District tourneys set to begin
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 4:24 pm
The Cannon Courier
The spring sports season is nearing the end for all of the Cannon County teams as preparations are being made for the upcoming district tournaments.
The Junior Lion and Lionette diamond squads finished up their campaign last week, while the high school teams missed the seniors because of the annual trip during the same time period.
Junior Lionette Softball
The middle school softball team finished up the 2016 season with two games last week, including a dominating 12-0 win at Westside on April 25. Its final game was April 28 at home against Friendship Christian, and the eighth graders were honored in a special ceremony before it, including Kallie Kemp, Madison and Caroline Blanton, Abbie Judkins Abigail Buchanan, and Austin Grant.
The Junior Lionettes led 4-2 heading into the Top of the fifth, but FCHS scored three runs during the innings to take a 5-4 advantage. However, the Junior Lionettes fought from behind by tying the game in the bottom of the sixth when Madison Blanton grounded out to second scoring Buchanan. They won the game in the bottom of the seventh when Maddie Arnold scored from third on an infield hit by Caroline Blanton.
"I felt really good, and I am glad I got good contact," Caroline Blanton said. "It feels really great, and I am glad we won the last game."
Arnold added, "I was really proud of my team, it was really awesome, especially for our last game."
CC finished the season 15-3 with a six game winning streak.
The Lions were swept by hated rival DeKalb County in a two game series on April 25 and 26 losing both games, 12-5 and 17-1.
The Lionettes also traveled to district foe DeKalb County on April 16, and they were shut out 14-0 in their only game of the week.
CCHS Boys Soccer
The Lions missed some key players for many reasons during their two losses last week. On April 22, they fell at home 6-nil to Macon County, and April 26 at Murfreesboro Central Magnet, 10-nil.
The Lions and Lionettes finished up the regular season last week. The girls' team fell to Coffee County, 0-7 on April 22, and at DeKalb County 1-6 on April 25 with Dani Waisanen winning the only point for them in her singles match.
A day later, the Lionettes lost at Livingston, 1-6, but the duo of Alli Howard and Dani Waisanen won their doubles match to score for them.
Both teams faced Providence Christian on April 27 with the Lionettes losing three out of the four singles matches, and neither of the two doubles matches finished up. Waisanen won her third match of the week with a singles victory.
Next week the Lionettes and Lions will compete in the district tournament both as a team and as individuals.
Junior Lion Baseball
The middle school baseball team finished up the 2016 season winless with a 6-0 defeat at Boyd Christian on April 26. In fairness, the Junior Lions only had two eighth graders this season, Wade Love and Luke Alexander, who played a key role in building for the future.
The JV team finished up with another win on the season 6-3 over the same opponent.