By CT McDonald
Dutch Fork and Chapin varsity teams moved forward in their respective region games, and the Eagle wrestlers are prepping for their annual tournament.
Dutch Fork’s varsity girls improved to 11-4, 3-1 with Tuesday’s 65-32 home game win against Region 5-5A opponent White Knoll. The Lady Silver Foxes had already registered conference wins against River Bluff and Blythewood, as well as last week’s loss to Lexington.
Since returning from the holiday break, Dutch Fork has won two and lost one, all of them region contests.
The Silver Foxes are now set to play host to Spring Valley (13-2, 4-0) on Friday, with the Lady Vikings coming off of a 100-27 region win over River Bluff early this week, just ahead of their non-conference game versus A. C. Flora at midweek.
Chapin’s varsity girls are now at 3-8, 0-2 after the early week 50-35 Region 5-4A loss to Lower Richland and last week’s 40-39 conference loss to A. C. Flora followed by the late week 60-33 non-region loss to Newberry.
The Lady Eagles will take on another region opponent Friday when they visit Orangeburg-Wilkinson (11-1, 1-0) at 6 pm, and that will put them just one game short of the midway point in the region schedule. That one occurs Tuesday, next week, when Chapin plays host Dreher in a conference home game matchup.
Dutch Fork’s varsity boys recorded a region win early this week when they defeated White Knoll 55-34 to follow last week’s 49-38 region win against Lexington. Since returning from the holiday break the Silver Foxes (5-9,2-2) have won two games and lost one (Blythewood), and all three were region matchups.
Dutch Fork will play host to Spring Valley on Friday at 7:30 pm, with the Vikings (8-6, 4-1) coming off of their back-to-back wins against Irmo and River Bluff.
Chapin’s varsity boys now stand at 0-2 in region games after the early week 67-31 loss to Lower Richland. That followed last week’s 63-48 region loss to A. C. Flora to start the new year, and the close 55-51 non-conference loss at Newberry to finish the week.
The Eagles will play their third region game at Orangeburg-Wilkinson Friday at 7:30 pm.
Chapin won the Blue Devil Invitational Tournament at Dreher High School last week with 223 points, and Dutch Fork finished No. 15 with 60.5 points. The Eagles sit at No. 4 in this week’s 4A rankings published by scmat.com, and both teams placed individuals in the Top-8 rankings by weight class.
Eagles: Justin West is No. 6 at 106 pounds, Joshua Green is No. 5 at 126 pounds, Mitch O’Conner is No. 7 at 132 pounds, Cole Hodges is No. 2 at 152 pounds, Garrett Dean is No. 6 at 160 pounds, Shawn Haile is No. 6 at 170 pounds, Hunter Dixon is No. 6 at 182 pounds, and Cole Haile is No. 1 at 220 pounds.
Silver Foxes: Heyden Goldiner is No. 3 at 113 pounds.
And, it’s that time again. Chapin will host its annual Military Duals Tournament Friday and Saturday with 15 teams, including Chapin, currently set to compete.
They are: Chapin, Belton-Honea Path, Boiling Springs, Cane Bay, Crescent, Emerald, Fort Dorchester, Mid-Carolina, North Augusta, River Bluff, South Pointe, Spring Valley, Stratford, Wando and White Knoll.