Last week, the majority of Dutch Fork sports came to a close, wrapping up an exciting spring season and school year. Though the campaigns may be over, the athletes are already eager to improve next season.

Last week, the majority of Dutch Fork sports came to a close, wrapping up an exciting spring season and school year. Though the campaigns may be over, the athletes are already eager to improve next season.

“I want to rebuild the track team after the unexpected losses this year, to bring it back to it’s glory,” sophomore Ammar Dossaji said.

Ammar made it to the lower state championships in distance running for the track squad, while a number of track athletes have advanced to next weekend’s state championships, one of those being junior Austin Connor.

“The season started pretty slow but as it progressed me and as well as the team improved and got better,” Austin said. “With the help of some great coaches we molded a good team with enough talent to get a lot of the team to state with chances to win.”

Not only has Austin been busy on the track, but he has also been enduring the life of a top high school football recruit. Austin has visited and picked up offers from schools such as South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee. Academic powerhouses such as Harvard, Yale, and Duke are also interested in the wide receiver.

Austin has toured many schools around the country,  and  he admits it is difficult to keep up with college visits and academics.

“I’ve had more absences this year than I have in all my years of school combined because of the college recruitment which caused me to get behind in my classes,” Austin said.

From the track to the pitch, both the boys and girls soccer teams clinched bids to the playoffs this season. After a slow start, the boys put together a chain of victories in region play to earn playoff berth, where they were defeated 2-1 at the hands of Wade Hampton in the first round.

“The season didn’t end up as we had all hoped. We were hoping to make a deeper run into the playoffs,” junior Ben O’Connor said. “However, we are looking forward to a new year, and moving into 5A is going to be a challenge that we are all looking forward to.”

The girls were able to advance to the third round of the playoffs, losing 4-0 on the road to J.L. Mann, marking the end of a 19-7 season. The senior class left an impressive legacy on Dutch Fork soccer, despite the many injuries during  the season.

“My favorite game this year was against Greenwood because we welcomed back all of our seniors from injuries, so it was great to play with them again,” junior Abby Bass said.

From the pitch to the diamond, softball was able to put together a promising season, though it ended with a 10-0 loss to Fort Mill. The team will return a good number of players and will be as determined as ever to go deeper in the playoffs.

“Being in the new region next year with teams we haven’t played against in a while will be different, so I think we definitely want to win the region or to finish in the top two and then make a stronger run through the playoffs,” junior Meghan Murphy said.

The baseball team had an exciting end to the season. Losing the first game in a double-elimination tournament, the team put together three straight wins to stay alive, including a nine inning 9-8 win over T.L. Hanna. The season ended in the district championship, a 2-0 loss to T.L. Hanna.

“At times we played too civilized. You could tell we really wanted to win but didn’t bring that to every game,” junior Jonathan Thomas said. “We have to bring that killer instinct to every game next year, no matter who we play.”

Story by Trey Martin