COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton men's soccer, ASU volleyball stays perfect; Randolph Southern softball advances to GISA Final Four; Worth falls in GHSA first round

Jowayne Laidley and the Darton Cavaliers are still unbeaten with one regular season game left.

Jowayne Laidley and the Darton Cavaliers are still unbeaten with one regular season game left.

COCHRAN — Jacob Iten scored on a Barrington Wright assist in the second half to lift the Darton men’s soccer team to a 1-0 victory Thursday at Middle Georgia.

The Cavs, who are the No. 1-ranked junior college team in the country, are now 14-0 overall and 9-0 in Region XVII.

“We persevered (Thursday),” Darton coach Bart Sasnett said. “We didn’t play our best game, but we figured out a way to win.”

The Cavs close out the regular season Tuesday in Cuthbert against Andrew College.

LADY CAVS 6, MIDDLE GEORGIA 1: The Lady Cavs won their fifth game in a row Thursday and improved to 9-5 overall and 6-3 in Region XVII.

Shenika Williams and Chihiro Hikita led the Lady Cavs with two goals apiece, while Stephanie Anes and Savanah Cantrell each had one.

The Lady Cavs play again Tuesday at Andrew before closing out the regular season Oct. 19 against Gordon College.

COLLEGE HOOPS: Darton to host women’s jamboree

ALBANY — The Darton women’s basketball team and coach Lea Henry will host the 2012 Tri State JUCO Jamboree on Saturday.

The event, which will be between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., will feature 14 junior college teams from Georgia, Alabama and Florida, including Darton, Albany Tech and South Georgia Technical College. Darton plays at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Coaches and scouts from several Division I, Division II and NAIA schools will be in attendance for recruiting purposes.

The Lady Cavs had six players from last season’s roster sign with four-year schools in the offseason, including Lauren Johnson, who is now playing at Division I Hampton.

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: Lady Rams stay perfect in conference

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Albany State volleyball team stayed undefeated in conference play Thursday with a 3-0 (25-8, 25-7, 25-12) victory against Miles College.

The Lady Rams were led by Sharme Ridley (15 kills), while Ashley Johnson and Jillian Anderson added 13 and nine kills, respectively. Jennifer Johnson dished out 30 assists, and Adrienne Morris had a game-high 16 digs.

“Miles was really shorthanded, and they didn’t have a really competitive team,” ASU coach Robert Skinner said about the host Lady Bears, who are now 1-21 overall and 1-9 in the conference.

The Lady Rams improved to 16-9 overall and 13-0 in the conference and play again Monday at Tuskegee.

“We are playing some of our better volleyball right now, and I hope we can save some of the best for last,” Skinner said. “We played extremely well (Thursday), and everybody got a chance to showcase their talent.”

PREP SOFTBALL: Randolph So. advances to GISA Class AA Final 4; Worth out of state GHSA tourney after falling in Game 3

SHELLMAN — For the second year in a row, the Randolph Southern softball team is in the Final Four, only this time it’s the Class AA tournament after Class A and AA were combined this past offseason.

The Lady Patriots, who came up short in the best-of-three state title series last year, beat Trinity Christian on Thursday in a clean sweep — 5-2 in Game 1 and 10-4 in Game 2 — to assure a repeat trip.

Trinity reached the Class AAA Final Four last year before falling, and Randolph’s next opponent on Saturday in Dublin, Piedmont, also was in the AAA Final Four a year ago before dropping down.

Madison Ragan picked up both wins on the mound, striking out a combined 21 batters and allowing just five hits. She also homered and had two doubles, driving in six runs. Braylee Blanton notched an inside-the-park homer run, Dana McCart had two hits and Alana McCook contributed two RBI.

GHSA Class AAAA State Tournament — SPALDING 7, WORTH COUNTY 0: For the third year in a row, worth saw its softball season end in the first round of the playoffs on Thursday when the Lady Rams lost 7-0 to Spalding in Game 3 of the best-of-three series in the Class AAAA playoffs.

The Lady Rams had only one hit a one-out single by Marissa Moreland in the first inning.

Worth’s starter Courtney Hamilton kept the Lady Rams in the game through five scoreless innings, striking out three and walking five, but Spalding erupted for five runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to end Worth’s season.