Championship Week: District winners determined in track, tennis and golf
By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor
April 9, 2007 - By the end of the week, champions will be crowned in District 11-4A golf, tennis and track, and the playoff picture in softball and baseball will be close to being finished.
This is an extremely busy week in the district, with sporting events on every day except today, when most schools are off for Easter.
The third and final round of the district tournament for boys and girls is scheduled to be played tomorrow at Oak Grove Golf Course at the Red River Army Depot in New Boston, hosted by Texas High.
The Texas High boys have not only have the home course advantage, they have posted an imposing lead over the previous 36 holes. Texas High leads the district with a 586 total, which is 50 strokes better than second-place North Lamar. The SSHS boys are in fourth at 685. The top two teams advance to the regional tournament.
The best chance Sulphur Springs has for advancing is senior Dustin Gideon, whose 145 two-round total is second in the individual standings to Texas High's Zack Fischer. If Gideon can finish in the top six and be one of the top two individuals not on a qualifying team, then he will advance to the regional tournament for the fourth consecutive year.
The SSHS girls, meanwhile, are on their way to the regional tournament as long as they finish the third round. They have a 95-stroke lead over second-place Lindale and a 195-stroke advantage over third-place North Lamar.
Senior Whitney McDaniel leads the individual standings with a 173, followed in second by teammate Britney Cheatham at 176, and in third place by teammate Kylie Littlefield at 183.
Kaitlyn Potts and Miranda Conway are also both in the top 10 individually.
Sulphur Springs boys and girls will be vying for regional berths in tennis when the 11-4A tournament gets underway Tuesday in Mount Pleasant.
The top two in each of the divisions advance to the regional tournament in Denton in two weeks.
The tennis district got much tougher this year when Lindale was added in place of Greenville. Texas High has perennially been one of the toughest teams in the district as well.
The meet gets started at 9 a.m. Tuesday with the first round of boys and girls singles. Doubles are expected to start at about 10 a.m., with mixed doubles at 11 a.m. along with the quarterfinals of girls singles. The tournament will continue Tuesday afternoon with quarterfinals and semifinals in all divisions.
On Wednesday, the tournament resumes at 9 a.m. with third-place and finals matches in all divisions in the morning. Playbacks, if necessary, will be done Wednesday afternoon.
Track and Field
The boys and girls JV and varsity district meet is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at Mount Pleasant.
The top three finishers in each event will qualify for the Region II meet at the University of North Texas in Denton in two weeks.
Partial field events and preliminary running events are scheduled for Wednesday, with the remainder of the field events and running finals on Thursday. A complete schedule will be printed on Tuesday.
The SSHS boys are looking to advance distance runners Graham Northcutt, Kasie Carrell and Tate Ramirez, along with hurdler Daymon Nash, shot putter Demarcus Johnson and high jumper Kaylon Page. They all have some of the best marks among district competitors.
The 4x200 relay team, shot putter Rodney Evans and sprinter Jeff Pitts are also contenders to advance.
Among the girls, half-miler Kelsey Evans and the relay teams all have a shot. Evans and distance runner Cecily Adams qualified for regional last year.
The Lady Cats will host Mount Pleasant on Tuesday in a game that could propel SSHS into second place. First pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Lady Cat Park.
Sulphur Springs (4-3 in district) is tied for third with Lindale, while Mount Pleasant (5-2) is tied for the 11-4A lead with North Lamar.
The Lady Cats beat MP, 3-2, in the first round.
On Friday, the Lady Cats will travel to Lindale for another pivotal game.
The Wildcats will host Mount Pleasant on Tuesday, with the game scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Eagle Stadium.
Sulphur Springs is tied with Texas High atop the 11-4A standings with 4-1 records, while Mount Pleasant has a 1-4 mark.
Sulphur Springs defeated Mount Pleasant in the district opener, 6-1.