Sports

April 17, 2014

Region tennis roundup: Six area teams clinch spots in state

Dalton High School’s tennis teams finished their business quickly on the first day of the Region 7-4A tournament.

Coach David Hilley had no problem with that.

The Catamounts and Lady Cats each won 3-0 in second-round matches — the No. 1 seeds from Sub-region 7B-4A, both had byes before facing Gilmer and Pickens, respectively — on Wednesday at Lakeshore Park in Dalton to earn spots in the Class 4A state tournament.

The tournament semifinals are set for this morning. At 10 a.m., the Cats (14-4) face Sub-region 7B-4A No. 5 seed Northwest Whitfield (10-3) — which beat Cedartown 3-2 to reach the semifinals — while the Lady Cats (9-9) will play Cedartown, which ended the season for Northwest’s Lady Bruins (7-6) with a 3-2 win Wednesday.

In the 11:30 a.m. boys semifinal, River Ridge, the Sub-region 7A-4A champion, plays 7B-4A No. 2 seed Heritage-Catoosa. At the same time, Sub-region 7A-4A champion Cass takes on 7B-4A No. 2 seed LaFayette in the other girls semifinal. The third-place matches are at 2 p.m., while the championship matches are at 3:30 p.m.

While Northwest and Cedartown needed to sweat out their wins in the boys bracket on Wednesday, Dalton coasted.

“If the seeds (hold true), things (are supposed) to go a little quicker for us,” Hilley said. “I want to get done and move on to the next round. You’ll have nerves in the first (match), and in the second (match) you’ll feel more comfortable.”

Against Gilmer, Dalton got singles wins from No. 1 Jacob Johnson, 6-0, 6-0, and No. 2 Shazman Ali, 6-0, 6-0. In doubles, No. 1 Will Alderman and Ryan Harper won 6-0, 6-0 against Russ Henderson and Mel Mosley.

Dalton’s Nathan Bryant led 6-2, 4-1 at No. 3 singles, while in doubles Dalton’s No. 2 team of Thomas DeLay and Nicholas Nelson were up 6-1, 4-0 when the Cats earned the team victory and play was stopped.

Even with a quick win, Johnson is confident his team will be ready today.

“I’m sure tomorrow morning we’ll go hit some,” Johnson said. “A lot of times, it’s nice to play a good, long match to get everything working. In other ways, it’s good to get it done.”

The Lady Cats beat Pickens with a doubles sweep — No. 1 Caroline Calfee and Mackenzie Creswell won 6-1, 6-1 and No. 2 Mary Margaret Snipes and Shelby Fromm won 6-1, 6-2 — and a 6-1, 6-2 singles victory from No. 3 Sydney Tankersley.

Dalton was ahead in both singles matches when the team win was clinched. No. 1 Chandler Renz led 6-1, 3-2 and No. 2 Olivia Dinges led 6-1, 3-0.

Hilley said both Dalton teams are in the state tournament for at least the 12th year in a row — the extent of his tenure with the program.

Like Dalton, Northwest had byes in the first round.

In the Bruins’ win against Cedartown, they swept doubles with wins from No. 1 Cody Bourff and Blake Frankenberger, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, and No. 2 Santi Angel and Jamez Zhong, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. Their other team point came at No. 3 singles as Troy Poe won 6-4, 6-3.

The Bruins are back in the state tournament for the first time since 2010. Coach Ryan Richards returned to the tennis court this year after last coaching the teams in 2004.  He also leads the school’s boys basketball program.

“It was looking pretty dim with our top two singles guys losing,” Richards said, “but I was really excited to see our No. 1 and 2 doubles guys winning to fight back from dropping the first sets.”

The Lady Bruins, who entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed from 7B-4A, got a No. 2 singles win from Sara Richards, 6-1, 6-2, and a No. 2 doubles win from Megan Richards and Mary Kate Jones, 7-5, 6-0.

The Gilmer boys and Pickens girls were fourth seeds from Sub-region 7A-4A and won 5-0 in Wednesday morning’s first-round matches against fifth-seeded Southeast Whitfield. The Raiders and Lady Raiders both finished the season 1-7.

• At the Region 5-3A tournament at Dellinger Park in Cartersville, Coahulla Creek’s boys and girls both won 5-0 to clinch Class 3A state tournament berths.

The top-seeded Coahulla Creek boys, who remained undefeated through 17 matches, topped eighth-seeded Gordon Central with singles wins from No. 1 Jake Mathis, 6-2, 6-0, No. 2 Chase Lynch, 6-0, 6-0, and No. 3 Alex Jarjoura, 6-0, 6-0, plus doubles wins from No. 1 Austin Turner and Donovan Newby, 6-0, 6-0, and No. 2 Andy Dixon and Austin Lansing, who accepted a forfeit.

