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Spring sports in full swing as sun finally shines
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Braedon Hubbard beats the tag as he steals third base in a game against the Mt. Bethel Eagles Feb. 27. - photo by Bob Christian

Spring Schedule Mar. 6 – Mar. 12

Mar. 6               Baseball vs. N. Hall                    5:55 p.m.

 

Mar. 7               Tennis vs. E. Hall                      4:00 p.m.

                        Track and Field (Home)             4:00 p.m.

 

Mar. 8               Baseball @ N. Hall                    5:55 p.m.

                        Soccer @ Lumpkin                    5:30 p.m.

Mar. 11             Baseball vs. Cherokee Bluff        5:55 p.m.

Mar. 12             Tennis vs Fannin Co.                4:00 p.m.

                        Track and Field (Home)             4:00 p.m.

                        Golf @ Old Union                   TBD

The Dawson County High School spring sports programs were finally able to play a full schedule of games last week as the rain held off until the end of the week.

Under partly cloudy conditions, the baseball team hosted a two-game stand with the Mt. Bethel Eagles, the tennis team took to the courts against a pair of opponents and the track and field team set the standard with a record-setting performance.

Track and field

After weather severely interrupted their weekly practice schedule, the track and field team opened the 2019 season by setting multiple school records at the sixth annual Eagle Invitational at East Jackson High School on March 2.

“The weather forced us to practice inside for most of the week,” Head Coach Arron Haynes said. “And, while there is stuff for us to do inside, not a lot of it translates to what we do on the field.”

Despite his concerns, the teams took to the field in competition with nine schools from across the north Georgia region and put forth an outstanding effort through the day’s 16 events. The boys finished second overall and the girls went on to a sixth-place finish, while the teams combined for five school records on the day.

Senior Noah Brock led the way for the Tigers as he won the long jump competition with a school record 21’ 1.5” and followed that with a third-place finish in the 100 meter dash.

Brock etched his name in the record book for a second time as a member of the 4x200m relay team when he, along with fellow seniors Cooper Freeman and Ethan Cameron and junior Shawn Thomas, finished second in the event with a record-setting pace of 1:35.31.

Junior Collin Kilgore picked up two gold medals on the day with his win in the 800m event and as a member of the distance medley relay team, along with seniors Cody Wood and Will Mulberry and fellow junior Ben McGinnis, in their record-setting victory.

Relay teams proved to be the strength of the Lady Tigers as the 4x200m team made up of sophomore Micaela McClendon, senior Carol Drake and juniors Avery Young and Kaitlyn Bennett snagged a bronze medal with their DCHS record time of 1:55.38. The girls’ distance medley relay team, comprised of juniors Jenna LeCours, Avery Young and Evion Reinhardt along with senior Frankie Muldoon, brought home yet another record and a gold medal with their time of 13:46.06.

The DCHS track and field team hosted their first home meet of the season as they faced off against West Hall and Fannin County on March 5. Results were unavailable as of press time.

Tennis

The Dawson County tennis teams opened the week with matches against Johnson High School Feb. 25, which were moved from earlier in the season due to weather.

The Lady Tigers took to the court without missing a beat and made quick work of the Lady Knights as they swept through all 10 sets of the match to win the day by a final score of 5-0.

The boys’ team saw stiffer competition as they opened the day with losses in the first two singles matches and found themselves on the wrong side of the scoreboard until sophomore Devin Garlock hung on for a 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 victory to swing momentum in favor of the Tigers.

A pair of hard-fought doubles victories from junior Bailey Jennings and sophomore Brendan Swafford (7-6, 6-1) and seniors Will Clark and Christian Nygaard (3-6, 6-3, 6-4) rounded out the day for Dawson County and the Tigers pulled out the victory by a narrow 3-2 margin.

Both teams were back in action less than 24 hours later as the White County Warriors came for a visit on Feb. 26.

Once again, the Lady Tigers took to the court in top form as they quickly built a 2-1 lead on the strength of solid singles tennis from freshman Kathryn Menoche, who put down her opponent in straight sets, and senior Abbey Haymond, who held off a furious challenge to win her match 2-1.

A straight set doubles win by senior Tyler Perry and junior Samantha Hafermalz sealed the Dawson County victory and the 6-4, 6-4 triumph by juniors Ashlynn Anglin and Kaylee Hamilton put the finishing touches on the 4-1 final score.

The Tigers found similar success against the Warriors, losing only the opening set of the opening match, as they went on to post a 5-0 victory in the contest.

Rain canceled the trip to West Hall and both teams moved to an overall record of 3-1 as they prepared to host the Chestatee War Eagles on March 4 and looked toward the beginning of regional play with a match against East Hall on March 7.

Baseball

The DCHS baseball team put on an offensive display as they posted 36 points in a two-game sweep of the Mt. Bethel Eagles during the week of Feb. 25.

Senior Hudson Sapp opened the game on the mound for the Tigers and quickly recorded three strikeouts to retire the side and bring Dawson County to the plate.

The Tigers opened the scoring immediately on an RBI single from Bo Lewis and jumped out to an early 3-0 lead by the end of the first inning.

Sapp shut down the Eagles with three more strikeouts in the second and Dawson County posted another three-run inning to extend their lead to 6 before Mt. Bethel came to life in the top of the third and touched the Tigers for two runs to cut into the lead.

Relief pitcher Kristian Kelley took over the mound for the Tigers to end the Mt. Bethel rally, and Dawson County responded with four runs in their half of the inning and a six-run bonanza in the fourth inning that invoked the mercy rule and ended the game with a final score of 16-2.

Kelley recorded five strikeouts in relief while Sapp picked up the win for the Tigers with seven strikeouts against two hits.

Lewis led the way on offense with two hits, four runs and four RBIs in his four trips to the plate.

Due to a scheduling request from Mt. Bethel, the Tigers took to the DCHS diamond as the visiting team for the game on Feb. 27 and immediately made their mark on the scoreboard as they batted around the lineup on their way to a seven-run first inning.

Cameron Moore pitched the win with two no-hit innings for Dawson County before the lineup exploded for a second time with an astounding 13 runs in the top of the third inning that put Mt. Bethel on their final at-bats before the halfway mark of the game.

Relief pitcher Gabe Gutierrez allowed one hit in his single inning on the mound before he forced a simple grounder to end the game after three full innings by a final score of 20-0.

Dawson County tallied 15 hits on the day, led by Sapp’s 4-for-4, six-RBI night that included two doubles in the first inning and a grand slam home run in the third.

With the pair of wins, the Tigers extended their season record to 2-1 as they started regional play with a three-game series against North Hall beginning March 4. Results were unavailable as of press time.