The Tift County varsity girls golf team won the 6th Annual Bear Invitational March 24 at Waterford Golf Course. Jones County placed second followed by third-place Perry. The Lady Panthers were led by Kristen Holder, who shot 79. She tied Tara-Ann Abrigo of Warner Robins for third place in the individual competition.
Each of the high schools from Houston County entered players. Veterans finished fourth with Megan Reddick carding the Warhawks' top score. Houston County placed fifth and was led by Ashley Mason. Northside came in 7th and was led by Jamila Chambers. Abrigo was the only golfer for Warner Robins.
The event also featured a junior varsity boys competition, with Columbus claiming top honors. Trey Odom of Warner Robins shot 77 to earn runner-up low medalist honors.
Northside sophomore Cassondra Hall swept the 100- and 200-meter dashes at the prestigious L.C. Smith and Winfred Benson Relays March 22 at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany. Her teammate Toneah Martin won the 400-meter dash. Each also ran a leg of the Lady Eagles victorious 4x100 relay team along with Toleah Martin and Takera James. Northside finished second to Monroe Comprehensive in the girls team standings.
The Houston County baseball team ran its winning streak to 10 games with a 15-5 win at Northside on March 25. The Bears are perfect in sub-region play of Region 2-AAAAA and lead the division with a 4-0 record. They'll host Warner Robins March 27 at 6 p.m. in a game rescheduled from Friday in anticipation of bad weather.
In the four sub-region games, senior leadoff hitter Justin Jones has six hits in 14 at bats. He has scored six runs and driven home another four. Fellow senior Hunter Phillips also has six hits in the stretch. Freshman Jake Fromm has six runs.
A pair of upsets threw the local soccer scene for a loop this week.
On Tuesday, West Laurens defeated the Perry boys, 1-0, leaving Mary Persons as Region 2-AAAA's lone unbeaten. The Bulldogs still have matches with Perry, Veterans and West Laurens yet to play, so there is much to be decided.
On Wednesday, the Warner Robins boys knocked off previously unbeaten and second-ranked Houston County, 4-2. Four Demons scored: Matt Monday; Connor Shaw; Caleb Lewis and Hoza Mohammed. Both sides now have one loss in their sub-region of 2-AAAAA, although the Bears still have the advantage for a top seed for the region tournament based on aggregate.