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WEEKEND RECAP: Forsyth Central boys, West Forsyth girls cross country teams win big events
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Forsyth County News

From staff reports


Forsyth Central at Warpath

BOYS: With its patented pack running, the Bulldogs finished first with 103 points to win the Warpath Invitational in Canton on Saturday.

Central had four runners in the top 20: Cole Gizelbach (11th, 16:33), Will Hasse (12th, 16:35), Calan Gizelbach (14th, 16:40) and Wes Bacastow (20th, 16:49.).

Reese Mitchell finished 46th (17:16) to round out the Bulldogs’ field.

GIRLS: Bonnie McKinnon came in 18th in 19:39 and the Lady Bulldogs finished 10th out of 25 teams Saturday.

Other notable performances for Central came from Shana McLochlin (59th, 20:51), Ashley Malone (76th, 21:20), Lauren Springsteen (87th, 21:39) and Meredith Edwards (88th, 21:39).

South Forsyth at Warpath

BOYS: Matt Patterson had a top 10 finish to help the War Eagles come in third and first among Class AAAAAA teams with 140 points Saturday in Canton.

Patterson finished in 16:20 to place seventh overall and second among Class AAAAAA runners.

South also got strong performances from Trevor Kane (20th, 17:01), Sean Catania (22rd, 17:05), Luke Francis (34th, 17:06) and Nicholas Warner (36th, 17:08).

GIRLS:  With three runners in the top 10, the Lady War Eagles dominated on Saturday with 63 points, 36 points better than the next closest school (Etowah).

South senior Savannah Carnahan led the way finishing second in 17:41. Kaylee Dupont came in fourth in 18:42 and Milicent Bergey was sixth in 19:03.

The Lady War Eagles also got strong runs from Emma Maisel (18th, 19:37) and Jordan Mund (37th, 20:25).

West Forsyth at Coach Daley

BOYS: John Green continued his strong senior campaign, finishing first in 16:14 to help the Wolverines place second with 83 points behind McIntosh (50) at the 5th Annual Coach Daley Invitational on Saturday in Newnan.

Matt Bissett joined Green in the top 10 with a seventh-place finish in 17:23.

Other strong performers for West were Nick Lyon (25th, 18:31), Graham Bowers (26th, 18:38) and Nathan Kemnitz (28th, 18:40).

GIRLS: The Wolverines remained perfect on the season, winning their fourth event by placing all five runners in the top 20 to finish with 44 points on Saturday, ahead of runner-up Union Grove (50).

Mallory Luskus (third, 20:14) and Reagan Poteet (fourth, 20:18) led the way for West, but the Lady Wolverines also got impressive runs from Amanda MacArthur (ninth, 20:50), Julie Ericson (12th, 21:15) and Stephanie Shea (18th, 21:46).


Horizon Christian 35, Unity Christian 18

Whenever Unity gave Horizon a test, the Warriors always had the answer.

Jacob Grinstead ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, and Horizon bounced back Saturday from a lopsided loss a week ago to improve to 3-1 this season.

John Michael Booth rushed for 135 yards on 13 carries and caught two passes for 39 yards and a touchdown, while Daniel Durnwald caught a 25-yard touchdown pass. Dillon Taylor added 49 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Horizon’s defense, led by Peter Oh (eight tackles), held Unity to 268 yards of offense, including just 50 rushing yards.

Horizon took its largest lead in the first half at 21-6 on Taylor’s 6-yard touchdown run, but Unity responded with one of quarterback Cameron Atkinson’s two touchdown passes to make it 21-12 after missing a two-point conversion. Atkinson finished 21-for-36 for 218 yards with an interception.

But each time Unity threatened, Horizon responded despite losing two fumbles.


Local teams compete at All-City Play Date

Lambert and South Forsyth each went 3-1 at the Lady War Eagles’ 3rd Annual All-City Play Date on Saturday.

West Forsyth went 2-2.

Ashley Cruise had 35 kills as the Lady Longhorns defeated East Coweta (25-18, 25-14), Etowah (25-18, 25-18) and Sequoyah (25-23, 25-14) and lost to North Cobb (17-25, 25-18, 9-15). Kendall Barrett had 65 assists, and Jordyn Moellering had 54 digs to reach 1,000 for her career.

Taylor Ashcraft had 30 kills and 24 digs as the Lady Wolverines defeated Landmark Christian (25-21, 25-19) and Sequoyah (25-21, 25-22) and lost to Etowah (20-25, 25-17, 10-15) and Lassiter (16-25, 21-25).

West got strong offensive performances from Hannah Owens (26 kills), Chloe Lance (14) and Jaz Berry (11), Jordan Leitch and Rachel Hart had 39 and 32 assists respectively, while Abbey Riggins had 25 digs and Danielle Menningmann added 17.

South defeated East Coweta (25-21, 25-11), Landmark Christian (21-25, 26-24, 15-12) and Lassiter (25-18, 25-12) and lost to North Cobb (22-25, 29-31).