by D. Mark Mitchell
The spring sports at OHS and OMS are in the thick of their schedules. I have recapped some of our teams’ activities in this week’s column.
The girls tennis team, coached by Erik Speakman, remained unbeaten at 7-0 after beating Trinity of Montgomery 7-2. Singles winners were Meagan Wade 8-1, Meg Larson 8-2, Anna Lazenby 9-7, April Wade 8-4 and Kelcie Carpenter 8-1.
Doubles winners were Meagan Wade/ Meg Larsen and Anna Lazenby/ April Wade.
Both girls and boys teams are playing great tennis and continue to improve as the teams prepare for the state playoffs.
The boys golf team has played in three tournaments this spring. The best finish was seventh in the Trojan Invitational in Montgomery. The golf team is young, consisting of sophomores and freshmen. Freshman Turner Huddleston and sophomore Jackson Jones are playing the best golf for the Bulldogs. Robert Kiefer and Parker Cox have played well and continue to improve everyday. The other players are Brandon Crowley and Cody Hill. The Dawgs lost a close match to Harris County (Ga.) by five strokes.
OHS will play Benjamin Russell on March 28 and go against Central on March 29.
The Lady Bulldog softball team is in the middle of a slump, losing three straight. The last loss was to archrival AHS, 15-7. The Dawgs are now 0-2 in the Area after winning their first 10 games of the season.
The OHS junior varsity baseball team improved their record to 7-4 with a win over Smiths Station, 9-8. Lawson Butz was three for four with a double to lead the Dawgs, Cody Puckett, Acton Cole, Tyre Hall and Doss Arnold all added hits.
Nick Fields picked up the win on the mound, Arnold earned the save.
The junior varsity plays LaGrange and Auburn in a double header at home today, March 23 at 4 p.m.
The OHS varsity baseball team, 5-8, will play their first Area game today (March 23) in Phenix City against Central at 4:30 p.m. OHS will host Central for the remaining two games tomorrow (March 24) at Bulldog Park at 11 a.m.
The Dawgs lost two games last Saturday, Fernandina Beach (Fla.), 9-7 and LaGrange, 7-4. The Bulldogs started one freshman, three sophomores, three juniors and two seniors. Coach Scott Sullivan continues to try different players in different positions as the team plays through its schedule.
Freshman Matthew Christian had four hits on the day while sophomores B.J. White, Garrett Brown and Chase Hegwood added five, four and two hits, respectively. Junior Duncan Asbury had two hits while fellow junior Justin Traylor pitched six innings, allowing only one earned run. Seniors Tyler Jones, Jared Harper and Taylor Grigsby are all contributing positively to the team.
Opelika Dixie Boys
The Opelika Dixie Boys Baseball League is holding registration for the 2012 season. Anyone 13 or 14 years old can register at the Sportsplex Monday throughFriday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The cost is $35. Everyone will be placed on a team.