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Fall sports season picks back up in Florence 

By David Shelton
Senior Writer

Florence – After Hurricane Florence threw a wrench into the 2018 fall sports campaign, things are starting to return to normalcy for Florence area high school athletes.
Teams are getting back on schedule and competing hard to finish strong, hoping to earn playoff berths in their respective sports.
West Florence’s girls tennis team has put together a nice season so far and will look to lock up a region title in the coming weeks. The Knights are 8-1 overall and 3-0 in region 6-AAAAA play after a win over South Florence on October 1.
Leading the way for West Florence is number one singles performer Kate Sansbury, while Reagan Dunnam is playing two singles. The duo also form the number one singles team when needed.
Riley Gunter is playing three singles, followed by Emily King and Katie Smaldone in the four and five slots, respectively. Working in number two doubles are Grace Bailey and Brooks McKenzie.
As for South Florence, the number one singles player is Claire Nance. Sydney Osborne plays two singles and Haley Steele plays three singles. Adalia Howze and Anaya Roberts round out the singles ladder.
Brooks McKenzie and Sara Margaret Morris form the number two doubles team.
The West Florence football team opened 2018 with four straight wins before suffering their first defeat on September 28th to Camden, 31-28. The Knights have victories over Crestwood, Darlington, Lake City and Wilson. Through five game, coach Jody Jenerette’s squad is averaging 47.4 points per game.
West Florence’s schedule is being adjusted due to the storm and floods in Horry County. The Knights will take on St. James on October 8th with a region game against Socastee tentatively scheduled for Oct 12.
Senior running back Ailym Ford continues to make his case for a spot on the SC Shrine Bowl all-star roster. Ford is among the state’s leading rushers with more than 800 yards this season.
South Florence’s football team sits at 2-2 and also is adjusting their future schedule. The Bruins have losses to Hartsville and Marlboro County while collecting wins over James Island and Wilson. They are slated to open region play against Carolina Forest on October 6.
Sophomore quarterback Shalique Parks continues to show steady improvement. He has passed for 537 yards and two scores early on. Senior Tony McFadden heads up the running game with 423 yards and five touchdowns. Senior Tyler Quillens and sophomore Hahsaun Wilson are the leading receivers.
Defensively, senior Shrine Bowl candidate Micheal Mason has 47 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and five sacks through four games. Junior Matt Howard and senior Judah Gray have 34 tackles and junior Tyree Mitchell has 29 hits, six for loss. Jahlin Parrot, a senior, has 28 tackles, including eight for loss.
Tim McFadden has three interceptions and Kevonte Harrison has two.

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