Dalton High School Catamounts

November 10, 2013

Prep roundup: Murray runners leads pack at state

Murray County’s boys cross country team was the best in two different categories among local high school teams Saturday at the state meets at Carrollton High School.

The Indians had the best overall team score and the best individual finish.

Murray County finished ninth in the Class 2A race and Servio Martinez finished 19th overall to lead the Indians. Coahulla Creek’s boys finished 11th in the Class 3A race, while Northwest Whitfield’s boys squad finished 14th in the Class 4A competition. On the girls side, Coahulla Creek placed 18th and Murray County finished 20th.

Southeast Whitfield’s Luis Perez, the only local runner competing solely as an individual, placed 20th in the Class 4A race for the second best finish among local runners.

Westminster won the boys 2A race with 34 points, followed by Wesleyan (57), Bleckley County (132), Lovett (165), Jefferson (222), Calhoun (230), Thomasville (251), Benedictine (259) and Murray County (260).

“That course is typically 45 seconds to a minute slower than what we normally run,” Murray County coach Sam Young said. “Our first four did really well. We just had a big space between Nos. 4 and 5.”

The Indians were led by Martinez’s time of 18 minutes, 18 seconds. Also scoring for Murray County in the 5K race was Antonio Martinez (54th, 19:17), Jose Ruiz (55th, 19:17), Filiberto Nunez (58th, 19:20) and Austin Pearson (95th, 20:04).

The only from that group returning next season is Antonio Martinez, a sophomore.

“I can’t say I’m happy,” Servio Martinez said, “because I think we could’ve done better. ... I don’t think we ran as good as we should’ve. I think we should’ve been in the top five or top three.

“It’s a tough course, but the competition evened it out.”

On the girls side, Wesleyan captured the Class 2A state title with 43 points, followed by Westminster (45), Lovett (61), Bleckley County (145) and St. Vincent’s (180) in the top five.

Leading the Lady Indians was Kaitlyn Richardson (59th, 24:03). Following her was Kloe Brown (115th, 26:34), Nicole Hammett (131st, 27:41), Monica Bermudez (132nd, 27:53) and Maddie Phillips (136th, 27:58).

“I’m extremely proud of the effort from both of my teams,” Young said.

Coahulla Creek’s boys, the only local team entering the state meets with a region title, scored 303 points and trailed Savannah Arts Academy’s 295 for a top-10 finish. St. Pius X won the boys 3A title with 26 points, followed by North Hall (46), Woodward Academy (82), Blessed Trinity (128) and Oconee County (192) in the top five.

Walt Douglas led the Colts in 35th place at 17:57. He was followed by Sadoth Fraire (40th, 18:02), Timothy Hooper (54th, 18:30), Missael Fraire (70th, 18:46) and Gaspar Andres (105th, 19:41).

“We were going for a top 10,” Coahulla Creek coach Josh Deslattes said. “If you look at the gap between eighth and 11th, where we finished, it was really close. We had to pull our fifth guy, Oscar Andres, this morning. He had a back injury and couldn’t run.”

Blessed Trinity won the girls 3A title with 39 points, ahead of St. Pius X (53), White County (93), North Oconee (122) and Woodward Academy (160) in the top five. Coahulla Creek’s girls scored 572 points and were led by Morgan King (82nd, 23:24). Also scoring for the Lady Colts were Evelyn Botello (116th, 24:34), Bethany Goodwin (122nd, 24:39), Hayley Hight (136th, 25:32) and Ationza Smith (142nd, 25:47).

Luis Perez, who qualified as an individual with a fifth-place finish at the Region 7-4A meet last week, had a time of 17:47 at state. That was 31 seconds slower than his region time.

“I also think the weather played into it,” Southeast coach Carrie Bishop said of the freshman. “He did great. He was coming in on the last stretch, and a kid passed him and then he just took off and earned his spot back. That was the difference between finishing 21st and 20th.”

In the Class 4A boys meet, Marist won with 53 points, followed by LaGrange (75), Pickens (136), Perry (230) and Alexander (232) in the top five. Northwest’s boys scored 372 points.

“I thought if we had a good day we’d be in the top 15,” Bruins coach Tom Sell said. “A great day would be in the top 10. It’s what I hoped for.

“Carrollton is loaded with hills. Everybody’s time is slower.”

