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Region play arrives for West Ashley basketball


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

West Ashley – The all-important region schedule has arrived for the basketball teams at West Ashley High and both the boys and girls teams will be competing for a spot in the Class AAAAA Lower State playoffs.

Region 8-AAAAA play began for both teams on January 17 and both teams ended up with losses to Ashley Ridge. Both teams will battle with Fort Dorchester, Summerville, Stall and Ashley Ridge in hopes of securing a top three finish in the standings, which would secure a spot in the playoff bracket.

The girls team dropped to 5-11 with their defeat. Kristen Jenkins continues to have a very good season, averaging 18 points per game. Kennedy Schaffer adds 8.3 points per game while Makayla Robinson-White and Maxine King each contribute about four points per game.

The boys team, coached by Ronnie DuPre, is 12-7 overall heading into play on January 21. The Wildcats continue to be led in scoring by senior guard Kaiden Mines, who averages 13.1 points per game.

Jahleel Porter is averaging 11.6 points per game and guard Brandon Mungin is good for about seven points per game. Sahkaris Smalls is the team’s leading rebounder at 8.2 boards per contest.

West Ashley’s wrestling team also is competing in region eight action. Earlier in January, the Wildcats participated in the Charleston County championships with several grapplers earning high placements in their respective weight classes.

The program produced one county champion as Sayid Hassan won the 113-pound title. Kaleb Snider was runner-up in the 132-pound weight class and Wyatt Robinson was second in the 138-pound weight class.

Javion Seger finished third at 120 pounds and Jacob Wagner was third at 182 pounds. Ramon White was fourth at 145-pounds, while Matt Robinson (160), Britton Plott (170) and Evan Snider (195) each finished fifth in their respective brackets.

Region 8-AAAAA recently released all-region selections for fall sports. Named all-region in football were kicker Bear Huggins, defensive end Marion Nelson, receiver Jaden Washington, and running back Justin Mazyck.

Abigail Kothera and Zoe King were selected all-region in volleyball. Katie Lowe and Madison Clayton were selected in tennis.

 In swimming, Carson Owens and Gray Caldwell earned all-region honors from the boys team. There were no all-region honorees in girls swimming, girls cross country and boys cross country.


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