Area Football Friday Sectional Finals ScoresFriday (11-8)Class 4A-Sectional 23.Mooresville 17 East Central 14 Class 1A-Sectional 47.North Decatur 21 Milan 20Class 3A-Sectional 31.Lawrenceburg 35 Greensburg 14Class 2A-Sectional 39.Triton Central 20 Providence 0The North Decatur Chargers will be at West Washington to battle The Senators for The Class 1A Regionals.The Lawrenceburg Tigers will be hosting The Heritage Hills Patriots for The Class 3A Regionals.
Martin Jol is expecting another summer of change to Fulham’s midfield, with a host of players’ futures up in the air. Press Association After losing the likes of Clint Dempsey, Mousa Dembele and Danny Murphy last year, there again looks set to be another high turnover of midfielders at Craven Cottage. Giorgos Karagounis, Mahamadou Diarra, Chris Baird and Simon Davies have all yet to extend their contracts past the end of the season. The on-loan quartet of Urby Emanuelson, Emmanuel Frimpong, Stanislav Manolev and Eyong Enoh also see their stays expire in the summer. Jol knows he has some tough decisions to make over the coming months, and the Dutchman said: “We have to do something.” He added: “If you look at the defence, I think we are fine. If you look at the midfield, I think Steve Sidwell is probably the only one left if you think of all the players we had six or seven months ago. “Up front, Mladen Petric we will talk to him as he is on a one-year deal (which expires). Sascha Riether we have an option in his loan (to make it permanent) and we will probably take that. “For the rest, I don’t see any problem but in midfield we can do something because there is only one or two left. Karagounis is also on a one-year deal so Sidwell is probably the only one who is on a long-term contract.” As well as shoring up his midfield, Jol wants to bring in a new goalkeeper. Regular number one Mark Schwarzer has yet to sign a new deal past the summer and understudy David Stockdale, currently on loan at Hull, is frustrated at a lack of opportunities in west London. “Mark Schwarzer is for us almost a hero,” said Jol. “He saves games for us so I would like him to stay but we are looking for a goalkeeper. “Neil Etheridge is young and has no experience. He will go on loan, 100 per cent, to gain experience to be the number one in the future. “We have Csaba Somogyi, who was man-of-the-match four times out of the last six games at Dartford, but we still look for a goalkeeper. We are looking for a good goalkeeper so if Mark decides to stay I have two good goalkeepers, plus Stockdale because he is still there. I have to talk to him.”
The No. 4-ranked USC women’s sand volleyball team could not keep up with defending champion Pepperdine, as it fell Tuesday to the No. 1-ranked Waves 4-1 in the final regular-season home contest at Merle Norman Stadium on Tuesday.The Women of Troy (9-3) put themselves in a hole early, dropping the No. 4 and No. 5 matches in the first round of play. In the No. 5-ranked match, the pair of junior Sam Hirschmann and sophomore Alexa Stonish fell to Pepperdine’s Katie Messing and Emily Cook in straight sets, 21-12, 21-19. The No. 4-ranked match had the same result, as the Waves’ Victoria Adelheim and Taylor Racich swept the USC pair of junior Brooke Fournier and senior Natasa Siljkovic 21-16, 21-13.Not quite enough · The No. 5 duo of junior Sam Hirschmann and sophomore Alexa Stonish (above) came up short against Pepperdine’s Katie Messing and Emily Cook, 21-12, 21-19. USC lost the match by a score of 4-1. — Priyanka Patel | Daily Trojan“Ultimately, the difference was that we didn’t stay in the match,” said USC head coach Anna Collier. “We put ourselves in a hole and would get behind early in our matches, and playing catch up is very tough to do.”The overall team match was clinched by Pepperdine in the No. 1-ranked pairing with the USC team of graduate student Stevi Robinson and junior Kirby Burnham falling to the Waves in straight sets, 21-13. 21-19.With the win, Pepperdine (6-0) stays undefeated on the season and has never dropped a dual team match.In the No. 3-ranked match, the Waves’ Kelley Larsen and Kellie Woolever would put Pepperdine up 4-0 with another perfect match over the USC pair of sophomores Eve Ettinger and Bria Russ, 21-14, 21-17.Though the match was already decided, USC would fight back in the No. 2-ranked match, looking to prevent the Pepperdine sweep. USC’s pair of senior Katie Fuller and freshman Cinnamon Sary dropped the first set 21-13 to the Waves’ Lara Dykstra and Racich.The Waves had gone four-and-a-half sets without a single loss and were poised for another sweep, but the Trojans’ Fuller and Sary had other plans. The two would narrowly claim the second set 22-20. In the third set, they ended the dual on a high note, winning 15-13 to take the match.“The match was a lot closer than the score indicated,” Collier said. “We just need to stick to playing our game and not getting caught up early in our matches.”The Trojans will get another shot at the Waves during the regular season when they travel up to Malibu on April 6. With Tuesday’s loss, USC is 0-3 all-time against Pepperdine, with two of those losses coming in its inaugural season in 2012.“We need to take care of our side of the court better,” Collier said. “We have a game plan and we just need to execute that game plan using our fundamentals.”The Women of Troy finished the regular season with a home record of 7-3. However, USC will play an exhibition match at home against the USA National Beach Team on April 27.The road ahead does not get much easier for the Women of Troy as they are set to travel away from the comfort of Merle Norman Stadium to take on No. 2-ranked Long Beach State on Thursday. First serve is set for 1 p.m.