Flowery Branch’s top-ranked boys cross country team took first place at the Marist Benson Double Dip on Saturday in Atlanta, while the girls team placed 16th.
Falcons coach Tim Sorrells was particularly pleased that his runners outpaced Woodward Academy, which held the top spot in the all-classification rankings last week. The Falcons’ combined time of 1 hour, 29 minutes, 12 seconds edged the War Eagles’ total of 1:29:13 by only one second.
Miguel Martinez turned in the Falcons’ top finish with a time of 17:31, good enough for ninth overall, but the team’s real strength came in the form of consistency.
All five of the Falcons’ top runners placed in the top 20 overall.
COLLINS HILL 6, BUFORD 5: Five unearned runs led to Buford’s first loss since Oct. 17, 2012 on Saturday in Buford.
Collins Hill scored five runs in the top of the first and dodged a scare in the bottom of the seventh when Buford (12-1, 5-0 Region 7-AAA) put the tying run on third and winning run on second.
For Buford, Drew Puckett went 2 for 2 with a home run and three runs scored, Tessa Daniels went 2 for 3 with a run scored, and Baylee Sexton finished 2 for 3 with an RBI.
The Lady Wolves return to region play Tuesday when they host North Hall at 5:30 p.m.
JEFFERSON 5, JACKSON COUNTY 4: The Lady Dragons edged Jackson County in a game held Saturday at North Gwinnett High School in Suwanee. Caitlin Cantrell picked up the win in the circle for Jefferson (9-4, 5-1 Region 8-AA). The Lady Dragons visit to Washington-Wilkes for a doubleheader on Tuesday.
LUMPKIN COUNTY 15, JOHNSON 1: Chelsea Oliver threw a no-hitter with four strikeouts for the Lady Indians on Thursday. Karlie Gooch tallied two RBIs on three hits for Lumpkin County, and Sydney Kinard had an RBI on two hits.
EAST HALL DOWNS EAST JACKSON: Kara Hix led East Hall with 27 digs, nine service points, five aces and four kills in a win against East Jackson (25-14, 25-13) and a loss to North Oconee (25-14, 25-17) on Thursday.
Jessica Chmiel added 15 assists, nine digs and six service points for the Lady Vikings (17-8, 1-1 Region 5-AAA), and Tarryn Long tallied 16 kills, nine digs, an assist and a block.
East Hall plays host to St. Pius X and Buford on Tuesday in Gainesville.
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