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Dillon Softball Season Ends Season In Losing Effort Against The Defending State Champion Hanahan, Coach Roller Taking Over Football Program At Georgetown

By Billy G. Baker

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Dillon—With a very young team Dillon (15-12-1) managed a respectful record capturing two wins over Edisto in the AAA softball playoffs before losing twice to defending state champion Hanahan to close out the 2018 season on May, 3.

Head coach Kelvin Roller closed out his third season with Dillon with a six year career record of 123-47-1. Coach Roller announced to the Dillon team on Friday May, 4th that he was leaving to become the head football coach and athletic director at Georgetown High.

“My softball career is over and I have enjoyed the past six seasons (three at Marlboro County) and I feel like we had winning seasons and we worked hard on player development every season,” said Coach Roller. “I am thankful to athletic director Jackie Hayes for hiring me three years ago, and we have had quite a run in football under Coach Hayes. Dillon will always have success because Coach Hayes sets the example with his work ethic and leadership.

“I have a lot of work to do at Georgetown, to get things turned around, and I am looking forward to the challenge of getting started very soon,” said Coach Roller. “I will miss coaching both football and softball at Dillon. Dillon is a special place, it really is.”

In terms of Dillon softball, Coach Roller said, “For the most part our program at Dillon has been top notch and even though we were a young team our expectations didn’t drop off at all this season,” said Coach Roller. “Certainly we had a young team and I am very proud of the progress we made during the season. We challenged this team with an extremely tough schedule, and down the road this should help them as their high school careers move on.”

Dillon started two seniors, one junior, five freshmen, and one 8th grader. The senior starters were catcher Emilee Price, who signed with USC Union along with second baseman Adoshia Graves. Two other seniors were key reserves in infielder Kurstin Hopkins and outfielder Brandi Turner.

Price moved from third base to catcher to start the season and she led the team in batting around .491 with 16 RBI’s. Graves batted around .260 with four RBI’s. Junior first baseman Skyler McCoy missed some time with a knee issue and she batted .298 with 12 RBI’s.

Eighth grade pitcher Monasia Sowells got stronger as the year went along and she made the adjustment from infielder to pitcher quite well. “She pretty much carried the whole pitching load for us this year and she pitched well against good competition,” said Coach Roller. “She is a top notch athlete and she didn’t pitch a whole lot with her summer team last summer because she is a good middle infielder and third baseman. For our high school team she was our best option at pitching and did a good job against some very good teams.”

Sowells was 7-7 on the season and in 95 innings of work she had 34-K’s. She also batted .298 with 12 RBI’s.

The Lady Wildcat outfield consisted of three freshmen. Twins Qy and Ny Wilson anchored left and right field respectively with speedy Jayla Goodwin in center. Goodwin batted .286 with 16 RBI’s and Ny Wilson was at .282 with seven RBI’s.

Dillon was also very young at short and third base. Abby Bristow was a freshman shortstop who batted .375 with 10 RBI’s and freshman Lexie Rogers worked hard at third base.

“We have a talented outfield and they are all freshmen with great speed and they all have promising futures at Dillon,” said Coach Roller.

McCoy was the designated hitter against Hanahan and she will have knee surgery after the season and come back for her senior season ready to help the team once again. .

“We were overmatched against Hanaahn today and they had 8 seniors return from a state championship team,” said Coach Roller. “We came down here with a lot of confidence but we got behind early and they swung the bats really well today. I feel like I am leaving the program in good shape for next season. It has been a lot of fun coaching the team and we challenged our players to compete at a high level each and every game.”

Coach Roller was assisted by Chessley Miller, Ryan Young and Stevie Grice.

 

 

Dillon Welcomes Over 100 Football Players To Spring Drills Starting May, 14th

By Billy G. Baker

Publisher

Dillon –There were 65 Dillon Wildcat players named on the official state championship roster last December when the Wildcats won their 5th football state title in six seasons but it’s a name that was not on the roster that could make statewide headlines during the 2018 season.

