Named All-Area Players For Second Straight Year
The MainStreet Newspapers basketball area
had its fair share of success in 2000. Three of the five schools
sent teams to the state tournament. One squad posted the best
record in 20 years for their school.
And while all the games are over, several players made an impact
that lingers. Last year, MainStreet Newspapers selected two underclassmen
as the players of the year. A season later, the pair have only
Commerce's Michael Collins and Madison County's Tawana Moon each
were selected as the top players in the area again for 2000.
Jefferson and Jackson County Comprehensive High School each advanced
to the second round of the state playoffs this year.
The Lady Panthers made their second straight trip under first-year
Jefferson's girls' team finished the year as runners-up in Region
8-A South for coach Kevin Jacobs. The team claimed the third
seed for state at the region tournament before downing Social
Circle in the first round.
For the success of the two teams, Jacobs and Annette Watts were
selected as the girls' coaches of the year.
Banks County's boys beat regular season Region 8-A North champion
Rabun County in the subregion tournament to earn the only state
berth for a boys' team in the area. The Leopards lost their final
three postseason games by a combined nine points.
Leopard coach Mike Ruth was selected as the boys' coach of the
GIVE IT TO MIKEY
At the pace he is setting, Collins might want to think about
getting his first name changed to "All-State Performer."
After claiming his second straight honors in football for the
1999 season, Collins collected all-state honors again in basketball
this year. He was Second Team All-State last year as a sophomore.
As a junior, he was named All-State again.
But getting better was a theme for Collins. After playing last
spring and summer with the Tennessee Travelers in AAU tournaments
around the country, Collins came back to Commerce with new-found
confidence that showed itself on the court.
Collins improved his numbers in scoring, rebounding, assists
from 1999. He averaged 16.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists
per game a year ago. This year he raised each of the averages
to 21.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game. This
year, he was also the team leader in steals with 65.
He turned in the first triple-double in Tiger history this season.
He finished the year with 15 double-doubles. Collins surpassed
the 1,000-point mark, finishing the year in fourth place in school
history with 1,148 points. His 445 points in 1999-2000 were good
enough for sixth place in school history for one season.
TWICE IN A BLUE MOON
A two-sport star who averaged 17.9 points per game, Moon helped
lead her Class AAA team to an 18-5 record, the Lady Raiders'
best season under coach Tim Cook, who became coach in 1994.
Cook praised Moon's dedication to the game, saying that she has
a lot of God-given talent, but she's never taken her skills for
"I've always been impressed with her work ethic," said
Cook. "Even though she's usually the best athlete out there,
she always worked as hard as anybody in the weight room and on
the court. She's the kind of player that if you watched her at
practice, you'd think she was working so hard just to make the
team....She's not the kind you can replace."
As a senior, Moon shot 45.1 percent from the field and 66.9 percent
from the free throw line. She had 143 rebounds, including 80
offensive boards, averaging 6.2 rebounds per game. Moon, an all-state
selection in softball, led the team with 66 steals. She was third
on the team with 50 assists.
Collins leads the way for the all-area boys' team. Joining him
is teammate Daniel Carder, who was one of the top scorers in
the area this season.
Rodrick Gresham turned in another solid year for the Panthers
of Jackson County Comprehensive High School. Teammate B.J. Wilmont
also makes the team.
Jefferson's Buzz Wehunt and Daniel Goza will each return for
the Dragons next season. The pair were both named to the all-area
Banks County's Blakley Crumley and Victor Bonds were high scorers
and rebounders as the Leopards advanced to the state playoffs.
Madison County's Chris Lattimore and Chad Gillespie provided
leadership for the Red Raiders this year, while making the all-area
On the girls side, Moon is joined by teammate Brittney Escoe
on the all-star squad.
Jackson County reached the second round of the state playoffs
thanks in large part to Monic Stewart and Abrielle Varnum. Jefferson's
Lady Dragons also moved into the second round of state before
Lee DuBose, Annie Goza and Staci Childress were part of the reason
Banks County's Bree Whit-lock played her senior season for the
Lady Leopards this year, but not before collecting her 1,000th
Commerce, Jefferson To Remain In Class A
BY DREW BRANTLEY
Somewhere between spring cleaning and wholesale liquidation,
the Georgia High School Association faces a major restructuring
effort after a negotiation with lawmakers last Friday.
The GHSA will add a fifth classification and change the way it
counts enrollment for private schools. Private schools will have
their student counts multiplied by 1.5 for reclassification.
