LOCAL NOTEBOOK: Newton tennis gets by Luella

Newton girls tennis slips past Luella 3-2

The Newton girls tennis team nipped Luella 3-2 Thursday in Region 2-AAAAAA play.

The Rams lost the first two matches but rallied to win the final three, getting wins at No. 2 singles from Brishanti Weaver, who won 8-5 over Terry Alexander; at No. 3 singles, as Irman Soriano defeated Haley Wooten, 9-8 and 7-3 in a tiebreaker; and at No. 2 doubles, where Ify Egbulem and Ashley Jean-Baptiste were 8-4 winners over Carson Powell and Taylor Robinson.

"I am extremely pleased with the way our team played today," Newton coach Michael Bryan said. "They were down early and never lost their composure. We still have a lot of growing to do as a team, but I really enjoyed the effort today."


COVINGTON -- It was Tristan Payne's night Friday in Covington. Payne tossed a complete game and hit a three-run home run and two-run triple to lead Alcovy to a 13-1, Region 2-AAAAAA victory over county rival Newton.

The Tigers improved to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in league play heading into a road contest at Luella on Tuesday.Seminoles, Patriots fallMONROE -- Salem started 7-0 on the baseball field, but after Thursday's blowout loss, the Seminoles are going through their first losing streak of the season. Monroe Area knocked around several Salem pitchers in a 15-7 win in nonregion play.The Seminoles (7-2) lost 3-2 to county rival Rockdale earlier in the week."We didn't play well this week. But overall, we had a good nonregion portion of the schedule," Salem coach Chad Kitchens said.

Adam Hood started and allowed seven earned runs in just 1 innings, while Jason Howell, Ryan Read and Tiwuan Head also gave up runs, though Read's run was unearned. Jordan Scott, Reed Hill and Alex Fernatt each had three hits for the Seminoles, who are still averaging nearly 12 runs per game.

Salem begins Region 8-AAAAA play on the road at defending state champion Loganville on Monday at 5:55 p.m.

"From here on out, all games matter in terms of determining the postseason," Kitchens said. "We will continue to work hard every day and give our best approach."

Back in Conyers, the struggles continued for Heritage as Apalachee won 3-0 in the Region 8-AAAAA opener. Dominic Bazzani started and took the loss for Heritage, allowing just two hits in four innings, but his balk forced in one run and an error chased home Apalachee's other two runs.

Heritage (1-8, 0-1) collected just three hits in dropping its fifth consecutive game, while Apalachee (6-5, 1-0) won its fourth straight. The teams play again Monday in Winder.


Alcovy girls beat Luella

MCDONOUGH -- Alex Brown scored a goal with two minutes to play in the first overtime period, lifting the Alcovy girls to a 3-2 victory over Luella in Region 2-AAAAAA play Friday.

Alcovy stayed unbeaten at 3-0 in league play with the win and climbed back over the .500 mark overall at 5-4.

"They were excited, big game (and) Luella had a good team," Alcovy coach Phillip Davidson said. "Kind of put us in charge of our destiny in the region."

Eastside girls take down Lumpkin

DAHLONEGA -- The Eastside girls got a goal from Kylee Byrne with 1:42 left in the second half to slip by Lumpkin County 1-0 in Region 8-AAAA play. With the win, the Eagles snapped a five-game losing streak.

"It was a defensive battle," Eastside coach Joel Singleton said.