From Staff Reports
Northwest Whitfield High School’s Sam Speights shot a 6-over-par 78 and led the Bruins to a 320, the best score among three area boys prep golf teams competing Saturday in the Packer Invitational at Sunset Country Club in Moultrie.
Dalton finished with a 351, while Christian Heritage had a 351. Place finishes from the 27-team event in South Georgia — Colquitt County High School was the host — were not available.
In addition to Speights’ round, the Bruins got scores from Silas Ledford (79), Ethan Hayes (80) and Chad Flanders (83).
“I saw some good things today,” Bruins coach Jim McGrew said. “We had a good weekend, came up Thursday night and played 36 holes (of practice on Friday). ... We still have some things to work on, but I definitely think we took a step in the right direction this weekend.”
Jacob Brown shot a 79 to lead Dalton, which also received scoring rounds from Allen Behr (84), William Duffie (84) and Landon Hicks (84).
Catamounts coach Chad Jordan said Brown “battled and battled all day” and turned in a solid round, but that Dalton needs its other rounds to be a little lower, too.
“The guys lost some shots here and there,” Jordan added. “A few too many putts, but overall I think we’re improving.”
Cole Townsend shot a 79 to lead Christian Heritage, which also received scoring rounds from Blake Carver (90), Kyle Stanley (90) and A.J. Hooper (92).
The Lions are in their first year of Georgia High School Association play after previously competing in the smaller Georgia Independent School Association.
“It’s mostly our short game,” Lions coach Gary Whaley said. “Our long game seems to be pretty good. This is our first year in GHSA competition, and we’re playing a lot of courses we’re not familiar with. That’s not an excuse. We just haven’t seen them and other teams who have seen them know how to play them a little better.”
• Northwest’s junior varsity baseball team dropped a pair of games to Heritage-Catoosa this past week, losing 5-3 on Thursday in Tunnel Hill and 11-1 in five innings on Friday in Ringgold.
On Thursday, Will Brock went 2-for-3 to lead the Bruins (3-4-1) at the plate, while Caleb Shiflett had a triple and Jack Creswell and Logan Hilton each drove in a run. Creswell took the loss on the mound, allowing five unearned runs on five hits and four walks while striking out six. Hilton worked two hitless innings, striking out three and walking two.
On Friday, Walker Maret doubled and Creswell had an RBI single. Aaron Ball took the loss on the mound, surrendering nine runs (two earned) on six hits and three walks while striking out six. Phillip Hammonds worked the remainder of the game, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits and as many walks while striking out two.
• In late results from Thursday, North Murray’s boys track and field team had eight first-place finishes — three from senior Brady Swilling — in a four-school meet at Gilmer that included Dawson County and Murray County.
Swilling won the high jump (6 feet, 4 inches), shot put (40-5) and 200-meter dash (24.13 seconds) to lead the Mountaineers, while Isaac Pacheco was first in both the 1,600 (4:50) and 3,200 (10:25).
Other first-place finishers for North Murray were Jordan Adams (100, 11.47), Jacob Mays (long jump, 18-7 1/2) and the 4x100 relay team of Adams, Drake McCowan, Deron Hill and Jamie Carlock, who won in 44.91.
The lone first-place finisher for the Lady Mountaineers was Leanne Stokes (long jump, 14-5).
The Mountaineers placed second, but complete team results were not submitted, and no team results from the girls meet were submitted. Murray County did not report results.