The Jefferson High boys track and field team is in second place with 60 points after the first day of the Region 8-AA meet on Friday at Jefferson. North Oconee sits in first with 62 points.
Jefferson placed both state qualifiers from the region in the pole vault with defending Class AA state champion Tyler Porter (13 feet, 6 inches) and Sky Porter (12-0).
Josh Kles won the shot put (51-05.25) and discus (145-0) for the Dragons. Derrick Perkins placed second in the triple jump (43-11).
The Riverside Military Academy Eagles are in fifth place with 21 points. Points were won by junior Tarvin Dukes with a fourth-place finish in shot put and a third-place finish in discus. Dukes’ throws were of 43-7 in the shot and 129-4 in the discus. Additional points were won by Bill McCoy with a high jump of 6-0 to take third place and a triple jump of 40-5 to finish fifth.
The second day of the meet is today with track finals.
UNION COUNTY 10, EAST JACKSON 8 (Game 1): UNION COUNTY 11, EAST JACKSON 0 (Game 2): Dalton Everett had a three-run home run with four RBIs Friday in Commerce to lead the Panthers to their first playoff berth since 1995.
With the win, Union County (18-7) is the No. 3 seed in the playoffs from Region 8-AA, and visits Callaway for a best-of-three playoff series next Friday in Hogansville. Zach Odom and Brady McCarter each drove in a pair of runs in the first game for Union County.
In Game 2, McCarter had eight strikeouts on the mound and had two hits at the plate. Odom was 2-for-2 with a home run, four RBIs and four runs scored. Skylar Smith and Everett each drove in a pair of runs for Union County.
WHITE COUNTY 9, CHESTATEE 2: David Sosebee moved to 7-0 on the mound this season with 13 strikeouts while allowing two hits Friday in Cleveland. Hayden Cummins had a solo home run in the first inning and finished the game 2-for-4 for White County.
Cody Ansley, a senior, was 3-for-3 with three runs scored for the Warriors (19-6, 14-5 Region 7-AAA) and Bo Medlock had three singles.
Chestatee’s Alex Moore had a solo home run.
White County awaits an opponent to be determined to open the playoffs next Friday. Chestatee’s season is now finished.