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Alma spring sports 3/23/22

Alma spring sports

By Kevin Taylor

Alma Schools 


McIntosh excels at Greenwood Invitational 


Senior Rebekah McIntosh won the high jump with a leap of five feet at the Greenwood Bulldog Invitational Thursday. 


McIntosh anchored the team’s second-place finish (54.53) in the 4X100 relay. Elena Cadavid, Halyn Carmack, and Makia Cravey also competed in the event. 


Cravey was fifth in the 100 meters. Teammate Katie Reynolds was eighth in the discus and shot put. 


The Lady Airedales’ 2X400 squad placed third (2:16.04). The team included Cadavid, Alejandra Hernandez, Alexxis Johnston, and Sky Bennett.


Alma’s Jael Nunez won the 800 meters with a time of 2:10.13. He was sixth in the mile. 


The Airedales’ Brayden Welch, a sophomore, was second (4:46.50) in the 1,600 and fourth (10:49.13) in the 3,200. 


Sophomore Japheth Barnhill was second in the 300 intermediate hurdles (45.92) and fifth (18.60) in the 110 hurdles. 


Junior Jaden Mahar was fourth in the 400 meters and fifth in the triple jump. Teammates Trey Bowen and Levi Burkhart placed sixth and seventh, respectively, in the discus. 


Alma baseball 


The Alma baseball team suffered a 9-5 non-conference loss to Clarksville Thursday. 


The Panthers’ Braxton Payne went four innings in relief to earn the win, allowing eight hits and three earned runs. The Airedales’ Cash Wilson suffered the loss, working 3 ⅓ innings and allowing four runs. 


Alma senior Logan Taylor went 4-for-4 with two RBIs. He’s the first Airedale to have four hits in a game since Lane Caldwell went 4-for-4 on April 4, 2017, also against Clarksville. 


The Airedales had a season-high 11 hits and have scored 18 runs over their last three games. Caden Gifford and Branson Brogan had two hits apiece for the Airedales. 


After a slow start, Gifford has raised his batting average to .138. He is 3 for his last nine after starting the season 1-for-20. 


Taylor raised his batting average to .392. Taylor’s two-run double gave Alma a 4-3 lead after four innings. 


But the Panthers scored twice in the sixth and four times in the seventh for their seventh victory in 11 games. 


Alma will host Muldrow Thursday (March 24) at 6:40 p.m. in the first round of the Crabtree RV Wood Bat Tournament. 


Soccer Falls 


The Airedales’ soccer teams suffered a pair of 7-1 losses to Russellville Thursday in 5A-West action.


Devin Ramos had 19 saves at keeper in the boys match. Alma trailed 2-1 at the half. 


Eric Dover scored in the 17th minute for the Airedales.  


Yoseline Gonzalez, with an assist from Presli Taylor, scored the Lady Airedales’ goal in the 31st minute. Olivia Spears had nine saves at keeper. 


Alma trailed 5-1 at the half. 


Panthers top Lady Airedales


The Alma Lady Airedales softball team dropped an 11-3 decision to Clarksville Thursday in a non-conference play. 


Mckenzie Martin hit her third home of the season to break up a sixth-inning shutout. Jada Wallis added an RBI single in the sixth and Abigail Smith singled and scored in the seventh. 


The Panthers’ Shelby Ross was the winning pitcher. Alma’s Jordan Gramlich suffered the loss. 


Alma (3-2) will host Waldron on March 28.