Fort Dorchester in playoff contention in several sports this spring
By David Shelton
North Charleston – When the calendar turns to April, the high school playoffs in South Carolina are not far around the corner.
Over the next six weeks, state championships will be decided across the Palmetto State and the spring sports teams at Fort Dorchester High expect to be contenders in several sports.
The soccer season is off to a great start at Fort Dorchester as the boys and girls teams are competing well against region 7-AAAAA competition.
The girls’ team already has a huge win this spring, knocking off powerhouse Wando in March. Fort Dorchester is 8-3 overall this season with a 6-2 record in region play. The Patriots lost to Ashley Ridge, 1-0, and fell to James Island in a penalty kick shootout.
This year’s team is relatively young overall with several underclassmen posting huge contributions this spring. Junior Isabelle Varnado is leading the team in scoring with seven goals and seven assists in the first 11 games of the season.
Freshman Zoey Conrad has added five goals with five assists and junior Kolbi Crone has five goals and three assists. Senior Jenna Sorenson has four goals and five assists and sophomore Mia Bisceglia and junior Hannah Myers each have scored four goals as well.
Senior Julie Sorenson and sophomore Moe Snype each have scored three goals in the balanced offensive effort.
Junior keeper Jenna Waddle is having an outstanding season in the net, posting 57 saves and a 0.70 goals against average in 11 matches.
The boys’ soccer team is 10-4 overall and 5-3 in region play, tied for second-place in the region at the midway point of the schedule.
In baseball, the Patriots are 10-6 overall and 6-5 in region play heading into April. Pitcher Justin Holladay has returned from an injury last season and provided a big boost on the mound, posting a 3-1 record with a 1.50 earned run average in 28 innings.
Senior centerfielder Clayton Nestor is having a good season with 12 RBI’s, a .340 batting average, and two wins on the mound. Senior Drew Yniesta is hitting .481 and has provided help on the mound while senior Dylan Yon is hitting .342 with 11 RBI’s and has a pitching victory and a save.
Freshman Jalen Vasquez has been a solid offensive contributor as well, hitting .300 in the first month of the season.