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Colleton Prep fall sports teams make playoff appearances

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Walterboro – Midway through the 2018 football season, it did not appear the Colleton Prep Academy football team would make the state playoffs.

However, the Warhawks rallied down the stretch with three wins in their last four games and earned a spot in the postseason. The lone loss during the final four games was a two-point game to Hilton Head Christian.

The postseason trip was short-lived, however, as Colleton Prep dropped a first-round game to Carolina Academy, 42-22. The final record was 5-6.

Nonetheless, with a host of underclassmen playing key roles this season, coach Rob Gorrell and his program head into the offseason with positive momentum.

Statistically, sophomore Jordan Crosby made steady progress at quarterback, finishing with more than 450 yards passing and nearly 200 yards rushing. Freshman Andrew Murdaugh rushed for more than 700 yards and six touchdowns while junior Gabe Barnes added more than 715 yards rushing and six touchdowns.

Senior Connor McMillan went over 400 rushing yards as well while playing a key role defensively with more than 50 tackles.

Junior Hunter Hudson was a key defensive leader as the leading tackler. Sophomore Jacob Breland had more than 60 total stops and senior end Jason Dennis had more than 50 tackles and six sacks.

Barnes, Grier Frank and Riley Smoak each had two interceptions defensively.

The girls’ tennis team had another successful season, led by senior number one singles performer Meredith Ware. Ware spent the last five years as the number one player is a five-time team MVP.

Rianna Bailey played two singles this fall, with Becca Martin holding down three singles. Sidney Bailey played four and Kaylee Spears handled five singles. Gracie Bishop played six singles and teamed with Spears at three doubles. Martin and Sidney Bailey played two doubles while Ware and Rianna Bailey worked at number one doubles when needed.

Colleton Prep’s volleyball team won the region championship, cruising through league play undefeated. The team qualified for the SCISA state playoff tournament. Colleton Prep knocked of Thomas Sumter before losing to The King’s Academy. They stayed alive with a win over Hilton Head Prep but were eliminated by eventual state champion Spartanburg Christian.

This year’s team did not have a senior on the roster so expectations will be higher next fall. Langely Harter, Weslin Jones, Ella Nolte, Jessica Hughes, Taylor Tomedolsky and Emily Wilson were key performers for the team this season.


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