The moves will take place for the upcoming school year, voiding
contracts already signed for the 2000 football season.
Schools will have until March 24 to inform the GHSA of their
desire to move to a higher classification. The new reclassification
will be officially adopted at the GHSA's executive committee
meeting April 17-18. The reclassification committee is working
on proposed region alignments now, according to Commerce athletic
director Steve Savage.
Speaker of the House Tom Murphy proposed and got a bill passed
through the state house that addressed inequities he and other
lawmakers saw between athletic competition involving public and
The GHSA met last Wednesday to come up with their own plan to
meet the lawmakers wishes. The GHSA met with Murphy and other
lawmakers last Friday where the new system was introduced.
The new system will make significant changes for several area
schools. Commerce and Jefferson remain in Class A using the new
The GHSA met last Wednesday to come up with a plan that would
avert the further action on the bill passed by the house.
A majority of the GHSA's executive committee voted on a proposal
that would have weighted private school students at a rate of
1.35. The proposal would have also put a cap on Class A enrollments
Other plans considered by the committee last Wednesday included
weighting private schools at 1.35 and a move to five classifications;
creating five classes with a separate private league; four classes
and a private league; and making all private schools play one
class above their numbers.
Region alignments may be different than those most recently in
effect. The teams from the old Region 8-A still in Class A include:
Buford, Providence, Wesleyan, Rabun Gap, Towns County, Brenau
Academy, Tallulah Falls, Lakeview and Woody Gap.
Former Region 8-A members Banks County, Riverside Military Academy,
Greater Atlanta Christian, Union County, Dawson County and Rabun
County will all move up to Class AA.
Old Region 8-AAA teams Madison County and Jackson County will
remain in the new Class AAA. Madison County barely made the cutoff
as the largest team in AAA.
Other former Region 8-AAA teams that remained in Class AAA include:
Stephens County and Winder-Barrow. Final region alignment will
be made after the executive committe approves the reclassification
in mid April.
CLASS A FOOTBALL?
Only 49 new Class A teams played football in 1999. Using the
old region alignments, 27 football teams are in the south and
22 are in the north. Keeping the old region alignments would
mean that regions 5, 6 and 8 would all have six or fewer teams
that play football.
Region 7-A would have seven teams, including private school Athens
Christian School, which joins the GHSA next fall.
Under the current rules, all but 17 of the Class A teams that
compete in football would make the postseason.
Three of last year's semifinalists in football will stay be back
again this year. Commerce, Lincoln County and Miller County are
all in Class A. State champion Charlton County moves up.
Class A 2000 wrestling champion Lovett will be in Class AAA.
Lovett and Greater Atlanta Christian were also the finalists
in the 1999 Class A baseball tournament.
This year's basketball semifinalists will be spread pretty thin.
All the boys' teams in the final four and two of the girls' squads
will be in Class AA.
Boys' 2000 finalists Wilkinson County and East Laurens will both
be in Class AA, even though East Laurens was going up under the
The other two boys' semifinalists Holy Innocent's and Callaway
will be up as well.
Towns County and Savannah Country Day and their girls' basketball
teams will remain in Class A.
From the 1998-99 school year, the state champions in football,
boys' and girls' basketball, baseball, boys' and girls' cross
country, boys' and girls' golf, slow-pitch softball, girls' tennis,
wrestling and literary will move out of Class A.
GAC Comes To Commerce For Subregion Game
After two losses to area rivals, the road
for the Commerce baseball team will not get easier.
Following a 13-6 loss to Banks County Friday and a 6-1 loss to
Jefferson Monday night, Commerce will host the 1999 Region 8-A
champion and Class A runner-up in Greater Atlanta Christian.
The Tigers are scheduled to play Region 8-A foe Providence Wednesday.
Commerce will mix in a pair of non-region games with Athens Academy
in the next 10 days.
But 11 of the Tigers' 14 remaining games will be against subregion
Sophomore Dragon pitcher Kyle Potts scattered six singles over
seven innings in Jefferson's 6-1 win over Commerce Monday.
The game was the first subregion contest for both teams.
In Monday's win, Potts needed 93 pitches to retire the Tigers,
registering nine strikeouts along the way.
Down 13-3 in the seventh, Commerce rallied to make the final
score 13-6 against Banks County Friday night in Homer.
Commerce is scheduled ot host Banks County March 28.
After posting a 6-1 record in the "preseason"
games, Banks County's team is set to begin play in Region 8-A
The Leopards were scheduled to travel to Dawson County to open
the subregion schedule Wednesday.
