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West Ashley fall sports make push for postseason

By David Shelton
Senior Writer

West Ashley – The arrival of Autumn means the state high school playoffs for fall sports are just around the corner.
Athletes in swimming, tennis, football, cross country and volleyball at West Ashley High are gearing up for the postseason. Earning a spot in the state playoff round is the first order of business and Wildcat athletes are hoping to do just that as the regular season comes to a close.
The football team of coach Bobby Marion is 0-1 in the region after losing to Fort Dorchester on September 28. That loss evened the overall record at 3-3 and the Wildcats certainly have an opportunity to finish strong. After a non-region game with Wando on October 5th, West Ashley has region games with Ashley Ridge, Summerville and Stall.
Senior quarterback Kenyatta Jenkins has passed for 545 yards and seven touchdowns while adding 329 yards rushing and five touchdowns
Senior Yaphett Bienvenu leads the team in rushing with 400 yards and has scored four touchdowns. Ricardo Green has 246 yards rushing and Justin Mazyck has 234 yards, averaging 8.1 per carry. Dwalynn Deleston also has topped 200 yards rushing in the first six games.
Senior Dominique Kershaw is the top pass-catcher with 19 catches for 213 yards. Jaelin Pinckney has five receptions but two have gone for touchdowns and he has 117 yards.
Leading the way defensively are linebackers Ja’Xavier Legare and Caleb Edwards. Legare has 55 tackles, including 12 for loss. Edwards has 44 tackles and three sacks. Deleston has seven pass break-ups.
The volleyball team is 5-16 after the September schedule but a good finish in region play could mean a playoff berth.
Senior Mercedez Johnson leads the team at the net with 91 kills and 40 blocks. Sophomore Abigail Oldfield has 85 kills and junior Abigail Kothera has 51 kills. She also has 32 service aces and 123 digs.
Senior Mary Grace Sirisky has 207 assists, 124 digs and 38 aces while sophomore Zoe King adds 48 digs and 26 aces.
In cross country, the top two runners on the boys team this fall have been junior Nashawn Hicks and sophomore Noah Myers. Hicks has the season best time this fall but Myers recently clocked a time of 20:03 at the Lowcountry Invitational.
Freshmen Jackson McIllwain, Britton Plott and Levi Wagner also compete for the top four scorers, as does senior Zachary McDaniel.
Junior Emily O’Toole is the top runner on the girls team. Also competing for the top five are senior Rachael Forester, juniors Emorie Thrasher and Benedetta Natali, and freshman Sophie Hollis.

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