The Ashley Ridge basketball teams opened their 2013-14 season Monday by sweeping James Island.
Sophomore Brandon Brown and senior Sean White led the Swamp Fox boys to a 68-52 win over the Trojans.
“I’m really proud of the way our guys competed,” Ashley Ridge coach Brian Welch said. “What a great way to begin the journey. James Island is a good and well-coached team with some guys with a lot of varsity experience so I knew they would be a good challenge for us. We got a lot of big contributions from a lot of different guys, which hopefully will continue.”
Jones finished with 21 points to lead all scorers. White scored 13 and fellow senior Don Smith scored 5. Also contributing for the Swamp Foxes were Andre Grant (4), Tray Jenkins (4), Corbin Landers (4), Josh Litchfield (3), Jerimiah King (2) and Tyler Garland (2).
James Hamilton led James Island with 18 points.
On Wednesday, the Swamp Foxes earned a 55-45 win at Hanahan. White led the Ashley Ridge shooters with 18 points and Raekwon Jones scored 13.
Swamp Foxes are scrappy, but lack varsity experience
The Ashley Ridge boys’ basketball team doesn’t return a single starter this season, but Swamp Fox coach Brian Welch remains optimistic.
“While this team doesn’t have a ton of varsity experience, these guys have been playing together for a while and they are very familiar with each other. They have had a lot of success at the JV and B-team level. I like the makeup of our team. We are tough and have a lot of depth. A lot of guys are getting quality minutes this preseason.”
He sees that trend continuing throughout the year so having fresh legs shouldn’t be a problem for Ashley Ridge. With a couple of exceptions, this year’s squad doesn’t have any specialist but is comprised of athletic players who can be used at multiple positions.
“We want them to play smart and together but we also want them to play fast, free and aggressive,” Welch said. “I think that is what’s best for this group of athletes. We have a lot of hungry kids who have a lot to prove and I think that is good for our program. We have a next-man-in mentality with this group and they all cheer for each other and play for each other so I think they will be a lot of fun to watch.”
Ashley Ridge does have several varsity lettermen returning this season. Sean White, who has been with the varsity since his freshman season, has the most experience.
Seniors Andre Grant, Don Smith and Ben Crimminger and juniors Tray Jenkins and Raekwon Jones were also with the team last year and are looking to play bigger roles this season. “Jones is our tallest player and he is very athletic,” Welch said. “He brings an element to our team that we haven’t had in a while.”
Other players Welch is counting on going into the season include juniors Josh Litchfield, Tyler Garland and Tyquan Tucker and sophomores Jeremiah King and Brandon Brown.
More than 80 percent of the players in the Swamp Fox program also play football so the Swamp Foxes still have some things to iron out early in the season, but Welch says the summer workouts and preseason scrimmages have gone well.
“We have good chemistry and pick each other up all the time,” he said. “I think what we may lack in height we make up for with strength and by being scrappy. Our kids are hungry and trying to put their stamp on something.”
The Swamp Foxes open the season Jan. 2 by hosting James Island.
Conditioning begins Tuesday 10/22 and will conintue every Tuesday and Thursday until tryouts on November 4th for all those interested in trying out not currently participating in a fall sport.
Boys Basketball Tryouts for all not currently participating in a fall sport will begin Monday 11/4 3:15pm – 5:30pm. There will be tryouts for all players currently participating in a fall sport (football) immediately following the conclusion of their season. Final cuts will not be made until all fall athletes have had an opportunity to tryout. All athletes trying out must have a current physical on file.
There will be a mandatory meeting this Thursday 10/24 for ALL those interested in boys’ basketball at the beginning of conditioning.
Any questions – see Coach Welch
All participants must have a current physical on file!
Summer is HERE!!
Beginning June 1st at 11am our Summer program will be in full swing! Soon winter will come asking "What have you done all summer?" The Swamp Foxes will have a good answer!
The summer packet and schedule can be found on the right under our team files. We look forward to a GREAT Summer season!
