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Dillon Christian High School

Warriors speed & strength team continues stretch of success at state meet

 

By Justin Driggers

Special Correspondent

 

Dillon – The Dillon Christian football team is in the midst of a mini-dynasty after winning back-to-back SCISA Class A state championships.

But even that squad can’t match the success of the Warriors’ speed and strength team during the last six years.

Dillon Christian has either the won the overall AA title or finished state runner-up each year dating back to 2013.

 “One of my assistants, Phillip Price, really started it up and started it going about that time – six years ago,” said current coach and athletic director Christian Wolfe. “We had a few guys who were really into the weights but not the whole team. Over the years we’ve gotten more and more of them to buy into what we were doing.

“They’ve started to really see the results on the football field.”

And at the state strength and speed meet. The Warriors won the title in 2013 and from 2015-17. They finished runner-up in 2014 – the last time they didn’t take a full squad – and again this year at the state meet held at Wilson Hall in late April.

Dillon Christian took second place behind Florence Christian School, which has been neck-and-neck with the Warriors for the last few seasons.

“It’s basically been us and them for the last few years,” Wolfe said. “If we didn’t win then they won. They’ve got a good squad and it’s been very close (scores) some years.”

The Warriors have stressed what Wolfe calls “functional” weightlifting that focuses more on explosiveness rather than bulking up.

The philosophy has seemed to work on the football field as well as at the state strength meets.

“Even if we have kids who don’t win their weight classes, we’ve been able to finish well across the board in every event most years,” Wolfe added.

That includes this year. Dillon Christian had two competitors take home overall state titles and three more that finished as state runner-ups in the six-event meet.

Senior Evan Paul won in the 236-pound-and-over class in his final state meet and finally took home the top spot after finishing runner-up each of the last two years.

Rising junior Gage Bazemore took home the top overall finish in the 131-140-pound division.

Senior Jackson Wolfe was the runner-up in the 141-150-pound classification while junior Jared Ivey placed second overall in the 161-170-pound division.

Freshman Caleb Boykin rounds out list of top finishers after taking the second slot in the 206-220-pound class.

Also earning points for the Warriors were Mason Bailey, Garret Collins, Diaz Alexander, Storm Sanderson, John Rourke and Walt Bailey.

 

 

Dillon Christian honors athletes at spring awards banquet

 

By Justin Driggers

Special Correspondent

 

Dillon – Dillon Christian School held its annual spring sports award banquet and athletes from five different sports were recognized for their accomplishments.

The Warriors recently split their awards banquets into fall, winter and spring sports and Athletic Director Christian Wolfe believes that was a positive choice for the ceremonies.

“I think it allows for us to cut back on time and not have a banquet that lasts three or four hours,” Wolfe said. “I think it was also a good decision for both the players and the parents because the coaches can talk about their teams and their players in a little more detail now.

“Overall, I thought the banquet went well and we were able to recognize a lot of our outstanding athletes from this past spring.”

The Warriors varsity baseball team finished the season 7-7 overall and third in its region – just missing the playoffs.

The Offensive Award was given to co-recipients Ereck Eck and Barnes Causey. Eck, a senior, led Dillon Christian in on-base percentage while Causey, a sophomore, was tops in batting average. The Warrior Award was presented to senior Ian Patterson.

On the junior varsity baseball side, Zack Hunt was named the Warriors’ Most Valuable Player.  The Most Improved player award was given to Austin Heasley while the Warrior Award went to Sam Irvin.

The varsity golf team qualified for the SCISA AA state tournament for the third straight year and finished seventh overall. The Warriors were led by Ross Carlyle who took home Player of the Year honors.

The Coaches Award was given to two players as Hunter McDuffie and Ryan Stephens were each named as co-recipients.

Walt Bailey was chosen as the Most Improved golfer for Dillon Christian while Sheridan Rice received the Warrior Award.

The varsity softball team, which finished third in its region this past season, presented five different awards during the festivities.

Samantha Carpenter was chosen as the Defensive Excellence award recipient while Shayla Hunt took home the honor for Offensive Excellence.  Carpenter finished the year earning all-region honors in volleyball and basketball as well as softball. Pitching Excellence was also recognized with Lindsay Branch receiving the honor.

The Slugger Award went to Janie Altman with Caitie Eggert taking home the Warrior Award.

Three awards were handed out for B-Team softball. Savannah Sherman and Alex Heasley were honored as Co-Most Valuable Players for Dillon Christian. Abbey Polverari was named the Most Improved Player while Cierra Jones was given the Warrior Award.

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