OHS Postseason Pushes

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ON THE MARK
D. MARK MITCHELL

OPELIKA —

Opelika High spring sports are finishing the regular season with hopes of making the AHSAA state playoffs. The next three weeks will determine which teams advance.

SOCCER
Opelika’s girls’ and boys’ soccer teams swept Russell County and Eufaula this week at W. James Samford Soccer Complex.

The OHS boys’ varsity team (6-4-1) beat Russell County, 2-1, at its home field. George Meyers scored both goals for the Bulldogs with assists from Said Rujuana and Luke Roberts.

The Dogs then beat Eufaula, 9-2, improving their area record to 5-0. Nathan Faison (three goals) and Meyers (two goals) and Dexter Graham (two goals) led Opelika offensively. Jaden Gamble and Ethan Neman added one goal apiece. Meyers led Opelika with three assists; Rujuana, Jake Campbell, Graham and Neman added one assist apiece.

The OHS Lady Bulldogs beat Russell County 4-2. Amiya Brown and Morgan Watts scored two goals apiece to lead the girls. Assists were from Karly Phatsadavong, Ashley Hilyer, Brown and Scarlet Olivia.

The girls then shutout area foe Eufaula, 9-0, at the Sportsplex. Phatsadavong and Brown scored two goals; Maelee Story, Hilyer, Garcia, Watts and Arizela Ambrocio scored one goal apiece.

The Lady Bulldogs are 9-2 overall.

Opelika hosts rival Auburn Friday night at the W. James Samford Soccer Complex. Varsity girls start at 5 p.m., followed by varsity boys at 7 p.m.

TRACK AND FIELD

The OHS track and field team participated in the “RACE FOR HUNGAR” in Montgomery at Montgomery Academy High School. Below are the final track results.

11.77  – JaClarence Perry  – 11th

11.78  – Jakori Thornton – 12th       

11.79 – Bailey Williams – 13th        

11.79 – Qualik Harry – 14th           

200 METER DASH

24.17  – Brennan Reese-Williams – 15th

24.23  – Bailey Williams – 17th

24.24  – Kaden Cooper – 18th         

24.29 – Davian Jones – 21st           

400 METER DASH

53.19 – Sam Washburn – 5th – Finals

53.70 – Brennan Reese-Williams – 9th           

55.25 – JaClarence Perry – 15th

800 METER RUN

2:08.84 – SB Charles Brewer           – 1st

1600 METER RUN

4:44.35 – Charles Brewer – 1st

5:25.24 – Zane Sexton – 10th          

5:29.16 – SB Zalen Shaw – 13th      

3200 METER RUN

11:55.35 – Peyton Weston – 3rd

12:02.71 – Zane Sexton – 5th

12:44.42 – Patrick Seymore – 8th

12:50.53 – Alexander Burgess – 10th

110 METER HURDLES

15.56  – Tykell Thomas – 1st          

16.32 – JaClarence Perry – 2nd

17.18  – Theo Hubbard – 4th          

300 METER HURDLES

42.83  – Tykell Thomas – 2nd

44.73  – Theo Hubbard – 5th          

51.47  – JaClarence Perry – 15th      

4X100 METER RELAY

45.48  – Relay Team – 4th 

4X400 METER RELAY

3:41.60 – Relay Team        – 4th      

4X800 METER RELAY

9:39.54 – Relay Team – 5th

LONG JUMP

19-9 – Davian Jones – 3rd  

18-6.5 – Kaden Cooper – 8th          

18-5 – Charles Hodge       – 9th      

TRIPLE JUMP

40-10 – Davian Jones – 1st

40-3 – Kaden Cooper – 2nd

38-3 – Kylin Fears – 7th    

POLE VAULT

12-0 – Benjamin Royal – 1st

10-0 – Dontarius Alvis      – 2nd     

10-0 – Kylin Fears – 4th    

DISCUS

133-5 – Mikeil Heard – 2nd

112-8 – Ajaden Parham – 4th          

111-1 – Marquavian Johnson – 5th

JAVELIN

138-9 – Anthony Edwards – 1st

137-3 – Marquavian Johnson – 4th

114-4 – Jaxon Freeman – 11th         

SHOT PUT

42-0 – Marquavian Johnson – 2nd    

39-11 – Mikeil Heard – 4th 

37-3.5 – Anthony Edwards – 7th

SOFTBALL

The Lady Bulldog Softball team (8-12-1) lost two games last week, falling to Auburn (3-4) and Smiths Station (2-8).

AHS beat rival OHS, 4-3, in Auburn. This was the second one-run win for Auburn over rival Opelika. Auburn won game one, 1-0, at West Ridge Park earlier this year. This time, Auburn scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to win. McKay Yountz pitched six complete Innings for Opelika, allowing three hits, one earned run and striking out 11 of 18 batters faced. Offensively, Thomas, Lee, Yountz and Jones recorded hits for Opelika.

Smiths Station took advantage of 10 OHS errors to win 8-2. Youtz, pitching in her second game of the week, pitched six innings, giving up two earned runs off five hits. Sania Stringer led Opelika at the plate with three hits, while teammates Thomas and Jones added singles.

BASEBALL

OHS swept a two game series against Russell County in Seale this week, winning 4-3 and 9-0.

On Senior Night, Opelika needed a RBI walk-off double by Harrison Long to beat area foe RCHS at Bulldog Park. The Dawgs (14-7) received a good pitching outing from JT McArdle, who threw five innings, allowed four hits and one earned run. Luke Murray earned the win, pitching the last two innings, allowing no runs on one hit.

KaDylion Ligon led offensively with two hits, while Harris and JD Chase added hits.

The Bulldogs jumped on the Warriors in the second game of the series in Seale, scoring six runs in the fifth inning on their way to a 9-0 win. Brooks Bryan crushed two home runs; Speakman led with three hits, followed by hits from Harris, Long, Goodman, Fields and Jake Smith.

DIXIE BOYS BASEBALL REGISTRATION AGES 13-14-15

Anyone ages 13, 14 and 15 years old interested in playing summer baseball needs to register for Opelika Dixie Boys Baseball at the Sportsplex. Registration fee is $45 if you live in Opelika city limits or $50 if you live outside the city of Opelika. Everyone will be placed on a team and will receive a jersey and game cap. Registration ends April 15. For more info, call D. Mark Mitchell 334-787-1514 or email at foxonthemark@yahoo.com

JAMIE WILLIAMS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, MY THOUGHTS

I was glad to hear coach Jamie Williams was named athletics director for Opelika City Schools.  Williams bring a wealth of knowledge in athletics, serving as head football coach and AD in prior jobs. Add that to the fact Williams lives in Opelika and spent a year under Coach Caleb Ross’s staff in Opelika, which allows him to know about the Opelika system.

As Opelika School System continues to grow, having a full-time athletic director is necessary if you want athletics to grow and be important. Congrats Jamie Williams.

D. Mark Mitchell is the sports director at iHeart Media, host of “On the Mark” Fox Sports 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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