by D. Mark Mitchell
The Opelika tennis teams continue to dominate on the court. The girls and boys teams each defeated Prattville by identical 9-0 scores.
The girls improved to 5-0 with the win over the Lions. Singles winners were, number one seed Meagan Wade 8-1, two seed Meg Larsen won 8-1, three seed Anna Lazenby 8-1, four seed April Wade 8-1, five seed Ashley Robertson and six seed Kelcie Carpenter 8-0. Girls doubles winners were M. Wade/Larsen, 8-0; Lazenby/ A.Wade, 8-2; and Robertson/Carpenter, 8-0.
The boys improved to 3-1 with the Prattville victory. Singles winners were number one seed Michael Bazilia who won 9-8 after winning a 10-4 tiebreaker, two seed Winston Smith T who won 9-8 after winning 10-7 in a tiebreaker, three seed David Bazilia, 8-5; four seed Andrew Bazilia, 8-3; five seed Scot Carpenter, 8-0; and six seed Ross Herring, 8-3. Boys doubles winners were, M. Bazilia/Smith T, 8-2, D. Bazilia/Carpenter, 8-4 and A. Bazilia/ J.T. Barron, 8-4.
The girls will play Trinity on March 19 and both teams play Prattville on March 21 at the W.J. Calhoun Tennis Center at 3 p.m.
The OHS softball team improved 10-2 with 7-1 win over Eufaula. Jasmine Sydnor earned the win in the circle pitching a complete game. Sydnor allowed one run, four hits, struck out five and hit her sixth homerun of the season. Madison Murphy, Taylor Carr and Cari Driver each added two hits while Maria Mitchell, Katie Parr and Ashley Burroughs each had singles.
The Lady Bulldogs travel to Anniston this weekend for the Anniston Tournament. They will host Beauregard on March 21 at West Ridge.
The OHS girls and boys track teams competed in the Panther Relays last week. The girls finished second with 73 points while the boys finished third with 71 points.
The OHS baseball team split a pair of games, beating Wetumpka 12-3 and losing to Enterprise 4-3.
In the win over Wetumpka, B.J. White, Duncan Asbury, and Tyler Jones each had three hits and two RBIs, while Garrett Brown had two hits and two RBIs. Clay Caswell earned the win in relief, entering the game in the bottom of the first with the bases loaded. Caswell pitched a no hitter while not allowing a run.
The Dawgs lost to Enterprise by one run in spite of holding a two-run lead in the bottom of the seventh.
Justin Traylor went the distance, throwing less than 80 pitches, allowing five hits while striking out five.
Taylor Grisgby had a single and an RBI, while Matthew Christian was two for three. Opelika, 4-6, hosts LaGrange and Fernandina (Atlanta-area high school) tomorrow, March 17, at Bulldog Park starting at 11 a.m.
Opelika seniors Maria Mitchell and Anissa Lewis signed scholarships to continue their sports careers.
Mitchell signed with Wallace State Community College to play softball while Lewis signed with Jacksonville State University to play soccer. Koty Tyson signed a soccer scholarship to play with Huntingdon College.
Congratulations to each of you.
Head coach Brian Blackmon announced that the Dawgs will play Eufaula in the spring football game on May 18, in Eufaula. Spring football practice will start after spring sports are over.
Meet the Bulldogs
The Opelika All-Sports Booster Club will host “Meet the Bulldogs Spring Sports” this Sunday on March 18, at Bulldog Baseball Park starting at 3 p.m. The sports included are girls and boys tennis, track, golf and soccer along with softball and baseball.
The public is invited. Each team will be introduced.