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Carlisle Cup awarded to Hilton Head High School
Posted on 06/13/2018
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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Hilton Head Island High wins 8th straight
state award for outstanding athletic programs

BEAUFORT – For the eighth consecutive year, Hilton Head Island High School has received top statewide honors for its athletic programs.

The Carlisle Cup, an annual recognition bestowed by the South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association, honors the state’s top athletic programs in each high school classification.  Hilton Head Island High has now won top honors every year from 2011 through 2018.  The school’s six wins in Class AAA from 2011-2016 was the longest winning streak in division history, and in 2017 and 2018 the school continued to win after being upgraded to AAAA.

Nineteen of Hilton Head Island High’s 22 varsity teams qualified for postseason play this school year.  Teams won South Carolina state championships in Boys Cross Country, Boys Tennis and Girls Soccer.  Girls Cross Country finished second statewide, and Boys Track and Girls Swimming finished third while Boys Swimming and Girls track finished in fourth place.  Girls Lacrosse and Girls Tennis were lower state finalists.

Other Beaufort County School District high schools also performed well in the statewide Carlisle Cup competition.  May River High finished second among 45 high schools in AAA, and Bluffton finished fifth. Beaufort High finished 11th among 42 schools in AAAA.

Hilton Head Island High will receive a trophy and a banner to join its seven previous honors.

“Our athletics teams continue to light it up, year in and year out,” said Athletic Director Joe Monmonier.  “That’s because we get total buy-in from everyone – our student athletes, our coaches and school staff, our parents and our entire community.”

Superintendent Jeff Moss said Hilton Head’s athletic success is especially noteworthy given that Beaufort County is one of only two South Carolina districts with a minimum 2.0 GPA requirement to participate in athletics.

“Winning one Directors Cup is a big honor,” Moss said, “but winning eight in a row is simply amazing.  Seahawk Nation can take a lot of pride in that kind of sustained excellence.”

Other 2018 Director’s Cup winners were Wando High in Class AAAAA (Charleston County School District), Bishop England High in Class AAA (Charleston County private school) and St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Class AA (Greenville County private school) and Lewisville High in Class A (Chester County School District).