Bulldogs hosting Lutie for Homecoming Friday, ’Dogs fall to Sparta 56-48 in non-conference game

The Gainesville Bulldogs are hosting the Lutie Indians for Homecoming Friday night. The coronation ceremony begins at 6 p.m., followed by a varsity game.
The 2017 Homecoming queen candidates are Kaitlin Conrad, Lexie DeVries, Ryia Hoversen and Michia Jenkins. King candidates are Kenny Grisham, Baylee Lynne, Joey Schofield and Rylen Wynn.
The Bulldogs faced Sparta in non-conference action Tuesday, Jan. 10. The C team came home with 48-8 victory,while the JV narrowly lost, 30-27. “The boys played hard the whole game, but we just couldn’t seem to score in the fourth quarter at all,” said JV coach Cody Swearengin.
The shots weren’t dropping for Sparta either, but with 15 seconds left in the game, the Trojans outscored the junior Bulldogs, 3 to 0.
Garrett Morgan led the scoring with 11, followed by Justin Wallace with 9, John Hossman with 5 and Tanner jennings with 2.
The varsity played a good game against the Trojans and were down by just one point at halftime. “I thought we played better than we have been,” said GHS varsity coach Matt Powell. “Sparta is a really good team and tough at home. They beat us up on the boards, and  we shot too much from the three-point line.”
Jeff Donley led the scoring with 13 points, followed by Brodie Chapman with 12 points, Jaxon Britt with 11, Brandon Poe with 8 and Wyatt Wilson with 4.
Jaxon Britt and Jeff Donley led in rebounds with 6 each, followed by Brandon Poe and Wyatt Wilson with 3 each.
Chapman, Wilson and Garrett Morgan led the assist column with 3 each.
The Bulldogs traveled to Conway Tuesday and the varsity team will play in the Sparta Tournament Jan. 23-28.
“We are continuing to improve and have had some good practices last week and yesterday. We’re looking forward to playing Conway and Lutie this week,” said Coach Powell.

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