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Lady Cardinal programs flying high

By Doug Gorman

Jonesboro High School is dominating the girls' fall sports scene in Clayton County.

They proved it over the weekend with victories in both the volleyball and softball county tournaments.

It's wasn't the first time the Lady Cardinals have won the two events.

The Jonesboro volleyball team claimed the county title Saturday for the second time in a row, while their softball counterparts added a fourth-straight softball crown.

"Our girls teams work very hard," said athletic director Don Corr, who attended the softball finals in the afternoon and the volleyball finals Saturday night. Our trophy case is starting to get full, but it is a nice problem to have."

In softball, Jonesboro only had to play twice after Morrow, Forest Park and North Clayton failed to complete the event.

The Lady Cardinals latched on to the strong pitching effort of Heather Lowry and beat Mt. Zion and Lovejoy to claim their fourth straight title.

Jonesboro, which got a late start on the season, has only played 12 games but is 10-2 overall. The Lady Cardinals are unbeaten in region action.

In volleyball, the Lady Cardinals are also starting to establish some tradition. In just five years of competition, Jonesboro has won three county titles, including two straight.

The Lady Cardinals have haven't lost a regular-season match since 2002.

Both Jonesboro teams return to action today. In softball, the Lady Cardinals play at Mt. Zion at 5. The volleyball team is home for games against Henry and Morrow.