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Fall going well for Ashley Ridge athletes

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – All in all, the first month of the Fall sports season at Ashley Ridge High School went very well. Several teams are competing well in region 7-AAAAA and will likely be a part of the state playoffs.

The state playoffs in most sports will begin in two to three weeks while football playoffs begin in November.

The football team is off to a solid start, posting a 4-2 mark overall and a 2-1 record in region play with four games remaining. The Swamp Foxes lost close games to Boiling Springs and Summerville, but also have won their share of close games. Ashley Ridge posted three-point wins over West Ashley and Goose Creek.

The Swamp Foxes have region games remaining with Stratford, Fort Dorchester, James Island and Wando. One more victory would assure the Swamp Foxes a spot in the playoffs.

Statistically, the Swamp Foxes have been much better this season on defense with several players contributing solid numbers. Rhett Butcher and Rodney Oldham lead the unit in tackles with 81 and 78, respectively. Oldham also has three interceptions.

Darius Smith has 51 tackles through six games and Will Aiken has 45. Blaine Dubois has 40 tackles and Jaheim President leads the team with eight sacks.

Quarterback Matthew Duncan has thrown for 1,082 yards and seven touchdowns to pace the offense. Running back Nick Cunningham has gained 510 yards rushing with five touchdowns to pace the ground game. Demarr Proctor-Floyd has added nearly 250 yards on the ground.

Leading the pass-catching corps are Troy Chavis (18-426, 4 TD) and JJ McAfee (29-417, 2 TD).

The volleyball team also finds itself in the thick of the region race at the halfway point. Ashley Ridge went 5-2 in region play and 21-11 overall through the first month. They trail Wando and James Island in the region standings.

Junior Amani McArthur is having a strong season with 133 kills and 88 total blocks. Senior Katy Torgerson has 118 kills and 25 blocks, to go with 23 service aces.

Senior Gabby Milo leads the team in aces (43) and digs (193) while senior setter Nicole Freeman leads in assists with 222. Freshman setter Kelly Lisi has 142 assists and freshman Vanessa Blake has 78 kills and 46 blocks. Sophomore hitter Amanda Blake has tallied 85 kills.

The girls’ tennis team is fighting for a spot in the playoffs as the regular season nears an end. Ashley Ridge cannot win the region title as Wando appears to have a lock on the crown.

Kate Schmedeke is playing one singles this season while Arianna Brinn is playing two singles. Caroline Jacky plays three singles and Cameron Sheppard is playing four. Rounding out the singles ladder is Taylor Sparling.

The swim teams are preparing for the region meet on October 7th, to be followed by the Class AAAAA state meet on October 13th in Columbia. Among the top performers this fall are Virginia Kackley, Matt Mantooth, Ethan Williams, Jayme Lifrieri, Rebekah Collins and Ansley Jones.

 

 

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