The team is set to play at Lakeview Academy on Friday.
A doubleheader Saturday at Athens Academy and a game March 28
at Commerce are the only non-Region 8-A North games on the schedule.
Banks County jumped on Commerce early and came away with a 13-6
"The was a very big win for us," coach Michael Williams
said. "That was the first time we beaten them at the varsity
level since I've been here."
Senior pitcher Justin Smith closed out the win for starter Joseph
"It felt great," Smith said. "It's one of the
best feelings I've ever had. This my senior year. I couldn't
have asked for anything better."
Smith and Joe Krause each added home runs to help the effort.
Ross Oliver and Whitlock each had doubles at the plate.
The Leopards downed Oglethorpe County Tuesday 12-2 in a game
shortened due to the run rule.
Joseph Whitlock had two hits with one double. Oliver added two
hits. Casey Murray got the win.
The next home game for the Leopards will be March 20 against
Team honors William
The Banks County baseball program honored
William Stevens Monday afternoon in a ceremony between the junior
varsity and the varsity games with Oglethorpe County.
Stevens' framed jersey was presented to William's parents.
"When you saw William you always saw a smile," Banks
County coach Michael Williams said.
Stevens' mother accepted the jersey and asked that it be displayed
at the school.
"We've got plenty of things at home to remember him,"
Lisa Stevens said. "I would like to ask you to put it up
at the school. When you walk by it, think about him and smile."
The event had originally been schedule for Saturday, but was
Banks County downs Franklin County
Banks County will play two matches next
week. The team will travel to Apple Mountain to take on Habersham
Central before hosting Elbert County, Jackson County and Oglethorpe
County on Tuesday.
The team beat Franklin County Monday afternoon 159-166.
Jason Sparks, Brandon Brown and Brandon Crumley each shot a 38
for the Leopards. Drew Sparks added a 45.
The team lost a tri-match Tuesday, shooting a 177. Habersham
Central won with a team score of 170. Athens Academy was second
with a 171.
Dragons whip Commerce,
BY TIM THOMAS
Sophomore pitcher Kyle Potts scattered six singles over seven
innings in Jefferson's 6-1 win over Commerce Monday. The game
was the first subregion contest for both teams.
Four consecutive subregion games lie ahead on the Dragon slate.
Jefferson was scheduled to host Wesleyan Wednesday. The Dragons
travel to Providence Friday, and host Buford Monday and Riverside
In Monday's win, Potts needed 93 pitches to retire the Tigers,
registering nine strikeouts along the way.
"Kyle was definitely the man on the hill," said head
coach Chuck Cook. "The best part was that he gave up no
free passes [walks]." In addition to his svelte 0.97 earned
run average, Potts is swinging a hot bat. Though he went 2-for-4
against Commerce, Potts' batting average dipped, to just below
.600. Jefferson is batting .351 as a team.
Ryan Gurley and Jeremy Love also ripped starter Daniel Carder
Monday. Gurley was 3-for-4, with a home run, a double, two RBIs
and two runs. Love had only one hit in three at-bats, but made
it count, as his two-run homer in the first inning got Jefferson
off on the right foot. Clint Bryson was 2-for-4 in the game.
"We left eight men on base," Cook said. "That's
one thing we need to work on, but to win 6-1 over Commerce in
our first subregion game, I'll take it."
Rabun County rolled out of Jefferson last Wednesday, having exacted
revenge for an earlier Dragon victory in Clayton. The Wildcats
roughed up Jefferson for 18 runs, jumping out to an early 8-4
lead that Dragon hitters couldn't quite catch up with. Six Jefferson
errors helped the Wilcat cause.
Jefferson drew to within one twice, at 9-8 and 14-13, but Rabun
went up 18-13 in the seventh. Jefferson scored one and loaded
the bases with one out in the bottom half, but a strikeout and
fly out stranded all three runners and closed the Wildcat win
Bryson went 2-for-4, with a home run and three RBIs. Josh Nabors
was 1-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs, Potts 3-for-4, Gurley
2-for-4 with four runs scored, and Drew Couch 2-for-5.
teams start well
BY TIM THOMAS
Banks County and Providence were scheduled to visit Jefferson
today, to take on the Dragons' varsity track teams. The next
meet for Jefferson will be next Wednesday, at home against North
Hall and Athens Academy at 4:30 p.m.
