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LADY WARRIORS COMPLETE 10-4 REGULAR SEASON

By: Gerald Doolittle

Special Writer

Dillon, S.C. – The softball revival at Dillon Christian School has been a success. Coach Dee Conn coached her team to a 10-4 regular season and a third place finish in SCISA Region 3AA.

Coach Conn will be in good shape to improve on this record next season as she will only lose two seniors this year in Sara Bass and Ravin Norris.

Returning next year as seniors will be Samantha Carpenter, Kinsley Adams and Leah Stephens. Caitie Eggert will return as a junior.. Returning as sophomores will be Shayla Hunt, Janie Altman, Cayla Church and Sarah Martin. Next years freshmen will be Anna Mercer, Lindsay Branch and August Smith.

Janie Altman, the second baseman, led the offense this season with a .447 average for 17 runs scored, .921 slugging percentage and led the team with 5 triples. Anna Mercer (1B/P) had a .432 average for 16 hits, 11 runs scored and 18 RBIs. She also had 75 put outs/assist.

Shayla Hunt (Utility) had a .406 average for 16 runs scored, .750 slugging percentage and 11 stolen bases. August Smith (ss/c) had a .351 average for 13 hits, 15 runs scored and 51 put outs/assist. Smantha Carpenter (c) had 9 stolen bases and had 30 put outs/assist.

Lindsay Branch had a 3-1 pitching record for a 5.3 ERA and 7 strikeouts. Hunt had a 2-1 pitching record with a 5.4 ERA and 21 strikeouts. Leah Stephens had a 1-2 pitching record and 9 strikeouts.

Samantha Carpenter, Shayla Hunt and Janie Altman were selected to the SCISA Region 3AA All-Region team.

Meanwhile, the Dillon Christian Golf team participated in the SCISA Golf Tournament in Conway and finished seventh with a 337 score.

 Ryan Stephens was the top scorer with a 78. Hunter McDuffie followed with an 80 and Ross Carlyle had an 86 score. Connor Collins followed with a score of 93. Mason Bailey the fifth player had a score of 111.

 

 

DILLON CHRISTIAN PREPARING TO DEFEND TITLE

By: Gerald Doolittle

Special Writer

Dillon, S.C. – The Dillon Christian School Warriors of Coach Christian Wolfe are busy with spring football practice preparing to defend their 2016 SCISA Class A Championship.

“Right now spring practice is going great,” said Coach Wolfe. “I have about 34 young men out for spring drills. We have never had this type of participation in the spring. I guess the success of last year increased the excitement for football. I lost seven seniors from last season that included my quarterback, Michael Minges and my linebacker Luke Price. Price was also a good pass receiver. Also, gone is another receiver in Tyreke Toomer.”

Last year Minges rushed for 1105 yards and 15 touchdowns and passed for 1695 yards for 26 touchdowns. Price had 22 receptions for 434 yards and 8 touchdowns. Toomer had 24 receptions for 494 yards and 6 touchdowns. On defense Price had 193 tackles, 4 interceptions, 3 recoveries and 6 caused fumbles.

Coach Wolfe will have ten seniors on his 2017 team to build his leadership around. Last years leading running back, Diaz Alexander, will move into the quarterback slot. Last year Alexander rushed for 1186 yards for 18 touchdowns. He also had 15 receptions for 147 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Last year’s top pass receiver, Jackson Wolfe, returns to be the top target for Alexancer. Last season Wolfe had 29 receptions for 566 yards and 9 touchdowns. Other targets this year for Alexander will be Bryan Davis (sr), Gage Bazemore (jr), John Rourke (jr), Garrett Collins (sr) and Corbin Wethington (sr).

The running backs for 2017 will be Collins who rushed for 268 yards last year. He will be joined by Demontez Alford (sr) who rushed for 107 yards and Jared Ivey (jr) who rushed for 100 yards. Daniel Camp (so) and Walt Bailey (so) could also be mail carriers.

Coach Wolfe feels his offensive and defensive lines will be more athletic in 2017. Evan Paul (sr) will be the main anchor on the line. Others on the line will be Hamilton Hodges (sr), Bailey, Jacob Dubose (so), Andrew Patterson (so), Ereck Eck (sr) and Bradley Patterson (sr).

The linebacker candidates will be Rourke, Jared Darmon (jr), and Collins. The defensive backs candidates will be Camp, Barnes Causey (so), Zane Caughill (jr), Wethington, Collin Hamilton (so) and Liam White (so)

The Warriors have good dept all around the roster this year. Coach Wolfe has 8 players coming up from the junior varsity to mature into various roles.

“Our first three games will go a long way as how well we can defend our title,” said Coach Wolfe. “We have Dorchester, Trinity-Byrnes and Robert E. Lee to start the season. Trinity-Byrnes will be much improved this year and Robert E. Lee is always tough.”

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