The Calhoun girls and boys tennis teams have been the top dogs in their region for several consecutive years, coming through in the clutch in the region tournament on a routine basis. They are setting themselves up for a chance to do that again this year based on their play so far in the region schedule.
The Lady Jackets and Jackets continued their unbeaten run through the 6-AAA schedule on Thursday afternoon when they welcomed Haralson County and Bremen to the Calhoun Tennis Center and came away with a sweep of the competition.
The Calhoun girls (6-1, 5-0) won both of their matches on Thursday 4-1. In their first match of the day, they defeated Bremen thanks to singles wins from Carly Briggs (No. 1), Emma King (No. 2) and Jalen Holland (No. 3) and a doubles win from the team of Molly Mashburn and Emma Blackstock (No. 2). They followed that up with a victory over Haralson County, once again sweeping singles matches thanks to Briggs, King and Holland and earning a doubles win from the No. 2 team of Ruby Christian and Emma Gallman.
The Calhoun boys (7-1, 5-0) also swept their matches, winning them both by a 4-1 score. First against Bremen, the Jackets got singles wins from Luke McKenzie (No. 2) and Matthew McCanless (No. 3) and doubles wins from the team of Matthew Turner and Hunter Hartsfield (No. 1) and the team of Rucker Reeves and Dawson Williams (No. 2). They followed that up with a win over Haralson County thanks to points from Coen Marcus (No. 1) and McCanless (No. 3) in singles action and sweeping both doubles matches thanks to the team of Turner and Hartsfield (No. 1) and the team of Reeves and Williams (No. 2).
Calhoun visited Coahulla Creek on Monday and hosted Ringgold on Tuesday for two more region matchups. (For details on those matches, see Saturday’s Calhoun Times.) They will visit Murray County on Thursday at 4 p.m.
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Calhoun boys 11, LFO 1
The Jackets had an explosive and balanced effort offensively as they racked up double-digit goals in a region road win on Thursday.
Calhoun (4-3-1, 1-1 in 6-AAA) was led by Daniel Isep who scored four goals and had one assist. Gerardo Fraire scored a pair of goals, and Elmer Gutierrez, Andy Echeverria, Johnathan Castillo, Edward Soto and Brian Delgado all had one apiece.
Alex Aguilar and Echeverria each provided two assists, and Alex Avalos, Walker Izara and Castillo had one apiece. Eduardo Fajardo and Jame Vo combined for a solid game in goal, allowing just one score for LFO.
The Jackets are on the road on Tuesday night at Baylor (Tenn.). They will visit Bremen on Friday at 7 p.m. for a region contest.
Calhoun girls 3, LFO 1
The Lady Jackets went on the road and earned a hard-fought region win on Thursday.
Calhoun (4-3-2, 2-0 in 6-AAA) got two goals from Emily Sorrow to lead the way. Hannah Dimeler also added a goal.
Calhoun will be on the road on Friday for another region contest when they travel to Bremen at 5 p.m.
Sonoraville boys 3, Trion 2
Sonoraville went on the road and got a needed victory against a previously unbeaten team in non-region action on Friday.
The Phoenix (5-4) broke a three-game losing skid with the win over the Bulldogs, who scored first on Friday before Sonoraville rallied. Alexander Soldevilla led the way with two goals and an assist, and Dawson Holbrook came through for the winning goal in the second half. Lane Moore also played a big role in goal with four saves.
Sonoraville is back at home on Tuesday to host LFO in a Region 6-AAA matchup. They will visit Adairsville on Friday at 7 p.m.
Sonoraville girls 2, Rome 2
The Lady Phoenix got a late goal to earn a draw on Friday in non-region action on the road.
Sonoraville (5-2-2) scored first in the game on a goal by Deya Irick in the ninth minute, but Rome answered with a goal to tie the game at 1-1 at the half. Rome scored again in the 72nd minute to take the lead, but Irick once again knocked one in with two minutes left in the game to tie the game up. Avery Hamilton assisted on both goals.
The Lady Phoenix are at home to host LFO on Tuesday for a region contest. They will visit Adairsville on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Sonoraville 7, Chattooga 2
The Phoenix broke open a close game with four runs in the sixth inning on Thursday at home to lead the way to a non-region victory.
Sonoraville (3-2) jumped ahead with two runs in the first inning before Chattooga rallied to tie things up in the second. The Phoenix then added a run in the third before putting the game out of reach with the four-run sixth.
Leading the way offensively in the contest for Sonoraville was Grant Hegwood with two hits, including a double, two RBIs and a run scored. Wyatt Castoe added a hit, an RBI and a stolen base, Tyler Lyles had a hit and an RBI and Chase Kirby also drove in a run. Matthew Vincent and Avery Hopper also contributed a hit and a run scored apiece.
Collin Bridges earned the win by pitching four innings of relief as he allowed no runs on three hits and struck out three. Lyles started the game and went three innings, giving up two runs on three hits while striking out two.
Sonoraville opens up the region schedule on Tuesday when they visit Murray County. They will host rival Calhoun on Thursday at 5:55 p.m. in another 6-AAA contest.
Sonoraville 6, Cass 5
Sonoraville got a clutch hit in extra innings to secure a non-region home win on Friday.
Matthew Vincent came through for the Phoenix (4-2) with a walk-off double in the ninth to send his team to a victory. Vincent had two hits and an RBI in the game.
Chase Kirby added two hits, two run scored and a stolen base for the Phoenix, and Tyler Lyles had a double and two RBIs. Avery Hopper also had a hit and an RBI, and Storm Carnes also had a hit and scored a run.
Trent Walker earned the win for Sonoraville by pitching three innings of shutout relief and giving up one hit while striking out two. Hopper started the game and went four innings. He allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits while striking out six. Gage Soulios provided two innings of relief and gave up a run on two hits while striking out two.
