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Colleton Prep High School

Colleton Prep football rallies to earn playoff berth


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Walterboro – With their most experienced player injured in mid-season, things looked a little bleak for the Colleton Prep football team.

Starting quarterback Fisher Jackson missed some action due to injury and the Warhawks stumbled to a 1-4 start. The season began with a 1-1 record but a three-game losing streak put a playoff berth in doubt.

Jackson, however, was able to return to action and Colleton Prep worked themselves back into the playoff picture after wins over Dorchester Academy and Hilton Head Prep. Despite ending the season with losses to John Paul II (28-26 in overtime) and Thomas Heyward (28-14), Colleton Prep finished third in the region and earned a spot in the postseason.

The playoffs are set to begin on November 3rd with Colleton Prep visiting Pee Dee Academy in a first-round matchup of the SCISA Class A playoff bracket.

Jackson’s return has sparked the offense. He has rushed for more than 900 yards this season and leads the team in touchdowns. Senior Joe Bryan also has been effective in the running game with more than 600 yards.

Bryan also is one of the team leaders defensively and leads the team in total tackles. Other defensive contributors include seniors Josh Padgett and Cole Smith, juniors Connor McMillan and Jason Dennis, and sophomores Riley Smoak and Hunter Hudson.

The Colleton Prep volleyball team finished third in the region standings and participated in the SCISA state tournament. Unfortunately, the season ended in the early rounds of the state tournament and Colleton Prep finished the year with a 15-7-2 record overall.

The most encouraging aspect of this year’s team is that all of the players were underclassmen this fall. The experience gained this season will make Colleton Prep a contender over the next few years.

Sophomore Langley Harter finished the season as team leader in kills with 263 while freshman Ella Nolte posted 184 kills.

Eighth-grader Emily Wilson was the team’s setter and tallied nearly 500 assists while eighth-grader Jessica Hughes had 117 service aces.

The two juniors on this year’s team include Katelyn Sightler and Hanna Drawdy. Freshmen Weslin Jones, Kenleigh Crosby and Ally Crook were key performers this fall as well.

The girls’ tennis team had a very solid season in region 2-A this fall, finishing with a 6-3 record. The season ended with a 5-4 playoff loss to Palmetto Christian. This year’s team did not have a senior so the future looks bright for the established program.

Meredith Ware played the entire season as the number one singles player. Rianna Bailey played number two singles and Becca Martin played number three.

Emma Kate Bell played four singles and Sidney Bailey played in the five singles spot. Gracie Bishop ended the season as the sixth singles player.



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