Both Jefferson teams got off to a good start Saturday, in the
Greater Atlanta Christian Invitational. Field events were completed
Saturday, but many track events were postponed until Monday due
to inclement weather.
Heather Green set a new school record while winning the high
jump competition Saturday, clearing five feet, three inches.
The feat topped Green's previous personal best by three inches.
Teammate Audrey Johnson took fourth, with a mark of 4'10".
Coach Sandi Flint's girls finished fourth among the 11 teams
participating, behind Landmark, Callaway and Providence.
Annie Goza had the third-longest discus throw, at 94 feet, two
inches. Julie Cole was seventh, at 84'4". Megan Lindsey
crossed the line third in the 3200 meters, with a time of 15:01.
Brandi Lamb came in sixth.
Lindsey also took sixth in the triple jump, behind Vanessa Greenwood's
fourth-place jump of 29'9". Stacey Anderson had the fourth-best
long jump, a new personal best at 15'2".
The Lady Dragons' two relay teams also performed well. Green,
Lindsey, Anderson and Johnson teamed for a fourth-best time of
4:40.28 in the 1600-meter relay. Jefferson's second team wasn't
far behind, at 4:51.96. That team is composed of Phydan Garner,
Michelle Boring, Emily Thompkins and Sarah Nail.
James Pinion's boys tied for third with Buford in the meet, at
73 points. Providence literally ran away from the field, scoring
103.75 points, and Callaway finished second at 87.75.
Jefferson's boys set five personal best marks Saturday. Roderick
Young scored a new personal best with a first-place long jump
of 20 feet, eight inches. Steve Green earned two new personal
records, taking second in the triple jump at 40 feet, 11 inches,
and fourth in the pole vault at 10'6". Green and Young finished
second and third in the high jump, both clearing the 5'10"
Blake Gooch took third with a personal-best pole vault of 10'6",
and Jason Martin's personal-best 121'6" discus throw was
good for fourth place.
Jacob Cole won the 400-meter event, with a time of 52:82. Cole
also ran to a fourth-place finish in the 200 meters. Chris Gooch
took fifth in the 300 meter intermediate hurdles, and Kevin Kelly
was sixth in the 3200-meters.
Jefferson's relay teams fared well, earning one third-place finish
and one fifth. The 1600-meter relay team of C. Gooch, Young,
David Boring and Cole took third with a time of 3:36.30. The
same quartet ran to the fifth-place spot in the 400-meter relay.
Jackson County lays
first pawprints on track
BY TIM THOMAS
Habersham Central will host the Northeast Georgia Invitational
track meet Saturday at 9 a.m. Track teams from Jackson County
will participate in the meet, after what coach Steve Collins
termed "a real good start" last week in their season
"I was very pleased with the effort," Collins said.
"It was a real pleasant surprise."
Five Panthers earned first-place finishes in seven events during
last week's meet against Central Gwinnett and North Hall. Melissa
Lerette and Carly Parr led the Lady Panthers to a close third-place
finish, just two points behind North Hall. Lerette took top honors
in the shot put and discus, and Parr won the 1600-meter run.
Finishing second were: Carrie Hammond, shot put; Crystal Yonce,
high jump; Anita Geter, 100-meter dash; Karla Rainwater, 100-meter
high hurdles; and Parr, 3200-meter run. Brandy Logan (high jump),
Lacey Phillips (200 meters), Sara Freedland (3200 meters) and
Nikki DuBose (300-meter high hurdles) each finished third. Logan
earned fourth in the triple-jump, Freedland fourth in the 1600
meters, and Emily Edwards fourth in the 100.
"The folks who've been with us a while contributed well,"
said Collins. Freshmen Lerette and Yonce surprised Collins with
their performances, as did all his younger team members.
Tim Birdette led the boys' charge, winning the long jump and
400-meters. The Panther boys finished a solid second place, 10
points behind North Hall. Chuck Kubiak won the shot put and finished
second with the discus, and Tony Dalton took the pole vault crown
and came in third in the 300-meter hurdles. Birdette was one
member of the 1600-meter relay team that took second place. Others
on that team were Adam Hughes, Frank Clark and Terriss Hale.
B.J. Wilmont took second in both the long jump and high jump,
Kelly Parr in the 1600- and 3200-meter races, and Justin Lott
in the 110-meter hurdles. Kip Puckett was third with the shot,
Casey Berryman third in discus, Hughes in the triple jump and
John Hardy in the 110 hurdles.
