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Ashley Ridge enjoys postseason success in fall sports

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – Though not quite enough to win a state championship, the fall sports teams at Ashley Ridge enjoyed solid success during the 2018 campaign.

Several teams qualified for the state playoffs in their respective sports.

The girls tennis team finished as the region 8-AAAAA runner-up to Summerville and earned a spot in the Class AAAAA Lower State playoff bracket. The Swamp Foxes managed a first-round win over Stratford before losing to Socastee in the second-round.

The volleyball team won the region championship with a 9-1 record this fall. The Swamp Foxes put together a nice run in the postseason, posting playoff wins over Berkeley and Chapin before losing to Wando in the Lower State semi-finals. The final record was 21-10-2 this season.

Senior Amani McArthur led the team with 142 kills this season and earned all-state honors in Class AAAAA. She also was selected to play in the North-South all-star game. Sophomore Vanessa Blake tallied 160 kills and 184 blocks while junior Amanda Blake had 154 kills and 100 blocks.

Sophomore Alli Atkinson had 108 kills, 114 blocks and 91 digs while sophomore setter Kelli Lisi had 360 assists.

In cross country, the boys team finished third in the region 8-AAAAA meet while the girls team was the region runner-up.

Senior Nic Danielski paced the boys team with a third-place finish in the region meet. He advanced through the Lower State qualifier to earn a spot in the Class AAAAA state championship meet where he finished 14th overall to earn all-state honors.

Seniors Garrett Grochewski and Russell Sammons were top 10 finishers in the region meet, finishing seventh and 10th respectively. Junior Brandon Clark was 12th and sophomore Ryan Duffy was 15th.

Junior Betsy Erickson was the region runner-up in the girls region finals. Freshman Hailey Brinson finished 10th, followed by junior Allie Karges in 11th. Senior Rylee Holbrook was 12th and senior Brock Bozarth finished 15th.

The football team secured an at-large berth for the Class AAAAA state playoffs. The Swamp Foxes finished the regular season at 5-5 after a loss to West Ashley on November 1st. Ashley Ridge’s first-round playoff opponent, on November 9, is region 6-AAAAA champion West Florence. West Florence eliminated Ashley Ridge from the playoffs in 2017 and is led by the state’s leading rusher, Ailym Ford.

Junior quarterback Matt Duncan passed for 2,100 yards and 13 touchdowns during the regular season. His top target has been Jaelyn Perry, who has 37 receptions for 699 yards and five scores.

Senior running back Nick Cunningham has rushed for 1,527 yards and 15 touchdowns entering the playoffs.

Safety Darius Smith is the team’s leading tackler defensively with 94 tackles.


© 2017 High School Sports Report

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