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West Lowndes boys track team wins district title; girls take third


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WINONA -- The West Lowndes High School boys track and field team won the Mississippi High School Class 1A, District 5 meet Friday at Winona High. 


Teams scores for both meets, which also featured Weir, Nanih Waiya, Noxapater, French Camp, and Ethel, weren't available. The West Lowndes girls took third. The top four finishers in each event advance to the Class 1A-Region 3 meet, which will be Saturday at Canton High. 


On the boys side, Micheal Williams teamed with Shaquille Sharp, Eric Harris, and Jevontrae Williams to win the 4x100-meter relay in a time of 46.16 seconds. He also won the high jump (5 feet, 8 inches), was second in the long jump (19-10), and won the triple jump (38-3 1/2). Sharp was second on the 100 (12.08) and 200 (24.11), while Harris was third in both events (12.14, 24.74). 


Joshua King won the 400 (57.54), teamed with Harris, Sharp, and Jevontrae Williams to help the 4x200 relay team take second (1:39), and teamed with Barry Crump, Xavier Franklin, and Max Smith on the second-place 4x400 relay team (4:04), Crump was second in the 400 (57.88), Damian Turner was third in the 3,200 (12 minutes, 55 seconds), Daniel Davis was fourth in the 300 hurdles (49.71), Anthony Liddell was fourth in the high jump (5-6), third in the long jump (18-0), and second in the triple jump (37-8), Devonte Koger was third in the shot put (38-9), and Tory Evans was fourth in the shot put (36-3) and third in the discus (84-0). 


On the girls side, Zabasjia Price won the 300 hurdles (55.63). She also won the high jump (4-2). Lashandia Washington was third in the 100 (14.58), Rosalind Ellis and Edleishia Sherrod were second and fourth in the 800 (3:14, 3:28), the team of Amber Benson, Sherrod, Ellis, and Washington was fourth in the 4x100 relay (1:02) and fourth in the 4x200 (2:09), Quintasia Brewer, Breshandia Brooks, Edmariah Sherrod, and a fourth runner finished fourth in the 4x400 relay (5:49), Diamond Rice was fourth in the long jump (12-11) and third in the triple jump (25-9 1/2), and Edmariah Sherrod was fourth in the triple jump (23-3 1/2). 


n Oxford sweeps girls, boys titles at Class 5A, Division 2 meet: At Oxford, The Oxford High School girls and boys team earned district titles last week, beating West Point, New Hope, and Saltillo. 


On the girls side, Oxford took first with 110.5 points. West Point (59 points) and New Hope (56) took second and third. On the boys side, Oxford (122) outdistanced West Point (64) and New Hope (37). 


The top four finishers in each event advance to the region meet. 


In the girls meet, New Hope's Mercedes Mattix won the 100 and 200 meters (12.97, 26.06). Shanae Hunt finished second in both races (13.06, 26.54). Mattix also won the 400 (59.4). Hunt took third in that race (1:08.62). New Hope's Kennedi Sanders won the 100 and 300 hurdles (16.56, 49.99). She also was second in the high jump (4-10) and second in the triple jump (31-3 1/2). The 4x200 relay team won with a time of 1:47.84. 


For West Point, Kamaria Pigram was fourth in the 100 (13.75), Tia Binder was fourth in the 400 (1:10.34), Chelsea Landon was third in the 100 hurdles (18.56) and second in the 300 hurdles (54.15), Shamaya Lyles was third in the 300 hurdles (55.26) and third in the triple jump (31-1), the girls 4x100 relay team was second (54.14), the 4x200 and the 4x400 relay teams took third and second (1:54.98, 4:41.94), Alexis Gates won the high jump (5 feet), Fantasia Shelton was third in the high jump (4-10) and fourth in the triple jump (30-6), Lasharoka West won the long jump (15-0), Shakandis Spraggins was fourth in the shot put (30-2), Tyshia McCurry was second in the discus (89-1 1/2), and Joshulynn Melton was fourth in the discus (65-7). 


In the boys meet, West Point's Peair Howard won the 100 (11.22) and was second in the 200 (22.65). Donquenta Ewing was fourth in the 100 (11.75) and third in the 200 (23.68), Desmond Chandler was third in the 400 (55.01), Isiah Tallie and Ariontae Warren were second and third in the 110 hurdles (17.17, 17.74), Tallie was second in the 300 hurdles (42.93), the 4x200 relay team won with a time of 1:31.64, the 4x400 team was second (3:47.04), Warren won the high jump (5-10), Nick Melton was fourth in the high jump (5-4) and third in the triple jump (39-3 1/2), Juwon Roberts was third in the long jump (19-1 1/2), Randall Johnson was fourth in the triple jump (39-2), and Ladarius Gallion and Tray Bennett were third and fourth in the shot put (40-8, 40-3). 


