Syrupmaker Sports Roundup: Week of March 29-April 2
Get ready for the Red and Black Attack with the Syrupmaker Sports Roundup (scores, links, and more) for the week of March 29-April 2!
It's another busy spring sports season here at Cairo High School; some teams have recently wrapped up historic seasons, while others are picking up steam. Just yesterday, another varsity team qualified for the state championships! Below is this week's "Scoop" on active team sports at CHS as we head into the week of Spring Break 2021.
Our AAAA Region 1-leading varsity baseball team had the past week off, with the exception of a non-region away game North Florida Christian on Tuesday, March 30. Senior starter Caison Faircloth had a solid outing on the mound, as the Makers held the number no. 2 team in Florida scoreless for four innings before eventually falling by a score of 3-0.
Over spring break, the varsity baseball team will have a region series against Monroe (Albany); the boys will travel to take on the Golden Tornadoes on Tuesday at 5 p.m., then host a doubleheader on Friday beginning at 5 p.m. They will then play an away non-region game against the Chiles (Tallahassee). According to MaxPreps, the Timberwolves may have a strong bite, as they are highly-ranked nationally and 9-4 overall this season.
In case you missed it, check out the R&B slideshows from the March 19 doubleheader here.
Also, meet the roster of this year baseball team.
On Thursday, April 1, the varsity girls' soccer team had a rematch against Thomas County Central. The Syrupmaids outscored the Yellow Jackets in the first half 2-0 but went on to lose the match 4-2. Meanwhile, the boy's varsity team played the Jackets to a standstill, keeping them scoreless before losing the match 0-0 in a shoot-out.
The boys' and girls' teams will next go against Monroe of Albany after Spring Break on April 12.
Following their defeat of Jones County in the first round of the playoffs, the Area 2 Riflery Champions the rifle team is now on their way to the Georgia High School Association State Rifle Championship after defeating Glynn Academy from Brunswick in the state semi-finals on Thursday, April 1 by a score of 1089 to 1084. CHS had the honor of hosting the semi-finals round in the new CHS indoor practice range.
The Syrupmakers were led once again by Team Captain Gavin Hawthorne, who shot a new career high of 284. He was followed by Aidan Green with a 272, Hunter Rowan with a 267, Dominic Miller with 266, and Jonathan Amaya with 259.
The team will now travel to the Olde Mill Range in Griffin, Ga. on April 24 to compete in the State Championship Match. View the full bracket here.
The success of this year's team is no surprise to their coach, Commander Alex Baker, who told the Red & Black last month that this is perhaps his strongest team ever, citing the construction of the indoor range as a major factor in his team's improvement.
On Tuesday, the eSports team lost to Oliver Ames High School Of North Easton, Massachusetts, bringing their season to 6-4.
The team is currently ranked no. 58 in the Eastern U.S. division, which consists of well over 200 teams.
Read here for more information on eSports at CHS, including info about League of Legends, the eSport for which CHS currently competes.
The tennis teams wrapped up their regular season play last week with a 3-2 record. According to Head Coach Mr. John Carter Skeen, Cairo will be ranked third in the region headed into the region tourney, which is the Tuesday and Wednesday after spring break (April 13-14) in Bainbridge.
A Little Syrup on Top...
In case you missed it, progress continues to be made on the new AstroTurf football field being installed by the Sports Turf Company at West Thomas Stadium, with sand and gravel currently going down before the turf is laid.
Athletic Director Mr. Tom Fallaw recently told the faculty that he hopes the school can host a state playoffs match next month on the completed field. Current plans are for the field to be finished for graduation ceremonies in May.
The rising senior leaders of next year's team told the Red & Black earlier this semester that they are excited to get to work on it!