Chris McGary (shot), Puckett (discus), Brandon Shields (100 meters),
Anthony White (110 hurdles) and Lott (300 hurdles) each took
"It was a real good start for us," Collins beamed.
"We've got about three or four kids [starting] as good or
better than they finished last year. The things that we're not
better on, we're pretty close. If we make progress like I anticipate,
we're going to be pretty good."
in the rough
BY TIM THOMAS
When his team started its current run of eight consecutive subregion
games, Panther baseball coach Rusty Hendricks knew it wouldn't
be a cake walk. With Jackson County losing the first two games
of the stretch, the disappointed Hendricks was still upbeat.
"It's a long season," Hendricks said. "The way
the region's laid out, if we can rock-and-roll Friday and Monday,
we'll be right back in the hunt. North Hall and West Hall have
losses in the subregion already, so if we win, we're sitting
even with them."
The Panthers were scheduled to face Madison County - the state's
seventh-ranked team - Wednesday. Jackson County will be at West
Hall Friday, and will host North Hall Monday. A trip to Dacula
next Wednesday will follow.
Stephens County handed the Panthers a 10-2 subregion loss Monday.
The first two Jackson County hitters - Michael Savadge and Blake
Wilson - came around to score, but the bats were relatively silent
from that point on. Tim Whisnant came on in relief of Savadge
in the seventh inning, giving up one walk and no hits. Savadge
gave up only six hits over six innings in taking the loss.
"They got up 4-2, and we were rolling with two men on twice
with only one out, and got doubled off the bases," Hendricks
said. "They turned four double plays on us, and doubled
two more guys on fly balls. Then we had the proverbial inning
where we kicked the ball around in the field. We played good
defense the first half of the game, but not the second half.
It was a frustrating game."
Michael Hill allowed only two hits and one walk against Habersham
Central Friday, but the Raiders still eked out a 1-0 win.
"Michael gave up only one run," said Hendricks, "and
it was unearned." Habersham took advantage of a Panther
error in the first inning to get a runner on and move him to
third. After another batter walked, he was caught in a run-down
between first and second base. The runner from third scored during
Jackson County loaded the bases with one out in their half of
the first inning, before Drew Beatty hit a rocket that literally
took the Raider pitcher off the mound. Unfortunately for the
Panthers, he managed to hold the ball for the out, and throw
to third from his back to get the double play. Jackson County
reached base only twice after the first inning.
Poor defense led to a loss earlier last week at Winder-Barrow.
The Bulldoggs scored five runs in the first two innings, and
added five unearned runs against reliever Trey McConnell to grab
a 10-6 win. At the plate, Jackson County managed only five hits,
led by Sam Veal's 2-for-3 performance. Veal had a single and
a double, and drove in two runs. Whisnant was 1-for-3, scored
twice, and drove in one. Hill also hit once in three tries, driving
in one and scoring one.
Madison County improves
to 9-3 on season
BY BEN MUNRO
Raider pitcher Dustin Dinsmore made easy work of the North Hall
Trojan lineup Tuesday night in Danielsville as the sophomore
hurler held the visiting squad off the scoreboard in a complete
game, 4-0 shutout.
Dinsmore, who kept the Trojans squad hitless during the first
four innings of the contest, silenced the North Hall bats in
his stellar outing, going seven innings, surrendering only four
hits, walking one while striking out eight batters.
Offensively, the Raiders picked up their first two runs in the
third inning as Jeremie Strickland slammed a double to left field
to drive in Colt Rice. Chad Gillespie followed two batters later
with another double, bringing Strickland in and giving Madison
County a 2-0 edge.
The Raiders then added their final two runs of the contest in
the fourth inning. Nick Mattox scored Madison County's third
run of the evening as he tagged from third off a sacrifice fly
from Rice. Bo Williamson then ripped a two-out double a batter
later to drive home Chad Youngblood, who doubled earlier in the
inning, giving the Raiders the four-run lead.
MADISON CO. 12 HAB. CENTRAL 3
The Red Raider bats heated up on a frigid night against Habersham
Central in Mt. Airy Monday as Madison County struck for four
runs in the sixth inning and four more in the seventh to turn
a close ball game into a 12-3 romp.
Leading 4-3 after five innings of play, the Red Raiders broke
the game open during the sixth inning. With Nick Mattox on second
base, Colt Rice drove home the first run of the inning as he
looped a single to left center field to score N. Mattox, putting
Madison County up 5-3. Then an error in the outfield led to two
more runs as a misplayed Strickland fly ball to center field
allowed both Chad Youngblood and Rice to score, putting Madison
County up by four. Andy Coile then supplied the Red Raiders'
next run, ripping a single to center field to drive home Williamson,
increasing the squad's advantage to 8-3.
