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Fort Dorchester Winter sports updates

By Roger Lee

North Charleston – Coaches for the Fort Dorchester Boys Basketball team are hoping the work the Patriots put in early this season will pay off now that region play has begun.

First-year Fort Dorchester coach Thomas McElveen set up the schedule to ensure his team would play a lot of games in December so it would create opportunities for bonding and development.

“We played nine games in 12 days and that is a lot of wear and tear on our guys, but then when lightened things up a bit,” McElveen said. “I’m excited with the way the guys have picked up their intensity. We make some mistakes and the guys are getting used to being coached hard. I’m still learning about them and they are still learning about me so there are some growing pains but this team only won 11 games last season and we have already won 13 this season so I’m proud of them.”

Fort Dorchester improved to 13-4 with a 1-1 mark in Region 8-AAAAA Jan. 21 with an 86-72 win over region foe Stall. The Patriots also have wins over Hunter-Kinard-Tyler, Orangeburg-Wilkinson, Edisto, North Charleston, Burke, James Island, Berkeley, Stratford, Cane Bay and Wando. In addition to the loss to Bishop England, the Patriots dropped games against North Charleston, Goose Creek and region foe West Ashley.

Antoine Parker leads Fort Dorchester in scoring, providing an average of 14 points per game. Davion Joyner scores 7.1 points per game while Jerald Howard averages 6.2, O’Marion Green 6.1, Demitris McKelvey 5.6 and Jamari Crawford 4.6.

McKelvey averages a team-high 6.1 rebounds per game while Parker averages 5.1 and Howard averages 4.6 plus 1.5 blocks.

Joyner averages a team-high 1.8 steals per game while Crawford averages 1.7, Parker averages 1.6 and Green averages 1.

McElveen said one of the best things about his squad is that on any given day a different player can step up and make major contributions. Other members of the team are Robert Pickering III, Rodriguez Simmons, Damari Joyner, Temple Simmons, Jhalen Brown, Sheldon Grant, Jameek Williams, Darius Johnson and Martez Johnson.

Lady Patriots

The Fort Dorchester Girls got out to a 9-7 start this season and split their first two Region 8-AAAAA games.

The Lady Patriots opened region play with a 60-38 victory at West Ashley. Fort Dorchester jumped out to a 24-13 lead in the first half and then held the Lady Wildcats to 25 points in the final two quarters.

Three Fort Dorchester players reached double-digit scoring. Junior Aujea Bowman had a team-high 19 points. Junior Ashleigh Goings added 14 points for the Lady Patriots while senior Reanna Young added 10. Seniors Monet Teal and Taylor Bates also had a strong night on the offensive end.

Bowman pulled down a team-high 15 rebounds and Goings finished with 12 rebounds. The two juniors also combined for 10 blocks. Teal and Bates combined for 12 rebounds.

On Jan. 21, the Lady Patriots fell 57-54 to Stall. Fort Dorchester took a 43-37 lead into the final quarter but Stall outscored the Fort 20-11 in the final eight minutes.

Bowman has been the leader on both ends of the court, averaging 20 points and 14.5 rebounds per game. Goings averages 8.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game.

Junior Jordan Mapp averages a team-high 4.6 assists per game. Bates averages a team-high 3.9 steals.

Other members of the team are Daejera Graham, Amiya Ferrette, Jasmine Mitchell, Anika Henneman, Genesis Johnson and Makenna Bines.

The team has looked strong at times this season, but needs more consistency.

“We are not playing good basketball like we should,” first-year Fort coach Javon Gilliard said. “We have to stop turning the basketball over and make our free throws. We will regroup and get back in the weight room and gym to get better.”


Fort grapplers

The Fort Dorchester Wrestling team is on a pretty strong roll.

The Patriots have only lost four matches all season while defeating some solid teams. Their losses came to Summerville, South Pointe, Rock Hill and River Bluff, all teams ranked among the Top 12 for their classification.

The Swamp Foxes improved to 3-0 in Region 8-AAAAA Jan. 23 with a 47-25 win over rival Ashley Ridge.

“Ashley Ridge is well coached so you always have to respect them,” Fort Dorchester coach Andrew Young said. “We wrestled very well. The kids are coming together as a team and fighting for each other. I couldn’t be more proud. We are a young team as far as these guys wrestling together. We have graduated some talented guys but things are coming together at the right time. Our goal from day one has been February so we will just continue to climb the mountain every day.”

The Patriots had to wrestle without two of their key grapplers as Orin Mallard (160-pound weight class) and Elijah Whiteside (170) were injured. That didn’t stop them from winning nine of 14 weight classes against Ashley Ridge, including six by pin.

Matteo Vargo (126), Tharin Morris (132), Chandler Amaker (145), Hunter Ellis (170), Dylan Bancroft (195) and Maxwell Garrido (220) all pinned their Ashley Ridge opponent. Jason Rodriguez (120) claimed a 9-7 decision and Donny Greer (182) claimed a 6-1 decision. Rayshawn Springs (138) won by technical fall.

Fort Dorchester’s final region match of the season is scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at Summerville. The winner will receive the region championship and the top playoff seed that accompanies it.


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