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Ashley Ridge football finishes third in region 7-AAAAA

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – A bounce back 2017 season for the Ashley Ridge High football team has landed the Swamp Foxes in the Class AAAAA lower state playoffs.

Ashley Ridge capped off the regular season with wins in four of their last five games to finish with a 7-3 record overall and a 5-2 record in region 7-AAAAA. The region mark was good enough for third-place in the league behind Fort Dorchester and Summerville, the two teams in the region that beat Ashley Ridge this season.

The Swamp Foxes finished 3-8 last season.

“This group has worked hard all year and they’ve been committed to being a better team and a better program,” head coach Kenny Walker said after his team’s overtime win over Wando in week nine. “It’s been a good year for us and hopefully we can carry it over into the playoffs.”

Ashley Ridge hosted West Florence in a first-round playoff game on November 3rd.

Sophomore quarterback Matthew Duncan has shown steady improvement this season, finishing the regular season with 1,716 yards passing and 14 touchdowns.

Nick Cunningham went over the 1,000-yard rushing mark in the regular season finale win over James Island and enters the post-season with 1,002 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Top receivers for the year include Troy Chavis (27-570, 5 TD) and Josh Linton (19-309, 4 TD). Another key receiver, JJ McAfee had 30 catches for 450 yards before getting injured late in the season.

Defensively, safety/outside linebacker Rodney Oldham has been a key leader with 112 tackles and five interceptions. He returned two picks for scores during the regular season.

Linebacker Rhett Butcher had added 96 tackles while lineman Jaheim President has 11 sacks. Blaine Dubois, an end, has nine sacks.

The Ashley Ridge volleyball team also enjoyed some postseason play this fall. The team finished 10-4 in region play, good for third-place in the standings, and posted a 33-15 record overall. After a playoff win over Conway, the season ended with a loss to Lexington.

The team will miss three key seniors on the floor. Katy Torgerson led the squad with 210 kills, 95 blocks, 131 digs and 37 service aces.

Senior Gabby Milo had 66 aces and 322 digs while senior setter Nicole Freeman had 414 assists and 37 aces.

Several underclassmen had productive seasons as well and will take over the leadership roles next fall. Junior Amani McArthur finished this season with 163 kills and 115 blocks while sophomore Amanda Blake tallied 170 kills.

Freshman Vanessa Blake had 151 kills and 99 blocks while freshman setter Kelly Lisi had 253 assists.

 Several members of the swim team participated in the Class AAAAA state meet in October. Individually, Ethan Williams earned a 15th-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle and 14th in the 100-yard backstroke, while Ansley Jones was 18th in the 50-yard freestyle. Rebekah Collins finished 19th in the girls 100-yard breaststroke.

Ashley Ridge also qualified for the finals in several relay events

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