One of the best

Published 8:16 pm Tuesday, March 30, 2010

This year’s spring sports season has been one of the best ever for Bainbridge High School Bearcats teams.

Coach Nicki Shockley’s Lady Cats tennis team, fresh off winning the championship of this past weekend’s Bainbridge Rotary Invitational Tournament at Bill Reynolds Sports Park Tennis Center, has been outstanding.

The Lady Cats tennis team is led by three strong players, Katie Monson, Kylie McGlincy and Anne Reynolds, at one, two and three singles and a pair of strong doubles teams, Caroline Rollins and Kristen Monson at No. 1 and Kelsey Lambert and Anna Wells at No. 2.

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The Bearcats and Lady Cats track teams of Coach Larry Cosby and Coach Tandria Phillips have finished at or near the top in every meet they have participated in.

The Bearcats and Lady Cats track teams have been led by Delonte Martistee, Dewayne Gurley and Nancy Session.

Martistee earned best male field events performer at Saturday’s annual Smith-Benson Invitational Meet in Albany. His performance was highlighted by a strong second-place triple jump of 44 feet, 10 inches.

Gurley had two record-setting performances in a row. Saturday in Albany he had new school record discus throw of 159 feet, 2 inches. That throw ironically broke Gurley’s own school record of 154 feet, 6 inches, which he set just a week earlier at the Thomas County Central High School Yellow Jackets Invitational Meet. He broke the old record of 153 feet, 2 inches that Michael Breton had held since 1987.

Session, like Martistee and Gurley for the Bearcats, has set the standard for the Lady Cats all season. She is one of the top sprinters in Lady Cats track history.

Saturday in Albany, she won the 400-meter run, was third in the 200-meter run and was second in 4-by-100-meter and 4-by-400-meter relay teams.

The Lady Cats and Bearcats soccer teams of Coach Chip Ariail and Coach Jamie Ard, and Coach Scott Miller’s Bearcats baseball teams have had outstanding seasons this spring as well.

Ariail’s Lady Cats are led by seniors Whitney Thomas, Leanna Flowers and Aubrie Provence.

Thomas leads all goal scorers in Lady Cats history with 60, and Flowers and her were tied for the team lead in goals scored this season with 21 entering Tuesday night’s match with the Crisp County High School Lady Cougars in Cordele.

Provence, who hustles and plays hard on both ends of the field, has signed a soccer scholarship with the Middle Georgia College Lady Warriors.

The baseball Bearcats were 8-4 overall and 4-2 in Region 1AAAA play going into Tuesday night’s Region 1AAAA game with the Lee County High School Trojans in Leesburg.

They are led on the mound by right-hander Peyton Willis, who hurled a home no-hitter against the Westside Macon High School Seminoles, and left-hander Marty Anderson. They were led at the plate by designated hitter Blake Voyles and first baseman Parker Heard.