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Dillon Christian to field cross country team with Mouser as new coach

 

By Justin Driggers

Special Correspondent

 

Dillon – According to Dillon Christian School Athletic Director Christian Wolfe, it’s been more or less a shortage in interest as to why the Warriors have not fielded a cross country team in recent years.

That changed this past spring, however.

“There started to be a (group) of kids who showed interest in having a program again,” Wolfe said. “There was also a parent, who is a runner, who said she would be willing to coach if starting a team was something the school was interested in doing again.”

An interest meeting was held in the spring with a solid turnout of between 13 and 15 kids, Wolfe said.

“Obviously if the kids are interested in it, it’s something we’d like to have for them,” he added.

With that, the Warriors will field a new cross country team comprised of boys and girls this fall and Sarah Mouser has been chosen to lead the program.

Mouser has a background and interest in running, Wolfe said, and believes she will be a good fit for the school as three of her children attend DCS.

“We wanted someone who had (the right background) and knew what direction the team needed to go in to be competitive,” he added.

Competitive would be an understatement for how the Warriors football team has played the last two seasons under Wolfe. Dillon Christian enters the 2018 season on the heels of back-to-back SCISA Class A state titles with an eye on a three-peat.

The Warriors have gone 24-2 during that span and look to keep up the momentum as Wolfe enters his eighth season at the helm of the varsity program.

But after last season’s junior varsity coach had to step away due to increased responsibilities with his job, it appears as if Wolfe will also guiding the JV squad as well.

And that’s not necessarily a bad thing, he pointed out.

“It might be time to do it anyway just to help the overall program,” Wolfe said. “I used to coach the younger team years ago before I ever started with varsity. So getting back to that will be a little different and little more time-consuming, but it might be better overall for the whole program.

“It will just make things a little smoother overall in terms of terminology and things like that.”

The rest of the coaching staff at Dillon Christian for next season will be a familiar list as well and one that follows that same blueprint.

Leslie Heasley returns as both the head coach for the varsity and junior varsity volleyball programs.

For basketball, Bo Stone is back and will guide not only both the varsity girls and boys teams but also handle those same duties with the JV girls and boys squads as well.

Chris Rice once again will take the reins of the Warriors golf team which qualified for the SCISA Class AA state tournament last year and finished seventh overall.

On the diamond, Jamie Hamilton returns to the bench for the DCS baseball team after leading the Warriors to a third-place region finish and just missing the playoffs. Carl Ford will serve as the head coach for the junior varsity team.

Switching to softball, Dee Conn will guide the Lady Warriors again this year on the varsity side with Tommy Sherman handling the JV head coaching duties.

While Dillion Christian might or might not field a soccer team this year depending roster numbers, it will be coached by Brent Hardy regardless, Wolfe said.

Wolfe also added that it was good to see the programs developing continuity with the coaching staffs as the majority of the leaders from last season are back again.

“That continuity is good,” Wolfe said. “Keeping the same coaches working with the kids helps with building better programs overall. That familiarity is a plus no matter what sport it is.”

“As long as you have the right coaches doing things the right way, I think that helps build all of our programs.”

 

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