Clemson has their revered “Dabo” and now Dillon fans will be cheering for an up running back “NimoSquires (5-10, 185, 4.4). “Nimo has great potential but we are not ever going to allow any one player to dictate a major change in what we are doing because what we have been doing has produced a lot of championships for us,” said Hall of Fame head coach Jackie Hayes (306-52). “Nimo’s football ability is well-known throughout our community. We are excited to have him in our program for sure. You just do not need to put a lot of undue pressure on an incoming freshman but we expect him to have an opportunity to help us win this season.

“We will be working with over 100 varsity and junior varsity players in Spring drills starting on May, 14th,” said Coach Hayes. “We are excited about this year’s team and look forward to getting started.”

Earlier this Spring, when the HSSR visited Shrine Bowl head coach Jackie Hayes in Dillon, he was complaining more about the lack of offensive linemen around the state for the December all-star Shrine Bowl game that he has been selected to head coach. Coach Hayes has triple duty at the moment: citizen legislator facing a June primary, Spring football drills starting on May, 14th, and he is also busy helping a staff of assistant coaches evaluate potential Shrine Bowl players at combines around the state.

The Shrine Bowl staff will conduct their last official combine at Ridge View High on May, 19th. “We are also hoping to bring in about 75 to 80 players at the end of June to get one last evaluation of the top senior talent across the state,” said Coach Hayes. His Shrine Bowl staff has already had several meetings at USC in Columbia where a lot of film is also available to them.

Numerous talented returning players headline Dillon football as Spring drills are set to begin. Rising senior defensive end Shamar McCollum (6-4, 230, and 4.5) has added 20 pounds of muscle since last season and he is rated among the top five prospects in the state from the 2019 class. McCollum recently picked up offers from Arkansas and North Carolina and he had early offers from East Carolina and Appalachian State among others. McCollum had 111 tackles and 10.5 sacks last season.

Another good prospect rated in the HSSR Top 100 is RB/DB Corrian Wright (5-9, 165). Wright gained nearly 400 yards and scored 13 touchdowns last season. Rising sophomore WR Ahmari Huggins-Bruce is another highly rated prospect in the 2021 class after turning heads with four receptions for 140 yards and two touchdowns in the title game last year. Huggins finished with 28 catches for 473 yards and five touchdowns. In addition, Dillon returns rising junior quarterback Jay Lester who threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns in the title game alone.

“Like a lot of our players Lester has got bigger, stronger, and faster since last season and we anticipate him having an outstanding junior season at quarterback,” said Coach Hayes.

The offensive line will be anchored by all-star candidate Khalil Bethea (6-2, 262) at left tackle.

The Nasty Cats of defense will be as strong as ever. “We are real excited about what Dray Thompson and Jadarius McDaniel (both rising seniors) will allow us to do on defense with our linebackers,” said Coach Hayes. “They have worked hard in the weight room and we look for both of them to have outstanding seasons.” Thompson was the top tackler on the team last season with 133 tackles, 9 in the title game.

All total the Wildcats return five starters on offense and seven on defense from a team that went 15-0 last season.

A few other returning starters include DL Shakai Jeanti, LB Ty’reek Cabbagestalk, defensive back prospect Daizon Alford, OL Tony Coleman, OL Hunter lane, and OL Damien McDaniel,

The main concern for Coach Hayes right now is finding a place kicker/punter to replace the graduated Ahmad Dawad.

“We don’t get too physical at all in Spring drills,” said Coach Hayes. “Our players pretty much know our system from season to season and they are all dedicated and hard working athletes. Spring drills is a good time to work on conditioning, evaluate some up and coming players from the junior varsity, and just get everyone to being acclimated towards team unity.”

Coach Hayes said he has not made a decision on what assistant coach will replace offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kelvin Roller who will be taking over as athletic director and head football coach at Georgetown High.

“Coach Roller is an outstanding coach and we will miss him and we thank him for his contributions to the program the past three seasons,” said Coach Hayes. “No doubt he has a very bright future in the game of football.”

Dillon will open the 2018 season in August at home against Lumberton, N.C.

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