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Ashley Ridge High School

By Roger Lee

Summerville – The Swamp Fox Boys Basketball team may be hitting its stride right in time.

Ashley Ridge won six of its first seven games in January to improve to 13-5 on the season with a 2-0 mark in Region 8-AAAAA. The Swamp Foxes defeated James Island, Timberland, Wando, Colleton County and region foes Summerville and West Ashley. Its only loss of the month came in a rematch with James Island, which the Trojans won 55-46.

“Things have been pretty good this month,” Ashley Ridge coach Curtis Capers said. “We lost a tough one at James Island but they were ready for us. They are well coached and it was a good game. We beat Wando during a televised game and that was a solid win. Then we beat two teams in our region that have strong programs. The Summerville and West Ashley games had a rivalry feel to them.”

On Jan. 20, Ashley Ridge got down 22 points at Colleton County, but rallied to earn a 69-68 victory.

Some of the recent success has to do with the return of starting point guard Hampton Summerhill to the lineup. After missing much of the season with a hand injury, he returned for the team’s region opener and scored 19 points in the win over Summerville.

Senior twins Ahmad Brown and Rashad Brown have also been keys. Ahmad leads the team in scoring, averaging 18 points per game. He also leads in rebounds, averaging 9 per game. Rashad averages 10 points per game and Summerhill averages 15 points. Trey Gadson is providing 7 rebounds per game.

Guards Evan Logan and Ethan Hearn are also starters for the squad. Other members of the team are Abrien Millington, Malik Freeman, Ta’Veyan Lowe, Jalen Mitchell, Alizar Gadson, Shahied Ladson and Michael Brown.

Ashley Ridge has two big challenges coming up as it hosts Fort Dorchester Jan. 24 and travels to Stall Jan. 28. Then the Swamp Foxes will face each of their four region opponents for a second time.

Girls BB

The Ashley Ridge Girls Basketball team is out to a 13-8 start this season. The team split its first two region games, falling 49-42 to Summerville and defeating West Ashley 43-39.

Since region play began, multiple players have had impressive offensive performances. In the loss to Summerville, sophomore Diamond Thompson scored a career-high 32 points. Against West Ashley, senior Amanda Blake scored a team-high 20 points and senior Aaliyah Gethers added 10 points.

The Lady Swamp Foxes also earned a big non-region win over Wando Jan. 10. Blake scored 16 points during the 49-41 victory while Thompson scored 13.

Other members of the team are Vanessa Blake, Patricia Reid, Jakiya Attles, Araya Martinez, Ever Curry, Serenity Davidson, Katherine Jackson, Zaley Dobbs and Dakiray Smiley


The Ashley Ridge Wrestling team is experiencing some success this season but the journey hasn’t exactly been easy.

“Just like last year we have faced some adversity,” Ashley Ridge coach Marquise Camp said. “We need to stay healthy but really all we can do is take care of those things we can control, don’t give up pins, win the close matches, grow up in some places so we can get more bonus points. We have something special here we just have to keep working.”

The team lost its Region 8-AAAAA opener to Summerville earlier this month, but bounced back with some big wins.

On Jan. 15, the Ashley Ridge grapplers defeated a top-ranked team and a region opponent. The Swamp Foxes defeated Bamberg-Ehrhardt, the state’s top ranked 2A/1A team, 48-30 and defeated Region 8-AAAAA foe West Ashley 57-24.

Ashley Ridge won nine of 14 weight classes against Bamberg-Ehrhardt, including four by pin. The Swamp Foxes also received three forfeits.

Ashley Ridge’s Ben Singletary (106-pound weight class), Jackson Diamond (170), Christian Garland (195) and Christopher Garland (220) pinned their opponents. Joseph Marsar earned a 10-8 decision at 113 and Weston Eadie earned a 6-3 decision at 152.

Against West Ashley, the Swamp Foxes pinned their opponents in nine weight classes. Six of the pins came in the first period.

Christopher Garland (220), Kamryn Petrick (285), Singletary (106), Mason Maralit (120), Connor Wilson (126), Austin Smith (145), Eadie (152), Daniel Morales (160) and Christian Garland (195) all won with a pin. Marsar claimed an 11-5 decision at 113 for the Swamp Foxes.

Petrick recently earned the 100th victory of his high-school wrestling career.

On Jan. 23, the team fell 47-25 to Fort Dorchester to drop to 17-5 with a 1-2 mark in Region 8-AAAAA.


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