Orangeburg Prep fall sports campaign enters stretch drive of October
Orangeburg – The fall sports campaign has hit the final stretch drive at Orangeburg Prep and all of the athletic teams seek to finish strong and earn a state playoff berth.
The football team has struggled a bit out of the gate against a very competitive schedule. The Indians enter a game on October 3rd at Thomas Heyward Academy with a 1-5 record overall but a 1-1 mark in region play. A victory over the Rebels would keep hopes alive for a region title.
The Indians are coming off a loss to AAA powerhouse Hammond on September 27th. While the final score was not what coach Brock Miller had hoped for, there were several bright spots.
Senior Chris Brown had a career night in the loss, intercepting three passes and returning one 57 yards for a touchdown.
After six games, senior quarterback Tim Schriver has passed for 409 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore Huntley Wolfe has added 104 yards passing and two scores.
Junior Hart Harley leads the Indians in rushing with 316 yards while Brown has gained 267 yards. He and Schriver have two rushing touchdowns each on the season.
Senior JJ Union continues to be the team’s top receiver with 22 catches for 347 yards and four touchdowns.
The Indians are averaging 219 yards in total offense per game, scoring 15.6 points per outing.
Senior Hunter Anderson leads the defense in tackles with 42 total hits while junior Chad Stewart has 39 tackles. Union has 22 tackles out of the secondary while senior Ben Ridgeway and freshman Parker Kuck have 21 tackles.
Defensively, Orangeburg Prep is allowing 320.5 yards per game, along with 33.6 points.
Coach Rip Ripley’s volleyball team continues a solid season, entering play on September 29 with a 15-6 record overall. The most recent Player of the Week honor went to junior Ashlyn Fralix, who had 18 kills and 27 digs in two matches.
Fralix leads the team in kills with 33 this season, followed by junior Victoria Williams with 30 and junior Lauren Arant with 27. Williams leads in aces with 26 while Fralix has 20 and Arant 19.
Senior Kelsey Racey has nine blocks, leading by two over senior Alexis Baltzegar. Fralix leads in digs with 69 while Arant has 44 and Williams 43.
Sophomore Morgan Baltzegar has 69 assists to lead the team in that category. Junior McKenzie Morrell is second on the team with 43 assists.
A very young girls’ tennis team continues to play with effort as they gain experience.
Sophomore Adison Walter is playing number one singles this fall while sophomore Sarah Paige Bozardt plays number two singles. Sophomores Annie Robinson and Keagan Riser play three and four singles, respectively, with junior Darla Altman playing five singles and sophomore Riley Frierson playing six.
Bozardt and Walter are playing one doubles and have a respectable 3-5 record this season.
In cross country, eighth-grader Ian Scott recently ran his personal best, clocking a 22:07 in a meet at Wilson Hall. That also rates as the top team this fall on the boys’ team.
The top time on the girls’ team is 25:35, run by sixth-grader Madison Weeks.