The Dawson County varsity tennis program wrapped up its regular season schedule with two matches in the last week of March, and the track and field program continued to break records in their final meet before all three teams began an extended rest period to mark the beginning of spring break.
The Lady Tigers faced off with the Cherokee Bluff Lady Bears in the final regional match of the season on March 26 needing a win to strengthen their position in the upcoming 7-AAAAA regional tournament and with a clean 5-0 sweep the Lady Tigers improved their regional record to an even 3-3 and claimed the tournament’s fourth seed.
The varsity girls went on to finish their season with a 3-2 victory over West Hall on March 27 to close out the regular season with an overall record of 9-4 as they headed into the extended rest period that ends with the start of the regional tournament on April 10 when they face-off against Fannin County.
Head Coach Stefanie Gibbs was aware of the risks that such a gap could have on the Lady Tigers but indicated that the team was prepared to handle the schedule and was looking forward to the regional competition on the home court.
“Spring break does slow down our momentum for region, but most of the girls have committed to playing or hitting over the break,” Gibbs said. “We also have some home court advantage since we are hosting region, but we have our work cut out for us.”
The Dawson County varsity boys entered their game with Cherokee Bluff in much the same position as they looked to build on the momentum gathered from a March 22 win over Pickens County.
The Bears edged out the Tigers by a final score of 3-2 and dropped Dawson County to a regional record of 1-4 and guaranteed low seed for the upcoming tournament. The team shook off the loss and ended their season on a positive note with 4-1 victory over West Hall to improve to an overall record of 7-5.
The Tigers will be back in action in round one of the 7-AAAAA Tournament on April 10.
Track and Field
In a meet that roughly marked the halfway point of the season the Dawson County track and field teams once again rewrote the record books as they took on Gilmer High School in a head-to-head meet on March 28.
Junior Noah Brock led the way for the Tigers in their sweep of but two events as he set the Long Jump record by leaping 21 feet and 2 1/4 inches surpassing the old record, set Chris Jacobs in 2005, by just under four inches.
Gilmer picked up gold in the discus and the 300-meter hurdles, but at the end of the day Dawson County continued their track and field dominance with a final score of 101-35.
The Lady Tigers faced their toughest competition of the season in the Lady Bobcats as they split the gold medals evenly at eight a piece and the meet came down to the depth of the teams in their second and third place runners up.
With a clean sweep of the podium in the pole vault, highlighted by junior Briana Ray tying her own record of 8 feet, and the 100-meter dash along with strong showing across the board in the silver and bronze medal categories the Lady Tigers emerged with the win by the narrow margin of 80-59.
The teams will be back on the track when they host a tri-meet with Johnson and Lumpkin counties on April 9.