March 6, 2013

Area prep roundup: Cats soccer sharp on sloppy field

Dalton High School’s boys soccer team and Ramiro Huitanda continued their early season dominance, winning 10-0 on LaFayette’s drenched field Tuesday night to stay perfect in Sub-region 7B-4A.

Huitanda — who set the program’s single-season goal record of 35 last season as a junior — had five goals against the Ramblers. It’s the second straight five-goal performance for Huitanda.

Alan Pantaleon, Eder Mora, Andreas Barragan, Edgar Hernandez and Victor Solis each scored once for the Cats.

Raymundo Bahena was in goal for the entire game, but the Ramblers only took one shot.

Dalton (5-0, 3-0) took 17 shots, and the mercy-rule-causing 10th goal came in the 63rd minute.

“We’ll take that all the time,” Cats coach Matt Cheaves said of the team’s strong scoring percentage. “The field conditions at LaFayette tonight were the worst I’ve seen in 19 years. It was a mess, and I was very relieved that there were no injuries.”

Dalton hasn’t allowed a goal yet this season, but Cheaves is wary of an upcoming increase in opponent skill level. The Cats play at Southeast Whitfield on Friday, followed by a trip to Northwest Whitfield on Tuesday. That precedes the Cleveland (Tenn.) Invitational, a home match with Ooltewah (Tenn.), and another meeting with the Bruins and Raiders.

“We’re about to come up on a part of our season where the competition gets seriously tough,” Cheaves said.

LaFayette girls 0, Dalton 0 (2-1): The Lady Ramblers and Lady Cats (2-3, 1-2 Sub-region 7B-4A) played to a scoreless tie in regulation and a scoreless overtime before LaFayette took the win on penalty kicks.

Yanet Hernandez had the lone penalty kick conversion for Dalton.

Mount Paran Christian boys 5, Christian Heritage 0: Three Christian Heritage (0-2, 0-2 Sub-region 6A-A) players were injured in the match, which visiting Mount Paran led 2-0 at halftime.

Christian Heritage coach John Seehorn said goalkeeper Andrew McEntyre and midfielders Hutch Crawford and Hunter Dixon suffered injuries in the game. However, Seehorn was pleased with the three freshmen who replaced the injured starters. Will Jackson filled in for McEntyre at goalie, while Kameron Hawkins and Christian Joseph took over for Crawford and Dixon.

“I had two kids who are really young that stepped in to play great at midfield,” Seehorn said. “(Jackson) did an admirable job. He has great reflexes and is a good young athlete.”

Mount Paran Christian girls 6, Christian Heritage 0: The Lady Lions also lost their second straight match to open the season, with both losses in sub-region play.

Christian Heritage trailed 2-0 at halftime. Coach Adam Bolin said Lady Lions goalkeeper Sarah Massengale played “very well and made some great saves.”

• Most of the area’s varsity prep sports action scheduled for Tuesday was washed out following a late-afternoon thunderstorm that rolled through Northwest Georgia.

In baseball, the following games were postponed: Southeast Whitfield at Murray County, Coahulla Creek at Calhoun, North Murray at Union County and Ringgold at Dalton.

Southeast at Murray County has been rescheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, as has North Murray at Union County. Coahulla Creek at Calhoun — a junior varsity game will follow the varsity game — has been rescheduled for 5:30 p.m. Friday. Ringgold at Dalton has been rescheduled for 5:55 p.m. Friday.

In soccer, the following girls and boys matches were postponed: Coahulla Creek at North Murray, Calhoun at Murray County, Dade County at Morris Innovative and Southeast at Heritage-Catoosa. Coahulla Creek at North Murray will be played at 5 p.m. on April 19, while Southeast at Heritage will be played at 4 p.m. Monday. Makeup dates for the other matches have not been determined.

In tennis, Christian Heritage’s boys and girls matches at Northwest Whitfield were postponed, but no makeup date has been determined. Gordon Lee’s boys and girls matches at Coahulla Creek were canceled and will not be made up. Southeast’s boys and girls were scheduled to play at LaFayette, but neither results nor a postponement were reported to The Daily Citizen, and athletic director Mark Lentych did not return a message left on his cell phone seeking information.

In track and field, Northwest’s home meet against Dalton, Gordon Central and Murray County was postponed. No makeup date has been determined, and Northwest girls coach Shelley Taylor said the meet may not be made up. Southeast’s meet at Coahulla Creek was canceled and will not be made up.

When local prep athletic events are canceled, postponed or rescheduled for any reason, coaches are urged to notify the paper in advance of the originally scheduled time by calling (706) 272-7742, 272-7732 or 272-7734. Notifications may also be sent to

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