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Colleton County High School
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Colleton County finds plenty of success in fall sports

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Walterboro – The 2017 fall sports season will go down as one of the more successful campaigns in Colleton County school history.

Several of the school’s athletic teams qualified for the state playoffs this fall and competed well in region 8-AAAA.

The Cross Country program, particularly the girls team, had a strong showing this fall. The team finished third in the region 8-AAAA meet and also tied for third-place in the Class AAAA lower state meet, qualifying for the state meet on November 4th.

Leading the way is sophomore Grayson Altman, who finished eighth in the region meet and placed 12th in the lower state qualifier. Junior Kensley Dantzler was 11th in the region meet and 23rd overall in the lower state qualifier.

 Abigail Altman finished 17th in the lower state meet while seventh-grader Stacey Bennett was 25th in the region meet an 32nd in the lower state meet. Freshman Kayla Dantzler was 13th in the region meet and 33rd in the lower state meet while eighth-grader Lauren Reynolds was 21st in the region meet and 54th in the lower state meet.

Dorothy Dessoye also ran in the lower state meet and finished 52nd overall.

The boys team placed fifth in the region meet. Their top runner was freshman Blaine Cook, who finished 24th overall. Junior Wyatt O’Quinn was 30th, followed by seventh-grader Tyler Scites in 31st. Freshman Edward Bennett scored in 32nd place and seventh-grader Gavin Padgett scored in 33rd.

The girls’ tennis team finished fourth in region eight and earned a spot in the lower state AAAA tournament. Colleton County ran into lower state powerhouse Myrtle Beach in the first-round and suffered a 5-1 defeat to finish the season with a 6-6 record.

Seniors on this year’s team included Alicia Roberson, Daryn Hooker, Anni Crook, Cami Crook, Taylor Virden and Mariah Risher.

The volleyball team finished third in region seven but lost their first-round AAAA playoff match to North Myrtle Beach.

Colleton County’s football team, under first-year head coach Coby Peeler, finished fourth in region seven and posted a respectable 4-6 record during the regular season. The Cougars suffered two close losses in region play, losing by eight to Beaufort and by seven to Cane Bay.

The Cougars earned a spot in the AAAA lower state playoffs and were set to play North Myrtle Beach on November 3rd in the first-round.

Quarterback Craig Grant was selected to play in the annual North-South all-star football game on December 9th in Myrtle Beach.

Grant had a great senior season, passing for more than 2,500 yards and 23 touchdowns during the regular season. He added 525 yards rushing and 11 more touchdowns while completing nearly 60 percent of his pass attempts.

Grant shared the wealth in the passing game to a bevy of receivers. De’aijae Ferguson led the way with 48 catches for 682 yards and five touchdowns. Javon Williams added 31 grabs for 653 yards and seven touchdowns.

Sophomores Trakell Murray and Jeremiah Moseley added 17 receptions each and Tristian Nieves caught 15 passes for more than 340 yards and three touchdowns. Murray had six touchdown receptions in the regular season.

Lance Calcutt has been a weapon as the team’s punter this season. Calcutt has averaged 43.5 yards per punt with a long of 72 yards this season.

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