“Our identity will be what it has always has been – a tough, disciplined, blue-collar team that plays with pride,” Welch said. “In our program that means playing relentless intense defense every day. Winning teams are built on character, not characters and our kids live by the creed that Ashley Ridge basketball demands commitment, denies selfishness, accepts reality, yet seeks constant improvement while promoting the good of the team above self.” -Coach Welch
Swishing at The Swamp Basketball Camp June 17-20
Ashley Ridge High School will host the Swishing at The Swamp Basketball Camp June 17-20 from 9am – 12pm. The purpose of the camp for boys age 6-16 is to provide the foundation for young players to develop and improve. The camp is designed for players of all ability levels and will be held in the ARHS gym. Cost is $70 per camper and includes a camp T-shirt. Head Swamp Fox Basketball Coach Brian Welch will head a staff of coaches who will supervise activities. For more information, contact Welch at 695-4900 Ext: 52188; 770-367-0457; firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://mens-basketball.ashleyridge.schoolfusion.us.
When: Sunday, March 17th at 6:00 PM
Where: Ashley Ridge Cafeteria
Who: All members of the Ashley Ridge Men’s Basketball Program for the 2012-2013 Season and their family.
Dress Code: Formal Church dress. Shirt and tie. (All players must dress up like they were required to before home games).
Dessert: We will be having an evening of dessert and drinks as we celebrate the 2012-2013 Boys Basketball Season
After staging a successful inaugural Christmas week tournament a year ago, Lanier High School hopes to build on that success when the second Lanier Holiday Classic tips off Thursday at the Sugar Hill school's gymnasium.This year's edition will feature a much stronger local flavor in its field than a year ago, especially in the girls backer, which will have at least one Gwinnett County team -- the host Longhorns, plus Central Gwinnett, Mountain View and Providence Christian -- in each opening-round matchup.In addition, three of the four remaining teams -- Lambert, East Jackson and Winder-Barrow -- come from counties neighboring Gwinnett."We definitely wanted Mountain View and Central Gwinnett, and we tried to get South Gwinnett, but we couldn't fit them in," Lanier girls coach David Palmer said. "A lot of it was by design, but we ... definitely wanted to grow this (tournament) to included teams from outside the county. We would like to have closer to a 50-50 split, and this is one step toward that."Mountain View was in the tournament last year (and finished third) and started three freshmen. So, they're coming back with an exceptionally strong team.Central is strong and quick, and Providence is a pretty good team in their (region). Hopefully we can be more competitive this year. We need to get more consistent, but I think we're right there."
Likewise, the boys bracket feature a competitive field that will have teams, and coaches, very familiar to Gwinnett area fans.In addition to county representatives in the host Longhorns, Mountain View and Providence, defending champion Lambert returns for the second straight season, this time under the leadership of former South coach Scott Bracco.
Meanwhile, the tournament's lone non-Georgia team, Ashley Ridge, also comes in with a familiar face on the sideline in the form of Brian Welch, a former standout player at Collins Hill and North Gwinnett now in his fifth season coaching the Summerville, S.C., school.
And like the Lanier girls team, the Longhorn boys, who finished as runner-up last year in a hard-fought title game against Lambert, are hoping to use this tournament as a springboard into January -- and, they hope, beyond.
"This will be a very competitive tournament," Lanier boys coach Jeremy Huckaby said. "Absolutely, it gave us a lot of confidence heading into the second half of the year going toe-to-toe with Lambert. We've been playing well (so far this year). ... And it will be good to be playing at home. We've played 11 games, and I think eight of them have been on the road."
The Doctor Pours in 25 against Wando
Swamp Fox boys best Warriors
By Roger Lee
Summerville Journal Scene ®
The Ashley Ridge boys’ basketball team banked a weighty win Tuesday.
The Swamp Foxes earned a 70-56 victory over Wando at The Ridge to improve to 6-2 on the season. Wando dropped to 8-4 with the non-region loss.
“Any time you come away with a win over a program as disciplined and well coached as Wando that’s a big win,” Ashley Ridge coach Brian Welch said. “Our guys did a great job of playing tough all night an played our way – loose, free, fast and aggressive. It was a good team win with so many people giving big contributions to help make it happen. I think this group’s biggest strength is the way they play for each other.”
In his first game returning to the team after a week of Shrine Bowl activities, senior Romelo Doctor led the Swamp Fox charge by scoring a game-high 25 points. Fellow senior Fred Weeks added 15 points to the Ashley Ridge cause and five other members of the team got in on the scoring.
Wando was led by Taylor Magenski, who finished with 10 points. Richie Alston added nine points for the Warriors.
Welch said he is hoping the victory is something the Swamp Foxes can build on.
“When a group plays as hard as they can as smart as they can every single second for one another you have a chance to win every night,” he said. “I’m proud of my guys and now we just have to make sure we are getting better each day as we approach Christmas and our region schedule. Hopefully we will be playing our best basketball at the end of the year.”
