ATLANTA - The 2017 Spring Sports Championships got underway in earnest on Friday with the lacrosse, tennis, golf, softball and track & field championships all getting started. Saturday saw champions crowned in track & field and the stage set for Sunday finals. Below are your updating links to follow all the action.
The festivities got underway Friday morning at the Maumelle Country Club in Arkansas with the men's and women's golf championships teeing off the first of 54 holes. Centre jumped out to a narrow lead in the women's tournament while Berry got the early edge in the men's championship.
Round 2 on the women's saw three squads emerge as title contenders (with Rhodes looming in fourth) as Oglethorpe and Berry are tied for the lead with Sewanee just one shot back. In the men's tourney, Oglethorpe fired a scorching 5-under 283 to move into a tie with Centre for second place, each within one stroke of 54-hole leader Rhodes.
Sewanee shot the low round of the day to win the women's title on Sunday while Rhodes held off a loaded field to win the men's title.
TRACK & FIELD
Berry College started hosting the 2017 SAA Track & Field Championships on Friday morning as BSC jumped out to the men's team lead and Centre captured the women's top spot after day one.
Saturday action saw the BSC men sprin to their second straight conference title while Rhodes passed Centre to give the Lynx their fifth consecutive SAA crown.
The Championships continued with the men's tennis quarterfinal matches at Burns Park where top seed Sewanee advanced to face 4-seed BSC at 9am CT in the semis. 2-seed Millsaps also advanced to set a semifinal match with 3-seed Rhodes. In the women's quarterfinals, Sewanee advanced to face BSC in the 1 vs. 5 semifinal at noon CST while 2-seed Rhodes and 3-seed Oglethorpe will square off in the other semifinal on Saturday.
On Saturday the seeds held true to form as the men's title match was set between Sewanee and Millsaps while the women are on course for a battle between Sewanee and Centre.
Sunday proved once again to be Sewanee's day as the men and women each rolled to their fifth consecutive SAA titles. The Tiger men dispatched Millsaps, 5-1 while the women knocked off Centre, 5-2.
At Warner Park in Chattanooga, the double-elimination softball tournament pressed through foreboding weather with Berry, Millsaps, Hendrix, Birmingham-Southern and Centre all surviving to advavnce to Saturday showdowns.
On Saturday, Berry and Millsaps advanced to a Sunday title showdown. The Vikes need one win to claim the title while the Majors need two to earn the hardware. Due to inclement weather, the softball championship has been postponed to Sunday, April 30. More details to follow.
Later on Friday the women's lacrosse tournament got underway with 4-seed Centre edging 5-seed BSC 16-15 in Danville. Meanwhile, Sewanee and Oglethorpe endured a rain delay until the 3-seeded Tigers could prevail 20-11 over the Petrels. Sunday semifinals are now set for a Rhodes-Centre clash in Memphis and a Berry-Sewanee tilt in Rome.
The men's lacrosse quarterfinal matches are slated for Saturday as 4-seed BSC hosts 5-seed Hendrix at 1pm CT before 3-seed Berry takes on 6-seed Centre at 7pm ET.
BSC pushed past Hendrix 10-3 to set up a semifinal contest with 1-seed Rhodes. Berry topped Centre 13-9 and will battle Sewanee in Memphis next Friday.