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Top-seeded Oxford falls in championship round opener; Ohatchee girls track wins again

By East Alabama Sports Today

HOOVER – Oxford went into the championship round of the Buccaneer Classic as the No. 1 seed, but the Yellow Jackets fell in their first game, 8-3 to eighth-seeded Hartselle.

The Jackets finished the tournament with a 4-2 record.

Cullman won the tournament, defeating Hartselle 13-2 in five innings in the championship game Thursday.

Several series involving Calhoun County teams back home were pushed back to Friday.

Weaver and Wellborn will resume their Class 3A area series with two games at Wellborn beginning at noon. The doubleheader will start with the resumption of Tuesday’s suspended game.

White Plains and Cleburne County will resume their 4A area series at 1 p.m. in Heflin. The Tigers won the first game in the series Wednesday.

Jacksonville and Saks will resume their series at 3 p.m. at Saks.

TRACK: Ohatchee girls win again

LINCOLN – For the second time in three days, the Ohatchee girls tasted victory. Returning to Lincoln for another speed meet, the Lady Indians scored 145.5 points and won by 21.5 points over the host Lady Bears.

The Ohatchee boys finished second to Lincoln in their meet. The Indians scored 98 points.

Kourtney Shuler led an Ohatchee sweep in the girls 800 meters and won the 3200, Victoria McRaney won the 1600, Courtney Poole won the 100 hurdles and Ally McCoy won the 300 hurdles. Shuler, McCoy and McRaney ran legs of the winning 4×800 relay team (with Makenzie Hanks).

On the boys’ side, Gabe Hammonds won the 3200, Austin Tucker won the 400 and they ran legs on the winning 4×800 relay.

“We have an amazing group of kids, with special leaders Dalton Crider and Victoria McRaney who push each other to get better every day,” Indians coach Casey Howell said. “They require each other’s best and they want to leave a legacy at Ohatchee that is more than wins and losses.”

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