Melson, Knotts get XC wins; Gators thwart Yellow Jacket flags 6-2

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LAKE ASBURY - Green Cove Springs Junior College cross country, coached by Lisa Adams, dominated the first eight spots at their dual match with Lake Asbury, led by Luke Melson's nine minutes and 13 second win, to defeat host Lake Asbury Junior High School on their home course (1.5 miles) Wed., Sept. 11.

Melson and teammates Skyler Gray, Jacob Campbell, Derek Switzer, Ricardo Tunerno, Anthony Williams and Cole Atzert took the top seven overall finishers with Lady Cougar Allie Knotts coming in at number eight just aheado of teammate Addison Adams who finished in 10th after a final surge by Lake Asbury's Riley Land spliced the two at the finish line.

Knotts, who finished in 10:13 tied with Land with Adams in at 10:14, packed up her spikes and headed back to Green Cove Springs Junior High School to anchor the Lady Cougars volleyball team to a win over Baker County.

Lake Asbury is coached by Jeanie Wilson.

In other junior high action, Green Cove Springs knocked out Baker County in volleyball while the flag football teams of Green Cove Springs and Lake Asbury battled to a 0-0 tie.

In a key game for the conference race, Lakeside Junior High's flag football team got a fourth quarter touchdown from Tara Crews to overcome a fumbled snap to beat Oakleaf 6-2 Monday afternoon at Lakeside.

Oakleaf got to the goal line twice, but could not convert. Tailback Olivia Gaines had two big runs late in the game to push the Yellow Jackets to the Gator goal, but the Lakeside defense, led by linebacker Benaria Nichols held off the Yellow Jacket offense.

Oakleaf quarterback Salone Holman got a key first down shovel pass to center Sydney Woolever late in the fourth quarter to put the Yellow Jackets in the red zone.

In the Lakeside gymnasium, the unbeaten Lady Gators (9-0) controlled the Oakleaf volleyball team with a decisive first game.

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