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TUESDAY'S COLLEGE/PREP ROUNDUP: DWS tennis falls short at state tourney; Darton loses crucial series opener vs. GPC

AUGUSTA — The Deerfield boys and girls tennis teams both lost in the semifinals of the GISA Class AAA state team tournament Tuesday just one week after the boys doubles team of Wright Calhoun and Pete Langstaff won the individual title in Macon.

DWS opened Monday with two wins — the boys beat Westfield and the girls beat Mount de Sales — but when they returned for the semis Tuesday, they ran into a pair of determined teams in Weber, which beat the boys, 3-2, and Heritage, which beat the girls by the same score.

“It was a great season, it’s just disappointing always when you come up short,” DWS coach Meredith Gruhl said. “I’m very proud of them all.”

The only wins Tuesday came from the doubles teams of Robert Newsome/Ben Hoopes and Tyler Lowe/Langstaff, who didn’t team up with Calhoun for the team tournament because Calhoun played singles in a strategic move by Gruhl.

The girls — who got wins Tuesday from No. 1 singles star Joiner Tyson and the doubles team of Paige Hawke/Caroline Holley — had the best chance to advance to the finals, but with the score tied at 2-2 with Heritage, the No. 1 doubles team of Amy Rao and Katerina Mathes lost in straight sets.

DWS loses six seniors — Newsome, Langstaff and No. 1 singles player Nasser Risvi on the boys side and Hawke, Holley and Ansley Arrington for the girls.

Deerfield golf fires lowest score of year

ALBANY — The Deerfield golf team, in its final tuneup before the region tournament Tuesday at Doublegate, fired its lowest score of the season to beat Southland by a staggering 87 strokes.

Deerfield shot a 304 and was led by Wilson Joiner (74), Bill Sharpe (75), Ethan Shellhaas (76) and John Leach (79), while Southland finished with a 391 and was led by Grady Brafield and Michael Ansley, both of whom fired a 96.

Randolph So. heads to state in final year

SHELLMAN — The Randolph Southern School Patriots wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the upcoming state playoffs Tuesday with a 3-0 shutout win against Fullington, avenging one of its only losses in region this season.

Randolph is playing its hearts out at the right time after it was announced earlier this year the school would be closing at the end of the year, making this the Patriots’ final season.

Trey Goree and Co. are sending the Patriots off on the right note as Goree pitched a complete game Tuesday, while Brett Sauls and Grant Ward each added two hits and Drews Weathersby finished a perfect 3-for-3 with a double.

Randolph Southern closes its region record at 8-2.

STRATFORD 4, DEERFIELD 2: Coleman Butler suffered the loss for DWS on Tuesday, despite striking out three. Butler also added an RBI, as did Sam Shellhaas. Westin King finished 2-for-3 with a double.

DWS fell to 13-8 and next plays Tattnall on Monday.

Darton loses crucial series opener vs. GPC

ALBANY — Riliani Familia did all he could to give Darton State College Cavaliers a win Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough to get past region No. 1 Georgia Perimeter College as the Cavs fell, 5-4.

Darton was led by a flawless day at the dish by Familia, who went 4-for-4 against GPC. The loss, however, now means Darton — the region’s No. 3 team — cannot earn the No. 1 or 2 seeds. The Cavs (36-12, 21-8) needed a sweep to have any chance at either.

One run in the bottom of the fourth helped the Cavaliers close an early deficit to 3-1. A steal of home by Davis Knapp sparked a rally.

A one-run seventh inning helped bring Darton State within three, thanks to a groundout by Tripp Calhoun.

Two runs in the bottom of the ninth helped Darton State close its deficit to 5-4. With the bases loaded, a two-run single by Calhoun gave Darton some life. However, with the tying run on third, Georgia Perimeter College’s Landon Hayes induced a Rashad Billups ground out to close things out.

Darton will play at Georgia Perimeter at 6 p.m. on Friday, and again Saturday in a doubleheader at 1 p.m., to close the regular season.