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Gordon Lee's softball program, a Georgia Class A public school power, wanted a regular-season test over the weekend and got it at a tournament in Carrollton. The Lady Trojans went 2-1, each game against larger schools, to improve to 11-3.

Their weekend started with a 3-2 loss to Class AA's Heard County (11-3) in which the Lady Trojans committed a pair of errors that led to each of the Heard runs. Senior co-ace Emma Minghini, who allowed four hits and struck out 11 batters while taking the tough loss, used her bat to contribute a pair of hits, as did Sidney Gasaway.

Gordon Lee rebounded Saturday with wins over East Paulding (AAAAAA), 8-2, and Cherokee (AAAAAAA), 8-0. Emma Langston pitched all five innings and fanned five batters against East Paulding, while Allie Sturdivant and Allie Farrow each went 3-for-3 at the plate, with Madison Farrow adding three RBIs. Minghini struck out 11 and allowed one hit against Cherokee, while Langston homered and Ashlyn Schmidt drove in two runs.

 

CROSS COUNTRY

Baylor's Mae Mae Powe was the winning runner and Signal Mountain the winning team in girls' competition at the Colemand Midgett Invitational on Friday at Sanders Ferry Park in Hendersonville. Powe's time in the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) race was 20 minutes, 13.03 seconds, more than 30 seconds ahead of runner-up Sophia Gibby of Signal Mountain, which finished with 29 points to the second-place Lady Red Raiders' 33.

The Heritage girls finished fourth out of 19 teams and the Heritage boys were sixth out of 20 on Thursday at Edwards Park in Dalton. Heritage's Allison Craft finished third out of 99 girls, and Gavin Chandler placed 15th out of 169 boys.

 

GOLF

Cleveland, Bradley Central and Walker Valley competed in a tri-meet Thursday at Cleveland Country Club. Walker Valley, led by Ian Kinsey's 41, won the boys' competition with a score of 173, ahead of Bradley (176) and Cleveland (181), whose Dillon Linkous was the medalist by three strokes with a 38. Cleveland, led by Hannah Nall's 37, won the girls' competition with a score of 85, ahead of Bradley (99) and Walker Valley (109).

 

SOCCER

Signal Mountain rolled to an 8-0 win against Cumberland County on Saturday as part of Cleveland's event, two days after a 4-2 win against Chattanooga Christian School. Against Cumberland, Briley Lowry had a hat trick, Ainsley Lane scored twice, and Briley Lowry, Dillia Lowry and Haleigh Ward each added a goal with one assist apiece for Jenny Daverson, Ava Duffey and Camilla Mincey. Briley Lowry also had three goals against CCS, when Lily Whitney had the other score, Daverson, Duffey and Kiya Easterly each notched an assist, Hannah Peavy made seven saves and Reilly Furr made five.

CCS beat Cleveland 2-0 on Saturday behind goals from Mandy Bacon and Abigail Witten with Allie Hamel in goal. Bacon also scored and assisted on a goal in Friday's 3-1 victory over Cookeville, when Olivia Thomas and Abigail Witten had the other goals and Hamel made seven saves.

— Grace Academy 4, Arts & Sciences 1: In a Thursday match tied at halftime, McKinley Tyson had a hat trick and assisted on the winning goal by Savannah Engelbrecht, who also had an assist.

 

VOLLEYBALL

Notre Dame went 6-0 to win the Volley at the Creek tournament hosted by Coahulla Creek on Saturday, with the Lady Fighting Irish (18-3) beating Northwest Whitfield in the title match, 22-25, 25-19, 15-7, after wins against Sonoraville, Heritage, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, North Murray and LaFayette. Tourney standouts for Notre Dame included McKenna Brown (68 kills, 51 digs, 15 aces), Riley McCormick (66 digs, 17 aces) and Mary Fillauer (139 assists, 25 digs).

Silverdale Baptist Academy won six straight sets to take down Collegedale and Boyd Buchanan, improving to 6-1. Lady Seahawks standouts against Boyd Buchanan included Ashlee Kugler (34 assists, 14 digs), Melanie Marcus and Savannah Williams — who combined for 29 kills — Baylee Killingsworth (24 digs) and Casey Neal (seven kills, four aces). Standouts for the Lady Buccaneers included Calla Brady (34 digs), Cali Sandhoff (19 digs, nine kills), Isabella Messer (11 digs) and Caitlyn Kruse (10 assists).

Compiled by Patrick MacCoon, Marty Kikland and Lindsey Young. Contact MacCoon at pmaccoon@timesfreepress.com and follow him on Twitter @PMacCoon. Contact Kirkland at mkirkland@timesfreepress.com. Contact Young at lyoung@timesfreepress.com and follow him on Twitter @youngsports22.

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