Senior singles player Madison Hahn said she and the Lady Hawks don’t want to surrender anymore region games, but it’s a tall order for the No. 4 seed going into the Region VII tournament April 14.
The month of April means a second go around and potentially a shot at revenge in region play for high school baseball teams.
For Mill Creek, it will be another showdown with Mountain View April 11 after a game they lost by one point. Left fielder Austin Geist said there’s no doubt the four-time defending region champs have the rest of region VII gunning for them.
Pitcher Coleman Barbee says he doesn’t believe there’s a secret remedy the Panthers can use to win the region. Simply put, if you play the game the way it should it be played, you’ll have success.
And a little good fortune along the way never hurt.
“It will take good pitching, good hitting, good defense and a certain amount of luck. As a coach of mine told me in rec football once, ‘Defense wins games and offense sells tickets.’ If we go with that philosophy, then good pitching and good defense are the keys to winning. But we better be able to put the stick on the ball and have a little luck too,” said Barbee.
The Jackson County Comprehensive High School baseball team, 12-4(as of April 3, has thrived with having multiple people to put the ball in play. Patrick Overstreet has blasted six homers and leads the team in RBI with 25. Add Nick Corso who has become a professional thief, swiping 17 bags complete with 21 runs and Andrew Fogarty’s key wins over Oconee County and Pike County and the Panthers may have cemented themselves as one of the better teams in AAA.
The Jefferson High School gymnastics team continues to make small strides with the hopes of qualifying the squad for the state meet. Freshman Sara Rogers is one of the building blocks for a young team that has great potential but the high school newbie knows the stakes are high.
Rogers, who competes at a level six, is up against more seasoned gymnasts, some competing at a level 10.
Although she feels like it’s not a fair fight, she is putting her attention on what she can control – and that’s scoring an 8.5 or better for a trip to Westminster May 2.
“The level of difficulty is pretty high. In high school gymnastics, they don’t separate the lower and higher levels when it comes to scoring so, in my opinion, a beginner gymnast is being scored unfairly because they are being compared to more experienced gymnasts,” said Rogers. “However, I’ll have a chance to [show off my hard work] April 15 with the hopes of scoring high enough to attend the state qualifier meet.”
The highlights were few and in between Sunday afternoon at Coolray Field in the finale between the Durham Bulls and the Gwinnett Braves. Both teams stifled each other defensively at times; still it was Durham who made the most of its opportunity to score, stealing the first home opening series. The Bulls won 3-1. Continue reading Bulls clinch series win over Gwinnett