- Cullman, Alabama

February 26, 2013

PREP ROUNDUP: Bearcats open season with top 5A score at Blue-Gray Invitational

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

MONTGOMERY — With rain wiping out the first round of the 21st annual Blue-Gray High School Invitational on Monday, Cullman’s boys golf team had to wait a day to get its season started.

The Bearcats made the delay worth their while, finishing ninth out of 26 teams in the weather-shortened event with a combined 18-hole score of 321, the lowest out of all participating Class 5A squads.

Sylas Elliott carded Cullman’s best score in Tuesday’s round at the Lagoon Park Golf Course in Montgomery with a 4-over 76. Colby Sandlin was next up with an 8-over 80, followed by Conner Stevens, 10-over 82; Lee Mattox, 11-over 83; and Garrett Crider, 27-over 99.

“Considering all the elements and it being the first tournament of the year, I was proud of the guys,” assistant coach Ches Harris said.

The Black and Gold boys will compete in a nine-hole match next Tuesday in Decatur.

Prep Soccer

Cullman's varsity and junior varsity boys soccer teams are 1 for 1 in section play after topping host Muscle Shoals in their respective games on Monday.

The Bearcats' varsity squad rode goals by Jesse Burroughs, Chris Grey and Cody McCluskey to a 3-2 victory, while Ben Walker's hat trick, as well as goals from Bryant Thompson and Kevin Dejesus led the JV team to a 5-1 victory.

The varsity and JV boys also picked up wins over Walker on Tuesday night.

The varsity squad took home a 2-0 decision backed by goals from Ben Huser and Chris Grey, while the JV team earned a 4-0 victory, riding goals from Ozvaldo Bautista, Ben Walker and Bryant Thompson (2).

Cullman’s varsity boys will travel to Florence on Friday and Saturday for the Florence Soccer Challenge.

The Black and Gold's varsity girls were also in action on Monday, shutting out Hillcrest 4-0 at home. Sarah Hill was responsible for two goals, while Brookelyn Cook and Savannah Rakestraw accounted for one apiece.

Cullman Middle School's boys defeated Cedar Ridge 3-0. Its girls lost 2-0.

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