Wando will host the Ashley Ridge teams for rematches Jan. 4. On Jan. 8, Ashley Ridge opens region play when it hosts Bluffton.
Ashley Ridge - 70
R. Doctor - 25 F. Weeks - 15 D. Stevens - 9 T. Jenkins - 8 V. Moree - 5 M. Goodwine - 4 M. Graham - 4
Wando - 56
T. Magenski - 10 R. Alston - 9 A. Brown - 8 A. Moore - 6 E. Wagen Lander - 6 K. Backman - 4 A. Glover - 3 A. Terrell - 3 T. Price - 2
Swamp Foxes improve to 4-1
By Roger Lee
Summerville Journal Scene ®
Photo by: Roger Lee
The scoring was spread around Monday as the Ashley Ridge boys’ basketball team earned its second victory of the season over James Island.
The Swamp Foxes improved to 4-1 on the season with a 52-47 victory at home.
“That is a big win for our guys,” Ashley Ridge coach Brian Welch said. “Beating a team twice in a matter of only a one-week span is a tough thing to do. I think the key was the fact that we needed some guys to step up and they did just that.”
Ashley Ridge was down a starter as Romelo Doctor is in Spartanburg this week preparing for the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas all-star football game.
“Our guys are going to be called on this week and they have to answer the bell and Monday night they did just that,” Welch said. “We had four different guys in double figures. Mikey Goodwine stepped up in a big way posting his first double double. Co-captain Fred weeks stepped up huge for us playing virtually the entire game. DJ Stevens played another great game and sophomore Tray Jenkins continues to play better and better each night.”
The first half featured several three-point shots. Weeks hit two in the first period, but James Island also hit one as the teams battled to an 11-all tie.
Late in the second period, Stevens hit his second three-pointer of the night to give Ashley Ridge a 22-17 lead. However, James Island made the next four baskets, including a 3, to take a 24-22 lead. Then Jenkins sank a shot from behind the arc in the final minute for a 25-24 Swamp Fox advantage at the half.
Ashley Ridge came out of the locker room fired up to gain a nine-point lead, but then James Island hit the final 3 of the evening at the buzzer for the third period to take the score to 35-29.
Halfway through the final period Vernon Moree drove inside for a basket that gave Ashley Ridge a 10-point lead. James Island managed to cut that lead in half by the final minute, but the Swamp Foxes sealed the victory with free throws from Goodwine, Jenkins and Weeks.
Stevens and Jenkins both finished with 11 points while Weeks and Goodwine both added 10.
On Dec. 7, Ashley Ridge earned its second victory of the season over Cane Bay. Doctor hadn’t left yet for the all-star game and put up 19 points to lead the Foxes to a 63-50 win. Weeks and Jenkins both added 10 points while Sean White, Donovan Thompson, Moree, Graham and Stevens also scored for the Foxes.
“Our guys are some of the best teammates there are,” Welch said. “That has to continue to be a strength. Whether a guy is getting three minutes or 30 minutes, everybody has to be totally committed and ready to go when their number is called.”
The home stand continues for Ashley Ridge as the Swamp Foxes host Stratford Dec. 14 and Wando Dec. 18.
Ashley Ridge - 52
D. Stevens - 11 T. Jenkins - 11 F. Weeks - 10 M. Goodwine - 10 V. Moree - 7 S. White - 3
James Island - 47
D. Fludd - 18 L. Davis - 8 T. Grant - 7 J. Hamilton - 7 R. Cale - 2 D. Hamilton - 2 I. Smaus – 1
Boys Basketball Tryouts for all not currently participating in a fall sport will begin Monday 10/29 3:15pm – 7:30pm. There will be tryouts for all players currently participating in a fall sport (football) immediately following the conclusion of their season. Final cuts will not be made until all fall athletes have had an opportunity to tryout. All athletes trying out must have a current physical on file.
There will be a mandatory meeting this Thursday 10/25 for ALL those interested in boys’ basketball at the beginning of all three lunches in Coach Welch’s room C-117.
Any questions – see Coach Welch
Andrew Kolgaklis Signs with SMC
Ashley Ridge Basketball will be celebrating Andrew Kolgaklis signing to continue his career at Spartanburg Methodist
When: Thursday, May 17th at 2:00 PM
Where: Ashley Ridge Media Center
Looking forward to seeing everyone there to celebrate Andrew’s accomplishment!
