Hanahan High School senior student-athlete Ashley Meckley has been a top performer in three sports at HHS, standing out in basketball, softball and flag football.
She will further her athletic career at the next level in Hartsville at Coker College for softball. She was an all-state selection in the spring of 2017 when Hanahan captured the school’s first state championship since 2008 and has been an integral part of the Hawkettes’ softball team this season, the fifth on the diamond for the Hanahan shortstop.
Meckley’s basketball coach, Steve Childers, wasn’t at a shortage for words when talking about her contributions on the hardwood and overall approach to competing in sports. Meckley has four letters in basketball as a guard. This past winter, she helped guide the team to the Class 3A playoffs.
“Ashley has an understanding of sports that many students don’t,” Childers said. “She asks questions that players I’ve worked on the collegiate and pro level don’t think to ask. I know she isn’t considering a career in coaching but I can’t think of anyone that I coached, based on her raw talent as a strategically-minded person, that would be better.”
Childers said Meckley leads by example. She’s comfortable being vocal and fiery to boot.
“Her teammates respect her because they know no one is giving a better effort than her,” he said. “Getting on her level would be difficult because there’s a normal human effort and then there’s the Ashley Meckley effort. Leaders in sports don’t just lead by numbers and stats. They lead by example. Ashley will be the example for ladies athletes at Hanahan for years to come.”
As a member of the school’s flag football team, Meckley twice reeled in the top award for the league, the Hersman. As the quarterback, she guided HHS to the league title in the fall, its first crown after finishing runner-up to Fort Dorchester two years in a row. Meckley’s arm strength and moxie separated her from the other field generals. She also had an interception return for a touchdown in the championship game.
Outside the lines, Meckley has also earned the respect of her peers. She was crowned the school’s homecoming queen in October.
“She is a terrific leader, a great student-athlete and someone of whom I’m very proud,” Childers said.