Faulkner 100, Dalton State 97
In a battle of top-10 teams, No. 8 Faulkner University beat No. 4 Dalton State College in Montgomery, Alabama, on Thursday night, 100-97. The win locked up the No. 1 seed for Faulker in the Southern States Athletic Conference tournament March 4-7 in Montgomery. Dalton State will be the No. 2 seed. Dalton State fell to 26-3, 14-3, while Faulkner improved to 25-3, 16-1.
It was a back-and-forth game. Faulkner was staked to a three-point lead with 10 seconds left in the game as Dalton State trailed 99-96. The Roadrunners had a chance to tie the game as Rodley Adjei was shooting three free-throws after being fouled on a three-point attempt. But Adjei made only one free-throw. Dalton State fouled, and Faulker made one-of-two foul shots to extend the lead to 100-97. The Roadrunners missed a three-pointer with seconds left.
For Dalton State, senior guard Randy Bell led the team in scoring with 19 followed by Kevon Tucker (18), Dawson Womack (17 and 12 rebounds), Adjei (15) and C.J. Perry (13).
The Roadrunners close out the regular season at Middle Georgia State University (Cochran) on Saturday.
High school baseball
Dalton 6, Heritage 5
The Catamounts hung on for the 6-5 win over Heritage on Thursday night at home. Dalton scored three runs to go up 6-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, but Heritage came roaring back with four runs in the top of the seventh.
Dalton's Bryce Houghton started the game and went five innings, giving up four hits and one run while striking out six. He got the win. At the plate, Rhett Hammontree went 3-4; Kaleb Valdez was 3-4 with a RBI; Tyson Swope was 2-3 with two RBIs; Caleb Nix went 1-3 with a RBI; and Brant Bagley was 1-4 with a RBI. Dalton is 3-4.
Dalton 11, Heritage 1 (5 innings)
On Wednesday night in Ringgold, Dalton topped Heritage, 11-1, as Catamounts pitcher Brady Pendley pitched a complete game, giving up one run on two hits while striking out nine. At the plate, Tyler Neises was 1-4 with two RBIs; Nix was 1-2 with two RBIs and two runs; and Parker Eicholtz, Brock Johnson and Swope all had one hit and a RBI each.
Southeast Whitfield 9, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 5
The Raiders ran their season record to 6-0 with a 9-5 win over Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe.
For Southeast, Bryson Lofton went 2-3 with a single, a double and four RBIs; Adam Sowder was 1-3 with a single, a RBI and three runs; Brady Ensley went 1-2 with a single and two runs; and Jake Gentry was 1-4 with a single, a RBI and a run. Gentry also started the game, going 6 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on five hits and striking out five.
Colby Patterson pitched a clean final 2/3 of an inning.
High school girls soccer
Coahulla Creek 3, Ringgold 2
Coahulla Creek beat Ringgold, 3-2, in a Region 6-3A match. For the Colts, Ana Silva scored two goals and Delia Navarro had a goal.
Dalton 3, Southeast Whitfield 3 (JV)
Dalton and Southeast played to a 3-3 tie on Wednesday night. Scoring goals for Dalton were Jasmine Canchola, Brandy Paniagua and Karla Rivas. Betsy Perez had an assist and goalkeeper Eileen Torrez had six saves. Dalton came back from a 2-0 deficit in the second half.
High school boys soccer
Coahulla Creek 8, Ringgold 0
The Colts beat Ringgold, 8-0, behind a hat trick (three goals) by Saul Barcenas, who also had an assist. Also scoring for Coahulla Creek were Jaime Mendiola (two goals and an assist), Emmanuel Arredondo (one goal and an assist), Raul Hernandez (one goal) and Fabian Perez (one goal). Diego Diaz also had an assist.
Coahulla Creek is 4-1.
Ridgeland 5, Christian Heritage 2
The Lions lost to Ridgeland, 5-2. For Christian Heritage, Joe Dixon had two goals.
High school girls tennis
Christian Heritage 3, Trion 2
Christian Heritage topped Trion, 3-2. For the Lions, Callie Stanfield won 6-0, 6-0; Katie Rose Stanfield was victorious 6-0, 6-0; and Anna Jarrett won 6-0, 6-1.
Murray County 4, Northwest Whitfield 1
Murray County defeated Northwest Whitfield, 4-1.
For Murray County, No. 1 singles Ella Tankersley won 6-3, 6-2; No. 2 singles Audra Leonard won 6-3, 6-3; No. 3 singles Braelyn Tallent won 6-0, 6-1; and No. 1 doubles Ashlyn Davis and Jordan Swanson won 7-6, 6-3.
For Northwest, No. 2 doubles Abby Adams and Taylor Hall won 6-0, 6-0.
High school boys tennis
Northwest Whitfield 4, Murray County 1
Northwest Whitfield defeated Murray County, 4-1.
For Northwest, No. 2 singles Gabe Kirk won 6-3, 3-6, 6-3; No. 3 singles Will Summey won 6-3, 6-1; No. 1 doubles Brogan Ballew and Sebastian Tomsic won 6-2, 7-6; and No. 2 doubles Matthew Harris and Billy Robison won 6-0, 6-3.
For Murray County, No. 1 Tucker Dailey won 6-3, 6-3.
Trion 4, Christian Heritage 1
Christian Heritage fell to Trion, 4-1. For the Lions, Zac Raughton split sets 6-1, 4-6, and won in a tiebreak, 10-7.