LOCAL COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: Darton soccer sweeps Middle Georgia

Darton soccer coaches Bart Sasnett, left, and Ken Veilands

Darton soccer coaches Bart Sasnett, left, and Ken Veilands

Lady Rams 3-0 in opening day of crossover tournament

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Albany State volleyball team began the conference's three-day crossover tournament with a trio of straight-set victories Thursday at Kentucky State University.

The Lady Rams (7-7) rolled in their matches against LeMoyne-Owen (25-6, 25-7, 25-19), Stillman (25-13, 25-19, 25-13) and Lane (25-10, 25-11, 25-9).

"It was good to have a good day (Thursday)," said ASU coach Robert Skinner, whose Lady Rams play Miles and Tuskegee today. "I thought we could have played better than how we played, but we came with a gameplan and stuck to it, so I can't be too disappointed."

Sharme Ridley led a balanced attack at the net in the opener against LeMoyne-Owen with six kills, while Jennifer Johnson had 19 assists and Adrienne Morris had eight digs.

Against Stillman, Johnson dished out 33 assists, Ridley and Ashley Johnson each tallied 11 kills and Morris had nine digs.

In the final match of the night against Lane, Ashley Johnson had 10 kills, Kevenna Jackson led the Lady Rams with 18 assists and Morris had 10 digs.

ALBANY — The Darton State College women’s soccer team played like the defending Region XVII champs Thursday, drilling Middle Georgia College at home, 6-1.

Darton sophomore Deanna Reali was able to deflect a ball off a Middle Georgia defender to score minutes before half time, and freshman Stephanie Anes booted in a penalty kick moments later to give the Lady Cavs a 2-0 lead at the break.

The Lady Cavs continued to attack in the second half and got another goal from Anes, two from sophomore Kimberly Treutel and one from Chi Chi Hikita.

The win boosts Darton to 4-4 overall and 4-2 in region play.

“We were ready to turn the corner and step everything up, and I think tonight was it,” Darton coach Ken Veilands said. “We sent a signal out to people that we’re ready to play.”

Veilands added: “Tonight was the first time with a few days to rest, prepare and then come out fresh and play a quality team. We’re at a point in our schedule, our season, where we can do that now.”

The Lady Cavs travel to Atlanta to play Region XVII rival Georgia Perimeter College on Monday.

DARTON MEN 1, MIDDLE GEORGIA 0: The Cavs, the nation’s top-ranked junior college team, stayed undefeated Thursday, thanks to a first half goal from Troy Tucker.

Darton improved to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in Region XVII with the victory, which was never in doubt after Tucker found the back of the net on an assist from Jorge Chirinos.

“I was comfortable because we controlled most of the possession in the match,” Darton men’s coach Bart Sasnett said. “We had a lot of looks at the goal. We defended superbly. They only had four shots all night. Our possession was very clean and very tight.”

The Cavs play again Wednesday at home against Thomas University’s junior varsity team.

Dougherty's winning streak snapped by Americus-Sumter

AMERICUS — The Dougherty softball team lost for just the second time in region play this season when it fell to Americus-Sumter on Thursday, 8-6, behind 10 errors.

The Lady Trojans (10-4, 4-2) also saw their 10-game winning streak end.

Quinnesha Gatling was 3-for-4, Takiya Davis finished 3-for-4 with a double, Aquavia Lovett added a 2-for-3 day with two doubles and Amber Ward was 2-for-3 with a double.

Dougherty returns to the diamond on Tuesday at home against Dooly County.

TIFTAREA 6, DEERFIELD 1: Alex Holloway’s 3-for-3 day and Hannah Mills’ one hit and RBI were the highlights for DWS on Thursday as the Lady Knights fell to 3-11 overall.

DWS next plays Tuesday against SGA.

SHERWOOD 8, TERRELL ACADEMY 3: The Lady Eagles stayed perfect in Region 2-AA thanks to 11 strikeouts by Anna Laine Brock and a 3-for-4, one-RBI day at the plate.

Kaylen Gore finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and Keyada Thomas was 2-for-3 with three RBI for Sherwood, while Sophie Leverett (3 Ks, 7 IP), Maura Milliron (2-for-4) and Marilauren Farr (2-for-4) led TAE.

Sherwood (7-0 in region) next faces SGA on Saturday in Albany.

RANDOLPH SOUTHERN 13, 16, VALWOOD 0: The Lady Patriots shut out Valwood in both games of a doubleheader Thursday in Shellman.

In the opener, Randolph Southern ace Madison Ragan stuck out 11 in four innings and allowed two hits, while Morgan Lumpkin struck out one and allowed two hits in the second game, which lasted just three innings.

Ragan also led Randolph Southern at the plate, hitting three home runs — including a grand slam in the opener — and nine RBI in the two games. Also with good days at the plate for the Lady Patriots were Braylie Blanton (3-for-4, triple), Jordan Bennett (2-for-2, five RBI), Gabi Jackson (2-for-4, triple, RBI) and Elizabeth Lumpkin (2-for-3, double, four RBI).

The Lady Patriots (10-2 overall, 9-0 in GISA Region 2-A) play again Tuesday at Crisp Academy.