OHS Track Competes in Wetumpka Invitational

D. Mark Mitchell



The Opelika High School track & field team participated in the “Wetumpka Indians Invitational’ this past weekend. The following results include OHS student-athletes placing in the top five of respective events.

100 Meter Dash

– Bailey Williams: 11.65 – 3rd 

200 Meter Dash

– Kaden Cooper: 23.99 – 3rd    

– Calvin Hughley: 24.12 – 4th

– Theo Hubbard: 24.2 – 5th      

3200 Meter Run

– Zane Sexton: 12:18.31 – 2nd 

– Patrick Seymore: 12:56.18 – 3rd        

– Alexander Burgess: 13:02.39 – 4th

110 Meter Hurdles

– Tykell Thomas: 15.69 – 1st

– Theo Hubbard: 17.3 – 2nd     

300 Meter Hurdles

– Tykell Thomas: 44.57 – 2nd  

– Kaden Cooper: 46.69 – 5th    

High Jump

– Makai Simpson: 5-10 – 2nd   

– Cordarrious Ingram: 5-0 – 4th

Long Jump

– Davian Jones: 19-9.5 – 3rd    

– Kaden Cooper: 19.5 – 5th

Triple Jump

– Davian Jones: 41-0 – 1st

– Kaden Cooper: 39.3.5 – 3rd   

– Anthony Edwards: 38.8.5 – 4th          


– Ajaden Parham: 120-7 – 1st

– Marquavian Johnson: 110-5 – 1st       

– Mikeil Heard: 109-5 – 2nd

– William Garner: 101-1 – 4th  


– Octavious Gay: 139-3 – 1st    

– Marquavian Johnson: 132 – 2nd         

– William Garner: 130-4 – 3rd 

Shot Put

– Mikeil Heard: 44-4 – 1st       

– Marquavian Johnson: 42-3 – 3rd

– KD Sewell: 38-11.5 – 4th      

– William Garner: 36-2.75 – 5th

The OHS Lady Bulldog track & field Team travelled to Mobile for the “Jim Tate Relays” at St Paul High School last weekend. The following is a list of the top 10 finishers.


100 Meter Dash

– Haley Sanders: 12.78 – 4th    

200 Meter Dash

– Indiana Holloway: 27.51 – 6th

– Amiya Brown: 27.64 – 7th    

400 Meter Dash

– Indiana Holloway: 1:04-95 – 5th

– SB Makiah Paschal: 1:05.94 – 7th      

800 Meter Run

– SB Breckin Gould: 2:38.75 – 6th       

– SB Paola Torres:2:41.70 – 7th           

– SB Sacaria Frazier: 2:43.73 – 9th       

100 Meter Hurdles

– Niya Walton: 18.36 – 7th      

– Cadence Williams: 19.08 – 10th

400 Meters

– Breckin Gould: 5:36.80 – 3rd

Distance Medley Relay

– SB Relay Team: 14:27 – 4th  

High Jump

– Haley Sanders: 4-10 – 3rd     

Long Jump

– Haley Sanders: 16-1.5 – 2nd  

– Kyndall Brundidge: 14-10.5 – 8th      

Triple Jump

– Morgan Watts: 31-9.25 – 6th 

– Niya Walton: 31-8 – 7th        


– Cherdi Daniels: 75-1.5 – 9th  

Shot Put

– Cherdi Daniels: 30-0 – W10th


Opelika’s girls’ and boys’ soccer teams swept area opponent Eufaula on the road last week.

The Lady Bulldogs won 10-0, behind four goals from Ana Garcia, two goals from Amiya Brown and two goals from Scarlet Pasadas. Morgan Watts and Phoebe Darcey scored one goal apiece. Maricela Cruz and Amiya Brown recorded three assists apiece, along with one each from Maelee Story and Karly Phatsadavong.

Both teams played Trinity at the W James Samford Soccer Complex last Thursday. The Lady Bulldog’s won a close match, 2-1. Brown scored a goal off of an assist from Garcia and Phasadavong scored on a penalty kick. The girls improved to 6-1 after the win.

The OHS boys defeated Eufaula, 3-2, in a physical game following the girls’ win. Dexter Graham scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Dogs and Ethan Neman scored a goal. Moe Forbes and Luke Roberts added assists.

Trinity beat the OHS boys’ team, 0-1, in a tough game. OHS fell to 5-2 on the season.


Opelika’s baseball team (6-6) beat Faith, but lost to Pacelli and Smiths Station last week.

Smiths Station pitching allowed just two hits in a 6-2 win over OHS. Harrison Long recored two hits and two RBI in the loss. Four pitchers threw for the Bulldogs: JT McArdle pitched two scoreless innings; Kidylan Ligon allowed four runs in one inning; Jackson Kilcreas allowed two runs in two innings; and Copus pitched one scoreless inning.

Pacelli downed the Bulldogs 7-2 at Bulldog Park. Brooks Bryan led at the plate with two hits and an RBI; Long added a hit and scored one run; and Luke Murray recorded one hit. Jackson Harrison allowed five runs in one-and-two-thirds innings, and Luke Murray pitched five-and-one-third innings, allowing two runs on seven hits.

The Bulldogs beat Faith, 4-1, in the first game of the East Alabama Classic. On the mound, Brantley Davis earned the win, pitching four innings while allowing one run and striking out six batters. Caleb Chisum pitched the final three innings for the save, recording four strikeouts.


The Lady Bulldog varsity softball team (6-9-1) lost to Benjamin Russell, 1-2, last week despite McKay Yountz’s pitching. The junior recorded eight strikeouts while allowing two runs on two hits.


OHS girls’ basketball coach Blake Smalley is starting an intramural spring basketball league for girls in grades 5 through 8. The dates are April 11, 14, 20, 21, 25 and 28. The time will be 3:45 to 5 p.m., with a cost of only $5 for all six days. Contact Smalley at 334-745-9715.

Opelika’s boys coach Wesley Button plans to host a summer basketball camp for upcoming third through sixth graders on June 6 through 8 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Anyone interested in attending the camp can contact Button at 334-745-9715 or wesley.buttom@opelikaschools.org


Opelika offensive coordinator Jonathan Chandler announced he is leaving Opelika to take a job at Wetumpka High School. Chandler, an OHS graduate, spent the last seven seasons on the OHS coaching staff and served as OC the past five seasons. He will assume the same title on the Wetumpka coaching staff. Chandler’s wife, Tiffany, will be named the new recreation director for the Wetumpka Parks and Recreation Department. Chandler will remain at OHS until the end of this school year in June.


Registration is underway for Opelika Dixie Boys Baseball for ages 13, 14 and 15. Anyone interested in playing can register at the Opelika Sportsplex through April 15. Cost is $45 if you live in the city of Opelika and $50 if you live outside the city limits of Opelika. Registration fee covers the player’s hat and jersey. All players will be placed on a team. For more information, contact D.Mark Mitchell 334-787-1514 or email at foxonthemark@yahoo.com.


Former Auburn University and Opelika High School football coach Doug Barfield celebrated his 86th birthday on Monday, March 14. Barfield is recovering from surgery at home. You can listen to Barfield two days a month on my radio show “On the Mark”, airing on FOX Sports the Game 910AM-1310AM and on the iHeartRadio App.

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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