Prep Roundup: River Ridge boys on to semifinals
by Tribune staff reports
May 02, 2014 04:00 AM | 1187 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The River Ridge boys tennis team can add a new first to its resume after beating Carrollton 3-2 on Thursday to advance to the Class AAAA state semifinals.

River Ridge will play the winner of the match between Spalding and West Laurens, which has not been completed.

Against Carrollton, the Knights faced their first challenge of the postseason, after sweeping through the Region 7AAAA tournament and knocking off Shaw and Chamblee in the first two rounds of the state playoffs.

Sophomore Ben VanHout provided the final point for River Ridge when he won in three sets at No. 1 singles.

Also winning for River Ridge was Jake Hicks at No. 3 singles and the No. 1 doubles team of Grayson Chumley and Spencer Feditch.


River Ridge left the Class AAAA state championships empty-handed Thursday after Halei Rich and Olivia Reeves failed to place in their events.

Rich placed 15th with a high jump of 4 feet, 8 inches. Marist’s Bailey Weiland won the title after clearing a mark a full foot higher than Rich.

Reeves, who competed in the discus, placed 14th with a throw of 90-5.

River Ridge coach Barry Lakes said the rainy weather in Albany took its toll on both girls.

“Olivia usually throws 14 feet further than she did,” Lakes said. “It was slippery for everyone, so we aren’t making excuses. They are young. They will both be back next year. I told them to just use it as a stepping point toward next year.”

Because River Ridge did not have any boys qualify for the state meet, which will be held next week, the season is now over for the program.

In the Class AAAAAA meet, Etowah’s Kingley Green and Woodstock’s Alexandra Melehan competed in the 1,600-meter finals, but neither earned a spot on the podium

Green placed ninth in the field of 16 with a time of 5 minutes, 9.35 seconds. Melehan finished in 5:15.88, which was good enough for 12th.

Marietta’s Mary Jeanne Assinzo was the champion at 5:02.74.

The state meets will continue through Saturday.
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