TUESDAY'S PREP ROUNDUP: Westover tennis swept out of state; Lee County girls soccer stomped in state opener, 7-0

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

DEXTER -- The young Westover boys and girls tennis teams found out what it will take to make a deep run at state in years to come after Tuesday's walloping that was put on the Patriots in the Sweet 16 by West Laurens.

Both teams not only lost 5-0, but only one match saw Westover take a set off West Laurens. That moral victory belonged to the No. 1 doubles duo of Edwin Bell and Garrett Hogencamp, who lost, 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.

"The West Laurens boys are very solid, top to bottom. It's no wonder that they regularly make it to the state quarterfinals," Westover coach John Scanling said. "We are very proud of the No. 1 doubles team winning a set after getting blanked in the first set."

Westover No. 1 singles player Matthew Cannon lost, 6-2, 6-0, to West Laurens' Carl Edens, while the news was just as somber at No. 2 singles, where the hero from the Patriots' first-round win at state when he won the match that clinched the victory, Kyle Dyer, only managed to take a game off Trevor Beck, falling 6-1, 6-0. Joey Wozniak (West Laurens) defeated Elliott Nelson, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 3 singles and the No. 2 doubles duo of Tyler Clenney/Mason Murphy lost, 6-3, 6-0, to 2 Ryan Hobbs/Cameron Keen.

The Westover boys' final record ended at 9-6.

On the girls side, Westover team leader and No. 1 singles star Savannah Boysen had a tough day, losing for just the third time all year in a 6-2, 6-2 rout to Stevie Rae Brown.

The good news? Boysen's just a sophomore.

"Our girls put up a good fight," Scanling said. "The matches looked closer than the score reveals. West Laurens's strength is in their doubles. With so many girls returning, we should be prepared to make it deeper into the playoffs next season."

The rest of the scores were: Savannah Locke defeated Lizzie Hale, 7-5, 6-0, in No. 2 singles; Chandler Reynolds defeating Rachel Clenney, 6-3, 6-4, at No. 3; Brittney Dixon/Maggie Wilson defeated Morgan Barton/Mills Pickett, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 1 doubles; and Elizabeth

Culpepper/Halee Hayes defeated Rebekah Brown/Meera Kuntawala, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 2.

The Westover girls' final record is 10-5.



The record run by the Americus-Sumter girls tennis team came to an end Tuesday.

Drew won three of the first four matches to pull out the win and end the Lady Panthers' season at 13-3.

Americus-Sumter actually led, 1-0, after the No. 2 doubles team of Kia Blackmon and Maggie Perez won, 6-1, 6-2. But the Lady Panthers' three singles teams lost, only winning a combined four games.

"Our doubles team came through with a win for us (Tuesday), and our singles had a tough road playing against those girls," said Lady Panthers coach Terri Lee.

Kate Westra and Ciara James finished the day with a win. After dropping the first set 5-7, they won the next two, 6-4, 6-4.

"Our girls had a good season," Lee said. "I'm proud of them to get as far as they did. I'm hoping we pick up from here and start out next year ready to go again. We weren't ready to play that caliber of a team."

The Americus-Sumter boys, however, advanced by beating Spalding, 4-1, as the Panthers moved to 16-0 on the season. Details from the match, however, were not available at press time.



The SCA girls soccer team celebrated Senior Night by shutting out Valwood, 4-0. Mary Margaret Charles and Casie Wright were honored after the game as the team's only seniors. Charles also scored two goals, and Paige Barker and Jordyn Paramore chipped in one goal each. Victoria Davidson recorded the shutout in goal. The win made SCA's record to 12-6.



Chris Moates went the five-inning distance, striking out eight and allowing just three hits, and helped his own cause by going 3-for-3 at the plate with two doubles and a single to drive in five runs.

And that was only part of the DWS story.

Lindsey Short and Matt Moree each drove in three runs, and Cooper Shoemaker had two hits and an RBI for DWS, which wrapped up its Region 3-AAA race at 8-2.

The Knights (14-5) play at Crisp Academy at 4:30 today.

Zane Hood went 2-for-2 and scored a run for SCA and Clay Norman singled and drove in a run for the Eagles (4-10 and 2-7 in the region)

SCA next hosts Westfield at 6 p.m. on Friday.



Trey Puckett scored three goals, Sriram Gadde scored twice, and James LaRussa scored for DWS, which beat Tifarea, 6-1, on Tuesday. The Knights improved to 4-2 in the Region 3-AAA race and 7-7 for the season.

The DWS girls soccer team ripped Tiftarea, 11-0, as Lauren Fulford scored four goals, and Candace Cosby scored three times to lead the way. Fulford, who missed most of the season with an ACL injury, has now scored 16 goals in four games.

Casey Kincheloe scored twice, Bailey Weed and Cheyenne Colvin scored for DWS, and Katie Williams recorded her seventh shutout in goal. She had to make only two saves.

DWS is now 9-3-1 and 7-1 in the region race.



SGA coach Tommy Manry said this loss was about the most frustrating game he has coached in 41 years -- and he had his reasons. SGA could have won the Region 1-AA title with a win, but the loss forces a playoff game against Citizen's Christian, which also finished the region race at 8-2.

SGA (14-5 overall) made eight errors and walked eight batters, including five in Brookwood's six-run seventh inning.

"You walk eight and make eight errors and you're not going to win,'' Manry said.

Dillon Driver went 3-for-4 with a double and a triple, and drove in three runs, and Carson Ray went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Taylor Tabb and Parker Adams each had two hits for SGA.



SYLVESTER -- Worth County stormed back, scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh, to stay alive, then lost 12-11 to Cairo when Chas Funderburke hit a homer for the Syrupmakers in the 10th inning Tuesday night.

Ryan Hickox, who had three hits, doubled home a run and Will Peacock drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh for Worth. Eli Reddell drove in three runs and Brandon Weaver went 3-for-5, scoring three times and drove in two runs for Worth, but it wasn't enough.

The loss means the Rams (6-5 in region and 14-11 overall) will finish fourth in Region 1-AAA and Cairo (9-2 and 14-9) will finish second. Westover (7-4 in the region) plays Cairo on Thursday but can't catch the Syrupmakers, and will finish third in the region.



CAMILLA -- The Westwood baseball team avenged one of only two region losses Tuesday when they stomped Randolph Southern in the rematch, 11-5.

Caleb Morell (5 IP, 2H, 7K) earned the win on the mound, while Daylan Blanton (5 IP, 9H, 5K) shouldered the loss.

Mitch Good was 4-for-4 with four doubles, while Douglas Nobles hit his 10th HR of the season and finished 2-for-4.

Westwood (13-4, 4-2) plays again today at Valwood.


Albany Herald sports editor Danny Aller, staff writer Mike Phillips and Americus Times-Recorder sports editor Chris Whitaker contributed to this report