The Doctor was in the house
The doctor was in the house
Published Tuesday, January 03, 2012 5:19 PM
By Roger Lee
Romelo Doctor had a strong performance during this year’s Piggly Wiggly Roundball Classic holiday tournament.
Ashley Ridge could have used its big man, but at least it had its Doctor.
Last week the Swamp Fox boys’ basketball team participated in the Piggly Wiggly Roundball Classic, a tournament that for Ashley Ridge represents the biggest stage the team had ever been on. The Swamp Foxes faced some stiff competition and dropped three straight games, but Ashley Ridge coach Brian Welch says there are some positive things to take away from the experience.
“I thought we played extremely tough the entire tournament,” Welch said. “Teams didn’t find it easy to score on us, but I wish we could have scored more. We played some good teams that include multiple Division 1 guys and all three games were close. We showed better depth than we have so far and we are much more complete because of this tournament.”
Ashley Ridge was without starting center Andrew Kolgaklis, who at 6-7 is the tallest member of the team. Kolgaklis broke his leg earlier in December and his size and skills were missed during the Roundball when the Swamp Foxes faced teams with tall and talented post players.
“Andrew is a captain who led our team in rebounds and charges taken,” Welch said. “When you have a center willing to stand in there and take a charge, it can be such a momentum changer, not to mention we could typically count on him for 10 points per game.”
However, the Swamp Foxes weren’t so vulnerable in the paint that they got blown out. Welch says that is because other players stepped up to the challenge of playing a starter down.
“Northview has three guys who are 6-8 or taller and we matched them in rebounds,” Welch said. “I think that says a lot about our team. Everyone is aware of what Romelo Doctor does on the football field, but I think he showed some people here that he is an elite basketball player as well. Malik Graham and Frankie Heyward also played very well. As a team, I think we played bigger than we are.”
In a 54-49 loss to Northview Friday, Ashley Ridge matched the Georgia team’s 37 rebounds and 14 free throws, but not its shooting from the floor. Northview made 17 of 48 two-point shots and 6 of 18 three-point shots. Ashley Ridge was only 3 of 18 from behind the line and 16 of 51 on regular shots.
Ashley Ridge trailed by three points at halftime and cut the lead down to a point in the second half, but then Northview pulled away.
Doctor led the Ashley Ridge shooters with 27 points. Kenyon Morrison added eight points and both Heyward and Shuler Cotton had four. Fred Weeks led the Swamp Foxes in rebounds with 10 and Morrison had seven.
On Thursday, Ashley Ridge was edged out in a close game as it fell 42-35 to Timberland. The Swamp Foxes held a two-point lead at the half, but then let the game get away from them. Doctor finished with 13 points to lead Ashley Ridge.
Ashley Ridge opened the tournament Wednesday with a 53-37 loss to Berkmar, an Atlanta-area team ranked among Georgia’s top Class AAAAA teams. The Swamp Foxes turned the ball over too many times early in the game and had trouble recovering.
Ashley Ridge pulled within five points just before the end of the first half on a pair of three-point shots from Doctor, the second of which was launched from past half-court before the buzzer. However, Berkmar finished too strong. Doctor again led the Swamp Foxes with 14 points.
“Romelo has played smart and agressive on the offensive end and such good defense in all our games,” Welch said. “Also, he is the biggest team guy you can ask for. He is a captain this year, but he has led like a captain every year he has been with us.”
Swamp Foxes roll past Warriors
The Ashley Ridge boys’ basketball team looked sharp as it earned its second victory of the young season.
The Swamp Foxes took charge early in a game at Stall on Tuesday and never trailed en route to a 53-24 victory. Ashley Ridge improved to 2-1 on the season while Stall dropped to 3-6.
“I’m very proud of how our kids competed,” Ashley Ridge coach Brian Welch said. “They competed the Ashley Ridge way on both ends of the floor – utilizing tough, hardnosed defense and executing well on the offensive side.”
Ashley Ridge junior Romelo Doctor put the Swamp Foxes on the board first with a three-point bucket. The Swamp Foxes then hit four more shots before the Warriors got on the board. Another three-pointer in the closing seconds gave Ashley Ridge an 18-4 lead at the end of the first period.
In the second period, the Swamp Foxes continued to set a fast pace and rebound well. Forward Andrew Kolgaklis and guard Kenyon Morrison provide the majority of the Ashley Ridge buckets. Sophomore Shuler Cotton hit a 3 late in the period and Ashley Ridge took a 29-8 lead into the half.
