High school roundup: Columbus, Harris County win championships

FROM STAFF REPORTSOctober 10, 2013 

FAIRBURN, Ga. -- The Columbus High volleyball team won its ninth area championship on Thursday night and got a little revenge in the process.

The Lady Blue Devils won the Area 3-AAAA by beating host Sandy Creek twice 25-17, 25-16 in the winners bracket final, then 25-23, 25-15, 25-16 in the championship game.

It was Sandy Creek, which beat Columbus for the area title last season.

Columbus will host a first-round match in the state tournament on Wednesday.Thursday at Sandy Creek

Match 1

Columbus 25 25

Sandy Creek 17 16Match 2Columbus 25 25 25

Sandy Creek 23 15 16

Leaders: Columbus Brianna Gogins 11 kills, 5 blocks, 3 aces, 4 digs; Shardonee Hayes 15 kills, 2 blocks; Natalie Twyford 9 kills, 4 blocks, 3 digs; Michelle Vatral 8 kills, dig; Ki'Anna Duncan 24 digs, 4 aces, 5 assists. Records: Columbus 38-14. Next match: Columbus, home Wednesday time, opponent TBA.

NORTHSIDE MAKES STATE

LEESBURG, Ga. -- Northside had to win to advance to the Class AAAAA state playoffs. But the Lady Patriots were down a set and down 16-8 in the second before rallying for a 19-25, 25-21, 25-12 victory over Lee County.

The win gives the No. 2 seed from Area 1-AAAAA.

Morganne Harper had 22 caes to lead Northside, which will host a first-round match next Thursday.Thursday at Lee County

Northside 19 25 25

Lee County 25 21 12

Leaders: Carly Smart ace, 2 blocks, 8 kills, 8 digs; Katie Jordan 2 aces, 7 kills, dig; Caitlyn Jakes 3 blocks, 6 kills, dig; Morganne Harper ace, dig, 22 assists; Daijah Fullwood 4 blocks, dig. Records: Northside 28-13. Next match: Northside, host Thursday, TBA.

HARRIS COUNTY SWEEPS

HAMILTON, Ga. -- Harris County beat Hardaway 25-14, 25-14 to win the Area 1-AAAAA championship.

The Lady Tigers also beat Spencer 18-25, 25-14, 25-9.

Harris County, which will host a first-round match in the state tournament on Thursday, was led by Alex Bechard, who had 27 assists and 10 digs.Thursday at Hamilton

Match 1

Hardaway 14 14

Harris Co. 25 25Match 2Spencer 25 14 9

Harris Co. 18 25 25

Leaders: Harris County Sarah Howard 3 aces, 25 kills, block, 6 assists; Livvy Peterson ace, 12 kills, block, 4 assists, 4 digs; Lexie Mickle 14 aces, 6 kills, 5 assists, 16 digs; Faith Pearson 2 aces, 5 kills, 3 blocks, 5 digs, 2 aces; Alex Bechard 6 aces, 3 kills, 27 assists, 10 digs. Records: Harris County 31-10. Next match: Harris County, home Thursday, first round of Class AAAAA state tournament.

SMITHS STATION WINS

Smiths Station beat Central 25-16, 25-15, 23-25, 25-18.Thursday at Central

Smiths Station 25 25 23 25

Central 16 15 25 18

Leaders: Central Erin Spencer 22 attacks, 20 kills, 35 blocks, 2 aces; Isa Jenkins 12 attacks, 6 kills, 15 blocks, ace; Anthonia Oladeojo 9 attacks, 8 kills, 15 blocks; Victoria Ficklin 11 attacks, 8 kills, 33 blocks, 35 assists, 4 aces; Kim Clark 31 digs, 45 rec. Records: Central 18-10. Next match: Central, home Tuesday, vs. Jeff Davis.

SOFTBALL

COLUMBUS 15,SANDY CREEK 0

Mary Catherine Smith picked up the win with a three-inning no-hitter and also went 3-for-3 at the plate, driving in three runs to lead Columbus to the rout of Sandy Creek to win the Region 5-AAAA championship.

Sydney Sprague, Megan Parker and Layne Brock drove in two runs apiece for the Lady Blue Devils, who will host a first-round series in the state tournament on Wednesday.Thursday at Lakebottom

Sandy Creek 000 --0 0 6

Columbus 177 --15 9 1

WP--Mary Catherine Smith (NA). LP--Shirah. Hitting leaders--Columbus Sydney Sprague 1-3, 2B, R, 2RBI; Hillary Waters 1-2, R, RBI; Megan Parker 1-2, 2B, 2R, 2RBI; Mary Catherine Smith 3-3, 2B, R, 3RBI; Layne Brock 1-1, R, 2RBI. Records--Columbus 21-7. Next--Columbus, NA.

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NORTHSIDE FOURTH

LEESBURG, Ga. -- Northside split a pair of games in the Region 1-AAAAA tournament, beating Hardaway 12-0, then losing to Thomas County central 3-2.

The split meant the Lady Patriots finished fourth in the region tournament. They will play at either Richmond Hill or Effingham County in the first round of the state tournament on Wednesday.Wednesday at Leesburg

Game 1

Hardaway 000 0 --0 1 7

Northside 413 4 --12 6 2

WP--Cora Beth Hudgins. LP--Arwood. Hitting leaders--Northside Madison Wilson 1-3, 2R, 2RBI.Game 2

Northside 000 002 0 --2 5 1

TCC 001 001 1 --3 5 2

WP--NA. LP--Allison Sievers. Hitting leaders--Northside Ellen Clegg 2-3, 2B. Records--Northside 15-17. Next--Northside, first round state tournament, Wednesday.Tuesday at Leesburg

Bainbridge 110 00 --2 4 5

Northside 100 01 --3 4 2

WP--Hudgins . LP--NA. Hitting leaders--Northside Sarah Horne 2-3, RBI; Madison Wilson 2-4, RBI.

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