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Wildcat soccer finding its stride as season goes on
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Ariana Page (8) in pursuit of ball during Richmond Hill High School’s win over Bradwell Institute last week. Photo by Mike Brown.

After a gut-wrenching 4-3 loss to Glynn Academy the Richmond Hill girls soccer team bounced back in a big way with back-to-back 6-0 shutout wins over Bradwell Institute and Effingham County last week in a pair of Region 2-6A games.

The Wildcats (4-2, 3-1) will be looking to extend their winning streak and strengthen their hold on second-place in the region when they take on South Effingham and Brunswick on Thursday and Friday, respectively. Both of those games will be at Wildcats Stadium with 5 p.m. start times.

They will be part of a doubleheader as Coach Robbie Flanders’ boys team (2-4, 1-3) will play the Mustangs and Pirates at 7 p.m.

Flanders’ team got off to an uncharacteristic slow start before getting its first region win at Effingham County, 4-2, following a 2-1 overtime loss to Glynn Academy.

All of the girls’ have been shutouts while the losses to unbeatens Glynn and St. Vincent’s Academy have been by one goal.

The Wildcats last beat the Terrors in the final game of the 2017 season. Glynn (9-0, 6-0) has now won 25 straight region games.

“This was a really good win for us,” Coach Dorothy Biron said after the win over Bradwell Institute. “Losing to Glynn by one goal was tough.

“It upset them and hit them hard emotionally,” Biron said. “The girls played extra well against Glynn so coming out tonight and getting a win shows their resiliency.”

Adding to the frustration of losing to a team the Wildcats battle annually for region supremacy is the fact their four seniors have never beaten the Terrors.

Richmond Hill last beat Glynn (9-0, 6-0) in the final game of the 2017 season. The two did not play last year due to COVID shutting everything down. Glynn has now won 25 straight region games.

While on the subject of seniors the game with Bradwell was Senior Night for Lexie Merry, Ariana Page, Avril Diaz and Madeline Ward.

Due to COVID restrictions regarding attendance the seniors’ celebration took place after the game and was essentially limited to their teammates and parents. Each was presented with a bouquet of flowers and expressed gratitude and thanks to their teammates and coaches while also mentioning how grateful they were to have the opportunity to play this season.

Merry was accompanied by her parents, Matthew and Kim Merry; Diaz was joined by her mother Mirna Diaz; Page’s parents, Michael and Regina Page, were there, too, as was Ward’s parents James and Hilicia Ward.

Sophomore Courtney Allen and junior Sarah Hungerford had two goals each against Bradwell while Merry and junior Lauren Groneck also scored.

BCHS baseball roster expands

There was also continued good news on the Bryan County baseball front as Coach Justin Covington’s Redskins (8-2, 1-0) opened Region 3-2A play with an 8-3 win over Screven County.

The two teams will play again at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Screven and Bryan County will be looking to win its fourth straight game after dropping a 1-0 pitcher’s duel at Savannah Country Day.

Jeremiah Bowman drove in four runs against the Gamecocks, hot-hitting Konner Leggett had three hits and Jacob Hughes, with shutout relief help from Tanner Ennis and Leggett, picked up the win.

Leggett has gone 7-for-14 with five RBI in Bryan County’s last four games Covington also saw his roster expand by two last Sunday as his wife, Sheena, gave birth to twin boys. Asa Samuel checked in first at six pounds, nine ounces and 20 inches and he was followed by Eli Brent who was 20 and a fourth inches and weighed seven pounds, 12 ounces.

They join two-year-old Asher Levi and the second-year coach said he is already trying to figure out where to play them.

“I now have me either a complete outfield or a starting pitcher, reliever and closer,” Covington said. “Everyone is doing great and Sheena has been an absolute champ.”

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