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Ashley Ridge fall sports in full speed mode

By David Shelton
Senior Writer

Summerville – Athletic venues are quite busy at Ashley Ridge High as the 2018 fall sports season kicks into high gear for the stretch run to postseason opportunities.
Ashley Ridge athletes in swimming, football, volleyball, girls tennis and cross country are preparing for the final month of the regular season and looking forward to competing for state championships.
The football team enters October with a 3-3 record overall and is 0-1 after losing to rival Summerville on September 28th. The Swamp Foxes look to battle for a playoff spot out of region 8-AAAAA. Senior running back Nick Cunningham is off to a great start, rushing more than 800 yards in the first six games. Cunningham set a school-record with 278 yards rushing in a win over Wando.
Junior quarterback Matt Duncan has passed for more than 800 yards, with his favorite targets being Demarr Proctor-Floyd and Jaelyn Perry.
Defensive leaders include Darius Smith, Nathan Estep, Jaheim President and Rhett Butcher.
The volleyball team split their first 16 matches this season and continue to build with a young team. Ashley Ridge will be one of the favorites to win the region 8-AAAAA title this fall.
Leading a balanced effort is sophomore Vanessa Blake, who has 76 kills and 39 blocks in the middle of the floor. Junior Amanda Blake has 64 kills and 24 blocks while senior Amani McArthur has 64 kills and 24 blocks.
Sophomore Alli Atkinson shows a strong all-around game with 46 kills, 40 blocks and 42 digs while sophomore setter Kelly Lisi has 158 assists. Senior MaKayla Burns has 41 kills and Junior Audra Martin has 105 assists and 22 service aces. Junior Ellie Martin has been solid defensively with 52 digs.
The cross country teams have been very busy in the first month of the season, competing in several events around the state.
The top time turned in this season to date by a member of the girls team belongs to Betsy Erickson, who ran the 5k in 20:19 at the Lake Murray Invitational. She finished 18th overall in the event.
Other top runners on the girls team include Allie Karges, Brooke Bozarth, Rylee Holbrook, Emily Danielski, Katie Burchette and Hailey Brinson.
On the boys side, the top runner this fall has been Nic Danielski, who finished seventh at the Lake Murray Invitational with a season-best time of 16:25. Russell Sammons was the team’s top finisher at the Cross Country Festival with a time of 18:58.
Another strong and consistent runner for the boys team has been Branden Clark, who was the team’s second runner to finish at the Coaches Classic.
Also competing well are Garrett Grochowski, Ryan Duffy, and Jackson Barnard.

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