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Summerville chasing Fort Dorchester in region 7-AAAAA, but in contention

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – Though not always playing to their full potential on a consistent basis, the Summerville High football team has played well enough early to put themselves in contention for the region 7-AAAAA title.

Winning that title would mean knocking off the state’s top-ranked AAAAA team, Fort Dorchester, but Summerville is certainly showing the potential that head coach Joe Call saw in August.

Entering a key region matchup with Wando on October 6th, the Green Wave sat at 4-1 overall on the season with a 3-0 record in region seven play. The lone loss came to Berkeley but Summerville has won three straight games since that loss, recording region wins over Ashley Ridge, Goose Creek and West Ashley.

Junior quarterback Jonathan Bennett has put together a solid first-half of the season. Bennett has passed for 789 yards while rushing for 290 yards.

Daryl Hancock leads the rushing attack with 567 yards and seven touchdowns this fall. Shaq Davis, Olin McCurry and Andre Banks are the top receivers. Davis leads the team with 18 grabs for 329 yards. McCurray has 15 receptions and Banks has 13 in the first five games.

Placekicker Garrett Qualkinbush has been a key offensive performer as well, providing the winning field goal to beat West Ashley. He has made 14 of 15 extra point attempts and five of seven field goals.

Defensively, the Green Wave have been quite solid overall. Since allowing 40 points in a win over Spartanburg in the season opener, Summerville’s defense has allowed just 55 points in their last four games.

Linebackers Cole Phillips and Deonte Geddis are the team’s leading tacklers. Phillips posted 20 total tackles (11 solo) in the win over West Ashley while Geddis had 17 total hits.

Chandler Newton and Ben Mitchum have anchored the defensive front with outside linebacker/end Colby Taylor having a solid year as well. Graham McCurry has been the most consistent performer on the back end at safety.

Girls tennis headed for playoffs

Summerville’s girls’ tennis team is headed for the Class AAAAA state playoffs later this month. With a handful of matches remaining in the regular season, coach David Long’s squad was sitting near the top of the region 7-AAAAA standings.

Summerville entered a key region showdown with region leader Wando on October 3rd with an 11-6 record overall but a solid 8-2 mark in region play. They trailed Wando in the standings but had secured a spot in the playoffs.

Summerville closes the regular season with matches against James Island (October 5), Stratford (October 9), Fort Dorchester (October 11) and Bishop England (October 16).

Paige Reynolds is playing in the number one singles position this fall. Sullivan Long is a strong player at number two singles while Lizzie Naval is competing well at number three singles while also running on the Summerville girls’ cross country team.

Hannah McKee is playing four singles and Annelise Pagan rounds out the singles ladder at number five.

Dylan Zoeller and Gwen Rast have been formidable in doubles. Zakiya Wilson also has seen doubles action this season.

Volleyball seeks strong finish

A slow start in region play has the Summerville volleyball team scrambling for a strong finish in order to make the state playoffs.

Summerville managed just two wins in their first seven region 7-AAAAA matches but can still qualify for the playoffs with a strong finish. Summerville has remaining region games with Stratford, Wando, Fort Dorchester, Ashley Ridge, Goose Creek, James Island and West Ashley.

Overall, Summerville sports a 15-6 record heading into the month of October. Senior Elizabeth Yohe has been a consistent and key performer this fall. Yohe leads the team with 82 kills and also has 118 defensive digs.

Juniors Chelsey Blume and Roan Ross have more than 50 kills and sophomore Marley Myers is fourth in kills.

Senior setter Julia Thees has 235 assists and 24 service aces while junior Amanda Harvey leads the club with 31 aces. Senior Courtney Harper has been a key defensive leader on the floor as well, leading the team with 122 digs.

Shellhammer, Naval lead XC teams

The cross country teams hope to earn a spot in the Class AAAAA state meet, which will be contested in early November. The boys’ team appears in solid shape and should be a top three or four finisher in the region meet while the girls’ team needs a strong performance in the region meet.

Anchoring the boys’ team is senior Victor Shellhammer, who has put together a solid fall campaign. Shellhammer has competed in several key events with strong finishes. He finished fourth in the Hare & Hounds Invitational in Charlotte and was fifth in the Lowcountry Invitational. He also placed second overall at the Warrior Invitational, hosted by Wando, and finished 11th in a very competitive field at the Lake Murray Invitational. He ran his best time of the fall (16:01) at that event.

The number two runner for the boys team is Benjamin Eddy, who was fourth at the Warrior Invitational. Daren Hinds and Noah Woodbury have been competing in the top four with Gabe Carnegy battling with Frasier Byram for the fifth spot.

Also running to compete in the top five are Reilly Gobin, Jeremiah Eddy and Taylor Mitchum.

Lizzie Naval, who splits his fall competing with the girls’ tennis team, is the top runner on the girls’ team so far. Naval’s season best performance came at the Lake Murray Invitational where she crossed the line in 20:56.

Caroline Raglin is a strong number two runner, followed by Sydney Greer, Lillian Kriese and Abby Carnegy in the top five.

Also competing are Madeline Briggs, Libby Hamilton and Madeline Matusik.

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