Beaufort Academy was awarded the S.C. Independent School Association’s James C. Williams Jr. President’s Cup on Thursday in Orangeburg as the top SCISA Class 1A athletics program for the 2016-17 school year.
It’s the first such honor for BA, which is one of 34 SCISA 1A schools in the state. The Eagles won state championships in boys and girls soccer during the 2016-17 campaign and enjoyed success across all of their programs, including state runner-up finishes in boys tennis, girls tennis, and sailing.
“We are very honored to receive SCISA’s President’s Cup Award, which is the highest distinction for an athletic program,” athletics director Neal McCarty said in a release. “Our athletic program continues to make progress across the board each year with 100 percent of our varsity teams qualifying for the state playoffs or competing in a state tournament, meet or match in 2016-17. This distinction for BA was made possible by the support and commitment our athletic program receives from the coaching staff, student-athletes, faculty, administration, families and community.”
The Eagles are off to a great start again this school year, as the volleyball and girls tennis teams both won state championships for first time in school history this fall and the football team won a playoff game for first time.