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Inconsistency, youth derail Dillon Christian football’s quest for three-peat

By Justin Driggers

Consulting Editor

Dillon – The Dillon Christian School football team had a little momentum heading into the SCISA Class A playoffs after finishing the season with a 19-14 victory over AA Thomas Sumter Academy.

It was not to be, however, as a 22-11 loss to Bethesda Academy cut the Warriors playoff run short of a third consecutive state championship.

DCS finished the season 3-7 overall.

“I was glad that we made the playoffs,” head coach Christian Wolfe said. “That was really big for our seniors at least to make it back to the postseason. They were coming off of two state championships and those guys were a part of those, so I was glad to see them make it back.”

Wolfe had more of a young squad entering this season as opposed to the last two, especially on offense. The defense was a little more experienced and it showed, he said.

“We’ve been playing pretty well on defense for the last month or so,” Wolfe said. “We were counting on them to keep us in games. We were a little inconsistent on offense. We were very young at spots along the line and at quarterback. But we got better; we were just too inconsistent.”

The Warriors scored 19 points or less in their last four games, but never gave up more than 26. Seniors Azeon Brown and John Rourke led the team against Bethesda with 12 tackles each while sophomore Caleb Boykin had three tackles for a loss.

Rourke came into the game with 758 yards rushing on the season and four touchdowns.

“John’s been our best running back this year after playing mostly linebacker last season,” Wolfe said. “Walt Bailey was one our best linemen and played on both sides of the ball. Both of those guys were big in last year’s state championship game.”

Bailey has 63 tackles this season from the defensive front. He trails only senior Storm Sanderson who had 70.

“Both of those guys lead the team in tackles and that’s from the defensive line,” Wolfe said. “That’s pretty good work. My linebackers were usually the top tacklers, but it just shows the type of penetration these guys got. They made a lot of tackles.”

Sophomore Trent Johnson finished the season with 498 passing yards and five touchdowns for the Warriors. Senior Gage Bazemore had more than 400 yards rushing and three scores while Austin Heasley led the receiving corps with more than 300 yards and five TDs.

 

Dillon Christian volleyball eyes strong ’19 campaign with big returning junior class

By Justin Driggers

Consulting Editor

Dillon – The bad news for the Dillon Christian School volleyball team is that it loses six seniors off of this year’s squad that finished 6-9 overall.

The good news is that the Lady Warriors return a strong corps of juniors – seven in all to be exact.

“I think we’ll have a strong team next year with everyone we have coming back,” head coach Leslie Heasley said. “I’ve seen a lot of growth from this team in the four seasons I’ve been here. We didn’t finish as well in the region as we would have liked, but I think we have a good group that got a lot of playing time this year.”

Two of the juniors in particular were standout performers as Shayla Hunt and Jodi Lee Frost both made the All-Region team.

“They really stepped up and showed leadership throughout the year,” Heasley said. “We really relied on them a lot. Jodi was really big at the net for us and Shayla was a big asset at the net, but what really stood out about her was that any ball that way hit – she was digging it. She was all over the backcourt. She was very big on defense.”

Janie Altman and Maddie Jones were also key players from the junior class that Heasley is looking forward to having back.

The senior class will be missed, though. Audrey Polverari was on the front line as an outside while Caitie Eggert has been a setter for the last few years.

Sara Freeman, who took some time away from the sport, came back this season and served as a middle blocker while Anna Brown served as an outside hitter. Transfer Madison Bailey played well, too, in spite of the fact that this was her first year in volleyball, Heasley said.

Madie Benton was a middle and outside hitter that will be missed as well.

Heasley is also eying some potential help coming up next year. The jayvee team lost only three games this past season.

“They were really strong and young, so it’s going to be a tough decision to decide who to bring up,” she said. “But I’m excited and the girls are too. They weren’t ready for the season to be over just yet.”

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