Enquirer Herald

Spring Sports roundup - April 3, 2008

-- compiled by Gene Graham

CHS girls finish in top four in tourney, eye region

CLOVER -- The Clover High School girls' softball team, unbeaten in region play, finished in the top four in last week's Azalea Tournament at Summerville.

The Lady Blue Eagles closed strong, defeating Laurens, host Summerville and Hanahan.

"It's the first time we've advanced that far and won games the last day of the tournament," head coach Shea Hall said. "Our kids stepped up."

Clover also had wins over Kempsville (Tenn.) and Belton Honea Path, with losses to strong Brookland-Cayce and Stratford teams.

Hall said ace hurler Shay Jackson pitched well and Brittany Jo Bowman had a good tournament.

"Competing in the Summerville tournament was a good experience, and, hopefully, a springboard to playing well when we return to Region 3-AAAA play," Hall said of this week's games.

"We're happy to be where we are in the region and know we have some tough games the remainder of the season," she said. "We play York twice and playing all of the region teams a second time will be a challenge.

"We know teams will come after us but it's a good position to be in."

The Lady Blue Eagles play at Lancaster Friday at 7 p.m.

The results of Tuesday's Fort Mill game at home and Wednesday's Indian Land game on the road came in after Enquirer-Herald's sports deadline and will appear in next week's Spring Sports Roundup.

Lady Cougars focus on region play

YORK -- With a competitive showing in last week's Azalea Tournament under their belts, the York Comprehensive High Lady Cougar softball team shifts the focus to crucial games in Region 3-AAAA play.

The YCHS girls were in the mix in the region standings at 5-2 entering this week's play.

"We'll know a lot by the end of the week about where we stand in the region," head coach Nickie Templeton said. "We're not out of the race and have the opportunity to move up."

The Lady Cougars play at Gaffney Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in a nonregion game.

Said Templeton, "Gaffney is a good team but our focus is on the region at this stage of the season."

The Lady Cougars won the first two games of last week's Azalea Tournament in Summerville, defeating Seymour (Tex.) and Air Port High School.

"Lauren Donald and Tori Bailey pitched well and we had timely hitting," noted Templeton.

York fell to Berea and Summerville the next day.

"We made some errors and our chemistry was off," Templeton said. "We couldn't muster enough hits."

The Lady Cougars lost to a strong Darlington team the last day of the tournament.

The results of games played earlier this week against Northwestern, Lancaster and Nation Ford will appear in next week's Spring Sports Roundup.

YCHS strength participants advance to state

YORK -- Several York Comprehensive High School strength participants will be competing in the state strength meet April 12 in Columbia.

Varsity team members competing in the state based on qualifying in region competition include:

Vernon Mills, second in region, 160 pounds; Chad Ledford, fourth, 170; Chris White, fourth, 180; Nick Feemster, second, 190; Brandon Martin and Adrion Crawford, third, 205; Billy Donahue, second, 220.

Junior varsity qualifiers, 15 and under, include:

Logan Bass, fourth, 170; Omario Bigger, first, 180; Nathan Patrick, third, 190; Malik White, third, 205; Chris Suggs, first, 220.