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 Dorchester Academy Lady Raiders come up short in title game but they will be looking to get back again next year

By Neill Kirkpatrick

Writer

Goose Creek – Dorchester Academy head coach Callie McClure has made her Lady Raiders a fixture in the SCISA class A state championship game guiding them to the game in three of the four years she has been head coach; however, the past two years they have come up on the wrong end in the title game losing to Laurens Academy and last weekend to Beaufort Academy 48-27.

“The girls had a great season, but we came up a little bit short. I'm proud of the work they put in all season long. It started after the loss last season and they remained focused all year. To get back to this game two years in a row is quite an accomplishment,” said coach McClure.

The Lady Raiders will say goodbye to three seniors in Lydia Hofstetter, Savanna Varn and Laura Singletary, who have all played in at least two state championship games with Hofstetter and Varn each owing a ring.

Hofstetter scored her 1000 point during the season, joining an exclusive club at DA and one her coach is a member. She is one the best athletes at DA and has made the HSSR all-state volleyball, basketball and softball teams. She works hard every day.
“We were able to keep her closing in on a 1000 points a secret so when she hit that number and we called timeout she thought I was going to yell at her,” said Coach McClure.

Singletary joined Hofstetter on the all-tournament team at the SCISA class A state tourney.

Singletary is the team’s best defender and plays with unmatched intensity. She can score when needed but it is her defense that sets her apart according to coach McClure.

Varn has been a fixture on the Lady Raiders since the eighth grade and does whatever needs to be done for the Lady Raiders. She has grown into one of the best leaders on the team.

The Lady Raiders have gone 36-9 the past two years with to two state championship game appearances.

While these three young ladies will be missed, DA has a solid lineup returning led by juniors Maura Weathers and Cassidy Gruber, sophomores Vivian Weathers and Anna Catherine Sosebee and freshmen Abigail Weathers and Shala Guess.

 

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