As we move into the second half of April, the focus for many of the local high schools’ spring athletics shifts to the postseason.
Whether it is golf, tennis or track and field, there are tons of region events scheduled for this week which marks the beginning of the march to state.
Today, Coahulla Creek and North Murray begin the Region 5-3A golf tournament at 8 a.m. on Chats-worth’s Indian Trace Golf Course. The girls start at the same time and location Tuesday.
Those same two schools also begin the Region 5-3A tennis tournaments today.
Happening in Cartersville’s Dellinger Park, the North Murray boys have the No. 2 seed and face Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe first at 11 a.m., while third-seeded Coahulla Creek takes on Ringgold at 2 p.m. If each wins, they will face in the semifinals Tuesday at 11 a.m. The top four teams earn state tournament berths.
In the girls bracket, Coahulla Creek holds the No. 5 seed and faces LFO at 12:30 p.m. while sixth-seeded North Murray faces Sonoraville at 2 p.m.
The Region 5-3A track and field meet at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Gordon Central and conclude Wednesday. Coahulla Creek’s boys team is undefeated, while North Murray boasts Brady Swilling, a Class 2A state medalist last spring in the high jump.
Tuesday is a big day for Murray County’s teams in the Region 7-2A tournaments and meets. The Indians and Lady Indians track and field squads will compete at the Region 7-2A meets in Pepperell. Meanwhile, the Murray County boys tennis team starts its region tournament with the No. 7 seed and a matchup with Armuchee at 11:30 a.m. The Lady Indians hold the No. 4 seed and host Model at 9 a.m. in the first round.
Dalton, Northwest Whitfield and Southeast Whitfield all begin their Region 7-4A tennis tournaments on Wednesday at Lakeshore Park and concludes Thursday.
The Southeast boys, the sub-region’s No. 4 seed, faces Gilmer at 10:30 a.m. in a play-in match. Dalton’s boys, the top seed, face Sub-region 7B-4A’s fifth-seeded Bruins at 3 p.m. In the girls bracket, third-seeded Northwest faces Cass at noon while top-seeded Dalton faces Southeast at 3 p.m.
The Region 7-4A track and field meets will begin Wednesday, continue Thursday and conclude Friday at Dalton High.
• Five local golf teams will compete in the Nob North Invitational, scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. at Nob North Golf Course in Cohutta.
Christian Heritage, Coahulla Creek, Dalton, Northwest and Southeast each will compete in the event.
• This is one final reminder for any former high school football players from Murray County, North Murray or Southeast interested in a reunion of sorts on the gridiron. They are invited to join forces and compete as one in an alumni football game against Ringgold. The game will be at 7 p.m. Friday at Mountaineer Stadium in Chatsworth.
The cost to play is $50, which covers equipment and uniforms. Those interested in participating should contact coach Chad Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org or (706) 260-7471.
Devin Golden is a sports writer for The Daily Citizen. Got something that needs to be included in A Look Ahead? Contact him at devingolden@ daltoncitizen.com.