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May was a busy month for all spring sports teams
The 2007 year in review continues with baseball, soccer, track and field and more
RHHS soccer star Mackenzie Qua (surrounded by her RHHS teammates and coaches) signs a letter of intent to attend Gainesville's Brenau University. - photo by File photo

May 2 – The Redskin baseball team secures a spot at state with a 7-6 win over Jenkins. Top players included Wesley Wilkes, Ricky Myrick, Aaron Dudley, Andrew Cook, Trey Boatright, Justin Covington and Kurt Shuman.

- In Columbus, both the boys and girls RHHS soccer teams bow out of the state playoffs. Hardaway beat the boys to end their season 11-4-2 and Harris County edged out the girls. To give you an idea about what kind of the season the girls had, take a look at the following stats attributed to it: highest number of wins in program history (15), most successful senior class in program history 54-15-6 (78 percent wins), 5 players scoring in double figures for the season, most players in program history to score at least one point, most shots on goal for season (437, or 26 per game), lowest goals against average in program history (.65), and most shutouts in program history (10).

- RHHS baseball continues their winning streak with a 14-4 win over Hepzibah, putting them at 18-6. Top players included Cameron Corbin, Scott Strickland, Josh Futch, Matt Schlag, Jeremey Goolsby, John Johnson, Aaron Pittsley and Raul Rodriguez.

- At the state playoffs in Columbus, the Wildcat tennis team claims a 4-1 victory over Spalding County to advance to the Elite Eight. Among the victors were singles players Michael Zhu, Huy Phan and Jason Trankle and the doubles teams of Chris/Lee Noonburg and John Rush/Joe Feck.

- Although it wasn’t enough to advance to the state competition, several RHHS track runners place personal bests at regionals in Burke County. This includes Patricia Martinez, Janell McKinney, Jillian Yontz, Donald Roberts and Cody Hall.

May 5 - RHHS student Sara Baker signs a letter of intent to attend Milligan College on a shared academic and athletic scholarship. Baker, an accomplished swimmer, was enlisted by the Milligan Buffaloes swim team.

-The Wildcat baseball team beats Cross Creek before a narrow loss to BC garners them a fourth place seeding going into state.

-The Redskin baseball team continues their hot streak with a 10-0 win over Claxton and 1-0 over Johnson.

May 9 – At state, the RHHS netters narrowly lose to Columbus to shut them out of the Final Four. It all came down to a tie with all eyes on the final doubles match with Chris and Lee Noonburg. The brothers went toe to toe before a one point differential teetered the tournament vie in favor of Columbus.

- Jordan East becomes the second swimmer/RHHS student to gain an athletic scholarship when she inks with North Carolina’s Wingate University.

- Three new head coaches are announced as headed to RHHS for the following year. JV softball coach Jodi Reagan is lined up to replace Allen Cox for the varsity top spot, AASU assistant girls basketball coach Elizabeth Lyons-Bennett is slated to replace interim girls basketball coach Wade Wright, and Glennville Middle School basketball coach William Altman is lined up to replace varsity boys coach Tom Morris.

May 12 – RHHS soccer stars Laura Nunnery and Brian Wood are both honored as a tie is declared for the Bryan County News’ April Athlete of the Month award.

May 16 – At the 3-A state baseball tournament in Turner County, Turner beat BCHS to knock the Skins out of the running for a state title. BCHS claimed one state-level victory in a best of three series.

- At the 3-AAA state baseball tournament in Columbus, the Wildcats are sent home after a first round loss to Columbus, the hosting number one seed. This ends the season with a record-breaking 19 wins, team batting average of .370 and RBI’s 198.

- At the 3-A state track meet, D.J. McElroy gets second place for the long jump, fifth in the triple jump and sixth place for 110 meter high hurdles, and sixth in the 400 meter relay with Alkeem Collins, Ivey Mutcherson and Willie Deloach.

- BCHS golf concludes their season with a top ten finish at the 3-A state competition in Columbus. Lindsay Seger, Franny Carter, Meredith Shuman and Jessica Waters all turn in strong performances.

May 23 – The annual black versus gold Wildcat football game caps off spring training and gives a preview of the upcoming regular season.

- BCHS honors its spring athletes with an awards banquet. Among the winners are: girls basketball’s Red Bowers award - Tara Miles; boys basketball’s Red Bowers award - Willie DeLoach; Low Medalist Awards for golf - Chris Roberts and Jessica Waters; Tennis MVPs – Ashley Barfield and Trey Boatright; High Point Awards for track – Darrell "D.J." McElroy and Rebecca Horton; baseball MVP – Wesley Wilkes; Athletes of the Year – Ashley Barfield and D.J. McElroy; Coach of the Year – Karen Lynn.

- RHHS baseball awards are handed out. Among the winners are MVP Matt Schlag, JV MVP Cody Rushing, Coaches Award winner Scott Strickland, and Rookie of the Year Steven Boaen.

May 26 – RHHS baseball star Scott Strickland is honored by the Hinesville Officiating Association with the group’s Player of the Year award.

May 30 – "Double Gobble", a pro fishing team based in Richmond Hill, aim toward winning the FLW national championship. The team is made up of Richmond Hill businessmen Ellis Phillips, Rodney Rogers, Steve Miller, Michael Hodges and Mark Gerrald.

- RHHS soccer star Mackenzie Qua signs a letter of intent to attend Gainesville’s Brenau University on an athletic scholarship.

- RHHS soccer stars-turned Division 1 college soccer stars Adel Mustafa and Leslie McConnell give back to their roots by heading up an RHRA soccer camp for young kids.


More to come.

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