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Roundup: Bulldogs oust Hilltoppers, Bears boot Rebels from regionals

From staff reports • May 16, 2018 at 1:26 AM

KNOXVILLE — The lightning finally stopped. The storm never did.

Bearden overwhelmed Science Hill in a lightning-delayed Region 1-AAA boys soccer semifinal Tuesday night, posting a 6-0 victory.

The Bulldogs avenged a 1-0 loss to the Hilltoppers early in the regular season. Bearden (16-4) advanced to Thursday’s regional championship at home against Dobyns-Bennett.

Jonathan Meystrik scored two goals in the first half following a 45-minute lightning delay and finished the match with three.

Evan Downen scored just 2:14 into the game. Downen broke behind the Science Hill defense after Caleb Wilkins flicked the ball off his head and beat Hilltoppers goalie Abe Adams.

Moments later, the contest was stopped because of lightning. Once the game resumed, the Bulldogs continued to pour it on.

Bearden controlled most of the action and dominated possession. Science Hill (9-6-7) managed two shots on goal and both came from well outside the penalty area.

REGION 1-AA SEMIFINALS

SEVIER COUNTY 9, SULLIVAN SOUTH 0

SEVIERVILLE — Sevier County kept its record unblemished by rolling past Sullivan South in the Region 1-AA semifinals.

The host Smoky Bears (19-0-1) advanced to face Greeneville (17-2-1), which overwhelmed Pigeon Forge (2-8-2) on Tuesday.

The Rebels (12-6) were playing in their third consecutive regional.

SOFTBALL

GATE CITY 7, RIDGEVIEW 4

CLINTWOOD — Sarah Thompson’s three-run inside-the-park homer erased a 3-1 Lady Wolfpack (12-4, 9-3 Mountain 7 District) lead in the top of the seventh, and the Lady Blue Devils went on to the victory.

Gate City (7-4, 11-8) used a series of doubles to extend its lead.

After Alexis Flanary doubled, Kate Pendleton came up with a hit and advanced to second, scoring Flanary. Alyssa Clark followed with a double that plated Pendleton, and Cammie Lovelace rapped a two-bagger that sent Clark home.

GIRLS SOCCER

GATE CITY 2, RIDGEVIEW 0

GATE CITY — Jamie Watts and Callie McMurray each scored a goal in the Lady Blue Devils’ weather-affected win over the Lady Wolfpack.

Following a lightning delay, the match finished with shortened halves.

Katie Beth Musick recorded an assist for Gate City, which held Ridgeview to no shots on goal.

BOYS SOCCER

GATE CITY 2, RIDGEVIEW 0

GATE CITY — Andrew Pendleton and Levi Rhoton found the back of the net — getting assists from Matt Johnson and Chandler LaForce — to boost the Blue Devils to the district win.

Luke Reed recorded two saves for Gate City.

The game featured shortened halves because of the area’s stormy weather.

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