OHS Completes Busy Week

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ON THE MARK

OPELIKA —

The Opelika High School girls’ and boys’ tennis teams closed out the regular season schedule with loses to Trinity. The girls lost 0-9 and the boys lost 2-7. The two wins were from Drue Gagliano won his match in three sets (5-7, 7-5 and 10-8) and the doubles team of Jake Walters and Jake Patel won in straight sets (7-5 and 6-2). 

The OHS girls tennis eam roster : Emily Bearden , Emma Brown, Sarah Bush, Lila Cook, Maddie Hankins, Addison Kemp, Lucinda Long, Avery Massey, Mailan McTier, Mary Cara Montel, Presley Mullins    , Mamie Nicholson, Martha Pugh, Shirley Pugh,  Karlie Smith, Joanne Smith T and  Vera Smith T.

Boys team roster: Will Fuller,  Drue Gagliano, Roman Gagliano, Gavin McGlade, Connor Mullins, Devam Patel, Jake Walters and Jacob Wood.

TRACK AND FIELD

Opelika’s Track and Field team participated in the “JD Evilsizer Panther Invitation”, last weekend at Smiths Station High School. The individual results are below: 

GIRLS           ATHLETE

PLACE          SECTION         RESULTS

100 METER DASH

12.63 — Haley Sanders            — 2nd

13.46 — Tyra Pitts — 9th        

13.61 Shaniyah Little — 15th

200 METER DASH

27.71 — Indiana Holloway — 9th        

27.94 — Tyra Pitts — 11th      

28.10 — Shaniyah Little — 12th          

28.74 — Haley Sanders — 17th                       

400 METER DASH

1:02.39 — Indiana Holloway — 3rd     

1:07.05 — Makiah Paschal — 10th      

1:11.65 — Lathan Rogers — 15th        

800 METER RUN

2:37.96 SB — Breckin Gould — 6th     

2:38.77 SB — Paola Torres — 7th

2:44.14 — Margaret Bice — 8th          

2:51.08 SB — Violett Alcorn — 14th   

1600 METER RUN

5:40.82 SB — Breckin Gould — 3rd    

5:58.17— Paola Torres — 7th  

7:00.37 SB — Taylar Thomas — 17th

7:34.37 SB — Ellie Kendrick — 21st    

100 METER HURDLES

18.32 — Niya Walton — 5th   

18.97 — Cadence William s— 7th       

19.49 — Aryel Crittenden— 8th          

19.94 — Dasja Kier     11th     

300 METER HURDLES

58.28 — Dasja Kier     — 12th

58.32 — Cadence Williams — 13th      

59.24 — Violett Alcorn — 14th           

1:01.73 — Aryel Crittenden — 15th     

HIGH JUMP

4-8 — Haley Sanders   — 6th  

4-6 —De’leah Huntly — 8th    

4-6 — Kele Ferrell — 9th        

4-4 — Kimora Rowell  — 10th

LONG JUMP

14-10.5 — Morgan Watts — 4th          

14-3 — Kyndall Brundidge — 7th

12-10.5 — Kimora Rowell — 10th       

12-6 — Kele Ferrell    — 11th

TRIPLE JUMP

34-5 — Niya WaltoN —1st     

32-8 — Morgan Watts — 4th   

31-1 — Kimora Rowell — 8th 

POLE VAULT

7-6 — Sabrina Jeri Hansen — 2nd        

DISCUS

82-4 — Trinity Rooks — 3rd   

74-4 — Cherdi Daniels — 5th

74-1 — Kasman Moss — 6th   

64-1 — Ashleigh Pitts  — 12th

JAVELIN

90-2 — Emma McSpadden — 5th

71-0 — Lizavia Edwards — 10th         

68-0 — Kasman Moss  — 11th

64-2 — Morgan Watts — 12th

SHOT PUT

32-0.5            — Cherdi Daniels — 1st

29-8 — Ashanti Thomas — 5th

24-2.25 — Trinity Rooks — 13th         

24-2.25 — Kasman Moss — 13th

BOYS ATHLETE PLACE       SECTION RESULTS

100 METER DASH

11.49 — Qualik Harry — 9th   

11.64 — Bailey Williams — 14th

11.73 — Jakori Thornton — 16th         

11.88 — Charles Hodge — 20th           

200 METER DASH

23.67 —Theo Hubbard — 8th

23.70 — Qualik Harry — 9th   

23.72 — Bailey Williams — 10th         

24.68 — Davian Jones — 23rd

400 METER DASH

52.51 — Kaden Cooper            — 2nd 

54.03 — Sam Washburn — 7th

55.41 — Brennan Reese-Williams — 14th        

800 METER RUN

2:11.02 — Kyrian Moss —6th 

2:23.09 — Sam Washburn — 16th       

2:23.14 —Charles Brewer — 17th        

2:34.07 — Michael Hart — 28th          

1600 METER RUN

4:45.97  — Charles Brewer — 3rd       

5:10.56 — Michael Hart — 11th          

5:34.51 — Zane Sexton            — 19th

5:41.66 — Zalen Shaw — 21st 

3200 METER RUN

11:58.21         SB        Zane Sexton       11th     

13:01.89                     Patrick Seymore 14th     

110 METER HURDLES

15.25 — Tykell Thomas — 1st

16.38 — Theo Hubbard — 2nd

300 METER HURDLES

43.52 — Tykell Thomas — 2nd

45.96 — Theo Hubbard — 4th 

48.17 — Jackion Drake — 10th           

HIGH JUMP

5-2 — Jaxon Freeman — 7th

LONG JUMP

19-2.25 — Kaden Cooper — 4th          

17-2.5            — Davian Jones —8th   

17-2 —Kylin Fears — 9th       

16-2.5            — Charles Hodge —13th          

TRIPLE JUMP

42-2 — Kaden Cooper — 3rd  

38-5 — Kylin Fears —6th       

37-3 — Davian Jones —8th

36-10.5 —Jackion Drake —9th

POLE VAULT

12-0 — Ben Royal — 1st        

10-6 — Dontarius Alvis — 4th

8-6 — William Garner —6th   

DISCUS

