Prep Sports Notebook: Two midstate teams fall in title games

Sun News correspondentNovember 6, 2013 

The GHSA softball season came to a close last week with both the Houston County Bears and Perry Panthers falling just shy of a state championship.

The Bears began the Elite Eight with a pair of wins to place themselves just one victory from the championship round. They beat Winder-Barrow 6-4 and Pope 2-0 to set up a winner’s bracket showdown with Northgate.

Houston County would fall 9-1 and then drop a heartbreaker to eventual AAAAA state champion Ola, 2-1.

Ola broke the tie in the bottom of the final inning as the Bears finished in third place.

Perry dropped a pitcher’s duel in its opening game by the score of 2-0 to Heritage-Catoosa, but as they had done so many times this postseason the Panthers rallied to beat South Effingham 2-1 to avoid elimination.

That would be as far as the Panthers could advance as Madison County beat them 5-1 in Perry’s next game. Northwest Whitfield claimed the AAAA title.

Peach boys cross-country wins region

The Peach County Trojan boys cross-country team made school history last week as it claimed its first region championship ever.

Darrell White and James Worsham finished second and third for the Trojans respectively. Daniel Echeverrin, KaShawn Burke and Juan Martinez also placed in the top-20 overall.

Peach County will now advance to the state meet as GHSA Region 2-AAA champions.

The Trojans’ girls cross country team is also state-bound after a runner-up finish in the region championship.

Claire Story led all Peach County runners with a seventh place finish.

State playoff contenders shaping up

With one game remaining in the 2013 GHSA football regular season, many area teams have already clinched a state playoff berth.

Veterans won its first region championship in school history with a victory over Mary Persons on Friday night and will represent region 2-AAAA as the No. 1 seed.

Warner Robins, Northside and Houston County will all represent region 2-AAAAA with seeding still yet undetermined.

Peach County fell to Carver-Columbus in a big game for the 2-AAA crown last week but has still clinched the No. 2 seed.

Perry’s playoff hopes in 2-AAAA took a big hit last week with a shootout defeat to Rutland. They are not mathematically eliminated but will have to beat Howard this Friday and get help in other games to qualify.

Contact Ryan Jordan at rjordan398@gmail.com.

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