- Wildcats take two of three at SCORE tourney including win over defending state champ
Friday evening, Woodland softball routed two-time, Class AAAA defending state champion Heritage-Catoosa 10-1 at the annual Chattanooga SCORE International tournament. The Wildcats then split a pair of games on Saturday, blanking Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 2-0 before falling to Northwest Whitfield, 3-2. Junior pitcher Lainey Baker struck out 11 and allowed only one, unearned run on four hits and a walk in the Wildcats’ victory over Heritage Friday night. Kailey Baker (2 RBIs) and Michiah Hicks (two doubles, one RBI) paced the Woodland offense with three hits each. Morgan Cooper doubled and homered, driving in four runs in the win. Ansley Evans (double) and Cassie Jones also had two hits apiece. Hannah Miller doubled home a run, Cambrie Carrington added a hit, and Dylynn Motes drove in one run. Lainey Baker (7 IP, 0R, 3H, 1BB, 9K) fanned nine in a complete-game, shutout of Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe Saturday and worked an inning and two-thirds of relief with five more strikeouts in the loss to Northwest Whitfield. Cassie Jones (4 IP, 2R, 1ER, 6H, 1K) started in the circle against the Bruins. Across the two Saturday games, Kailey Baker posted three more hits. Jones had two more hits including a double and three RBIs. Hicks contributed a pair of hits. Cooper tripled and drove in one run. Evans and Carrington added one hit each. Woodland (16-7, 8-3) hosts region-leading Calhoun (9-0 in 7-AAAAA) Tuesday. The Wildcats — who have already clinched a state playoff berth — also have a region doubleheader remaining October 1 at Hiram and non-region games with Lassiter October October 7 and 8. COLONELS LOSE THREE STRAIGHT Cass (13-9, 8-4) dropped three straight tightly contested games at the SCORE Tournament. The Colonels lost to Gordon Lee 2-0 and Villa Rica 7-6 Friday before losing to Haralson County Saturday, 3-2. Cass — currently third in Region 7-AAAAA — has a home, non-region doubleheader with Gordon Central next Saturday and has three region games remaining. The Colonels travel to Hiram September 29 and will host region-leading Calhoun in a doubleheader October 6.
- Cartersville volleyball runner-up in 'At the Rock' Invitational
Cartersville volleyball went 4-2-1 and finished runner-up at the Rockmart ‘At the Rock’ Invitational Saturday. The Hurricanes had two wins over Cedartown to go with wins over Villa Rica and Paulding County in the one-day competition. Cartersville also split two sets with Central-Carroll and had a loss to Villa Rica during in the tournament. Cartersville (17-10-1) returns to action Monday in a home, non-region match with Temple. The Canes then host Rockmart Tuesday and travel to Armuchee Thursday.
- Canes, Colonels improve to 3-0
Only two of the four local high school football teams were in action Friday night but both came away with victories to remain unbeaten this season. Cartersville defeated Alexander at home 35-3 while Cass won at Sequoyah 15-10. Both Woodland and Adairsville had bye weeks. JENNINGS LEADS CANES PAST COUGARS Cartersville running back Quante Jennings scored four rushing touchdowns and the Canes’ defense kept Alexander out of the end zone Friday night in a 35-3 win at Weinman Stadium. Jennings — who rushed for 105 yards on 20 carries — scored on runs of three, two, and seven yards in the first half as the Hurricanes took a 28-0 lead at the intermission. Amari White added the other Cartersville first quarter score with a 12-yard touchdown run. The visiting Cougars managed a five-minute drive to start the third quarter, but settled for a 23-yard field goal that narrowed the margin to 28-3. The drive took 13 plays. Cartersville answered immediately with a drive back down the field. The drive was capped with Jennings’ fourth touchdown of the night. This time the senior found the end zone from 29 yards out putting the Canes up 35-3. Alexander slips to 2-1 on the season. Cartersville (3-0) extended its state record regular season winning streak to 61 games. The Canes travel to Creekside next Friday for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff. COLONELS WIN AT SEQUOYAH, 15-10 Cass trailed Sequoyah at halftime Friday night, but the Colonels’ defense shutout the Chiefs in the second half and kicker Kaleb Speights made a pair of field goals in a 15-10 come-from-behind