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Tigers defend home turf with tennis, track wins
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Senior Frankie Muldoon crosses the finish line to claim first place in the 3200m race at the East Jackson Invitational March 2. - photo by For the Dawson County News

Mother Nature once again reared her head as weather forced the cancellation of yet another spring sports event and threatened the cancellation of several more through the week of March 4.

Despite grey skies and the occasional burst of rain, the Dawson County High School tennis teams continued to find success with two home wins, one over Chestatee High School and the other against region 7-AAA foe East Hall High School.

Dawson County’s track and field program saw their March 5 home opener canceled due to weather but followed with an overwhelming victory in a tri-meet with Union County and Johnson High School March 7.

Tennis

The Tigers squeezed their matches in between a pair of thunderstorms March 4 as the teams hosted the Chestatee War Eagles, then opened their regional schedule with a series of matches versus the visiting East Hall Vikings March 7.

The boys’ varsity team started the match against East Hall with a pair of straight-set wins from Chandler Ingram and Elijah Stanfield to give the Tigers an early 2-0 lead.

The Vikings fought back with a two-set victory in the final singles match of the day, but Dawson County’s doubles teams posted back-t- back wins in the final pairings to include a clean 6-0, 6-0 sweep by Wil Clark and Christian Nygaard to secure the 4-1 victory and move the Tigers to 1-0 in region 7-AAA.

The Lady Tigers moved to a 1-0 regional record by a final score of 4-1 over the Lady Vikings on the strength of their singles play as Tyler Perry, Kathryn Menoche and Abbey Haymond combined to win the first 36 sets of tennis with a trio of 6-0, 6-0 wins to secure an early Dawson County victory.

Singles play also proved to be the difference earlier in the week against Chestatee as Perry, Menoche and Haymond won their matches to give the Lady Tigers the cushion needed to hold off a War Eagles team that fought back with wins in both doubles matches to narrow the final score to 3-2 in favor of Dawson County.

The Tigers team opened their first game of the week with a straight set loss from Ingram as he faced off against an opponent described as “crazy good” by Head Coach Allen Logan.

Faced with the early 1-0 deficit, Stanfield rallied the Tigers with a grueling three-set victory to tie the match and Dawson County went on to sweep the day for the win by a final score of 4-1.

The teams’ seasons continue to parallel as the victories moved both teams to an overall record of 5-1 and a regional record of 1-0 as Dawson County prepared to continue regional action with a visit from Fannin County on March 12.

Results were not available as of press time.

Track and Field

The Dawson County track teams took home a combined 39 gold medals, 11 silver medals and another 20 bronze medals with a powerful performance versus Union County and Johnson High School in the season’s home opener March 8.

The Lady Tigers posted first place finishes in 14 of 16 events that included podium sweeps of four events as the team claimed every medal in both the 110m and 300m hurdle events along with the 100m dash and pole vault competition.

Junior Avery Young led the way with four gold medals while fellow junior Jenna LeCours and senior Frankie Muldoon each secured three. All totaled, 11 Lady Tigers took home top honors on the day.

The boys’ team was equally impressive as the Tigers were victorious in 15 of 16 events and took home all three medals in the shot put, pole vault and 110m hurdles event along with capturing first place finishes in both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

Senior Ethan Cameron and junior Noah Brock battled their way to five gold medals apiece as they each added three to their relay team wins. Another seven Tigers grabbed first-place finishes on the day as Flowery Branch transfer Collin Kilgore continued to make an immediate impact with a three-gold medal day.