Gamecocks football signee Blackshear arrested

A South Carolina football signee is facing charges after an arrest. (Phil Ellsworth/ESPN Images)

Defensive end Shameik Blackshear, a Bluffton native who was among the highest-rated players signed in South Carolina’s 2015 football recruiting class, is facing charges after being arrested Friday.

Blackshear, a four-star prospect rated 203rd in ESPN’s list of the top 300 high school seniors, was arrested at Bluffton High School. According to the Hilton Head Island Packet, the 17-year-old was uncooperative with police while being questioned in regard to the theft of a purse and a safe from a Beaufort County home on Feb. 7.

The Island Packet reported that Blackshear was charged with one count of petit larceny after the theft victim and two witnesses told police they saw the 6-4, 230-pound football player take the items from the home. The items were valued at $1,390, police told the newspaper. Blackshear was held overnight at a county detention center and has a court date scheduled for March 3.

According to a USC athletics department spokesman, the university is aware of Blackshear’s situation and “will let the legal process work its way out.”

Blackshear was the second-highest-rated player signed by head coach Steve Spurrier’s football program on National Signing Day, even though he missed much of his senior season rehabilitating from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

The College of Charleston softball team dropped games against North Carolina and South Carolina at Beckham Field in Columbia on Saturday to conclude the two-day Gamecock Invitational.

The Cougars (4-3) won the first game of the invitational 8-0 over Presbyterian Friday night but could not keep the momentum moving into Saturday after North Carolina jumped out to an early 7-0 lead in game 1, eventually winning 13-2.

It was the opposite in the nightcap as the Cougars took an early 4-0 lead against South Carolina. CofC would not score another run the rest of the game and the Gamecocks completed a 5-4 comeback to take the tournament finale.

Charleston Southern dropped a pair of contests at the CSU Softball Field on Saturday afternoon, falling to Delaware and Toledo in their final two games of the CSU Tournament over the weekend.

The Bucs fell in the first contest to the Blue Hose, 7-1, and dropped the nightcap to the Rockets, 6-1, to fall in back-to-back games for the first time in the 2015 season.

Cheyenne Gandara connected on her third home run of the season in the nightcap as Charleston Southern falls to 5-3 overall on the season.

Junior John Jonas is currently tied for 23rd (+6) as the College of Charleston men’s golf team opened 36 holes of continuous play with a two-round score of 598 at the SunTrust Gator held Saturday at the Mark Bostick Golf Course in Gainesville, Fla.

Jonas shot back-to-back 3-over rounds at the par-70 course, which is home to the University of Florida. The average score in the first round was 73.53, and second round, 74.04.

As a team, the Cougars are currently in 13th, while No. 22-ranked USF leads the competitive field with a two-round score of 558 (-2). Defending tournament champion Arkansas is in second (560), No. 3 Florida State third (563), host Florida fourth (567) and No. 5 Vanderbilt fifth (583).

Sophomore transfer Philip Oweida fired the lowest round thus far for the Cougars — a second-round 72. He is tied for 71st. Senior Zach Munroe and freshman Anthony Gabriele are tied for 56th (+12).

The tournament concludes Sunday.

Defending champion and top-seeded Ellie Halbauer advanced on Saturday into the Sunday morning semifinals in the Family Circle Cup junior Dunlop championship and needs a pair of victories to claim a second straight wild-card berth into the qualifying tournament for the WTA Tour’s April 6-12 Family Circle Cup.

Halbauer, who grew up playing tennis at Family Circle Tennis Center, defeated Jaeda Daniel of Port Charlotte, Fla., 3-6, 6-1, 1-0, in the quarterfinals. The 17-year-old Halbauer, ranked No. 603 in the world, will face No. 4 seed Brooke Stevens of Martinez, Ga., in the semifinals.

Stevens scored a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Charleston 13-year-old Emma Navarro in the opening round.

Kaitlyn McCarthy, the third seed and 2014 runner-up, will face No. 2 seed Anna Kalinskaya of Adventura, Fla., in the semifinals.

Charleston Southern opened up its 2015 season strong with a 6-1 win over visiting South Carolina State on Saturday at the Buccaneer Tennis Complex.

Marketa Placha, Angelica Sidorenko, Nicolin Luecke, Mi’Kola Cooper and Valeria Koussenkova all recorded singles victories while CSU swept all three doubles courts in their first action on the home courts.

The Bucs improved to 1-0 in the 2015 season in their first action and picked up their 10th consecutive regular-season win at home dating back to the 2013 season. The Bucs also picked up their third consecutive 6-1 win over the visiting Bulldogs and second season-opening win over S.C. State in the past three years.

The No. 22 South Carolina women’s tennis team defeated College of Charleston 5-0 in the second part of a doubleheader Saturday at the USC Field House in Columbia to improve to 6-2 on the season. The Cougars remain winless with a 0-5 record. Earlier in the day, South Carolina defeated Charlotte 4-0.