Coweta Sports Digest: Singleton takes 8th at state in hurdlesBy CHRIS GOLTERMANN firstname.lastname@example.org East Coweta senior David Singleton finished eighth on Saturday in the Class AAAAA 110-meter high hurdles to cap off the Indians’ 11-point, two-man effort at this year’s Georgia Olympics in Jefferson.
Singleton, who set a new school record this year in the hurdles, stuttered a bit out of the blocks but recovered to cross with a time of 14.98 after qualifying in Friday’s preliminaries.
Complete team scores from the GHSA Class AAAAA state meet were unavailable at deadline.
Newnan girls unable to extend season in Class AAAAA quarterfinals
Lady Cougars unable to extend season: Seniors Maggie McDaniel and McKynsey Douglas each scored three goals but it wasn’t enough for Newnan’s girls lacrosse team to get past a Walton lineup that hasn’t lost a game to an in-state opponent since mid March.
The Lady Raiders, who won Area 2-AAAAA, advanced to the state semifinals for the second consecutive season with a 22-7 victory over the Lady Cougars.
Newnan ends its season 10-8-2 after reaching the Class AAAAA Elite 8 for the second straight year as well.
McDaniel, who is headed to Piedmont College on a lacrosse scholarship in the fall, scored three of Newnan’s five goals before halftime while trying to keep the Lady Cougars in the game.
Douglas opened the scoring nearly eight minutes into the game as the team tried to get its offense on track against a Walton defense that hasn’t allowed double digits in scoring since March 19.
Douglas, who is headed to play at Coastal Carolina, added two assists in the loss. Rebecca Landrum also scored in the first half that came a mere 21 seconds after her teammate opened the scoring.
Savannah Ohliger capped off Newnan’s offensive output with 16 seconds remaining.McDaniel and Sydney Garmany finished with five ground balls. Sophomore goalies Lindsay Stewart and Morgan Garner combined for eight saves. Gaby Busby, Micala Brown, Emily Fusan and Jaquline Witt each added one ground ball each and Douglas had two in her final varsity game.
East Coweta’s boys also were eliminated in the Class AAAAA Elite 8 with a loss at Lassiter.
Indians senior Bronson Smith earned Second Team All-State honors while setting a school record for scoring. Newnan senior Josh Skinner was named an All-State honorable mention.
The Times-Herald will name its All-County girls and boys lacrosse teams later this month.
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Matthews nominated for Bowl game
Varsity football teams continue spring practice periods this week leading up to several scrimmage games scheduled for this Friday.
Recently, Newnan High senior Tray Matthews was among 34 rising high school seniors in Georgia that were nominated to play in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Of 400 nominees nationally, 90 will be invited to play in the bowl game scheduled for Jan. 5, 2013.
Hopkins signs with Point University
Former Northgate High basketball standout Brannon Hopkins recently signed with Point University’s program following two seasons at Chattahoochee Tech.
Hopkins, a 5-7 left-handed point guard, averaged 10.4 points per game last season at CTC, fourth-best on the team. He also finished the year third in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association in 3-point percentage at 39 percent
Point is led by head coach Alan Wilson, who is entering his seventh season as men’s basketball coach at the college and 16th season overall with the school.
“Brannon is just quick as lightning and he’s going to be hard to stop,” Wilson said. “He’s going to be fighting for a starting job this year.”