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Fort Dorchester spring athletes earn state honors

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

North Charleston – The 2018 spring sports season did not yield any team state championships at Fort Dorchester High but that’s not to say the campaign was a disappointment.

While teams may not have been able to close the deal in the competitive world of AAAAA athletics, there were several Patriot athletes that landed some impressive postseason honors for their performance this spring.

In the area of individual state championships, Fort Dorchester’s track and field program produced two athletes that proved to be the best among their peers in Class AAAAA.

Ian Fladd and Thomas Paige, both seniors, worked their way through the qualifying rounds of region 7-AAAAA and the Lower State of Class AAAAA, reaching the state finals in their respective events.

The Class AAAAA state track and field meet was held on May 13-14 at Spring Valley High School. Fladd qualified for the finals in the 800 meter run while Paige qualified for the finals in the pole vault. When all was said and done, both came away with gold medal performances.

The girls soccer program also produced a big-time performer this spring. Isabella Varnado was selected as an all-state player in Class AAAAA by the South Carolina Soccer Coaches Association. She also was selected to play in the 2018 Clash of the Carolinas as a member of the South Carolina select all-star team.

Varnado, headed to the University of Alabama-Birmingham in the fall, was a three-time all-region selection and a two-time offensive most valuable player. She finished her playing career with 62 goals and 68 assists.

On the boys side, senior Ben Velosa was also selected as a Class AAAAA all-state player. He too will play in postseason all-star competition, earning a spot on the South all-star roster in the North-South all-star classic in June. Velosa was a four-year varsity letterwinner and a two-time all-region selection.

In softball, catcher Olivia Varella was a Class AAAAA all-state selection by the Coaches Association of Women’s Sports. She also was selected to play in the annual North-South all-star games on June 13-14.

Freshman baseball player Tyler Christmas was named to the High School Sports Report’s All-Rookie team for the 2018 season.

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