Coahulla Creek faces Adairsville at 9 a.m. today in the semifinals. If the Colts win, they play at 2:30 p.m. in the region championship. If they lose, their third-place match is at 1 p.m.

The second-seeded Coahulla Creek girls (14-3) beat No. 7 seed North Murray (2-15) behind singles wins from No. 1 Erin Orem, 6-1, 6-0, No. 2 Kathryn Barker, 6-1, 6-0, and No. 3 Katherine Ann Sheppard, 6-0, 6-0, plus doubles victories from No. 1 Alex Wilbanks and Vanessa Suarez, 6-1, 6-2, and No. 2 Madison Zerbe and Olivia Hughes, 6-3, 6-0.

Coahulla Creek will play Adairsville at 11 a.m. today in the semifinals, with the third-place match at 1 p.m. and championship at 2:30 p.m.

North Murray’s boys (6-12), the No. 5 seed and a state qualifier a year ago, also had their season come to an end as they lost 4-0 to Adairsville.

• At the Region 7-2A tournament at the Calhoun Tennis Center, Murray County’s second-seeded girls team won twice and are in the region championship at 1:30 p.m. today against No. 1 seed Calhoun.

Murray County won 5-0 against No. 7 seed Dade County to reach the tournament semifinals and clinch a spot in the Class 2A state tournament. The Lady Indians improved to 14-1 with a 4-1 win against third-seeded Pepperell to reach the finals.

In the first win, the Lady Indians got singles wins from No. 1 Greta Lazzarotto, 6-0, 6-0, No. 2 Gabbie Bordelon, 6-0, 6-0, and No. 3 Allison Jones, 6-0, 6-0, plus doubles wins from No. 1 Chloe Brown and Kailey Webb, 6-1, 6-0, and No. 2 Alyssa Jones and Emily Myers, 6-0, 6-1.

Against Pepperell, Murray County got singles wins from Lazzarotto, 6-1, 6-1, Bordelon, 7-5, 6-2, and Jones, 6-1, 6-0, plus a doubles victory from Brown and Webb, 6-1, 6-1.

Murray County’s boys (1-14), the tournament’s No. 8 seed, had their season ended via a 5-0 loss to top-seeded Calhoun.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • NW vs Cass baseball 6  mlh.jpg Thrown a curveball

    About four weeks ago, Seth Pierce and his family moved closer to Ringgold High School — a move which has big ramifications on two sports fronts. Not only will his departure affect the Northwest Whitfield High School baseball program, the move will also put him back on the football field.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • NW Football3.jpg Prep football: NW Whitfield staying hungry for more success

    Northwest Whitfield High School entered the 2013 season motivated to reach the state playoffs — something the Bruins accomplished.
    This year’s team possesses the hunger to mirror last season’s successes — and possibly more.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Chris Whitfield: Ending ride (kind of) as sports writer

    T wo weeks ago, I was told by managing editor Jamie Jones that I would no longer be a full-time sports writer with The Daily Citizen. It was a mutual decision.

    July 28, 2014

  • Local trio leads NW section to 3rd place

    Tori Owens, of Chatsworth finished 11-over-par Monday in the Junior Sectional Challenge Match at The Landings Club-Marshwood and Magnolia in Savannah for third place in the girls 12-13-year-old 9-hole division. She joined Landon Painter and Hardin Chambless on the Northwest team.

    July 28, 2014

  • SE fball conditioning 1 mlh.jpg Prep football: Raiders enter preseason hoping for breakthrough

    Entering his third year as Southeast Whitfield High School’s football coach, Sean Gray believes the last obstacle is belief.
    He believes this group of Raiders has that quality.

    July 28, 2014 2 Photos

  • Devin Golden: Other sports start practice this week

    Football isn’t the only high school sport during the fall — and the others are joining in this week.

    July 28, 2014

  • Three locals on NW team in state golf event

    Three local golfers — Hardin Chambless, Tori Owens and Landon Painter — played Sunday in round one of the Junior Sectional Challenge Match.

    July 28, 2014

  • DHS fball condition#1C0E6F8.jpg Prep football: Dalton enters camp well ahead of learning curve

    The joke came quick to the lips of Dalton High School football coach Matt Land when asked how the opening day of conditioning for the Catamounts went on Friday.
    “We can quit and go home,” Land said. “They have it all figured out.”

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hall of Fame Baseball_Chan.jpg Making a trip into town

    Frank Thomas was always driven to excel, and that sure served him well.
    “I was never that blue-chip prospect,” he said. “I had to outwork my opponents.”

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hall of Fame Baseball_Chan2.jpg Chris Whitfield: Memories stay with us, and go with them

    I still remember the pandemonium that broke out in the dorm at Middle Georgia College in tiny Cochran, Ga., the night of “The Slide” in the 1992 National League Championship Series. It was a fire drill, wall street-buying frenzy and a Roman toga party all in one.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo