Both Jonesboro tennis teams qualify for state

From staff reports

Region tennis tournaments got underway Wednesday and both Jonesboro teams were ready to play. The Cardinals and Lady Cardinals won their Region 2-AAAAA matches to qualify for the state tennis tournament.

The No. 2 seeded Cardinals defeated Henry County and the No. 2 seeded Lady Cardinals defeated Westside-Macon to cement their spots at state.

For the Jonesboro girls, #3 singles player Katie Landers won her match 10-1. In doubles action, the #1 doubles tandem of Sarah Buttram and Kala Huling won their match 10-1 and the #2 doubles team of Dominique Robinson and Ashley Fuller won their match 10-0.

For the Jonesboro boys, #1 singles player Manny Cortez won 10-0 and #2 singles player Daniel Banke won his match 10-0. In doubles action, the #1 doubles team of Nick Griffin and Dusty Landrum won their match 10-4.

The Jonesboro teams will face Houston County at 10 a.m. today to determine their place in the state tournament.

The Region 4-AAAAA tennis tournament took place at Lovejoy High School and the Lovejoy Wildcats boys team used the home-court advantage to qualify for the state tournament.

Lovejoy defeated East Coweta 5-0 Wednesday morning to qualify for state, but lost its afternoon match to the McIntosh Chiefs 3-1. Individual winners for Lovejoy against East Coweta included #1 singles player Kimleon Turner, who won his match 10-1; #2 singles player Ryan Hyndman won 10-3 and #3 singles player Chris Cook won 10-0.

In doubles action, the #1 doubles team of Jonathan Brooks and Jarrett Turnipseed won their match 10-3 and the #2 doubles team of Cody Shealy and Sheldon Valentine also won 10-3.

Brooks and Turnipseed defeated McIntosh's #1 doubles team for Lovejoy's only victory against the Chiefs yesterday afternoon.

Lovejoy faces Fayette County today to determine their place at state.

Mt. Zion, Jonesboro win county golf tourney: The 2003 Clayton County Golf Tournament took place Wednesday and several athletes performed well.

The girls' low medallist winner was Venette Harris of Mundy's Mill High, who scored a 39. The 2003 girls county champions were the Mt. Zion Lady Bulldogs, represented by Takesha Jenkins and Amber Simon. The Lovejoy Lady Wildcats, represented by Jamie Cannon and Sidney Williams, finished second .

On the boys' side, Chris Wilson of Jonesboro was the low medallist winner with a score of 78.

"Chris really played well," said Jonesboro head coach Paul Roth.

Wilson also helped lead the Cardinals to the county championship. Other members of the team include Trevor Thelon, Cole Fulghum and Andrew Spinks.

Lovejoy finished in second place. Team members include Beall, Todd Gross, Chris Sheffield and Austin Dickens.

Roth was very proud of his team.

"The guys worked hard all year and I'm happy with their performance," he said.

Morrow soccer team wins two: The Morrow Mustangs boys' soccer team won two consecutive games to improve its record to 5-6-1. The Mustangs beat Northside-Warner Robins Tuesday night 5-3 in double overtime on a shootout. Ngoc Le, Marc Dupuy, Ngon Dinh, Hoang Zan Le and Pho Nguyen all scored for Morrow against Northside.

The Mustangs blanked the Riverdale Raiders 4-0 Wednesday night, getting goals from Hoang Zan Le, Dupuy and Dinh.

Morrow head coach Chris Osuegbo is very proud of his team's play.

"They are playing their hearts out," Osuegbo said. "They have great ball-handling and ball control."

Morrow baseball team loses to Eagle's Landing: The Morrow Mustangs baseball team jumped out to a 4-1 lead at home Wednesday afternoon against Eagle's Landing, but couldn't hold on in Region 2-AAAA action.

In the end, Eagle's Landing rallied for a 5-4 victory. The victory by the Golden Eagles spoiled Morrow's hopes for its second region win of the year.

Morrow scored two runs in the first inning and two more the second to take control of the game.

The Mustangs big blow came in the form of a two-run homer by Ricardo Russell in the second.

It was one of just three this for the Mustangs.

Justin Evans hit to lead off the first and pitcher Jamie Priester accounted for the only Morrow hits.

Eagle's Landing scored once in the first and third, but broke the game open in the fifth with a three-run explosion.

Eagle's Landing finished with 10 hits.