys World Series title Aug. 9 at Bluffton’s Oscar Frazier Park.

The team — made up of players from Beaufort, Bluffton and Hilton Head Island — went 5-1 in the tournament, beating state championship teams from Virginia, Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi on their way to the top spot.

LUCKILY FOR RESIDENTS AND VISITORS OF HILTON HEAD ISLAND AND BLUFFTON, THERE’S NO SHORTAGE OF PLACES TO CATCH THE GAME.

Every football fan has been there. The big game is about to kick off when you realize it’s airing on a channel you don’t get.

“Given the trend of DirecTV giving away the packages, everybody is a sports bar nowadays,” said Darrell Neeley, owner of Callahan’s Sports Bar & Deluxe Grill on Hilton Head.

IF YOU’VE SPENT ANY TIME ON HILTON HEAD ISLAND’S BEACHES, THERE’S A GOOD CHANCE YOU’VE WITNESSES THE WORLD’S OLDEST KNOWN SPORT

No, not Frisbee or sand castle building, but bocce. The Old World game has gained popularity with a new generation. Bocce also is a good fit for Hilton Head because the equipment is easy to bring along and the game involves the perfect effortto- entertainment ratio for a day at the beach.