Lady Bears netters take county title

October 10, 2012 

Houston County High School defended its home gym and won the county volleyball tournament in thrilling fashion. The Lady Bears denied Northside High School’s Cinderella run to the title with a 25-19 win in the decisive third game of the match. After sweeping Perry High School in the play-in match, the Lady Eagles upset top-seeded Veterans High School in straight sets. Houston County beat Warner Robins High School in the other semifinal to set up the championship match.

Each county team plays in area tournaments beginning this weekend. Houston County, Northside and Warner Robins play in the Area 1-AAAAA tournament at Greenbrier High School in Evans. Perry and Veterans will play in the Area 2-AAAA meet at West Laurens. The Lady Warhawks hold the top seed in their tournament.

Locals compete at Westover Invitational

Abby Booth of Perry turned in the best local performance with a third-place finish at the Westover Cross Country Invitational Saturday in Albany. Booth’s time of 19:00.82 was about 24 seconds behind winner Megan Charbeneau of Lowndes County High School, who led the Lady Vikings to the team title. The Veterans girls team produced the best local team finish. Led by Emily Hood and Bethanie Bailey, the Lady Warhawks finished 11th in the field of 26. Peyton Raley of Northside finished among the top 50 individuals.

In the boys division, Clay Woolfolk of Veterans ran ninth with a time of 16:09.21, which was 50 seconds behind winner Daniel Broadhead of Wayne County. The Warhawks finished sixth in the team competition. Smiths Station High School out of Alabama won the team title with an average time of 16:26.45.

Jackson Reid and John Weaks of Perry and Toney Martin of Northside all finished in the top 50.

Sisters boost Demonettes

Warner Robins holds the second seed at the Area 2-AAAAA volleyball tournament set for this weekend at Greenbrier. The Demonettes are shooting for their second consecutive area championship.

Graduation hurt the club, but it has been bolstered by the addition of sisters Kate and Megan Hill who moved in from Woodbridge, Va., during the summer. Kate, a junior, is a strong side hitter at Warner Robins. Megan, a freshman, is a solid all-around player.

“Warner Robins is very team-oriented,” Kate said during a recent play date at Houston County. “There’s a sense of community when we play.”

The girls’ father, Chris, is a maintenance officer with the Air Force. As a result, the family has moved several times. Kate’s prior high school in Virginia had 2,800 students. She played with the junior varsity as a freshman. She also played varsity basketball, a sport she plans to play at Warner Robins in the winter.

GHSA softball playoffs

Houston County’s streak of consecutive softball region championships ended at six as the Lady Bears finished third at the Region 2-AAAAA tournament last week in Augusta. Houston County opens the Class AAAAA state tournament at Ware County. Perry and Veterans placed third and fourth, respectively, at the Region 2-AAAA tournament. The Lady Panthers open the Class AAAA state tournament at South Effingham. The Lady Warhawks travel to Wayne County.

GISA softball playoffs

Westfield extended its streak of consecutive region championships to 13 at the end of September. The Lady Hornets were set to open the state tournament on Monday at home against Gatewood Schools. If they win, they’ll host either Sherwood Christian Academy or Loganville Christian Academy in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

Contact Chris Deighan at cdeighan@cox.net.

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