The GHSA boys and girls golf championships are scheduled for Monday, with several Middle Georgia teams and individuals entered.
Jones County’s girls will participate in the Class AAAAA competition at Maple Ridge Golf Course in Columbus, as will Warner Robins individual Tarah-Anne Abrigo. Another Warner Robins individual, Trey Odom, will play in the Class AAAAA boys tournament at the Country Club of Columbus.
Veterans and Mary Persons qualified for the Class AAAA girls tournament at Applewood Golf Course in Keysville. The Perry and Upson-Lee boys, along with Mary Persons’ Hunter Roberson and West Laurens’ Bailey Howard, will take part in Class AAAA boys competition at Waynesboro Country Club.
Rutland’s Carrol Pyon and Dodge County’s Kristen Holland qualified for the Class AAA girls tournament at Horseshoe Bend Country Club in Roswell.
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The Bleckley County and Vidalia boys will compete in Class AA competition at Bartram Trail Golf Club in Evans. Putnam County and Vidalia will represent Middle Georgia in Class AA girls competition at Forest Hills Golf Club in Augusta.
Hawkinsville’s boys, along with Dooly County’s Jordan Miles and GMC’s Spencer Lowe, will take part in Class A public school competition at Double Oaks Golf Club in Commerce. The Hawkinsville girls will compete at Highland Walk Golf Course in Royston.
FPD’s Charles Stroud will take part in Class A private competition at Eagle’s Brook Golf Club in Locust Grove, while the Vikings’ Cassidy Pearson will play in the girls tournament at Crystal Lakes in Hampton.
-- Ron Seibel
Middle Georgia’s three remaining GHSA playoff baseball teams will get the week going Monday with the start of semifinal series.
Jones County is on the road through Atlanta to Gainesville, while Veterans prepares for standing-room only at home against Whitewater. Fitzgerald has a road trip to Wesleyan in Class AA.
Jones County will take on Gainesville at Ivey-Watson Baseball Field, which is about a mile from the high school. The first pitch is at 4 p.m.
Veterans gets going an hour later against Whitewater, which is expected to bring a crowd from just south of Fayetteville. Fitzgerald and Wesleyan get going at 3:30 p.m.
Jones County is only lower seed left in Class AAAAA, joining region top seeds Gainesville, Allatoona and Greenbrier.
The Allatoona-Greenbrier side of the bracket is the designated home team for the championship round, which starts Saturday.
So the Greyhounds would travel regardless, and they could face region mate Greenbrier.
Everybody remaining in Class AAAA is a region top seed.
Cartersville visits Buford on the other side of the bracket. Buford knocked out Perry 3-0 and 13-0 in the second round.
Fitzgerald (23-8) is an upstart remaining in Class AA, making its first trip to the semifinals.
The Purple Hurricane were the third seed last year and lost to eventual champ Benedictine in the second round.
They lost in the second round, to Toombs County, in 2013 as a fourth seed.
There will be new state champs in all classifications except Class AAA, where Blessed Trinity is still alive.
Defending Class A private champ King’s Ridge Christian split with Hebron Christian late Saturday in the championship series.
-- Michael A. Lough
DOWN TO THE WIRE
West Laurens, Vidalia, Bleckley County and Stratford are all in the hunt for top-10 finishes in the Georgia Athletic Directors Association’s Directors Cup, which measures the success of athletics programs.
Stratford entered the weekend second overall in Class A, with Vidalia fifth in Class AA, four spots ahead of Bleckley County. West Laurens is eighth in Class AAAA.
Veterans is 11th overall in Class AAAA and will get points from the baseball team’s trip to the semis.
West Laurens’ boys are No. 6, Vidalia No. 5, Bleckley County No. 6 and Stratford No. 5.
Veterans girls are No. 7, Vidalia No. 6, Dublin No. 8, Lamar County No. 10, Stratford No. 2 and FPD No. 8.
-- Telegraph Staff