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THURSDAY'S LOCAL ROUNDUP: Rome boys edge Kell in tennis

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The Rome High boys’ tennis team fought hard on the courts Thursday afternoon and managed to pull out a 3-2 win over Region 7-5A foe Kell at the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College.

Caleb McCurry was down 1-5 in his opening set at No. 3 singles before winning 11 games in a row on the way to a 7-6, 6-0 win.

Mark Spates and Jarrett Swanson gave the Wolves another close match as the No. 2 doubles team won 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Rome’s No. 1 doubles team of John Cromer and William Hucks took their match 6-3, 6-4 to complete the victory.

The Wolves, who are now 3-1 in region play this season, will host East Paulding at the Rome Tennis Center on Tuesday.

In other action:

Model boys 7, Dade County 1

A second half goal was all that kept the Model boys’ soccer team from posting a shutout against Dade County in a Region 7-AA match Thursday in Shannon.

The Blue Devils maintained their spotless record with an all-around effort on both the offense and defense, holding a 5-0 lead at halftime.

Tee Jarrard led the way with two goals for Model, while Jason Ortega recorded a goal and two assists. Greyson Padgett had a goal and an assist, while Matthew Syverson, McKinley Vaughn and Alex Lopez each scored a goal.

Shane O’Neill finished with two assists in the match for Model, while Alex Nelson recorded an assist. David Clark and Matthews Spears kept the Blue Devil goal safe with two saves each.

Model (5-0, 3-0 7-AA) will host Coosa tonight at 7 p.m. in another region showdown.


Berry men 13, Carthage 12

The Berry College men’s lacrosse team handed visiting Carthage College their first loss of the year on Thursday, winning a back-and-forth battle 13-12.

The Vikings (5-2) picked up the win courtesy of a Jason Wilhelm goal with less than two minutes to play. After trailing 4-3 after the first quarter, Berry outscored Carthage 4-1 in the second quarter to take a 7-5 advantage at the half.

The Red Men were able to fire four shots late in the game, but the final one was snagged by Kevin Murphy with just three seconds remaining to secure the win.