win. The win moves Cass to a 3-0 record for the first time since 2007 and marks the first time the Colonels have beaten Sequoyah in the nine game series. Kick returner Tino Jones returned the game’s opening kickoff to the Sequoyah 46-yard line to spark the Colonels’ attack early. Five plays later, freshman quarterback Devin Henderson scored on a three-yard keeper as Cass took a 6-0 lead less than two minutes into the game. The PAT kick by Speights failed, however, when it bounced off the right upright. Following a Sequoyah fumble, Cass drove into the red zone again in the first quarter but their drive was thwarted when the Chiefs’ Jack Blackman picked off Devin Henderson in the end zone. Blackman’s return to the six yard line set up the start of a 12-play drive by Sequoyah. The time consuming march saw the Chiefs reach inside the Cass 20-yard line before an ineligible receiver penalty stalled the drive. Sequoyah kicker Steven Zurita nailed a 45-yard field goal to cut the Cass lead to 6-3 with 11:51 remaining in the second quarter. The Chiefs took the lead on their next possession. Running back Jaden Mitchell finalized Sequoyah’s 62-yard, nine-play drive with a four-yard scoring run. Zurita’s extra point gave the Chiefs a 10-6 lead. Cass responded in the final minutes of the half to narrow the deficit to one point, but would trail at the intermission for the first time this season. Utilizing a nine-play drive, the Colonels made the score 10-9 with a 30-yard Speights field goal with 0:07 remaining. The second half belonged to both defenses, but it was the Cass defense that blanked Sequoyah over the final 24 minutes. The Colonels drove from their own seven to the Sequoyah 26-yard line to set up a go-ahead score. Speights made a 43-yard field goal to give Cass a 12-10 lead with 3:44 remaining in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, the Cass offense mounted another long drive to set up the game’s final points. Starting at their own 22, the Colonels took eight plays to reach the Sequoyah 28-yard line. From there, Speights connected on a 45-yard field goal with 2:07 left in the game. His ensuing kickoff reached the end zone forcing Sequoyah to begin from their own 20-yard line and the Colonels’ defense stopped the Chiefs on downs — including sacks on both third and fourth down to seal the final score. Devin Henderson finished 14-for-21 passing for 185 yards. He also rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown on 17 attempts. Connor Ray had three catches for 35 yards. C.J. Pipkin hauled in four passes for 69 yards and Jakeevin Henderson contributed 38 yards on three receptions. Jaiden Avalos caught two passes for 24 yards and Tanayce Calhoun added a 19-yard reception. Rushing stats were not available for Josh Varnum, but the senior had multiple key inside runs in the Colonels’ two second half scoring drives. Cass returns home next Friday night for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff against Temple.
- Canes narrowly fall to Bruins; Tigers drop two
Cartersville volleyball lost a tough back-and-forth battle with visiting Northwest Whitfield Thursday night in three sets. Cartersville took the first set of the non-region tilt 28-26, but lost the final two sets 25-23 and 15-10. Macey Vaughn had 28 assists and a pair of kills for Cartersville. London Moultrie finished with 16 kills and four digs. Layne Condra totaled 12 digs and two assists while Mia Nicklas added 15 kills, 15 digs, and an ace. The Bruins improved their season mark to 16-7 with the narrow victory. Cartersville (13-9) travels to Pickens next Tuesday night. TIGERS DROP TWO Adairsville won the middle set with Hiram Thursday night at home but lost the match in three sets, 25-19, 18-25, and 15-10. The Tigers also dropped a hard-fought match with Dade County, 25-23 and 27-25. Against Hiram, Autumn Henderson finished with four blocks, three kills, and a dig. Bailey Weaver had six digs, one kill, and one ace. Kaylee Jordan totaled four kills and three digs while Aaliyah Applin added eight digs. In the match with Dade, Lexie Childers finished with eight digs, two aces, and one kill. Richlyn Blair contributed seven kills and four digs. Jordan had five digs along with three aces and three kills. Hannah Hollingworth had three kills and a block while Grace Collins added three aces. Adairsville (11-15) plays at Murray County and will face Gordon Central next Thursday.
