TUESDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: DWS tennis teams finish 2nd, still send host of individuals to state in Macon

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

TIFTON -- Deerfield Windsor needed a break that never came.

"We knew we had to have some canceling out,'' DWS tennis coach Meredith Gruhl said Tuesday, "and the canceling out didn't come.''

DWS' boys and girls teams both took second in the GISA Region 3-AAA Tournament at ABAC, and played about as well as expected. The Knights and Lady Knights just needed a couple of upsets on the other end of the brackets.

DWS' No. 1 doubles team of Hope Kitchen and Lucy Kelley won the region title, and the No. 2 doubles team of Paige Hawke and Caroline Holley took third place. Joyner Tyson, an eighth grader, took third at No. 1 singles.

All five qualified for the individual state tennis tournament in Macon on Monday.

DWS will also send both boys doubles teams. Robert Newsome and Reid Wright won the region title and Nasser Rizvi and Will Calhoun took third place. Ryan Sinyard finished fourth in No.1 singles, and all five head for Macon.



Well, the Indians are still perfect in Region 1-A and Baconton is still perfect against everyone else.

Seminole's Justin Burke went 3-for-4 and drove in two runs to lead the Indians, who are 9-0 in the region race, and Sam Buczek and younger brother Josh Buczek each had two hits and drove in three runs, while Josh had two RBI for Seminole.

Tyler Purvis went 2-for-3 and scored a run and drove in a run for Baconton (12-5 and 7-2 in the region), and Tony Holland, William Sullivan and Brock Pinson all had RBI hits for the Blazers.


SGA 15 BASEBALL, TAE 3, (5):

The Warriors maintained their hold on a tie for first place in GISA Region 3-AA on Tuesday after a thrashing of their neighboring rivals to improve to 11-4 overall and 5-1 in region play.

Dillon Driver improved to 6-1 on the mound as he went five innings, struck out three and allowed just three hits -- all singles. Driver than went 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI, but his bat was far from the story Tuesday. Taylor Tabb had a huge day when he finished 3-for-4 with a home run -- on the first pitch of the game, setting the tone for the rout -- and he also had an RBI and four stolen bases. The round-tripper was Tabb's second of the season. Not to be outdone, however, was Carson Ray, who was 2-for-4 with a double and four RBI, while Van Harrell was 2-for-3 with an RBI.

SGA batted around in the order in every frame of the five-inning stomping.

Trey Goree took the loss for Terrell after he was rocked for seven runs in two innings on seven hits. He also struck out three and walked three.

The win by SGA sets up a mammoth showdown Friday in Damascus at 4 p.m. against co-Region No. 1 Citizen's Christian.


DWS BASEBALL 16, Calvary 4 (6):

The Knights rebounded from a tough extra-inning loss last week to Westfield, which overtook Deerfield for first in region, and pounded Calvary on Tuesday in a six-inning win that improved DWS to 9-4 overall and 4-1 in region play.

Banks Kinslow moved to 4-0 on the mound after going three innings, allowing two runs on two hits and striking out four.

Kinslow also was 2-for-3 at the plate with a double, three RBI and two runs scored.

But Kinslow wasn't alone in having a huge day Tuesday. Also shining for DWS was Harris Webb (2-for-3, three runs scored); Chris Moates (2-for-4, five RBI, a HR and three runs scored); Rhett Cooper (2-for-3, a double and two runs scored); Lindsey Short (2-for-3, a HR and seven RBI); Michael Laslie (2-for-2); Gil Gillespie (2-for-2, run scored) and Sam Shellhaas (2-for-2, two runs scored).

Deerfield's next game is Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Southland, then the Knights host Stratford at 4 p.m. on Saturday before going on the road Tuesday to Macon for a rematch with Westfield.


SCA girls SOCCER 5, Calvary 0:

Jordyn Paramore (three goals), Paige Barker and Mary Margaret Charles all scored goals for the Lady Eagles, who improved to 9-5 overall and 4-3 in region thanks to another shutout from Victoria Davidson. The big win Tuesday comes on the heels of another big victory over the weekend when the Lady Eagles routed Trinity Christian 6-0, thanks to three goals from Barker, two from Paramore and one from Charles. Christina Charles assisted on three goals, while Davidson and Payton Couch combined for the shutout.


DWS GOLF 313, SCA 372:

The head-to-head duel at Doublegate on Tuesday saw the Knights post their best score of the season -- and just at the nick of time. DWS heads to the Region 3-AAA Tournament on Monday at Houston Lakes Country Club looking to bounce back from a second-place finish a year ago that ended a string of dominance the past five years by the golf program.

Deerfield's top golfer was none other than reigning co-Player of the Year for boys golf, Josh Crews, who shared the award a year ago with Byne's Spenser Ferrell. Crews fired his low round of the year (74), followed by John Leach (78), John Cole (79) and Zach Jarzen 82.

"Josh always starts out slow but he finishes good," said DWS coach Gordy Gruhl of Crews, who was the low medallist at state a year ago. "We've been up and down all year as a team, but Tuesday was a good sign for us. If we shoot like that at Houston on Monday, we should win region. But the last time we were there (earlier this year), we shot a 334, so we need to find a way to get around that course a little better."



Bridger Ferrell, Hunter Choi, Ben Fowler and Sager Patel all scored once in Tuesday's rout, while reigning Herald Player of the Year, Danny Brown, scored three times. The win pushed Westover's record to 10-2-2 overall and 8-1 in region.

The Patriots return to action Thursday at Crisp County.