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Ashley Hall High School
Charleston

Ashley Hall honors top fall performers

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Charleston – The athletic department of Ashley Hall School, led by athletic director Franny Slay, honored the top performers from the recently completed fall sports season.

Slay also directs the school’s very successful volleyball program and handed out awards in bantam, junior varsity and varsity play. The varsity team reached the Class AAA state finals before losing to Porter-Gaud in the state championship match, 3-1.

The most valuable player on the varsity team was junior Mattison Matthews. Hastings Witt was the most improved player while Natalie Smith and Emily Rapach received coaches awards. Hampden Thomas received the all-star award.

Matthews, Rapach, Smith and Thomas were recognized as all-region selections and were selected to play in the SCISA North-South all-star matches. Matthews and Rapach were SCISA all-state picks. Matthews also was recognized as the Region 3-AAA player of the year and Slay was the region coach of the year.

Anna Leigh Snyder was the most valuable player on the junior varsity team. Rivie Sykes was named most improved and Merritt Davis received the coaches award.

Coach Mary Gastley guided the varsity tennis team to a state runner-up finish, losing to Porter-Gaud in the state finals. Kayla Kirkland received the award for best record and Ella Gray Settle was most improved.

Hannah Ruether and Addison Propes received coaches awards. Emma Navarro and Rebecca Spratt were SCISA all-state selections.

Coaching the junior varsity tennis team this fall were Amie Pierce and Katie Phillips. The best record honor went to Helen Berger while Natalie Richards was most improved. Adelaide Harper and Nancy Kirkman received coaches awards.

The cross country team also earned a state runner-up finish at the AAA state championships. Coach Gail Bailey’s most valuable award went to Ailish Ward, who along with Ava Evans-Godley earned all-region and all-state honors.

Brice Tibbals was most improved and Ginger Arnold earned the coaches award.

Another state runner-up trophy was won by the golf team this fall. The team was under the direction of Terese Dynjan and Jon Watkins.

The most valuable player was Raegan Propes and Chloe Ross was most improved. Allison Drennan received the coaches award.

The swim team placed third in the SCISA Class AAA state meet in October. Caroline Clark was named most valuable while Maddy Ethington-Carl was the most improved. McKenna Hardy received the coaches award.

Maggie Laney and Jessica Scully coached the swim team this season.

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