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Fall sports hit stretch run at Colleton Prep

By David Shelton
Senior Writer

Walterboro – As the calendar flips to October, the stretch drive for the state playoffs begin. Colleton Prep’s fall sports teams are looking to finish strong and gain admission into the upcoming SCISA state playoffs.
The volleyball team is off to a great start and looks to be a strong state title contender under coach Ashley Finney. The Warhawks enter October with an undefeated record in region play and winners of 10 of their first 11 matches overall.
This year’s team is relatively young with no seniors and a host of underclassmen doing the majority of the work. The unit also has good balance with solid contributions from every player on the roster.
Junior Langley Harter is one of the team’s top performers as an all-around player. Sophomores include Ally Crook, Ella Nolte, Kenleigh Crosby, Rachel Wright and Weslin Jones.
Freshmen Emily Wilson, Taylor Tomedolsky and Jessica Hughes also contribute to the success.
The girls’ tennis team also should be a factor in the state playoffs later this month. The squad has reeled off six wins in their first seven outings of the regular season.
Veteran performer Meredith Ware plays number one singles while Rianna Bailey is playing two singles. Together the pair forms the number one doubles team.
Becca Martin plays three singles and joins four singles player Sydney Bailey as the number two doubles team. Rounding out the lineup are Kaylee Spears at number five and Gracie Bishop at six singles. They also form the number three doubles team when needed.
It will take a strong finish for the football team to earn a spot in the Class A playoff bracket later this month. The War Hawks have struggled out of the gate in region play with three losses, posting two wins in their first six outings overall.
Colleton Prep opened the season with a 21-20 win over Hilton Head Prep and then lost two straight games to Thomas Heyward (23-14) and Pee Dee Academy (38-8), two of the top contenders for the AA state title this season.
The Warhawks picked up a 14-6 win over Northwood Academy but enters the final four games of the season on a two-game losing streak after losses to Spartanburg Christian (13-3) and Bethesda (32-7).
Colleton Prep will face rival Dorchester Academy on October 5th, followed by games against Hilton Head Christian, Northside Christian and John Paul II to close out the regular season.
Key performers through the middle of the season include senior running back Connor McMillan, junior running back Gabe Barnes and freshman running back Andrew Murdaugh. Sophomore Jordan Crosby is making progress as a first-year starting quarterback.
Barnes and McMillan also perform well defensively. Other defensive leaders this fall include seniors Jason Dennis and Dylan Kinard, and juniors Hunter Hudson and David McMillen.


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