For New Hope, Jaquinn Weatherspoon was third in the 100 (11.68), Gianni Stennis was fourth in the 400 (57.69), Silvanious Johnson won the 800 (2:06.93) and was third in the 1,600 (4:53.43), Quartez Temple was third in the 300 hurdles (43.29), the 4x100 relay team was second (45.63), the 4x200 relay team was third (1:37.28), the 4x400 team was third (3:50.22), James Hill won the triple jump (41-0), and George Perkins was fourth in the discus (90-6 3/4). 




n Caledonia 3, Senatobia 2: At Senatobia: Cara Hopper pitched a complete-game two-hitter Saturday night to lead the Lady Confederates in game one of their MHSAA Class 4A North State playoffs play-in series. 


Hopper struck out eight and had a single and a double. Hope Burton had a single and a sacrifice, Sarah Beth Kinard and Gracie McCleskey had singles and Cassie Obman had two singles. 


"It was a great team effort," said Caledonia coach Robin Elmore, who praised Obman for filling in for injured Taylor Renth at catcher. Renth injured herself last week in a game against Hamilton High. Elmore said Renth is out for the rest of the season. 


Caledonia will play host to Senatobia at 4 p.m. in game two of the best-of-three series. If needed, game three will follow approximately 20 minutes after game two. Caledonia will recognize its seniors after the action. 


n New Hope 6, Nanih Waiya 0; New Hope 6, Newton County 4: The Lady Trojans tuned up Saturday for the start of the MHSAA Class 5A playoffs later this week with two victories. 


Against Nanih Waiya, Lauren Holifield pitched a complete-game four-hitter. She struck out nine. She also had two hits, including a home run, and four RBIs. D.J. Sanders had an RBI. 


Against Newton County, Kaitlin Oswalt had a double, triple, and four RBIs. Erin Stanfield had a single and an RBI, and Taylor Blevins had a sacrifice. 


Sanders scattered eight hits in the complete-game effort. She walked on and struck out five. 




n Columbus 7, New Hope 6: At Columbus, The Falcons built a 7-0 lead and then held on Saturday for their victory at Sammy Fletcher Field. 


"It was a good win against a great program in a playoff atmosphere," Columbus coach Jeff Cook said. "I was proud of the way we played defensively. Christian pitched well, and we finally got some breaks in the big inning. Hopefully this will kick-start us back to playing well before the playoffs begin." 


Christian Dale started on Senior Night for Columbus. He worked out of trouble in the top of the first inning after singles by Landon Boyd and Tee Payne. A walk to Taylor Stafford loaded the bases before Dale escaped the jam by getting Rooke Coleman to ground into a 1-2-3 double play. 


In the third, Will Golsan doubled and Stafford singled, but Dale struck out two and used a defensive play by Greg Sykes to end the threat.  


Columbus scored all seven of its runs in the bottom half of the inning. New Hope had four errors and walked four in the inning. Gavonta Webb and Jimmy Cockrell walked to start the rally. Dale had a bunt single that scored a hustling Webb. Hunter Mullis singled home Cockrell to make it 2-0. Chris McCullough walked to load the bases. Sykes followed with a bloop single over a drawn-in infield that scored Dale. Trace Lee reached on an error that scored two runs. Logan Shackelford and Michael Sturdivant had fielder's choices that scored runs to push the margin to 7-0. 


New Hope cut into the deficit in the fifth on a fielder's choice by Payne and a three-run home run by Coleman. Golsan pitched in the fifth and sixth to keep New Hope in the game.  


In the seventh, Dale (4-2) retired the first two batters before Stafford walked and Payne hit a two-run home run. Lee relieved Dale and struck out the final batter to end the game for his second save. 


Sykes and Dale had two hits for Columbus (17-9), which will open the MHSAA Class 6A North State playoffs at 6 p.m. Friday at Olive Branch. Game two will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Columbus. If needed, game three will follow. 


For New Hope (16-6), Golsan had a single and a double, Boyd had a single, and Austin Oswalt had a double.



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