- Tigers' late rally falls short
Adairsville softball challenged visiting Rockmart late in the game Thursday night, but came up short in a 7-4 Region 6-AAA loss in Tiger Valley. Rockmart pitcher, Emilee Register, limited the Tigers to only one hit through the first five innings and tossed a complete-game, three-hitter to earn the win. She struck out seven and walked two. The Yellow Jackets took a 3-0 lead in the third inning and went ahead 6-0 in the fourth inning on a three-run home run by Gracey Arnold. Arnold hit a solo shot in the sixth inning to give Rockmart a 7-0 advantage before Adairsville’s offense came to life. The Tigers scored twice in the sixth inning on a Chloe Souders sac fly and an RBI single by Victoria O’Neal — her second hit of the game. Adairsville then added two more runs in the seventh on a two-out, Taylor Rhoades double. Unfortunately, their comeback threat ended there. O’Neal (4 IP, 6R, 4ER, 3H, 3BB, 4K) and Rhoades (3 IP, 1ER, 2H, 0BB, 6K) split the Adairsville pitching duties. Rockmart — currently tied for third in the region standings — improved to 11-5 on the season and 7-3 in region play. Adairsville (10-8, 4-7) returns to region action next Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe.
- Cartersville volleyball earns non-region split
Cartersville volleyball lost a three-set match at Murray County Tuesday, but responded with a straight sets win over Rockmart in their nightcap. The Canes won the opening set with Murray County before the Indians rallied for 25-16 and 15-10 wins in the final two sets. Cartersville then beat Rockmart 25-12 and 25-7. In the loss to Murray County, Mason Cline finished with six kills, one block, and one dig. London Moultrie had seven kills and two digs. Mia Nicklas totaled four kills and seven digs. Vanessa Johnson contributed three blocks and Layne Condra added 12 digs. In the win over Rockmart, Ailee England had five kills, three aces, and one assist. Moultrie finished with five kills and one block. Macey Vaughn contributed ten assists, two aces, and one dig. Emma Cagle, Condra, and Nicklas added three digs each. Cartersville (14-9, 2-0) hosts Northwest Whitfield Thursday at 6:30 p.m. and will square off against Paulding County, Cedartown, and Villa Rica Saturday in the Rockmart Invitational.
- Woodland volleyball tops Cass, falls to Kell
Woodland volleyball dropped a non-region match with Kell Tuesday night at Cass High School, but defeated the Colonels in the nightcap in three sets. In the 25-16 and 25-11 loss to Kell, Emmalee Cigainero had three aces and nine digs. Sydney Molinaro finished with five kills and one ace. Cayley Stantz totaled four assists and three digs. The Wildcats dropped the opening set to Cass 25-18, but won the next two sets 25-20 and 15-7 to win the region matchup. Molinaro had 14 kills, eight assists, and seven digs. Delaney Tuplin contributed six kills and a pair of digs. Stantz finished with ten assists and two aces. Cigainero added seven digs and an ace. Woodland (5-14, 1-4) plays at Pope Wednesday night where the Wildcats will also face Osborne. They then host Sonoraville and Riverwood Thursday evening. In the other match of the evening, Kell swept Cass in straight sets 25-7 and 25-12. Cass (1-15, 0-3) plays in an invitational tournament at Rockmart Saturday and will close out its region schedule next Tuesday at Calhoun where the Colonels will also face Blessed Trinity.
- Colonels edge Canes; Wildcats blank Titans
Cass junior pitcher Rachael Lee tossed a complete-game, five-hitter Tuesday evening to help lead the Colonels to a 2-1 Region 7-AAAAA win at Cartersville. The win keeps Cass in third place in the region — one game behind Woodland. The victory also secured a state playoff berth and the season series against the Hurricanes. The two teams split a region doubleheader earlier in the season. Cass took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning when Eryn Lee walked, advanced to third on an infield error, and scored when Ansley Hight grounded out. The Colonels added a second run and went up 2-0 in the fourth inning on a Haylee Dishmon RBI double. That would be enough run support for the Cass pitcher Lee, who struck out three and walked only one. Cartersville’s run scored in the bottom of the fourth following a single by Kiley Arnold. McKinley Chada (7 IP, 2R, 1ER, 5H,1BB, 3K) took the pitching loss despite a solid performance. In addition to Arnold, the Canes got hits from Mikey Lewis, AnnaKate McElhaney, Ava Perkins, and Madison Lingerfield (double). Cartersville (6-17, 4-8) hosts a region doubleheader with Blessed Trinity Thursday, weather permitting. The Canes and Titans are currently tied for the final playoff spot in the region. Cass (13-6, 