covington soccer

The Covington Lady Charger soccer team defended the home pitch on Tuesday, blitzing the Craigmont Lady Chiefs 10-1 in a Region 7-AA semifinal called at the end of the first half.

In high school soccer, games are called if there is a nine-goal margin at the end of the first half or at any time in the second half.

Covington (16-3) squares off against the Lady Cougars from Memphis Kirby at 4:30 this afternoon at Covington Field. A win earns home pitch advantage on Saturday at 3 p.m. in the sectional round against the Lexington-Chester County loser.. A loss would send them on the road to face the winner of that pairing.

A sectional win sends the Lady Chargers to the program’s first appearance in the state tournament.

Junior Madison Luttrell continued her assault on the record books Tuesday with four goals. Her season total stands at 62, now 53 away from the all-time state scoring record.

Tydriana Pierce had her best offensive performance of the season, finding the net three times. Shannon O’Neal put a deuce on the board and Gracie Flanagan added one goal to her season stats.

In cross country action:

Covington ran at Dyer County on Oct. 10. Alexis Williams turned in the top time for the ladies good enough for 17th place in a field of 70 runners. She was followed across the finish line by Sha’Daishu Yarbrough and Callie Tindall.

The boys brought home a trophy with their 3rd place overall finish. Medals were awarded to Sheldon Walker (3rd) and Justice Mack (15th).

Others running were Chana Shellhart, Tyrese Grandberry, Patrick Grant-Maclin, Colin Haynes, Michael Shevlin, Jamace Maclin, Elisha Segar and Otto Williams.

Twenty-seven schools participated in The Best of the West meet at Obion County Central. The Lady Chargers found themselves in a huge field of 171 runners. Kirby Bradshaw (23:26) led her team again with a 26th place finish. Alexis Williams claimed 30th, M’Dia Walker 50th, Sha’Daishu Yarbrough 8th and Callie Tindall came in in the 132nd spot.

The boys faced an even larger contingent of runners, 182. A 3rd place team finish added another trophy to their case. Sheldon Walker (18:07) medaled finishing 5th overall in the event. Justice Mack (19:04) took 19th to earn an individual medal as well. A J Wellintin (19:25), Mario Hayslett (19:45) and Chance Shellhart (20:22) rounded out the Chargers’ top 5 finishers. Also finishing the course were Colin Haynes (21:35), Michael Shevlin (21:43), Otto Williams, Tyrese Grandberry, Jamar Maclin, Patrick Maclin, tanner White, James Roane, Elijah Segars and Cameron Phillips.

The teams take to the trail again on Oct. 24 in the Regional meet at Crockett County.

Jeff Ireland is The Leader's sports editor. To contact him, call 901-476-7116 or email​