For the Swamp Foxes, the second half belonged mostly to the bench. Ashley Ridge took a 39-15 lead into the final period and added 14 points in the final eight minutes.
Kolgakliks finished with 12 points to lead all scorers and Morrision finished with 10. No Stall players scored in the double digits.
Welch is hoping the performance is an indication his team is heading in the right direction.
“We have had our share of ups and downs here at the start of our season,” Welch said. “We stressed to our guys that a bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn. I think Tuesday night we began to make that necessary turn. A lot of our duel-sport guys have only had one week of practices so we are looking forward to getting some more practice time with those guys as we prepare for an extremely challenging December.”
Ashley Ridge hits the road Dec. 9 for a rematch with Cane Bay. Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Ashley Ridge 53, Stall 24
Ashley Ridge (53) Andrew Kolgaklis 12, Kenyon Morrison 10, R. Doctor 8, S. Cotton 5, A. Walker 4, F. Weeks 4, P. Kwong 3, C. Batts 3, M. Graham 2, D. Stevens 2
Swamp Foxes Competing in Piggly Wiggly Roundball Classic!
The Ashley Ridge Men's Basketball Program will be competeing in their first National Invitational Tournament at the end of this month. Head Coach Brian Welch and Captains Romelo Doctor, Frankie Heyward, and Andrew Kolgaklis attended the Roundball press confrence this week.
The Swamp Foxes will face Gwinnett County Powerhouse Berkmar High School in the first round of the tournament on December 28th at 5:30pm (Full Bracket can be found on the right under 11-12 Season). Coach Brian and Matt Welch and Coach Chris Shaw all grew up in Gwinnett County playing The Patriots in their High School playing days at both North Gwinnet and Collins Hill High School.
Ashley Ridge High School
Summerville, South Carolina
Head Coach: Brian Welch
Team Facts: Ashley Ridge is making their first trip to the Roundball Classic. The Swamp Foxes are in their fourth year of existence and they return a veteran team that made the state playoffs last year. This year's team includes eight players returning from a team that won 12 games last year.
Top Players: Team captains Romelo Doctor, Andrew Kolgaklis and Frankie Heyward are all entering their fourth consecutive season with the team. Kenyon Morrison, Clark Batts, and Fred Weeks are also returning veterans.
Swamp Fox boys return veteran crew
by. Roger Lee
Summerville Journal Scene
Chemistry and experience shouldn’t be problems for this year’s Ashley Ridge boys’ basketball team.
Only four years ago the Swamp Foxes were a startup team compiled mostly of athletes from various middle schools. Last year the team played at the Class AAAA level for the first time.
However, now the team knows what 4-A ball is all about and is comprised of athletes who have developed strong bonds over the past three seasons.
This year’s varsity team includes eight players returning from last season. Team captains Romelo Doctor, Andrew Kolgaklis and Frankie Heyward are all entering their fourth consecutive season with the team, as are Kenyon Morrison and Fred Weeks. AZ Walker, Clark Batts and Patrick Kwong have also returned.
Lorenzo Baker didn’t play last year, but has rejoined the Swamp Foxes with prior varsity experience. Newcomers Malik Graham, Shuler Cotton and DJ Stevens round out the team.
“We have a lot of familiar faces and those guys have bought in from day one so we’ve seen some guys grow,” Ashley Ridge coach Brian Welch said. “We are excited about getting out and playing and we have a very unselfish approach to the game. Everyone is committed to playing to our strengths and avoiding our weaknesses.”
Last season, the Swamp Foxes lost some tight ball games or they may have been able to snag one of the top two spots for their region. They did make the playoffs and Welch is excited to see if they can top last season.
“Our kids are competitive and we have been building every year,” Welch said. “These guys are excited about trying to continue that. We will rely heavily on the leadership of our captains and they have shown great leadership so far. We definitely have holes to fill, but I love this group. They are committed to each other and they play hard. Our practices are like wars and that makes everyone better.”
One of the team’s biggest challenges is filling the shoes of Tre Deloach, a three-year starter in the post.
Kolgaklis and Heyward give the team a strong foundation down low, but without Deloach Ashley Ridge will need Baker, Graham and Walker to also contribute in the paint. With the exception of Kolgaklis, the Swamp Foxes don’t have outstanding height. However, Welch is confident his team can compensate for that with its quickness.
Kenyon Morrison, a senior, will play a bigger role this year as the teams Point Guard.
