Northside sprinters sweep track sectional

Sun News correspondentMay 7, 2014 

Northside High School once again swept the sprinting events as sophomore Cassondra Hall won both the 100- and 200-meter races at the sectional track meet at Loganville High School April 26.

Tia Williams claimed the championship in the 400-meter race, and the Eagles won both the 400- and 1,600-meter relays. Mekhaela Witherspoon finished fifth in the discus, and Sunshine Walton finished seventh.

Other local athletes who placed were Dy’Asiza Cherry of Veterans High School and Abby Booth of Perry High School. Cherry finished third in the Class AAAA long jump competition, and Booth finished sixth in the Class AAAA 1,600-meter race.

Soccer teams advance in playoffs

Five local soccer teams advanced to the second round of the GHSA playoffs with victories last week.

The Peach County High School boys rolled over Rockmart by a final score of 8-1 to earn a place in the Class AAA Sweet 16. They will play at home once again after fourth-seeded New Hampstead upset Dodge County 3-2.

The Perry High School boys cruised to a 6-0 shutout over Woodland-Henry and will face Worth County in round two of the Class AAAA playoffs. Veterans High School fell just short in its attempt to join the Panthers after Veterans tied Eagle’s Landing 1-1 but lost on penalty kicks.

In Class AAAAA boys action, Warner Robins High School beat Starr’s Mill 4-2, and Houston County High School prevailed over Ola by a score of 5-3. The Bears will go on the road to face Glynn Academy, while the Demons will visit Hardaway.

Veterans High will carry the torch for local girls teams after shutting out Upson-Lee 2-0. Houston County High saw its season come to a close with a 4-0 loss to Northgate.

Athletes commit to colleges

Two more local athletes will continue their careers at the collegiate level after signing scholarship papers last week.

Northside High School basketball player Tia Williams announced her intention to play for St. Petersburg College in Florida. St. Petersburg competes in the Florida College System Activities Association.

Houston County High School baseball player Hunt Smith will attend Georgia Southwestern. The standout outfielder hopes to help turn around a Southwestern program that struggled this season.

Contact Ryan Jordan at rjordan398@gmail.com.

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