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Pinewood Prep athletes look for strong fall finish

By David Shelton
Senior Writer

Summerville – With the postseason just around the corner, the fall sports athletes at Pinewood Prep are working hard to enhance their opportunities for the playoffs.
It does not appear the program will produce a state champion this fall but getting the playoff experience can help the development of athletes as they look to the future.
The first state title in SCISA to be decided will be the swimming championships. That state meet is October 13th in Augusta, Georgia. Pinewood Prep has a chance to send several athletes to the state finals.
Connor Kocian and Ashley Steele have a chance to qualify in the 200 meter freestyle. Kocian is also competing for a spot in the 100 butterfly event.
Jared Snell is a hopeful in the 100 butterfly as well as the 100 freestyle. Connor Ruddy is a candidate to qualify in the backstroke.
Brea Fields and Olivia Polk are the strongest hopes from the girls team. Both are competing in the 200-meter individual medley while Fields also is solid in the 100 butterfly event. Both the boys and girls team will likely send relay teams as well to the state finals.
The Pinewood Prep volleyball team is struggling to overcome inexperience as the roster has only two seniors this season. The senior captains are middle hitter Mary Grace Robertson and setter/outside hitter Meaghan Veale.
Juniors on the roster this season include outside hitters Jayden Weston and Summer Rehagen, and middle blockers Emma Robertson and Daryan Bryant.
Matti Riddick (outside hitter), Alyssa Cox (defensive specialist) and Dakota Taylor (outside hitter) are freshmen on this year’s team. Rounding out the 2018 roster are eighth-graders Reagan Walker and Marisa Johnson, who play outside hitter and Libero, respectively.
Pinewood Prep won three of their first 12 matches this season.
The cross country program has a bevy of runners participating this fall and the boys and girls teams are hoping to qualify for the state meet in late October.
Junior Jack Jeffrey has posted the top time on the boys team this season, running a season best of 19:48 in the 5K event. Eighth-grader Ayden Meadows has improved a great deal, running a time of 21:34 at the Lowcountry Invitational meet on September 29. Eighth-grader Grant Brashser ran 22:20 at the meet. Seventh-grader Troy Dandridge ran 22:14 at the same meet while freshman Brett Reed posted a time of 23:01.
Freshman Patrick Greenstreet and sophomore Silvan Steffan also have competed well this fall and are contenders to be in the final five.
The girls team also is quite young but showing great improvement.  Freshman Amber Farrell was the top Pinewood finisher at the Lowcountry Invitational while Sara Clayton was the team’s top runner at the Coaches Classic event in early September. Freshmen Mary Kate McConnell and Madison McSwain have been solid competitors, along with seventh-graders Elin Fields and Kira Martin.

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