Doctor, Batts and Weeks all proved to be strong shooters last season and the Swamp Foxes have plenty of options at the guard position should any of the three not be able to play or need a breather.
“I love our group of guys,” Welch said. “They are just unselfish, blue collar guys. That is who we are and they love that being our identity. We are rooted in trying to play tough defense and making teams take contested shots. We also have a commitment on offense to getting great shots.”
Welch says his team faces the toughest schedule it has ever had. In addition to games against Lowcountry powers, Ashley Ridge will have the opportunity to face powers from other regions during the Piggly Wiggly Roundball Classic Dec. 27-30.
“This is the first time we have been invited to play in that tournament so it is a neat deal for our program,” Welch said. “The kids are excited. It is a great tournament and a great opportunity for our kids to compete at a high level and get some exposure.”
Tryouts for B-Team, JV, and Varsity Basketball begin Monday October 31st. Every athlete must have a current physical on file here at Ashley Ridge and be eligible under the SCHSL rules to participate.
Tryouts will continue until all teams are finalized. Due to the uncertainty of when the football season will end (hopefully not until the state championship!) there is no definitive date on this.
**Tryouts for football players will be on the Monday following the conclusion of their football season.
**A complete program schedule from September – February can be located on the right under 11-12 Season.
Summer Swamp Foxes
The Swamp Foxes started summer practices in early June and participated in the Charleston Southern University Camp and scrimmages at Baptist Hill High School before closing the month out with a four-day stint at the Presbyterian College Basketball Camp. The varsity team participated in approximately two dozen games, facing teams the likes of Lexington and Gaffney.
“We saw some tremendous competition,” Ashley Ridge coach Brian Welch said. “We even played some teams from the Charlotte area. The Presbyterian camp offered us a chance to gauge where we are and go through some tough situations like we will probably see during the season. It’s good for our guys to experience some difficulties in a game-like scenario now. ”
After having more or less the same team core together for several years, Ashley Ridge graduated its first seniors in the spring. Welch is using summer practice to help find ways to replace the contributions the three graduates formerly made, particularly those made by power forward/center Tre Deloach.
“Training camp gave us an opportunity to bond and to try players in different roles,” Welch said. “We will have several players filling new shoes this season and considering that I think we are having really good summer. The kids have improved and accept the roles we are putting them in.”
Ashley Ridge should have good leadership this season with the return of rising seniors such as Frankie Heyward, Kenyon Morrison, Clark Batts and Andrew Kolgaklis.
“The seniors are all having a great summer,” Welch said. “They are getting the job done and teaching the younger guys how to play hard and why that’s important. Romelo Doctor will be a junior and he also continues to do everything the right way and has always been the guy a lot others look too.”
Kolgaklis and Heyward could help offset the absence of Deloach, but there are also some players coming up from last year’s JV squad that might see time in the post.
“Mikey Goodwine and Malik Graham have really stepped up this summer,” Welch said. “They look to be two quality post players.”
The coach says the thing that has really impressed him about his team this summer is its work ethic.
“We had so many players get up to arrive at the school at 7:30 or 8:00 each morning to lift weights with the football team and practice with the basketball team from 10:30 until 12:30. Then some of them went to a job. That’s a full day. Our kids understand the commitment to our team and our school. I feel blessed to be able to coach kids who see the value in hard work and understad servant leadership.”
Campers learn about being a team player
By Roger Lee
Summerville Journal Scene ®
Campers at Ashley Ridge High School have learned sometimes you just have to take one for the team.
This week the Ashley Ridge boys’ basketball team held its annual Swishing at the Swamp camp for boys age 6-16 and Swamp Fox coach Brian Welch and his staff taught campers team concepts as well as basketball fundamentals.
In between drills and games Welch sometimes shared his coaching philosophies with the campers. In short, he believes in good teamwork and good defense.
“Ashley Ridge basketball denies selfishness and promotes the good of the team above the individual player,” Welch told the group Tuesday.
One of his team’s slogans is “Swamp Fox Basketball It’s a Matter of PRIDE.” That is
PRIDE as in, Playing Relentless Intense Defense Everyday. The topics addressed on Tuesday included the significance of taking a charge.
“The best play we had all year came during a preseason tournament,” Welch told the campers. “Time was winding down and the game was close. Andrew Kolgaklis went in and dunked the ball, but what he did next was more impressive. He sprinted all the way down the court, got into position and then took a charge.
