FITZGERALD — The Albany High girls track team won the Region 1-AA title for the first time in Jessica Thomas’ five-year tenure as coach, while the boys finished second. Early County’s girls were third and the Bobcats took fourth.
“I’m so proud of both teams,” Thomas said. “It feels real good. I knew both had the potential to win, and I think if we had qualified anyone in the boys hurdles, I think we would’ve won the boys.”
The Indians lost to first-place Fitzgerald by a mere 7 1/2 points.
The Squaws were led by first-place finishes by Faith Evans (1,600-meter race), Na’Keidra Gervin (110 hurdles), Kair’shay Jackson (800), Elisia Hollinger (300 hurdles) and the 4x400 relay team of Jackson, Hollinger Gervin and Chasity Mullins.
Taking seconds for AHS’ girls were Evans (800) and the 4x100 relay team of Jackson, Hollinger Gervin and Mullins, and taking thirds were Lindneshia Hudson (100 hurdles), Audrionna Wise (100 and 200) and Mullins in the triple jump. Mullins also finished fourth in the discus.
Leading the AHS boys with firsts were Jerrod Williams (800), Joseph Myers (pole vault), Roscoe Byrd (shot put, discus) and Emmanul Byrd (high jump). Taking seconds for the Indians was Shivam Patel (pole vault), Juwon Young (shot), Jontavious Morris (discus) and the 4x400 team of Gregory Williams, Jeconiah Jackson, Kalis Armstrong and Jerrod Williams.
Gregory Williams also placed third in the 200 and fourth in the 100.
For Early County’s girls, winning firsts were Justice Lee (high jump, 200 and 400), while Samantha Claybrook (3,200) and the 4x400 team of Lee, Loren Martin, Dallas Knox and Latoya Eaford took seconds.
The Early boys’ day were highlighted by two second-place finishers: Kenneth Wynn (high jump) and Jonathan Davison (1,600, 3,200).
Lee County baseball loses wild one to Lowndes, 17-12; Miller bests Baconton for No. 2 spot in upcoming region tourney
VALDOSTA — Rob Williams can’t remember the last time his Lee County baseball team gave up 17 runs in a game.
In fact, he thinks Thursday’s 17-12 loss to Lowndes County may have been the first.
“We lost 16-14 in the 2005 state championship game,” Williams said. “But I can’t remember us ever giving up 17.”
The loss in the non-region duel dropped Lee County’s overall record to 14-7 with just two regular-season games left to play. The win for Lowndes, meanwhile, marked coach Danny Redshawk’s career 300th.
It was an up-and-down night for Lee County and UGA signee slugger Daniel Nichols, who shouldered the loss after giving up five runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings of work. Although, Nichols did manage to strike out four and smash the game-tying home run in the third to make it 6-6. Lee County would actually take the lead after that, 12-7, but two dismal innings down the stretch did the Trojans in as they gave up five in the fifth and five in the sixth for their ugliest defeat of the year.
Nichols’ home run gives him nine on the season as he tries to break Buster Posey’s single-season mark of 14. Jack Bell, Lee’s sophomore catcher, finished 3-for-5 with three RBI, Matt Mears was 2-for-5 with two RBI, Jess Posey was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI and Andrew Stroud was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
Lee County begins to wind down its season tonight at home against Colquitt on senior night, then finishes out Monday with a makeup game against Houston.
MILLER COUNTY 7, BACONTON 5: The Pirates’ win Thursday secured the No. 2 spot in the subregion behind Seminole County for next week’s Region 1-A tournament.
Michael Cowart earned the win, going all seven innings and giving up just five hits, while striking out five. Cole Vann led Miller by going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI, followed by Ty Sheffield (double, two RBI), Jake Warren (2-for-4, RBI) and Jackson Fleet (RBI).
Baconton’s Brock Pinson took the loss, allowing eight hits, while striking out seven. But Pinson also hit two doubles in the loss. Baconton’s Kyle Parks finished 2-for-4 as the Blazers look like they’ll be the No. 4 seed headed into next week’s region tourney.
WESTWOOD 10, SGA 4: The Wildcats won their 14th game in a row Thursday thanks to a solid day from starter Caleb Morrell, who went the distance, struck out 12 and allowed eight hits. Morrell also added two hits at the plate, while Chason Worsham had two hits and Kaleb Bentley notched two doubles. SGA was led by Kam Whitaker (three hits) and Van Harrell (two hits).
Westwood next plays today in Bainbridge vs. Grace Christian before playing a huge region game Tuesday against Crisp Academy in Cordele.
ALBANY — The Deerfield boys and girls soccer teams all but wrapped up their regular seasons Thursday with a pair of wins against Tiftarea, and now they’ll head to next week’s state tournament as No. 1 seeds that will host the early rounds.
The Deerfield boys blanked Tiftarea, 5-0, while the girls won, 10-0. The Knights close out their regular season today against Calvary, while the girls are done until state starts Tuesday.
Scoring for DWS’ boys was Jonathan Jones with three, followed by one each from Collin Dennis and Alex Berry. Don Scozarri and Brently Talley combined for the shutout in goal.
For the DWS girls, Mackenzie Davis added to her team-high tally with five more Thursday to bring her total to 27 for the season, while Casey Kincheloe scored three and Cheyenne Colvin and Bailey Weed each scored once. Katie Williams earned the shutout in goal.
SCA GIRLS 4, CALVARY 0: Paige Barker scored twice, Jordyn Paramore and Hannah King each scored once and the Lady Eagles improve to 16-5 overall and 7-3 in region. They’ll host the first round of state Tuesday vs. Tattnall.