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West Ashley finishes fourth in region; qualifies for playoffs

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

West Ashley – The West Ashley High football team accomplished a major goal in 2017, qualifying for the Class AAAAA lower state playoffs after a solid fourth-place finish in region 7-AAAAA.

The Wildcats secured fourth-place with a win over Wando in the regular season finale on October 27, pushing the team’s overall record to 5-4 on the season. West Ashley was preparing for a first-round playoff game at Spring Valley on November 3rd at press time.

Spring Valley sports a 9-1 record and finished the regular season as a top 10 ranked team in Class AAAAA.

The Wildcats have had solid moments on both sides of the ball with several players on offense and defense providing solid contributions.

Offensively, junior quarterback Kenyatta Jenkins has been effective as the leader of the offense. Jenkins has accounted for more than 1,300 total yards, including nearly 800 yards rushing.

Jordan Pettigrew was a key runner down the stretch, entering the playoffs with nearly 700 rushing yards. Yaphett Bienvenu also has contributed in the run game consistently this fall.

Defensively, linebacker Kamden Middleton is the leading tackler with more than 60 total hits. He also has 10 tackles for loss and four sacks. End Jay Smith has more than 20 tackles for loss and 10 sacks while Antonio Knox has 15 tackles for loss and seven sacks. End Myles White also has more than 50 total tackles in nine games this season.

In other fall sports, West Ashley’s swim teams competed in the Class AAAAA state meet two weeks ago. On the girls side, Emorie Thrasher took 12th in the 50-yard freestyle and 20th in the 100-yard freestyle. She also swam on the 200-yard relay, along with Reedy Smith, Claire Green and Haley Bauer.

The boys team posted a top 10 finish, placing seventh in the final standings. Chad Waldrop was a top performer, taking sixth in the 50 freestyle and swimming on two relay teams.

Jonathan Stone swam in the relays and placed 15th in the 100-yard freestyle. Justin Sage was seventh in the breaststroke and 12th in the 100 while swimming in two relays. Jefferson Taylor was a fourth member of the relay units and finished 11th in the individual 100 backstroke event.

 Quentin Earl and Bobby Watts also participated in relays.

The volleyball team finished the region season in fifth-place and qualified for the state playoffs before losing in the first-round.

The girls’ tennis team also qualified for the lower state playoffs but was eliminated in the first-round as well.

 

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