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Ashley Hall High School
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Ashley Hall takes state runner-up in four fall sports

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Charleston – While winning the state championship is the ultimate goal, the Ashley Hall athletic department has to be pleased with the way their fall sports teams competed in 2017.

Ashley Hall came away with state runner-up trophies in four sports while taking third-place in another during the fall sports campaign.

The volleyball team reached the state finals in SCISA AAA before losing to Porter-Gaud, 3-1. Coach Franny Slay’s squad competed with great effort and the coach feels good about the future. Ashley Hall finished with a 31-17 record

“We only had two seniors on this team so we feel like we are getting closer,” Slay said. “My girls played hard all season. I’m excited about the future with these girls.”

The team’s lone seniors this fall were Emily Rapach and Natalie Smith. Rapach, a setter, finished this season with 928 assists while Smith was a leader defensively with 411 digs.

Junior Mattison Matthews finished with 421 kills and 85 blocks. Junior Cameron Cox had 217 kills and 55 service aces while junior Hampden Thomas had 193 kills and 323 digs. Junior Sarah Olivia Wyndham had 237 digs and sophomore Sarah Smith had 326 digs.

The golf team finished second in the AAA state tournament, an event limited to nine holes due to poor weather conditions. Ashley Hall finished second to Porter-Gaud, three strokes off the lead.

Raegan Propes shot 45 and Allison Drennan shot 46 to earn all-state honors.

The cross country team also was a state runner-up to Porter-Gaud in the SCISA Class AAA state meet on October 28.

Leading Ashley Hall’s effort was seventh-grader Ailish Ward, who finished fourth overall to earn all-state honors. Freshman Ava Evans-Godley also was all-state with a ninth-place finish.

Seventh-grader Ginger Arnold finished 11th and seventh-grader Brice Tibbals was 12th. Eighth-grader Georgia Arnold rounded out the scoring in 19th-place overall.

The girls’ tennis team reached the AAA state finals before losing to Porter-Gaud, 5-0. The team finished with a 15-7 record this fall.

Emma Navarro played number one singles while Rebecca Spratt played number two. Marissa Dye was third in the singles ladder while Hannah Reuther played four singles. Addison Propes played five singles and Ella Gray Settle played number six.

The swim team took a third-place finish in the SCISA AAA state meet. Ashley Hall finished two points out of second.

Individually, Caroline Clark won gold in the 100-yard freestyle and also placed third in the 100-yard butterfly. Kate McEvoy finished third in the 500-yard freestyle and placed fourth in the 200-yard freestyle.

 Charlotte Clark was fourth in the 500 and fifth in the 200 while McKenna Hardy was sixth in the 100-yard butterfly and sixth in the 100-yard backstroke.

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