Athlete of the Week: Dylan Thompson, Socastee

SOCASTEE, SC (WMBF) - A multi-sport athlete for Socastee High School, Dylan Thompson truly feels at home when this time of year comes around, and he's able to get on the diamond with his teammates.

"It's like a family to me, and I'm sure the guys would say the same thing," Thompson said. "All of us just love each other, and everyone does their part and that's what helps us win."

After a region championship appearance last year, the hope around Braves nation is that the team can use that experience as a building block for this year - especially after losing only one senior.

"We have a lot of seniors, and a lot of starting roles," said Thompson. "Hopefully every year, just like every other team you're hoping to get better, and hopefully we can get back to where we were and maybe even farther."

A regular contributor to the Braves' basketball team, he cites baseball as his true love and is still in training mode to begin a busy stretch of games as soon as later this month.

"I'm still getting there, I'm definitely not 100% yet, but hopefully I can get ready for this week, and get ready for region play," he added.

And his future is set. As early as his sophomore year, Dylan committed to play baseball for Gary Gilmore at Coastal Carolina, and join a program that has made 11 NCAA Tournament appearances in the last 13 years.

"The school is close to home, and it helps the family, and of course I wanted to go there too," said Thompson. "It's really convenient, I like it. I love those guys up there too. I haven't known them very long, but what I do know about them is I'd like to play for them."

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