The Sun News

PREP SPORTS NOTEBOOK: Houston County, Veterans soccer teams stay on roll

Two local soccer teams held on to their lofty status in GHSA soccer rankings released Sunday by

The Houston County boys held steady at No. 2 in Class AAAAA after a dominating 11-1 region victory on the road over Northside. The Bears are 11-0-1 this season and sit just behind the Dalton Catamounts, who are 10-0-0.

Houston County will take the week off for spring break before returning to action April 8 against Northside.

The Veterans girls moved to No. 5 in Class AAAA after they took home a pair of region victories last week by beating Mary Persons 1-0 and Howard 10-0.

The win over Mary Persons completed a season sweep of the Bulldogs and gave Veterans a firm grip on the 2-AAAA title race. Mary Persons’ (12-2-0) only two losses this season are to the Warhawks.

Veterans is unbeaten at 10-0-2 on the year and have recorded nine shutouts. They finished runner-up in Class AAAA a season ago.


Peach County football player Nick Searcy and two-sport standout Natalie McEver, who competes on the soccer and softball teams, were recently announced as recipients of the Vincent J. Dooley Award.

The award is presented annually by Athletes for a Better World and the Georgia High School Association. It honors student athletes who show distinguished individual character, outstanding teamwork and citizenship.

Searcy and McEver will now compete for the Vincent J. Dooley Scholarship, which is to be announced at a luncheon next month. One male and one female winner will be chosen.

The scholarship has been awarded annually since 2008.