published Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Ramiro Huitanda has Dalton soccer record at 85 goals

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This is the start of a weekly Tuesday notebook for high school soccer and tennis.

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    Dalton’s Ramiro Huitanda (10), battling Southeast Whitfield’s Christian Saenz for control of the soccer ball earlier this month, has a school-record 85 career goals.
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After watching former standout Luis Salazar score 76 goals in a three-year career, Dalton soccer coach Matt Cheaves didn't believe it was possible for anybody to top that record in a three-year span.

Ramiro Huitanda accomplished the feat in two and a half.

Huitanda, a senior, set the new scoring mark last week for the Catamounts. He has 85 goals in his career. With 26 so far this year, he's very much within reach of the single-season mark he set last year -- 35.

The Catamounts are 10-0 and ranked first in Georgia Class AAAA.

"Ramiro is somebody that we count on consistently," Cheaves said. "He frees up opportunities for other teammates if they focus on him, but he's very unselfish and gets a lot of assists as well."

McCormick returns

There is no easy road to the TSSAA state tennis tournament. That holds especially true this season in Region 3-A/AA.

After taking two seasons off to focus on track, East Hamilton senior Nick McCormick has decided to rejoin the Hurricanes tennis team. McCormick advanced to the state semifinals as a freshman.

He will get the chance to battle Central's John Mitchell and Grace Academy's Blake Savard, who had A/AA state runner-up Jackson Lenoir from Arts & Sciences on the ropes last season before cramps prohibited him from competing. Savard ultimately fell in three sets.

Mitchell is looking to take the next step, having advanced to the region semifinals the past two seasons.

Both Savard and McCormick are currently working through injuries. Savard was hurt during the Region 3-A basketball tournament, and coach Mark Turner said he hopes to be back after spring break. McCormick, who will continue to participate in track, is suffering from a hip injury but is expected to be back soon as well.

Tourneys this week

A week after the Baylor girls' tennis team won its third consecutive Decoturf National Championship, the Baylor and McCallie boys will travel to Louisville, Ky., for the same tournament. Baylor placed seventh and McCallie was ninth last year in the event, which will start Friday morning at E.K. Sawyer Park.

The Red Raiders will face Barron Collier (Fla.) in their first-round match at 9 a.m. The Blue Tornado play Hinsdale Central (Ill.) at 10:30.

The GPS tennis team will get its 2013 season under way this weekend in the Atlanta Rotary tournament.

The Baylor girls had three all-tournament selections in their Decoturf triumph: Samantha Caswell as most valuable player, her sister Harper in both singles and doubles and McCall Morgan also in doubles.

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