Thirteen teams from the Bi-City area will be represented at their respective state track and field meets this weekend.
In Georgia, only the boys will compete this weekend. The meet begins Thursday in Jefferson, and Northside High will lead the way as it competes in 10 different events. Tay Sears, who has already signed a track scholarship with Western Kentucky, leads the Patriots in four events. Two of his events, the triple jump and 400, will be solo.
Shaw and Jordan will both participate in six events.
The AHSAA meet will be held Friday through Saturday in Gulf Shores and will be comprised of both the girls and boys teams. Russell County, Smiths Station and Central will each be well represented.
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The Red Devils boys and girls will compete in a combined 22 events, Smiths Station will be in 17 and Russell County 10. Reid McClenny is set to compete in three events — the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 — for Smiths Station.
Glenwood softball heads to state, Central hosts areas
The Lady Gators (23-4) will head to Lagoon Park on Friday for its two-day AISA state tournament.
They draw Tuscaloosa Academy in the first round, and will begin play at 1 p.m. ET. Glenwood is led in the circle by Macy Tucker, who is 22-3 with a 1.62 ERA this season. Offensively, Cailah Niles (.532, 12 home runs, 37 RBIs) and Elizabeth Perdue (.463, six home runs, 32 RBIs) lead the way.
The Lady Gators are 19-4 at the state tournament since 2008 with a third-place finish, three straight titles from 2009-11 and a runner-up finish a year ago. They are, once again, one of the favorites to be there at the end.
Meanwhile, Central High softball will get its postseason started at the Area 5, Class 6A tournament. The tournament, which will be played on Thursday and Friday, will be at Central’s home field.
The Lady Red Devils are the No. 1 seed and will get Smiths Station in the first round. Opelika and Auburn will play in the 2-versus-3 game. Winners of both will meet at 7 Thursday night for a chance to advance to the finals.
The tournament is double-elimination and all games in the loser’s bracket will be played on Saturday.
Columbus boys tennis in quarterfinals
After an exciting victory over Marist in the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs, the Blue Devils advanced to face LaGrange in the state quarterfinals.
That match will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Lakebottom.
It is the first time Columbus has advanced to the quarters since 2008
Columbus (17-6) has lost only six times this season and never by more than a single match. Two of its wins came against LaGrange (14-9) during the regular season and region tournament.
David Mitchell, 706-571-8571; Follow David on Twitter @leprepsports.