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Ashley Ridge High School
Summerville

Swamp Foxes set to contend for region title in boys basketball

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – With an early region victory over favorite West Ashley, the Ashley Ridge boys basketball team is hoping to survive the battle and capture a region championship this season.

The battles in region 8-AAAAA will be fierce twice a week. Along with West Ashley, the Swamp Foxes have to contend with quality programs at Stall, Fort Dorchester and Summerville. They already have a loss to Summerville and sport a 12-5 record overall heading into action on January 18th against Fort Dorchester.

The team is getting good leadership and production from three starting seniors this season. Jamal Edmonson, a returning all-state selection, is averaging 16.8 points and 6.8 rebounds this season. The 6-5 Francis Marion signee is shooting 51 percent from the field and nearly 80 percent from the free throw line.

Senior guard Jalen Williams averages 13.1 points per game and leads the team with 28 made 3-pointers this season. Senior Umar Williams adds 6.5 points and five rebounds per game.

Junior post Ahmad Brown (6-6) is having a solid season, averaging 8.1 points and 6.8 boards per game. Junior Rashad Brown is averaging 6.1 points and junior Hampton Summerhill is averaging 5.1 points per game and has made 15 three-pointers this season.

Other seniors on the roster include Quinton Duffner and Dejan Barco. Juniors include Micah Nicklas, Josh Sharo, Khamarii Willis, Evan Logan and Abrien Millington. Freshman Ethan Hearn rounds out the roster.

Meanwhile, the Ashley Ridge wrestling program is also hopeful of contending for the region 8-AAAAA title, along with powers Fort Dorchester and Summerville. Ashley Ridge is currently ranked 15th among all Class AAAAA programs in the state.

A host of wrestlers have been competing well all season as they look forward to the qualifying tournaments for the state individual tournament in late February.

Freshman Ben Singletary is currently ranked as the seventh best wrestler in the 106-pound weight class in AAAAA. The rankings are published on scmat.com.

Collin Radelin is ranked eighth in AAAAA at 132 pounds and Jared Valmores is ranked seventh in the 152-pound weight class.

Chase Dupree is ranked eighth in AAAAA at 160 pounds and Kaleb Brown is ranked seventh in AAAAA at 220 pounds.

 Others competing in various weight classes include Zjuan Jackson (182), Justin Mata (106), Brent Rightler (195), Kamryn Petrick (285), Connor Wilson (113), Mason Khulman and Oliver Allen (120), Francisco Martinez (126), Weston Eadie (138), Jayce Rutelonis (145), Evan Sobczak (152), Joshua Wiggs (160) and Israel Robinson (170).

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