In Christian Heritage School’s first Georgia High School Association soccer game, the Lady Lions lost 2-1 to Marietta’s The Walker School.
After trailing 1-0, the Lady Lions tied the game in the first half on a Jordan Suddath penalty kick. Walker scored again in the second half and held on for the win.
Against a team that has won four GHSA state titles — including three straight from 2008-2010 — Christian Heritage coach Adam Bolin was happy with his team’s performance.
“We had a little question going into the season after losing eight seniors and a couple other players who wouldn’t return for different reasons,” he said. “But I thought we played well. It was a good game.”
Bolin did not have statistics from the game but said goalkeeper Sarah Massengale “did a phenomenal job” considering the pressure Wal-ker put on the Lady Lions’ defense.
The loss affects Area 7-A standings, Bolin said.
• Walker boys 3, Christian Heritage 0: The Lions dropped their season-opener in a shutout as Walker (2-2) outshot Christian Heri-tage 8-3 in the Area 7-A victory. Despite the loss, coach John Seehorn was pleased with the play against a team which won state titles in 2008 and 2011.
“We actually looked pretty good,” Seehorn said. “We ran out of gas a little at the end, but we will get better.”
• At Ringgold High School’s Tiger Invita-tional, Northwest Whitfield’s boys team finished third, the best of three schools from Whitfield County.
Instead of using a stroke play format, the tournament’s scoring system used a modified Stableford format with points earned for individual scoring. Teams earned four points for an eagle, three points for a birdie, two points for a par, one point for a bogey and a half point for a double bogey. The Bruins finished with 99 points, trailing Heritage-Catoosa’s 108 and Cartersville’s 104.5. Northwest coach Jim McGrew said weather conditions did not help the golfers, with temperatures staying either 40 degrees or lower the entire day.
“It was a good first test to see where you’re and and how to move forward,” McGrew added. “You want to win, but we were in the hunt. I was happy with it.”
Dalton (98) finished fourth in the 14-team field, while Southeast Whitfield (63) finished “toward the middle-back of the field ... like seventh or eighth place,” Raiders coach Michael Herndon said.
Catamounts coach Chad Jordan agreed that the cold weather “affected the scores some” on the blustery day.
“But everyone had to play in it,” he added. “Heritage played well and their score reflected it.”
Heritage’s Ben Rebne had the top individual score with 32 points. The Generals’ Sport Almond and Dalton’s Jacob Brown tied for second with 31.5. Cartersville’s Stephen Hopkins (30) finished fourth and Northwest’s Ethan Hayes (29.5) rounded out the top five.
Also scoring for Northwest were Silas Ledford (24), Sam Speights (23) and Chad Flanders (22.5). Northwest’s JV team finished with 49 points. Tyler Linder (21) led the team. Chandler Lomax (13), Alex Canady (11) and Makray Kyer (10.5) also scored for the Bruins JV squad.
Also scoring for Dalton was William Duffie (25.5 points), Allen Behr (20.5 points) and Cole Calfee (20.5 points).
Southeast’s top scorer was Eric Sosebee (19.5), and Herndon didn’t have any additional individual scores.
“We had some good things happen, but yeah, I think the cold kind of affected everybody,” he said.
• Ashleigh Peters shot a 97 to lead Dalton’s girls to a fourth-place finish in the Fifth Annual Grizzly Classic golf tournament at Woodmont Golf and Country Club in Canton.
The Lady Catamounts shot a 307 amidst a field of Class 5A and 6A schools, and the tournament was won by host Creekview with a team score of 265. Ola’s Haley Austin shot an 80 to capture medalist honors on a cold day with snow flurries falling on the course.
Mable McKone shot a 103, while Olga Fouche and Carson Roberts each shot 107 to account for the team score. Lyndsey Parker (111) also competed for Dalton.