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Porter-Gaud volleyball rolling; fall sports winding down


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Charleston – Heading into the 2017 season, the talk was that Porter-Gaud’s seven-year reign as the SCISA AAA state volleyball champion may be in jeopardy.

With a few weeks remaining in the regular season, that talk appears to have been premature. Under the direction of coach Megan Crouch, the Cyclones have grown and matured as a team and will enter the SCISA state playoffs as the favorite once again.

Heading into a region showdown with Ashley Hall on October 3rd, Porter-Gaud had won 15 straight matches while building a 26-7 overall record. The Cyclones went 8-0 in winning the Hilton Head Invitational tournament on the final weekend of September. Porter-Gaud also beat rival Ashley Hall once this season and a win on October 3rd would secure the region title and a number one seed in the playoffs.

Balance has been the key to success this fall. The roster includes several seniors who have stepped into major roles this season and several players are offering solid contributions.

Senior Sammy Roskill leads the team in kills with 195 to go along with 178 digs and 29 service aces. Senior Priyanka Fernandes has 189 kills and 33 blocks while senior Ally Roskill has 136 hills and 14 blocks.

Sophomore Elise Pearson has tallied 135 kills and 24 blocks and junior Olivia Varner has 106 kills and 22 blocks.

Senior setter Anna Rhett Allen has tallied 731 assists to go with 34 aces and 177 digs. Senior Lauren Tapp is a team defensive leader with 399 total digs and also has 33 aces. Senior Anna Damjanovic has 128 digs and sophomore Anushka Fernandes has 118 digs.

The Porter-Gaud swim teams will be favored to repeat as the SCISA state champions when the state meet commences on October 14th in Augusta, Georgia.

The girls’ team continues to be led by the sister duo of Elysse and Kaila Pardus. Elysse Pardus is the top performer in the state and was the 2016 SCISA female swimmer of the year.

The boys’ team is led by Daniel Kassis and Willem Goedecke, both returning state champions. Kassis was named the 2016 male swimmer of the year a season ago.

The girls’ cross country team is one of the favorites to win the SCISA Class AAA state championship in late October. Porter-Gaud is expected to be challenged by local rival Ashley Hall for the team title.

Porter-Gaud’s top runner this fall has been junior Chloe Elebash. Seventh-grader Bryce Marion and freshman Connor McMahon are the next two in the running order.

Rounding out the top seven are seniors Jasmine Smith and Emma Grice, junior Margaret Ritter and sixth-grader Ella McElveen.

The top runners on the boys’ team this fall have been seniors Michael Martin, Christopher Martin and David Butts, along with junior Braxton Snyder and seventh-grader Kelly Carswell.

Porter-Gaud’s football team enters the final month of the regular season with a 4-2 record. The losses came to Ben Lippen and First Baptist and the Cyclones have remaining games against Hammond, Wilson Hall, Laurence Manning and Pinewood Prep.

Offensively, junior quarterback Andrew Thomas has been the top performer. Thomas, a first-year starter, has passed for more than 900 yards and added more than 400 yards on the ground.

Jack Lucas has been the top producing running back while Keesler Lawrence, Charles Hartsock and freshman Legend Waring have been the top receivers.

On defense, linebackers Parks Cochrane and Graham Kaplan are the top tacklers. Cochrane has 87 tackles through five games while Kaplan is over 70 tackles for the season.


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