“Taking a charge is one of the best plays you can make because it really benefits the team. When you take a charge your team gets the ball, one of the other team’s players gets a foul and the other team is charged with a foul.”
Campers also did loose ball drills.
“At Ashley Ridge, we considered all loose balls to be ours,” Welch told the group. “If one of our players hustles and gets the ball, that is one less chance the other team has to score.”
Of course, campers also received instruction concerning free throw shooting, ball handling and various other offense related areas.
In addition to four coaches who supervised the camp, more than 25 varsity and JV players pitched in to make sure campers received individual instruction
Swamp Foxes Playoff Bound!!!!!
The Ashley Ridge boys earned a 48-33 win at Colleton County Tuesday in their final region contest of the season. The victory secured the Swamp Foxes a playoff berth.
“The kids played hard last night,” Ashley Ridge coach Brian Welch said Wednesday. “They did a good job of being aggressive on both ends. We have talked about each game being a one-game season from here on out and establishing a playoff mindset. A lot of these kids realized the other night that for the first time there are members of this family who will not be around come this summer and next season. They know that our job from here on is to do all we can to make the journey last as long as possible for those seniors – one practice, one possession, one game at a time.”
Swamp Foxes will travel to Aiken High School for the first round of the playoffs.
Aiken High School
The Ashley Ridge boys spotted Fort Dorchester 12 points Friday, but rallied to earn an overtime victory.
“We played with a lot of emotion tonight,” Ashley Ridge coach Brian Welch said. “This is our first senior night and our kids were fired up. Any time you play one of the other Dorchester Two schools there is going to be a thrilling atmosphere and two of our three seniors actually started high school at Fort Dorchester so there was even more excitement tonight. We came out a little flat, but then three-year captain Tre Deloach looked at everyone and said ‘guys, this is unacceptable.’ That was all that needed to be said and we kind of turned the corner from there."
DeLoach and Davis both scored 15 points for Ashley Ridge.
“We were down, but we’ve been down before so we knew we just had to keep fighting because the game isn’t over until the final buzzer sounds,” DeLoach said. “This is a big win for us and we needed it to stay in the running for the playoffs.”
Ashley Ridge - 59 Fort Dorchester - 54
Swamp Foxes top Thurmond in final to WIN Championship!
BY DAN BROWN, The Independent
MONCKS CORNER --Ashley Ridge enjoyed an historic moment as the Swamp Foxes downed Strom Thurmond, 47-37, to win the third annual Christmas in the Corner boys basketball tournament Thursday.
The tournament championship marked the first such championship of any kind in the school’s four-year history.
“We’ve been a little under the radar our first few years,” said Swamp Fox coach Brian Welch, whose team fields just two seniors. “I’ve got juniors and sophomores with three and four years varsity experience.”
The Swamp Foxes breezed through the eight-team field with relative ease, earlier blowing out Class AA power Timberland 66-48 after jumping out to an 18-3 first-quarter lead.
“These are great kids,” Welch said.
All Tournament Tre DeLoach scored 15 points for the Foxes.
“We like the fact that teams underestimate us,” saidDeLoach, one of two Swamp Fox seniors. “We come in and play our game and let therest take care of itself.”
Marquez Mathis led Strom Thurmond with 12 points.
ASHLEY RIDGE 47, STROM THURMOND 37
Ashley Ridge (47): Fred Weeks 15, Tre DeLoach 10, C. Redd 3, R. Doctor 2, A. Kolgaklis 2.
Strom Thurmond (37): Marquez Mathis 12, Delante Harris 11, A. Parks 6, R. Yeldell 3, A. Hamilton 3, J. Thompson 2
Swamp Foxes dash past Warriors
The Ashley Ridge boys won their season opener handily in front of a crowd of SCREAMING CHEERING RIDGE ROWDIES!, downing Stall 69-44 on Dec. 1. The Swamp Fox offense came out hitting on all cylinders as Ashley Ridge took a 22-12 lead into the second period and a 41-25 advantage into the break. However, Ashley Ridge coach Brian Welch says his team didn’t pick things up defensively until the second half. “We came out not playing Ashley Ridge defense and that is something we always have to have in our back pocket,” Welch said. “I’m real proud of the way we responded in the third quarter. We had a lot of guys get opportunities tonight and a couple of guys stepped up and showed they can run the system and do what is asked of them in this program. I’m proud of our response, but we have to play for four full quarters.”
