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Skyhawks looking to compete for fall region titles

By David Shelton
Senior Writer

Columbia – While most of the attention during the fall sports season at Hammond School is focused on the highly successful football program, the other fall sports teams also work hard to compete for region titles.
Hammond’s 2018 football team is again the talk of the town, and rightly so. The Skyhawks are off to a 6-0 start and heading towards the top seed in the SCISA Class AAA state playoff bracket.
Hammond has fought off the challenge of its top contender, First Baptist, with a 28-21 road win a few weeks ago. On October 5th, the Skyhawks face another challenge in a 6-0 Porter-Gaud team, also on the road.
The Skyhawks continue to show good balance offensively with a tenacious defensive effort. Junior quarterback Jackson Muschamp has been solid and consistent as he directs the offense as a first-year starter. He has thrown for more than 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns this season.
Andre Wilson is a dual threat performer as a receiver and running back and leads the team with 30 receptions for 433 yards and five touchdowns. Cleo Canty (16-377, 4 TD) also factors in the passing game.
Defensively, the work up front by four-star prospects Alex Huntley and Jordan Burch has been noted. The team’s top tackler is linebacker Will Locke, closing in on 50 total hits. Fabian Goodman, Brig Bannon and Canty each have two interceptions defensively. Burch has five sacks.
The volleyball team competes in a tough region and is off to a 1-4 start in league play, 6-8 overall. The team has two senior leaders in Cleo Ogburu and Ashli Neal. Ogburu leads the team with 74 kills while adding 20 service aces and 67 defensive digs. Neal has 51 kills with 19 blocks and 25 digs.
Junior Summer Wrenn has added 44 kills, 16 aces and 26 blocks while freshman setter Amelia Gandhi has 176 assists and 29 aces. Juniors Parker Burns and Natasa Franklin also perform well in the back as defenders.
Other seniors on the roster include Ratziel Ogburu and Bailey Leaphart. Rounding out the 2018 roster are juniors Laura McLeod, Meredith McLeod and Hannah Wasserman, along with freshmen Madison Burns and Mary Kate Penninger.
In cross country, the top runner on the boys team this fall is Julian McCue, who has run a time of 16:55 and should be a contender for medalist honors in the SCISA AAA state meet.
Other contenders for the top five runners on the team include Merritt Brazell, Walker Lilly, Leo Addeo, Alden Ridley, Reece Bluestein and James Bradley.
Sophomore Lilly Angel is the top runner on the girls team with a time of 21:30. She also hopes to contend for all-state honors at the state meet.
Abby Park and Anna Malanuk are the next two runners, followed by Camille Kristnik and Kate Oliver.

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