Houston County track meet generates air of the unknown

Sun News correspondentApril 10, 2013 

Mystery surrounds the Houston County track and field championships, the finals of which are scheduled for 4 p.m. today at Perry High School.

Because both the Fendley Relays (for boys) and International City Relays (for girls) were canceled because of a renovation project at McConnell-Talbert Stadium, the five high schools in Houston County have not yet competed in the same meet. As a result, there is little head-to-head data to gather an impression of event favorites.

That noted, the Northside girls team has put together a potent group of sprinters. Freshman Cassondra Hall is already one of the top 100- and 200-meter runners in the state. She also anchors the team’s 400- and 1600-meter relay teams, which includes twins Toleah and Toneah Martin, Takera James and Tia Williams.

The Veterans girls and Warner Robins boys are defending county champions.

Sharks fundraisers

The second annual Sharks vs. Guppies wheelchair basketball game is scheduled for April 16 at Veterans High School with a 6:30 p.m. tipoff. Admission is $5 with proceeds going to the Houston County Sharks adaptive sports program. The Sharks recently won the varsity championship in GHSA wheelchair basketball. The Sharks are currently in first place in the varsity wheelchair football standings. They return to action April 13 with a doubleheader at West Georgia.

Telegraph honors local athletes

Several local high school winter sport athletes were among those honored by The Telegraph as All Middle Georgia performers. Westfield’s Declan Poorman led the way after being tabbed as the Middle Georgia swimmer of the year for the second consecutive season. Here are lists of the others in their respective sports. Each athlete included earned at least honorable mention. GHSA and GISA athletes are listed together.

Boys Basketball: Davon Atkins (Houston County); Andrew Graham (Houston County); Justin Burnam (Northside); Robert Davis (Northside); Kyle Johnson (Northside); Jarius Smith (Northside); K.J. Smith (Perry); Malik Broughton (Warner Robins); Jonathan Robertson (Veterans); Marquez Callaway (Warner Robins); Juvaun Shine (Warner Robins); James Beeland (Westfield) and Giles Amos (Westfield).

Girls Basketball: Kariss Engram (Houston County); Alexia Williams (Houston County); Justice Wright (Houston County); Shambria Smith (Northside); Tia Williams (Northside); Mekhaela Witherspoon (Northside); Nausia Woolfolk (Peach County); Aaliyah Cheatham (Perry); Kerregan Poe-Cochran (Veterans); Aspen Coggins (Veterans); Jalyn Slaughter (Veterans); Asha Stegall (Warner Robins); Katlyn Moseley (Westfield); Valerie McLure (Westfield); Callie Hammerle (Westfield) and Sydney Ledford (Westfield).

Wrestling: Shaady Hassan (Northside); Diego Smith (Northside); Cody Eakins (Perry); Mark Ray (Perry); Rex Lower (Perry); Grant Lensch (Veterans); Marquise Franklin (Veterans); Jeremy Fleury (Warner Robins); Tyler Cranford (Warner Robins); Josh Kinnebrew (Westfield); Bryce Westmoreland (Westfield); Benjamin Brooks (Westfield); Griffin Cawthon (Westfield); Conner Cawthon (Westfield); Austin Jenkins (Westfield); Ty Forrester (Westfield); Dayton Hammerle (Westfield); Cotton Hammerle (Westfield) and Hamilton Way (Westfield).

Soccer seeding nearly set

The final piece of the Region 2-AAAAA soccer playoff seeding puzzle is scheduled to be fitted tonight when the Houston County girls play at Northside. The Bears need not win to claim the top seed from the “B” subregion because they beat Northside 5-1 on March 21. Even a loss by less than four goals will enable Houston County to host “A” fourth seed Grovetown when the region playoffs begin the week of April 22. The Warner Robins girls are locked in as a third seed and will play at Lakeside-Evans.

Boys seeding is set. Houston County and Warner Robins own the “B” first and second seeds, respectively. The Bears will host Grovetown while the Demons will entertain Lakeside-Evans. As the third seed, Northside will play at Evans.

Veterans baseball in first

Just past the halfway mark of the region season, the Veterans baseball team remained unbeaten through the weekend with an 8-0 region mark. The Warhawks received some help from Howard, which scored a 14-4 win over West Laurens on Friday. That was the second loss for the Raiders, who were scheduled to play at Veterans on Tuesday. Howard started the week two games behind the Warhawks.

Veterans has scored at least 10 runs in six of its eight region wins. The Warhawks average almost 10 hits per region game.

Contact Chris Deighan at cdeighan@cox.net.

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