Henson Gibbs (24th, 17:51) led Northwest, which also received scoring runs from Lane Bramblett (78th, 18:47), Brandon Balino (88th, 18:58), Kyle Roberts (93rd, 19:04) and Dylan Richards (116th, 19:23).

“It was a very tough course,” said Gibbs, a sophomore. “I didn’t expect like a 16:00 or anything, but there were about six or seven hills. Each was a challenge to get over.”

Text Only
Dalton High School Catamounts
  • NW_DHS Swimming 6 mlh.jpg Todd leaving DHS swim after 16 years

    Throughout his 17 years with the Carpet Capital Aquatic Club and his 16 years with the Dalton High and Dalton Middle School swim programs, Charles Todd has received looks and offers from other areas.
    But with his youngest child Chase still in school and his wife playing a major role in the Whitfield County Division of Family and Children Services, Todd wasn’t looking to make a move.

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • 7on7 championship game6.jpg Bringing in the best

    When high school football coaches look for events to take their teams to during the summer, they are looking for three things — top competition, organization and hospitality.
    For The Daily Citizen’s Southeastern 7-on-7 Championship, the Dalton community and local business leaders take care of the latter. The tournament officials work tirelessly to provide the organization. And the two combined assure the top competition will show up.

    July 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wil Cushman 3 mlh.jpg Cushman’s gamble is paying off

    Wil Cushman never had to worry about establishing his high school’s swimming and diving program. Dalton already had a full roster and championship history.
    His first two years at Birmingham Southern University, though, have been all about making sure the beginning wasn’t the end.

    June 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • NW softball state championship file 1 mlh.jpg In the lineup again

    When Northwest Whitfield repeated as the Georgia High School Association Class 4A softball state champion last fall, that appeared to be the last time the majority of the Lady Bruins’ senior class would be teammates on the diamond.
    Now, thanks to the Stump on Sports All-Star Softball Classic, five of those six seniors will reunite to play together one more time.

    June 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Junior golf: Hicks able to hang for final round

    Despite giving up a few strokes from Monday’s opening round of 4-over-par 76, Dalton’s Landon Hicks was the only local competitor to advance to the third round of the Georgia Junior Championships.

    June 18, 2014

  • Isabel Salinas 5 mlh.jpg All-Area Spring Female Team: Salinas hoping things keep getting better and better with age

    Isabel Salinas’ freshman season for Southeast Whitfield High School’s track and field team wasn’t up to her standards, and she really isn’t sure why it ended up that way in 2013. It could have been her injuries. It could have been not being in proper shape.
    One thing Salinas, nicknamed “Izzy” by friends and coaches, does know is that her sophomore year went a lot better.

    June 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • poty seth.jpg All-Area Baseball Team and Player of the Year

    As a freshman at Northwest Whitfield High School, Seth Pierce came out of nowhere and was as dominant a pitcher as the area had. Finishing his “rookie” season with the Bruins, the left-handed Pierce led the area with nine victories — he also had one save — and showed overpowering dominance with a 9-3 record and 89 strikeouts in 73 1/3 innings. He finished his first season on the hill in Tunnel Hill with a 1.71 ERA while allowing 61 hits and 23 walks. Those numbers were also recorded against competition in a higher classification as the Bruins were playing Class 4A ball when the state had just five classifications. His performance earned him honors as 2012 The Daily Citizen All-Area Baseball Player of the Year.

    May 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • Carlile signing 3 mlh.jpg Carlile gets a chance to grind

    As Dylan Carlile saw more and more of his peers receiving offers from college wrestling programs, he became nervous.
    The Dalton High School grappler had nothing to worry about, because when the time came, he had his choice.

    May 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • daltongirls.JPG Dalton girls finish second in Class 4A

    In the Class 4A girls state golf tournament last year, the Dalton High School team finished third at Nob North Golf Course. Monday, playing in the state championship at Waynesboro Country Club, the Lady Catamounts finished second by just two strokes.
    “There is just one more place left to win,” Dalton coach Nancy Hallsworth said. “They have the time ahead of them to do it.”

    May 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • dhs bass signing1.jpg Nelson keeps a tight line

    Multiple high school athletes from the area sign scholarships each year for baseball, basketball, football, softball, volleyball and many other sports.
    Bass fishing scholarships? There aren’t many of those.

    May 20, 2014 1 Photo