It’s off to state again for both Holy Innocents’ golf teams.
The boys, after winning area and state last year, won their third straight region title last week in dominating fashion, topping the field by 17 strokes at Heritage Golf Course. Cannon Crane, 4-under with a 68, was the low medalist for the day, while Justin Gahlhoff, 73, was second overall.
Both had plenty of support, as Owen Malcolm came in with a 76 and Nick Reddy followed with a 77. The boys tuned up for the event last weekend with a third-place finish at the Billy Peek Invitational.
The girls, in a “rebuilding” year, came in second to also qualify. Elizabeth Dickson fired a 92 to lead, while Lexi Baker was right behind her with a 94. Mary Grace Tippett and Caitlyn Murphy have also contributed this season.
Last season, the boys captured the school’s first golf crown in history, while the girls finished fourth. This year’s state is slated May 20-21 in Columbus at Green Island Country Club.
In other postseason spring sports, the girls’ soccer team advanced to the Final Four for the second time in three years, topping Lakeview on the road 4-1. They faced Wesleyan Tuesday in what was a rematch of the semifinal two years ago.
In the Lakeview win, Emily Grasing, Sam Siegel, Caroline Belisle and Shea Fleming had the goals while Abbie Reams made some key saves in goal.
In girls’ lacrosse, Coach Brittnee Devries’ bunch advanced to the Sweet 16 with a convincing 22-3 win over Mount de Sales in Macon. Annie Parker scored seven goals, Kate Waters added four, Patton Mooney and Antonia Martinez had two each, and Caroline Hereford, Ellie Sager, Grayson Hix, Holland Mowry, and Emma Forrestal all added one.
Defensive standouts included Abigail Pagano, Emily Kallis, Livi Friedman and Ellie Vail. The Lady Bears continued postseason this week against Starr’s Mill.
In track, the girls won the region title last week at Landmark after placing second last year. Qualifying for state – slated this Thursday through Saturday at Berry College – include: Jada Farrell (shot put, discus, triple jump), Ansley Diaz (discus), Gracie Stovall (pole vault), Makiya Bailey (high jump, 100-hurdles), Alex Pearson (long jump), Sydney Stout (400), Jackie Addy (800, 1,600), Kourtney Buckner (100), and Sarai Jackson (200).
For the boys, Aidan Zeissner (800), William Welden (1,600), and Brandon Sertl (3,200) will make the state trip.
The season ended for boys’ lacrosse in a 13-11 loss to Benedictine of Savannah. Ryan Blasberg, Hayes Reifenberger, and Eli Carlson were the leading scorers. Holy Innocents› will graduate six – Graham Collins, Blasberg, Sam Cravey, Will Schoen, Will Ventulett and Will Harrell.