LOCAL SPORTS BRIEFS: Chehaw BMX set to host state qualifier today; Darton softball moves to 28-1; Darton golf fights rain in second round at Goose Pond

ALBANY — The Parks at Chehaw BMX team will play host to a series of Georgia State qualifier double points races today beginning at 11 a.m.

Track director Tommy Knight said Friday he expects between 150-200 riders from across the Southeast to converge on Albany and bring nearly 1,000 race fans.

“We’re hoping for a big crowd, and we expect one with this being a double points race in advance of the Georgia BMX Championship later this year in Marietta,” Knight said. “There aren’t a lot of double points qualifiers, so there will be riders from as far away as Tennessee coming down to take advantage and try to qualify for state.”

Knight said local race fans should be on the lookout for several area riders to make waves today, including Sylvester’s Cole Accord, Leesburg’s Corey Knight and Albany’s brother duo of Jake and Kyle Hilton.

“All you have to do is pay to come into the park, sit down and enjoy a great afternoon of racing,” Knight said.

The festivities will kick off at 9 a.m. with registration for a riding clinic, which will begin at 11 a.m. The cost for the clinic is $20.


Ogletree hits 2 HRs; Darton now 28-1

SWAINSBORO — Darton College’s Kelsea Ogletree of Marietta homered twice in Game 1 of Friday’s doubleheader against East Georgia as the Lady Cavs won, 3-2, then secured the sweep with a 3-1 victory in the nightcap.

The wins marked No. 16 nationally ranked Darton’s 21st and 22nd victories in a row and pushed the Lady Cavs’ record to 28-1 overall.

Katy Jordan got the win in Game 1 (7 IP, two hits, seven strikeouts) and then the save in Game 2, while Jenny Willis was the nightcap’s winning pitcher, going five innings and giving up just two hits with five strikeouts.

Bryana Contreras finished Game 1 2-for-4, while Chelsea Showers was 3-for-4 with two doubles in Game 2.

Amanda Jaskolski finished Game 2 2-for-4 with two doubles also, while Chantelle Curinton was 1-for-2 with an RBI.

Darton will open region play next week on Thursday at home against ABAC, then host Andrew College on Friday.

DARTON GOLF SEES SECOND ROUND SHORTENED BY RAIN: The No. 4 nationally ranked Darton College golf team was on the verge of taking a lead into the final round of the Goose Pond Spring Fling on Friday when weather halted its march, ending the second round with all of the team’s golfers waiting to finish their rounds.

“It should make for an exciting and fun final round (today),” Darton coach Bill Jones III said.

Darton, which came into the second round with a four-shot lead over No. 1-ranked Meridian (Miss.) Community College, was 3-under for the day when the round was called, while Meridian was 4-under. Overall tournament leader and the NJCAA’s No. 1-ranked golfer, Joe Sakulpolphaisan of Darton, was 1-under through 14 holes, while teammate Shad Tuten was 3-under through 14 and Austin McNeill was 1-under through 16.

Chase Jones had a rough day and was 5-over through 14, while Robert Robertson was 2-over through 15.

Darton will return to the course today, tee off at 7:30 a.m., finish its round and then play Round 3 immediately after.

“We’re doing OK, we just need to finish,” Jones said. “We started off rough, but we recovered and we’re still leading. And hopefully we’ll be leading at the end, too.