The Calhoun girls and boys cross country teams got a little preview of the course they hope to be running on in early November as they competed in the Carrollton Orthopedic Invitational on Saturday.
The Calhoun boys finished second in the team results in the race that consisted of Class A, AA and AAA teams on the course where the State Meet will be held in several weeks. Felipe Barrios led the Jackets with an eighth-place finish individually. Also contributing to the team score was Brody Blalock, Julio Lopez, Jonathan Santana and Nestor Hernandez.
The Lady Jackets finished sixth as a team despite battling a few injuries and sickness. Mari Morales was the top finisher for Calhoun with a seventh-place finish. Teresa Nguyen, Adamariz Perez, Angie Pegueros and Sandra Ramirez contributed to the team finish with their performances.
Calhoun will host their first home meet of the season on Thursday when they welcome Sonoraville, Murray County and Sprayberry at New Echota.
In other recent prep action:
Sonoraville 4, Haralson County 3
The Lady Phoenix got a run in the fifth inning to break a tie and held on from there to earn another subregion win on Thursday.
Leading the offense for Sonoraville (10-7, 4-0 subregion) was Griffin Holden who had two hits, including a double, to go with an RBI. Kristen Davis added two hits and an RBI, and McKenzie Green and Payton Townsend both had a hit and an RBI.
Davis also pitched a complete game for the win in the circle, going seven innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on eight hits while striking out six.
Due to weather postponements on Monday and Tuesday will next play in the Score Tournament at Warner Park on Friday and Saturday. They will play Gordon Lee and Cass on Friday and Dalton and Christian Heritage on Saturday.
Chattooga 8, Gordon Central 0
The Lady Warriors were held to just one hit as they fell at home in a region contest to Chattooga.
Destiny Parker had the only hit for Gordon Central (2-9, 2-5) and also pitched the complete game while taking the loss.
The Lady Warriors will visit Chattooga on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.
Calhoun, Sonoraville have solid showings at Coahulla Creek Tourney
Both Calhoun and Sonoraville traveled to Coahulla Creek on Saturday to compete in the Volley at the Creek Tournament with the Lady Jackets going 3-1 and the Lady Phoenix going 2-2.
Calhoun defeated Coahulla Creek, Adairsville and Christian Heritage in pool play before losing to Coahulla Creek in the Gold Bracket elimination round.
Anna George led Calhoun (20-10) with 24 kills and five blocks. Also contributing big days were Emma Kate Smith with 12 kills, six aces and five blocks, Sophie Stewart with 12 kills and seven aces, Erin Davis with 23 assists and nine aces and Anna Hoblitzell with 12 assists.
The Lady Phoenix (9-16) got off to a strong start in pool play, defeating Ridgeland (29-27, 15-25, 26-24) and Dalton (25-18, 29-27), before falling to eventual tournament champion Gordon Lee (19-25, 21-25). The Phoenix moved on to gold bracket tournament play, where they had a see-saw battle, but fell to Fannin County (25-21, 19-25, 23-25).
“We shook things up a bit, inserting several junior varsity players into the lineup, and they played well,” said Sonoraville coach Trace Vaughn. “We now have two starting middles out with injuries (Diana Bishop and Raleigh Hooper), and Bree (Steely) was playing with an injury. We have few areas where we are playing well on a consistent basis. We will continue to tweak things until we find the right combination. I’m looking for more heart and intensity; we have tons of talent, but the effort and execution have to improve. Overall, I was happy with what we did in three of our four matches on Saturday, but we played really poorly against Gordon Lee after beating them earlier in the season. I am looking for girls who will play hard every time they step on the court.”
Statistically, Alea Johnson had 42 assists, seven digs and 6 aces, Kinsey Wilson had 26 digs, Bree Steely had 14 kills, eight digs, four assists and two blocks, Abby Chambers had seven kills, two blocks and seven aces on 33-of-33 serving, Anissa Hales had 14 digs and two kills, Skylar Huskins had 12 digs and two kills; Samantha Lewis had nine aces and seven kills, Alexis Lincoln had nine kills, Hannah Wehunt had eight digs and two aces, Lauren DeFoor had four kills and Hannah Key had two aces.
Calhoun will visit Bremen on Thursday at 5 p.m.; Sonoraville will be at Haralson County for a tri-match along with Chapel Hill.