Madison County continued their assault in the final inning, grabbing
a nine-run lead during the seventh. Gillespie picked up the Red
Raiders' ninth run of the contest, grounding a single to center
field and then later scoring from second on a throwing error
at first base. Then, with runners at second and third, Jamaris
Mattox, who homered earlier in the contest, drove home two more
runs as he smashed a double to right center field, bringing home
both Daniel Smith and N. Mattox, pushing the lead out to 11-3.
J. Mattox would later score from third on a fielder's choice
to give Madison County their final run of the game.
The Red Raiders took an early lead, scoring a run in the first
inning with a single from Coile that drove in Williamson from
However, Habersham Central answered in the bottom half of the
first as Ben Huff drilled a two-run homer to the deepest part
of the ball park to put his squad up 2-1.
The lead was short lived as J. Mattox answered Huff's blast in
the next inning with a solo shot to the exact same spot to tie
the game up at two. Madison County then grabbed a lead again
as an error in left field allowed Youngblood to score from second,
giving the Red Raiders a 3-2 edge.
Madison County got an insurance run during the next inning as
J. Mattox came through again, singling home Gillespie from third
to put the Red Raiders up 4-2.
Habersham then narrowed the gap in the bottom half of the inning,
getting an RBI single with two outs for their third run of the
After giving up three runs during his first three innings of
work - two of which were earned, Red Raider senior Scott Tolbert
settled down and shut the Habersham bats down during the final
three innings of his outing, allowing no runs and no hits during
that stretch to pick up his third win of the year. On the night,
Tolbert worked six innings, surrendered five hits and walked
two batters while fanning 11.
Madison Co. tennis
teams top Hab. Central
BY ZACH MITCHAM
Both Madison County tennis teams swept Habersham Central on the
road Tuesday night 5-0.
The 6-0 girls' squad also defeated Dacula 3-2 Thursday, while
the boys, 5-1, fell 3-2 to the Falcons.
Madison County coach Cliff Craig, who picked up his 100th win
against 39 losses in seven years as a tennis coach Thursday,
said his teams are now focused on repeating as sub-region champs.
The squads will host West Hall Monday in a sub-region match.
"We're getting into the really important part of our schedule,"
The teams are also scheduled to take part in a Gainesville tournament
Thursday through Saturday.
In boys' singles action against Habersham, number one seed Chris
Clark defeated John Swick 6-0, 6-2. Kenny Powers downed Tony
Simpson 6-2, 6-3. And Brandon Myers topped Brandon Welborn 6-2,
In doubles action, Nathan Myers and Jeffrey Nichols defeated
Brandon Moore and Jacob Nefzger 7-6 (tiebreaker 7-0), 6-4. Raiders
Cole Tonge and Drew Perry beat James Carroll and Dustin Groves
On the girls' side, Renee Mathews defeated Tiffany Womack 6-1,
6-2. Rochelle Comer downed Jennifer Davis 7-6 (tiebreaker 7-3),
6-2. And Christy Thomas topped Tamara Edmonds 6-0, 6-2
In doubles play, Sara Fitzpatrick and Elizabeth Turner defeated
Erin Fisher and Chelsa Smith, 6-1, 6-2. And Sallie Fitzpatrick
and Tiffany Ledford beat Darilee Sims and Erin Derrick 6-0, 6-2
In girls' action at Dacula Thursday, Mathews lost to Ashley Burdette
7-6 (tiebreaker 7-4), 4-6, 2-6. Comer beat Amanda Blonshine 6-0,
6-1. And Thomas downed Joyce Monfort 6-2, 6-1.
Turner and Sara Fitzpatrick defeated Kristen Pierce and Melissa
Morris 6-3, 6-1. And Ledford and Sallie Fitzpatrick lost to Meredith
Warren and Lauren Spotts 4-6, 4-6.
On the boys' side, Clark beat Bo Saunders 6-2, 6-1. Powers lost
to Bret Lathrop 5-7, 0-6. Myers was defeated by Felix Gerster
1-6, 2-6. Tonge and Wildes lost to Jack Clark and Reid Robertson
6-4, 3-6, 3-6. And Myers and Nichols downed Adam Monfort and
Kevin Anderson 6-1, 7-6 (tiebreaker 7-4).
Madison County's Brandon Collins also won an exhibition match