Northside girls edged at Region 2-AAAAA track meet

Sun News correspondentApril 24, 2013 

The boys and girls track teams from Northside both earned second-place finishes in team scoring of the Region 2-AAAAA championship last week at Grovetown.

The Lady Eagles finished two points behind Greenbrier for the team title. A disqualification in the first event of the finals hurt Northside’s cause. The Eagles 4x100 meter relay team ran the best time in preliminaries but was disqualified in the finals due to an illegal baton transfer.

“We still finished two seconds ahead of everyone in the race,” Northside coach Jessica White wrote in a text, “but on the first handoff we were out of zone.”

Cassondra Hall of Northside won both the 100- and 200-meter dashes in impressive fashion. She ran 11.67 in the 100 and 23.88 in the 200. Hall also ran a leg of the Eagles’ victorious 1,600-meter relay team along with Tia Williams and twins Toleah and Toneah Martin. Northside’s Mekhaela Witherspoon also doubled, winning both the girls shot put and discus.

Asha Stegall of Warner Robins won her third region title in the 400-meter dash. Kiaira Jackson of Houston County won triple jump).

In the boys’ division, Northside’s Kevondre Hunt won both the 110- and 300-meter hurdles. His teammate A.J. Banks won discus.

Warner Robins High athletes won three individual events: high jump (Michael Callaway); triple jump (Rod Harris) and shot put (Brian Cornish).

The top four finishers in each event advance to the Class AAAAA “B” sectional Saturday at Grovetown High School.

2-AAAA track meet

Abby Booth of Perry and Ronald Collins of Veterans each won twice at the Region 2-AAAA track and field meet last week at Baldwin High School. Rutland High earned both the boys and girls team titles. The Veterans girls finished second.

Booth won the 1,600- and 800-meter runs. Her victory in the 1,600 came by less than half a second over Bethanie Bailey of Veterans. Bailey’s teammate Josi Giovinazzo ran third, finishing just over a second later.

Collins dominated both boys’ hurdle events. He ran the 110-meter hurdles in 15.07 seconds. He ran the 300-meter hurdles in 41.16 seconds.

Other locals to earn region titles were: Malik Brougthon (Veterans, high jump); Sierra Rice (Veterans, discus); Lachelle Jordan (Perry, shot put) and Jimmy Mehserle (Perry, 1,600).

The top four finishers in each event advance to the Class AAAA “A” sectional Saturday at Statesboro.

2-AAA track meet

Tyler Gibson and Malcom Lowe of Peach County shared high-point honors at the Region 2-AAA track and field meet last week at Macon. Each won three individual events. They also partnered with George Blease and Zachorey Hart to win the 1600-meter relay.

Gibson won the 100- and 200-meter dashes and the long jump. Lowe was first in the 400-meter dash, the 300-meter hurdles and the triple jump.

The Trojans finished second to Henry County in the battle for the team title. Henry County also edged Peach County for the girls title.

Several other Peach County athletes had big days, as well. James Worsham won the 800-meter run. On the girls’ side, sprinter Keondria Simmons won both the 100- and 200-meter dashes. She also ran a leg on the Trojans’ victorious 1600-meter relay team. Saleemah Gadson also ran that event in addition to winning the 300-meter hurdles. Courtney Small and Katrina Rouse ran segments on the winning relay team, as well

This is Peach County coach Glen Turner’s final season as track coach and one of his most productive. With more than 20 athletes making the trip, the Trojans will be well-represented at the Class AAA “A” sectionals Saturday at Lakewood Stadium.

Cowart to kick at LaGrange

Eager for a way to increase his playing time on the gridiron, Will Cowart turned to a skill he developed on the soccer field: kicking. Not only did the Houston County senior become the Bears’ top kicker, he earned the opportunity to continue his craft in college.

Cowart signed a letter of intent to play football and continue his education at LaGrange College during an April 11 ceremony at the school.

Cowart, who’ll play in the GHSA Class AAAAA state playoffs for the Bears’ soccer team next week, also played football four years at Houston County. As a freshman and sophomore, he played receiver, but he wasn’t getting a lot of playing time. He began to focus on placekicking as a junior.

As the Bears’ top kicker in 2012, Cowart scored 38 points with three field goals and 29 PATs.

Veterans sweeps county golf

The Veterans boys and girls golf teams won county championships in their respective divisions last week. Both meets took place at the Perry Country Club.

Veterans senior Colburn Spears earned medalist honors for the boys after shooting 71. Veterans sophomore Megan Reddick shot 84 to earn girls medalist honors.

One week earlier, Veterans junior Austin Millwood recorded the school’s first hole-in-one during a match at Uchee Trail Golf Course in Cochran. He used a four iron on the 210-yard, par three eighth hole. It was Millwood’s first career ace.

Bears advance in baseball

The Houston County baseball team swept Grovetown in an opening-round doubleheader of the Region 2-AAAAA tournament Thursday. In the process, Houston County earned a berth in the GHSA Class AAAAA state playoffs.

The Bears were scheduled to host Evans Tuesday in a single-elimination, region semifinal game. The winner will play either Lakeside-Evans or Greenbrier in the championship game Thursday.

Northside and Warner Robins were both swept in first-round doubleheaders and failed to qualify for the state tournament.

Contact Chris Deighan at cdeighan@cox.net.

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