From Staff Reports
Dalton High School’s tennis teams are used to being at or near the top in whichever region or sub-region they compete.
This year is no different.
Both the boys and girls teams beat rival Northwest Whitfield on Thursday at Edwards Park in Varnell to clinch the top seed from Sub-region 7B-4A for next month’s Re-gion 7-4A tournament at Lakeshore Park in Dalton.
The Lady Catamounts beat North-west 5-0, while Dalton’s boys rolled 4-1.
“It is nice to get that No. 1 seed for a good first-round draw in the region tournament to try and earn a spot at state,” Dalton coach David Hilley said. “No matter what the score, (Northwest) didn’t give it to us. We had to go out and earn it. I was proud of the way we responded to a big challenge.”
Dalton’s girls (8-5, 5-0 Sub-region 7B-4A) lost just one set, and that came from the No. 2 doubles team of Shelby Fromm and Olivia Tidwell. It was the first time this year that Fromm and Tidwell had teamed up as Fromm’s regular partner, Mary Margaret Snipes, was ill Thursday. The duo lost the first set 6-1, but stormed back and recovered for a 6-1 win in the second set before closing it out with 6-2 third set.
“Olivia is a freshman, and you are putting her right in the fire,” Hilley said. “It took a little while for them to get used to playing with each other. They got on a good roll and were able to recover well. Olivia has a good overall game, and she is going to be strong for the next couple of years.”
Singles wins came from No. 1 Anna Grace Wilson, 6-4, 6-4, No. 2 Olivia Dinges, 6-3, 7-6 (6-0), and No. 3 Sydney Tankersley, 6-1, 6-1. The other doubles win was from No. 1 McKenzie Creswell and Caroline Calfee, 6-4, 7-5.
Northwest’s girls fell to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the sub-region.
The Cats (11-3, 5-0) received singles wins from No. 1 Jacob Johnson, 6-2, 6-4, and No. 2 Shazman Ali, 6-0, 6-1, along with doubles wins from No. 1 Will Alderman and Ryan Harper, 6-0, 6-0, and No. 2 Thomas DeLay and Nicholas Nelson, 6-1, 6-0.
Cody Bourff won 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 at No. 3 singles for Northwest (5-2, 1-1).
“We are still going to have to get better,” Hilley said of his boys. “We lost to River Ridge this past weekend, and it was a wake-up call. We are inconsistent right now. If we ever all play well at the same time, we have a chance to be a good team.”
• Murray County girls 4, Pepperell 1: Winning singles matches for the host Lady Indians (8-1) were No. 1 Greta Lazzarotto, 6-0, 6-2, No. 2 Gabbie Bordelon, 6-1, 6-1, and No. 3 Allison Jones, 6-0, 6-0. In doubles, No. 1 Chloe Brown and Kailey Webb won 6-2, 6-3.
• Pepperell boys 5, Murray County 0: The Indians fell to 1-8 overall with the home loss.
• Gordon Central girls 3, North Murray 2: The host Lady Mountaineers (0-9, 0-9 Region 5-3A) got a singles win from No. 1 Harmony Jones, 6-1, 6-2, and a doubles win from No. 2 Lyrich Burgess and Chelsea Gray, 7-5, 6-1.
• North Murray boys 3, Gordon Central 2: Singles winners for the host Mountaineers (4-5, 4-5 Region 5-3A) were No. 2 Hunter Kvistad, 6-0, 6-0, and No. 3 Dylan Garland, 6-1, 6-2. In doubles, the No. 2 team of Uriel Carrillo and Dylen Nix won by forfeit.
• LaFayette girls 5, Southeast Whitfield 0: The Lady Raiders fell to 1-5 overall and 1-3 in Sub-region 7B-4A with the road loss.
• LaFayette boys 4, Southeast 1: Jorge Ruedas’ 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3 singles was the lone victory for visiting Southeast (1-5, 1-3 Sub-region 7B-4A).
• Hannah Dempsey shot a 61 as Southeast’s lone player in a girls match at Indian Trace Golf Course that included Murray County and North Murray. Murray County and North Murray did not report scores by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.
• Results from a scheduled match for Coahulla Creek against Gordon Central at Nob North Golf Course in Varnell were not reported by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.
• Northwest boys 1, Southeast 0: The visiting Bruins (5-3-3) exacted revenge from an earlier meeting with the Raiders (8-2-1) and bounced back from a sub-region loss earlier this week.
David Franco converted a penalty kick with about 20 minutes left to put Northwest ahead, and Southeast was unable to tie.
Northwest finished with eight shots on goal and goalkeeper Jose Marquez made two saves on Southeast’s nine shots.
“We really only had a couple quality chances,” Northwest coach Ryan Scoggins said. “It was one of those games where you have to appreciate quality defending. ... Going forward, defense needs to be our emphasis.”
On Tuesday, Northwest lost 4-2 in a Sub-region 7B-4A match with Heritage-Catoosa — something Scoggins called the “low point of the season.” Winning against Southeast, which beat the Bruins 4-1 in Sub-region 7B-4A play on Feb. 28 in Tunnel Hill, is a boost for Northwest, Scoggins said.
• Northwest girls 1, Southeast 0: Cynthia Coronel scored the lone goal in the second half on Vanessa Lara’s assist.
“The girls played great,” Northwest coach Melissa Torbett said. “They played really well. We just had trouble finishing.”
The visiting Lady Bruins (8-2) took 22 shots to the Lady Raiders’ two. Northwest goalkeeper Gracie Holmes made two saves, while Southeast (2-6) goalkeeper Sydney Covington made seven saves.
“It was basically the same game we played at Northwest,” Southeast coach Mark Parsons said. “It was a close, defensive game.”
• Calhoun boys 2, Murray County 0: Roberto Zuniga made three saves for Murray County (7-2, 7-2 Region 7-2A), which gave up both goals to the visiting Yellow Jackets early in the second half.
“I think once they scored,” Murray County coach Marco Burgueno said, “they became motivated.”
• Calhoun girls 7, Murray County 0: The host Lady Indians (4-5, 4-5 Region 7-2A) trailed 2-0 at halftime despite missing five starters due to injuries, coach Mandy Ledford said.
Halen Thomas made 17 saves in her 60 minutes at goalkeeper for Murray County, while Paxton Dolly played for the final 20 minutes.
• North Murray boys 4, Ringgold 0: Neto Rodriguez scored on a rebound off a penalty kick in the first half for the visiting Mountaineers (7-1, 7-1 Region 5-3A).
Victor Iturbero scored the second goal, while Arturo Garcia scored the third goal off an assist from Javier Alsaro, who scored the final goal. Manuel Gonzalez made three saves for the Mountaineers.
• Ringgold girls 2, North Murray 0: Amber Bandy made 12 saves for the Lady Mountaineers (2-6, 2-6 Region 5-3A), who trailed 1-0 at halftime
Track and field
• Results from Coahulla Creek’s home meet with Calhoun and Ringgold were not reported by The Daily Citizen’s deadline.