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"Ashley Ridge Basketball-Demands commitment, Denies selfishness, accepts reality, yet seeks constant improvement while promoting the good of the team above self" - ARHS PRIDE
Swamp Foxes play for championship
The Ashley Ridge boys’ basketball team turned in a solid performance at its first tournament of the season.
The Swamp Foxes went 2-1 in the Military Magnet Thanksgiving Tournament last week, advancing to the championship game before falling to eighth-ranked Wando.
“We got better because of the shootout over the Thanksgiving break,” Ashley Ridge coach Brian Welch said. “We played three extremely tough opponents. Our championship game with Wando came down to the wire and that’s with several of our guys who also play football only participating in two practices before the tournament. We have to do a better job of taking care of the things that we are in control of and that was a real killer in the championship game Saturday.”
Swamp Foxes gear up for 4-A hoops
“Our identity will be what it has always has been – a tough, disciplined, blue-collar team that plays with pride,” Welch said. “In our program that means playing relentless intense defense every day. Winning teams are built on character, not characters and our kids live by the creed that Ashley Ridge basketball demands commitment, denies selfishness, accepts reality, yet seeks constant improvement while promoting the good of the team above self.”
Welch says his team is excited about the new season.
“The school and community have been waiting for this season I think since last year’s ended,” he said. “I am very fortunate to coach in such a special place with such a great basketball environment. Our Ridge Rowdies are like our sixth man and have a tremendous impact on the environment.
“I am excited every day to coach our kids and excited about our staff – Coach Matt Welch, Coach Victor Prince and this spring I was fortunate enough to add on Coach Chris Shaw, a long-time friend from Atlanta. Our entire coaching staff works extremely hard year round and they all do such a tremendous job with our kids.”
Swamp Fox Boys notch monumental Wins
“Our young program continues to grow and improve,” Welch said. “Our kids have a resilient, never-satisfied mentality and a real blue-collar approach to practice.” - Coach Welch
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Swamp Foxes score school record 93 points to defeat Military Magnet!!
The Ashley Ridge boys won a shootout with Military Magnet last week.
The Swamp Foxes entered the game Jan. 8 as the underdog, having already lost to the 11-3 Military Magnet team twice this season. But Ashley Ridge had four players post double-digit scoring as it earned a 93-83 victory.
“We had a total team effort from our kids,” Ashley Ridge coach Brian Welch said. “Going in I knew it would be a war, but 93-83 I did not expect. There were 56 fouls called in the game so free throws had a lot to do with the high score.”
The 93 points is an all-time high for the Foxes. The most the team had score in a game prior to last week was 62 points.
The Foxes jumped ahead of Military Magnet 44-22 in the first half. They held a 21-point lead entering the final period, but Magnet made up some ground in the final period.
“It got a little wild at the end,” Welch said. “They had their backs up against the wall and played like it. The shots started falling from the sky and we put them on the line quite a bit. However, our kids weathered the storm. It was a huge win for our young program. I think it says a lot about our kids and how resilient they are.”
Romelo Doctor led the charge, scoring 20 points for Ashley Ridge. Khalil Davis added 18, Tre Deloach 17 and Chris Redd 12. Andrew Kolgaklis and Fred Weeks both scored six for the Foxes.
Magnet was led by Julius Cleveland, who posted a game-high 33 points. Deantre Johnson added 30 for Magnet.
On Tuesday, the Foxes opened Region 6-AA play with a 60-62 loss to Woodland. Davis led the Ashley Ridge shooters with 15 points. Doctor added 12 and Deloach 10. With the loss, the team fell to 5-7 on the season.
Woodland was led by Otez Ross, who scored 19 points.
Foxes Basketball Association
The Foxes Basketball Association is currently looking for all those interested in interviewing for a Coaches position in the “Foxes Basketball Association”.
For more information contact FBA President Joseph Friday or Head Men’s Basketball Coach Brian Welch.
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“ The people and great basketball minds I’ve been around like Ralph Nunn and Gregg Nibert have really driven the kind of coach I am,” he said. “They have really helped define my philosophy. I’m a very defensive oriented guy and I think intensity is a good word to use to describe my coaching style. It’s hard for me to ask a kid to be intense out on the floor if I’m sitting down. Offensively, I want the players to learn the game of basketball. I don’t want them to be robots just running our sets but the main focus of this program will always be to produce young men that are able to leave this program better prepared to compete in the real world. To compete honestly, fairly and responsibly.”
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