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Ashley Ridge High School
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Wrestling, basketball under new leadership at Ashley Ridge

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – The winter sports season in 2018-19 will have a different look at Ashley Ridge High School as the athletic program will have new head coaches in charge of wrestling and basketball.

Shortly after the 2017-18 winter sports season concluded, openings for the varsity boys basketball and wrestling programs came available. Boys basketball coach Brad Dobbels stepped down in early spring, as did wrestling coach Stacey Woods.

The varsity girls basketball position was another opening that occurred in the middle of last season, leaving athletic director Randall Tucker with some work to do.

By early July, all three head coaching openings had been filled. Taking over the girls basketball program is Bethany Smith, who previously had a successful run as the coach at James Island Christian School.

Former varsity assistant and jayvee coach Curtis Capers was tabbed as Dobbels’ replacement, setting up a smooth transition for a talented returning team this season.

In wrestling, former Westside High coach Marquise Camp has been hired to replace Woods. Camp guided Westside, a region 1-AAAAA school in Anderson, to a region championship this past winter. He also has coached at Greer, Berea and Chesnee.

Camp wrestled at Gaffney High School before moving on to wrestle at Spartanburg Methodist and Limestone College. The Army veteran has coached two All-Americans and four state champions while also serving as a coach in the North-South all-star event.

Camp inherits a solid program at Ashley Ridge. The Swamp Foxes are perennial contenders for region titles and have advanced deep into the AAAAA state playoffs the last two years.

It appears, heading into the final week of July, that the other varsity head coaching positions within the athletic department will remain the same.

Kenny Walker will return as the head football coach this fall, getting his troops started with practices on July 27th. The Swamp Foxes have solid returning experience on both sides of the ball, including an all-state quarterback candidate in Matt Duncan, a junior.

Also in the fall, successful volleyball coach Janet Hurley will return with a team capable of contending for a region title. Jeff Plane will return to coach cross country and Sean McCawley will return as the girls tennis coach. McCawley also coaches the boys tennis team in the spring.

Samuel Stevenson will coach girls golf this fall and Victoria Merritt heads up the boys and girls swim teams.

Brian Givens will return as the head baseball coach next spring while Larisssa Shannon will again coach the successful softball program.

 Mark Weaver is the varsity girls soccer coach and Nate Harris handles the varsity boys team. Katrell Green is listed as the head track coach, with help from several assistant coaches.

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