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Dorchester Academy working toward another play-off berth

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Staff Writer

Goose Creek – The Dorchester Academy Raiders entered the 2019/2020 season with group of seniors that were instrumental in last seasons 14-8/9-5 season that ended in the second round of the SCISA class A state tournament.

First year coach Nick McAlhaney inherits the senior class along with some talented young players and thinks his team can compete for a region championship and a spot in the state tournament.

“We have gotten off to a slow start but the they have played hard ever night. We are not were we want or need to be yet,” said coach McAlhaney. “Our goal is to compete for the top spot in our region and make a deep run on the play offs.”

The three seniors are Colby Weeks, Rhett Mizzell and Ben Stokes. Mizzell is the teams top returning scorer and rebounder. He nearly averaged a double at 9.9 points per game and 9.8 boards per contest.

Weeks returns as the top three-point threat after hitting 10 last season. He also the leading assist man at 3.5 points per game. He averaged 8.6 points per game and 8.2 rpg.

Stokes is the team’s spark plug. The ultra-quick guard dropped 16 against Calhoun Academy on the Raiders 52-41 win. He led the team in steals last season with three per game.

Weeks and Stokes were recently named to the SCISA Class A High School Sports Report All-State team football team.

Joining the three seniors in the starting lineup are junior Wyatt Judy and freshmen Brody Marchant. Judy was stellar off the bench last season averaging 4.4 rebounds and 3.4 points per game.

The Raiders reserves are sophomores Hunter and Haden Hartzog. They have provided solid minutes off the pine.

The Raiders are currently sitting at 5-5/2-2 after defeating Calhoun Academy and Patrick Henry last week.

In Volleyball, Savanna Varn was named to the HSSR SCISA Class A softball team. Varn, one of the top athletes at DA, was named to the HSSR All-State softball team in the spring.

 

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