132-0 — Mikeil Heard — 2nd

125-2 — Ajaden Parham          — 3rd  

95-6 — Anthony Edwards — 7th         

JAVELIN

127-5 — Anthony Edwards — 5th

125-11 — William Garner — 6th         

114-4.5 —Marquavian Johnson — 9th 

85-2 — Brenton Williams — 18th        

SHOT PUT

42-9.5 — Mikeil Heard —1st

41-6.25 — Marquavian Johnson            — 2nd 

37-4.5            — Anthony Edwards — 8th       

33-5.25 — William Garner — 12th       

SOCCER

Opelika hosted rival Auburn last Friday at the W. James Samford Soccer Complex at the SportsPlex in the annual “Soccer for a Cure” games. The two schools raised close to $3,500 each for East Alabama Medical Cancer Center, selling t-shirts, donations and the use of a portion of the gate receipts. 

On the field, Auburn swept Opelika in the two varsity games, girls winning 4-0 and boys, 3-2. The OHS boys played the Tigers toe-to-toe before losing a close match. Auburn scored the first goal but Opelika’s Dexter Graham scored a goal with an assist from Said Rujuana. AHS took a 2-1 lead, only to have Moe Forbes score the second Dog goal for a 2-2 tie. The Tigers scored the game winner late in the game. 

SOFTBALL

The Lady Bulldog Softball team (10-12-1 or 12-12-1 if you count the 2-varsity wins over SSHS Junior Varsity team) beat Dadeville 14-10 behind McKay Yountz’s grandslam in the bottom of the 7th-inning.

OHS scored 14-runs on 14-hits,  including 4 from Yountz, 3-hits from Lyles, 2 from Jones and Thomas along with hits from Lee and Stringer.

Opelika started Jones in the circle but was relieved in the first inning by Stringer. Yountz pitched the last 5-innings, allwing 1-hit , no earned runs while striking out 7-Tiger batters to earn the win.

BASEBALL

The Opelika Bulldog Baseball team (16-8) beat area foe Eufaula twice last week, 11-1 and 7-5, improving their area record to 4-0 with two area games against Valley this week.

In game one, EHS scored its only run in the game in the top of the first inning. OHS pitcher JT McArdle earned the win, pitching six innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out four Tiger batters. Offensively, the Dogs were led by Harrison Long’s three hits, and two hits from “Tommy” Taylor Fields and Brooks Bryan. Paul Goodman, Bryce Speakman and Kidylian Ligon added hits. One of Bryan’s hits was a home run.

Opelika beat Eufaula, 7-5, last Thursday at EHS in the second area game. Speakman led OHS at the plate with three hits, followed by two hits from Fields.. Harris,  Long, Goodman and  JD Chase each added a hit apiece.

Luke Murray earned the win in relief, pitching the final three innings while allowing one earned run on two hits.

Opelika played Valley but the results were not available at press time.

MIRACLE FIELD / UNITY 5K VOLUNTEERS

The 2022 Billy Hitchcock Miracle League started three weeks ago. The following OHS athletes volunteered as “BUDDIES” during the games: Ahmad Butler, Jake Smith and Isaiah Tolbert.

KD Sewell, Tre Coleman, Tristan Hart and Roman Gagliano assisted the race organizers at the annual Unity 5K Stampede held at the Opelika Sportsplex. All of these young men should be applauded for volunteering their time to help two important functions.

THOUGHTS-DR FARRELL SEYMORE OHS SUPERINTENDENT

Current OHS principal, Dr. Farrell Seymore, was named new Opelika City Schools superintendent last week. Seymore started in the Opelika School System as a teacher at Opelika Middle School. Seymore advanced to OMS principal and was promoted to be principal at OHS.

I am proud that Seymore was named OCS superintendent. He is a Christian, family man and chose Opelika to live and raise his family after finishing college. Seymore has had opportunities to accept similar jobs outside of Opelika but turned those down to remain a Bulldog. Seymore brings a wealth of leadership skills and knowledge of the OCS system. I believe he will be approachable and willing to listen to parents and members of the Opelika community. Let’s face it, the head of Opelika School System is an important position and is a big responsibility … Seymore is the right man for the job! Seymore must hire several key positions quickly. A new OHS principal, band director and assistant superintendent are needed. Current Assistant Superintendent Ken Burton announced his retirement along with current band director Neil Sasser. Congrats Dr Farrell Seymore.

D. Mark Mitchell is the sports director at iHeartMedia, host of “On the Mark” Fox Sports the Game 910-1310, co-chair of the Auburn-Opelika Sports Council, chairman of the Super 7 and Dixie Youth Baseball state director.

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