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Dorman football, volleyball closing in on region titles

By David Shelton
Senior Writer

Spartanburg – A much younger roster is making steady progress and Dorman volleyball coach Paula Kirkland is closing in on another region 2-AAAAA championship.
Dorman won the Class AAAAA state title with a 42-4 record last season. However, most of that roster graduated leaving Kirkland, who has more than 900 career coaching victories, with one of her younger teams to date.
The Lady Cavaliers have taken a few lumps outside of region play, against a very competitive schedule, but has won nine of their first 10 region games. Dorman entered October with an 18-9 record overall.
This year’s roster has just one senior – Kelli Davis, who is one of the team leaders in blocks with 33. Most of the heavy lifting is coming from younger, but talented players.
Freshman Lauren Mims is proving to be a star of the future. Mims leads Dorman in kills (196) and has 23 blocks and 171 defensive digs. Sophomore Ally Eggert has 155 kills and sophomore Brantley Chipley has 84 kills and 59 blocks.
Juniors Lauren Harrell and Alyssa Lipsey are solid contributors as well. Harrell has 67 kills and 36 blocks while Lipsey has a team-high 223 digs. Sophomore setter Grace Metcalf has 541 assists to go with 158 digs and 26 aces. Junior Anna Renwick is another key defender in the back with 203 digs.
Dorman is currently tied with Mauldin for the region lead but owns a victory over the Mavericks earlier this season. They will face Mauldin again later this month.
Meanwhile, the Dorman football team is off to a 3-0 start in region play and is 6-0 overall. The Cavaliers are ranked second in Class AAAAA behind defending state champion Dutch Fork.
Dorman has posted region wins over Hillcrest, Boiling Springs and Spartanburg. The Cavaliers face Gaffney on October 5th and Byrnes on October 12 before wrapping up the regular season with games against Mauldin and Riverside.
The Cavaliers have out-scored their first six opponents, 243-92. Balance has been a key to the offensive success this fall. Quarterback Matthew Powell has completed 50 of 88 passes for 853 yards and seven touchdowns in six games. Senior running back Thomas Morgan has rushed for 780 yards and nine touchdowns on 100 carries.
Senior Zack Hillstock has 395 yards rushing with 11 rushing touchdowns on 63 carries. He also has 12 receptions for 194 yards. Senior Jacoby Pinckney has 14 receptions for 244 yards while Kamal Desor has 11 receptions for 232 yards (21.1 average) with two touchdowns.
Defensive leaders include junior Noah Alberry (29 tackles, 2 int), junior A.I. Wilks (26 tackles) and Jayhova Freeman (26 tackles). PJ Price and James McBeth also have two interceptions each.

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