Rockmart 13, Gordon Central 1
The Warriors fell behind big early on in their Region 7-AA road matchup on Friday and could never recover in the loss.
Gordon Central (3-4, 0-2 in 7-AA) allowed 13 runs over the first four innings before scoring one in the fifth as the game ended early due to the mercy rule. Bryson Fowler had two hits, and Ryan Norman added a hit and an RBI for the Warriors. Justin Brooks also had a hit.
The Warriors are back at home on Tuesday to host Pepperell in another region game. They host Coosa on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Woodland 8, Sonoraville 6
The Phoenix staged a late rally but it wasn’t enough in a non-region loss on the road on Saturday.
Sonoraville (4-3) fell behind 8-0 after five innings but got the offense going in the final two frames, scoring one in the sixth and five in the seventh. Chase Kirby led the offense with three hits, including two doubles, two stolen bases and a run scored. Tyler Lyles added a solo homer, and Grant Hegwood had a hit and an RBI.
Wyatt Castoe started the game on the mound and went 3 1-3, giving up four runs (one earned) on five hits while striking out three. Collin Bridges pitched 1 2-3 innings of relief as he gave up four runs (one earned) on four hits, and Lyles provided an inning of scoreless relief and struck out one.
Gordon Central girls, boys sweep home meet
The Gordon Central track team hosted Southeast Whitfield and Dade County for a home tri-meet on Thursday and came away with the top team finish in both the girls and boys standings.
The Gordon Central boys finished with 131 points to dominate Dade County (26) and Southeast Whitfield (8). They took first in all but two events and were led by Morgan Swaim who won the triple jump (39-11), 400 meter dash (53.31) and 800 meter (2:22.84). Luke Beavers won two events, including the high jump (5-04) and the 110 meter hurdles (17.07), and Corey Dixon also won two events, including the long jump (17-06.50) and 200 meter dash (24.38). Also taking first for the Warriors was Fredy Berganza in the shot put (36-07), William Shields in the discus (101-00), Nelson Rodriguez in the 3200 meter (12:16.13), Cameron Padgett in the 100 meter dash (11.49), Logan Swaim in the pole vault (9-06), the 4x100 meter relay ‘A’ team (45.53) and the 4x400 meter relay team (4:07.02). They had 21 other top-3 finishes.
The Lady Warriors took first as a team with 108 points ahead Southeast Whitfield (16) and Dade County (14). They were led by Hannah Hall who won the long jump (15-01), 100 meter dash (13.75) and 100 meter hurdles (20.94). Kailyn Thomas won the shot put (30-07) and discus (86-00.50), and MeKayla Ramos took first in both the high jump (4-00) and 300 meter hurdles (59.50). Also earning first-place finishes were Ruby Deras in the 400 meter dash (1:11.82), Taylor Evans in the 800 meter (3:16.33), Lily Glass in the pole vault (6-00), the 4x100 meter relay ‘A’ team (58.62) and the 4x400 meter relay ‘A’ team (4:07.02). They had 16 other top-three finishes.
Gordon Central is at Calhoun on Tuesday for a meet. They will host the Mohawk-Warrior Invitational on Saturday starting at 9:30 a.m. with a large field coming to Ratner Stadium.
Calhoun, Sonoraville compete at Granger Invitational
The Calhoun and Sonoraville girls and boys teams all competed in the Granger Invitational Tournament over the weekend in LaGrange with the Lady Jackets earning the top team finish by placing third.
The Calhoun girls finished third in the first division of the tournament. They defeated Hillgrove on Friday, fell to Columbus in a tight match on Saturday and then bounced back to defeat North Cobb.
The Calhoun boys went 1-2 in the tournament.
The Sonoraville boys had a 2-1 trip with a loss to North Atlanta and wins over North Cobb and Appalachee. The Lady Phoenix went 1-2 in the tournament with a win over North Cobb and losses to South Paulding and Greenbriar.
Both Calhoun and Sonoraville have matches on Monday and Tuesday. Calhoun visits Murray County on Thursday at 4 p.m., and Sonoraville hosts Bremen on Thursday at 4 p.m.
Calhoun girls, boys open season at Gwinnett Open
The Calhoun girls and boys teams each traveled to Chateau Elan to compete in the Gwinnett Open to kick off the season.
The Calhoun boys finished eighth out of 18 teams. Using the Stableford Scoring System, the Jackets were led by Hayden Hayes with 27 points. Avery Dodd (26), Andrew Barber (20), Taylor Gresham (16) and Alex Repp (16) rounded out the scores.
The Lady Jackets didn’t complete a team score as they had just two golfers, but they were led by Katie Kauffman with 26. Kylee Thornton added 13.
The Calhoun girls are at Fields Ferry on Tuesday to take on Sonoraville. The Calhoun boys will host Cartersville at Fields Ferry on Thursday, and the Calhoun girls will play in the Lady Catamount Invitational on Saturday at Dalton Country Club.
Sonoraville, Calhoun boys play in LaFayette Invitational
The Sonoraville boys and part of the Calhoun boys teams started their season on Saturday by playing in the LaFayette Invitational.
The Phoenix were led by Ryan Redd who shot an 86, Destin Summers who carded a 90 and Paxton Jarrett who had a 91. Also recording scores for Sonoraville were Blake Rouzee (95), Lane Worley (95), Tucker Murray (100) and Cody Grantham (110).
Calhoun had three players compete in the tournament with Drew Eickman shooting a 93, Will Holden with a 94 and Porter Law with a 100.
Sonoraville visits Cartersville on Monday at the Cartersville Country Club and hosts Cedartown, Pickens and Calhoun on Tuesday at Fields Ferry.