HHIHS Adding Six Into Athletics Hall of Fame

Hilton Head High will induct six former student-athletes and coaches into the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame at halftime of tonight’s football game against May River.

The 2018 inductees are:

• Sara Manesiotis — Manesiotis was a four-sport standout for the Seahawks, competing in cross country, track, basketball, and soccer. She earned five letters in cross country, including team MVP honors four times from 2008-11 and finished her career with two state titles and two runner-up finishes. She was a three-time all-state runner and set the school record in the 5K in 2010. On the track, Manesiotis earned four letters and was named all-state three times. She was the team’s MVP distance runner each year from 2008-11 and is the school record holder in the 3,200 meters and the 4×800 relay. Manesiotis also was a four-year letterwinner on the soccer pitch and was named the Class 3A Player of the Year in 2011. She was named all-state twice and helped the Seahawks claim two state titles. On the basketball court, Manesiotis earned two letters and was named all-region in 2010 and 2011. She was the school’s Female Athlete of the Year and Moral Courage Award winner in 2011. Manesiotis attended Clemson, where she ran cross country and track and played on the club soccer team. She has coached the Seahawks’ junior varsity girls basketball team the past two seasons and was a member of the Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 2017.

• Alexander “Zand” Mitchell — Mitchell is a 1998 graduate of HHIHS who was a standout on the football and basketball teams. He played two seasons of football and was team captain and all-region in 1998. Mitchell was the basketball team captain and MVP in 1998, when he earned All-Area Player of the Year honors, and was also the prom king in 1998. Mitchell went on to Benedict College, where he was named the NAIA Freshman of the Year.

• Jeremy Darveau — A 2000 graduate of HHIHS, Darveau lettered four years in track and field and two years in football. He earned all-state honors in the discus and all-area honors in football. Darveau was a two-year starter on the offensive line at Louisville, where he helped the Cardinals to an 11-1 record and a No. 6 ranking, as well as a Conference USA title and a win in the Liberty Bowl in 2004. He went on to play in NFL Europe and the Arena Football League before moving into coaching and has coached at Southwest Minnesota State (2008-13), Florida (2014), and Valdosta State (2015-present), where he is the offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator.

• Shawn Pritchard — Pritchard is a 1993 graduate of HHIHS, where he was a standout baseball and football player. Pritchard was an all-region baseball player in 1992 and 1993 and a three-year starter on the football team. He was the starting quarterback in 1992, when he set school records for completions in a game and season and earned all-state honors. Pritchard also excelled in the classroom and graduated 13th in his class to earn appointments to the U.S. Air Force Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy. He attended the Naval Academy and later the University of South Carolina, but an automobile accident ended his athletic career. Pritchard spent eight years as assistant tournament director for the Heritage golf tournament and is now a partner in a medical supply company.

• Tim Singleton — A 1988 graduate of HHIHS, Singleton starred in football, basketball, and baseball for the Seahawks. Singleton was an all-region player in basketball and baseball but made his name on the football field, where he was an all-state quarterback and played in the 1987 North-South All-Star Game. Singleton continued his career at Newberry College, where he was named the team’s Outstanding Offensive Player in 1989, 1990, and 1992, then returned home to coach the Seahawks’ football team from 2002-10. He is an NAACP Keeper of the Light recipient and was awarded Organization of the Year and Man of the Year by the Hilton Head-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce. His community involvement includes Strive To Excel, the Mitchellville Preservation Project, NIBBCA, Bridge to Lyfe, and the Gator football program. Singleton owns Ruby Lee’s and Ruby Lee’s South, as well as the TimBuk2 Cigar Lounge, and is the father of two sons, former Seahawks standout and Florida International receiver Bryce Singleton and HHIHS junior Jordan Singleton.

• Bill Wrightson — Wrightson was part of the Seahawks’ cross country and track and field coaching staffs for 20 years. His cross country teams won a combined 21 region titles and 13 state championships during his tenure — the most state tiles by any coach at Hilton Head High. Before retiring last spring, Wrightson led both the boys and girls cross country teams to either state titles or runner-up finishes in nine of his final 10 seasons. He also coached distance runners for the track team, including the 4×800 relay teams that have won state titles in 10 of the past 11 years. Wrightson coached more than 200 all-state runners, more than 40 individual state champions, and six HHIHS senior athletes of the year. Twenty-four of Wrightson’s runners have signed national letters of intent with 14 different colleges, including Clemson, South Carolina, Purdue, Florida, Tennessee, and Kentucky. He was three-time HHIHS Coach of the Year, and in 2014 he was honored by the USATF Coaches Association as the Boys Cross Country Coach of the Year. In 2015, he was awarded the Girls Cross Country Coach of the Year by the National Federation of High Schools.

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