Speaks wins fourth state tennis title

Speaks wins fourth state tennis title

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Speaks wins fourth state tennis title

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A week after helping Mauldin’s girls tennis team to a third consecutive Class AAAA state championship, Ansley Speaks added to her individual haul.

Speaks, a senior who has committed to Furman University, won her fourth straight Class AAAA/AAA singles championship last weekend at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center.

The top-seeded Speaks swept past four opponents, each in straight sets. In the final, she defeated second-seeded Rachel McNeely of West-Oak 6-3, 6-2.

In the Class AA/A tournament, Christ Church junior Olivia Lucas reached the final but lost to Waccamaw’s Tolley Rice, 7-5, 6-2. It marked the fourth straight title for Rice and the second straight runner-up finish for Lucas.

* Three Greenville golfers were victorious and another was runner-up this past weekend in the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour’s event at Furman.

Christ Church sophomore Jackson Weede won the Boys 15-18 Division with a 3-over-par score of 147. Freshman Carly Burkhardt, who helped Greenville to the Class AAA state title in October, won the Girls 15-18 Division with her 5-over 149.

Mauldin freshman Ashley Czarnecki placed first in the Girls 11-14 Division, and Levi Moody of Greenville was runner-up in the Boys 11-14 Division.

* Wofford College senior volleyball player Rachel Woodlee, a 2009 Mauldin graduate, is a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship.

Woodlee, who will travel to St. Louis this weekend to interview for the scholarship, is among the dozen finalists selected in District 12 (South Carolina, Arkansas, Kansas, Mississippi and Missouri) and one of 200 national finalists.

This season, Woodlee is third on the Terriers with 289.5 points and is second with 258 kills. She was chosen for the Southern Conference Academic Honor Roll in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

At Mauldin, Woodlee was a four-year varsity starter and a Class AAAA all-state selection as a senior.

* Greer native LaRon Dendy is the leading scorer (20 points per game) and rebounder (5.2) for VAP Kolossos Rodou, a professional team in the Greek League.

Dendy, who graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in May, helped Greer High to the 2005 Class AAA state title as a sophomore before switching high schools five times.

Dendy originally committed to Clemson, spent two years at an Iowa Junior College, one year at Iowa State and then his senior season at Middle Tennessee, after which he was selected Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year.

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