8-4) hosts a doubleheader with region-leading Calhoun Wednesday and will play in the Chattanooga SCORE Tournament Friday and Saturday. WILDCATS BLANK TITANS Woodland pitcher Lainey Baker scattered three hits and one walk, tossed a complete game, and struck out 10 Tuesday night as the Wildcats blanked Blessed Trinity in Roswell, 6-0. The win keeps Woodland in second place in the Region 7-AAAAA standings behind Calhoun and earned the Lady Cats their fifth straight state playoffs berth. Michiah Hicks had a perfect day at the plate. The outfielder was 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles and one RBI. She also scored two runs. Ansley Evans followed with three hits including a double for the Wildcats. She also drove in a run and scored three times. Hannah Miller had two hits and one RBI. Lainey Baker and Dylynn Motes added the other Woodland base hits. The loss drops Blessed Trinity to 5-9 overall. The Titans are 4-8 in region play. Woodland (14-6, 8-3) plays a region doubleheader at Hiram Thursday and will play in the Chattanooga SCORE Invitational Friday and Saturday. TIGERS SHUTOUT AT COAHULLA CREEK The Colts scored at least one run in each of the first four innings and pitcher Sophia Voyles shutout the Adairsville offense as Coahulla Creek won the Region 6-AAA contest, 6-0, Tuesday in Whitfield County. Voyles — who also homered — scattered three hits and three walks in a complete-game effort. She struck out eleven. Tatum Poe added two hits for the Colts. Sadye Johnson, Chloe Souders, and Chelsea Batea (double) had the hits for Adairsville. Taylor Rhoades (3 IP, 4R, 2ER, 4H, 2BB, 4K) and Victoria O’Neal (3 IP, 2R, 1ER, 2H, 3BB, 6K) split the pitching chores for the Tigers. Coahulla Creek improved to 19-3 overall and 6-3 in Region 6-AAA. Adairsville (10-7, 4-6) plays next Tuesday at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe.
- Athletes Beyond Bartow: Lawrence leads No. 1 Clemson as he 'plans' for future
Cartersville High product Trevor Lawrence plans to graduate from Clemson in December and he has also indicated the 2020 season will be his last for the Tigers. In a recent interview, the 6-6, 220-pound quarterback told ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi he is “planning on this being my last year.” The official decision will not be made until next January, but Lawrence is widely recognized as the overall No. 1 pick in the next NFL draft if he decides to turn pro. Lawrence was outstanding in his season opener as the top-ranked Tigers dominated Wake Forest, 37-13. He threw for 351 yards and one touchdown while connecting on 22-of-28 throws. He added a pair of short touchdown runs as well. Five other Division I college football players with local ties saw action this past weekend; Sam Howard’s impressive string of consecutive scoreless appearances was halted; and Baylee Evans competed with Troy’s cross country team that won a race in Mobile. PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL Sam Howard (Pittsburgh Pirates, Cartersville HS) — Howard gave up a two-run, walk-off homer in a loss to the Cincinnati Reds Monday on the road. It ended a string of 10 consecutive appearances for Howard without allowing a run. The left-handed reliever had pitched a scoreless bottom of the sixth inning with Pittsburgh trailing 1-0 in the opener of a seven-inning doubleheader. After the Pirates rallied to tie the game in the top of the seventh, Howard came back out to pitch the bottom of the frame. He retired the first two batters before allowing a single and the walk-off home run. In Howard’s only other outing since Sept. 6, the Cartersville High graduate recorded one out against the Kansas City Royals in a loss Saturday. For the season, Howard holds a 2-2 record with a 3.06 ERA and 1.13 WHIP across 17 2/3 innings. He has struck out 22 batters during his 17 appearances. PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL Vic Beasley Jr. (Tennessee Titans, Adairsville HS) — Beasley missed Monday’s season opener for his new team at Denver with a knee ailment, according to the team’s injury report. The report stated that Beasley, who was a lifelong Atlanta Falcons defender until signing with the Titans this offseason, was a limited participant in workouts Thursday and Saturday but did not participate in Friday’s practice. His next chance to make his debut in Tennessee will come Sunday, when the Titans host the Jacksonville Jaguars. COLLEGE FOOTBALL Isaiah Chaney (Wake Forest R-Fr., Cartersville HS) — Chaney assisted on a tackle for loss in a 37-13 home defeat Saturday to Clemson. After opening the year against the top-ranked team in the country, Wake Forest will look to bounce back this Saturday at North Carolina State. Jonathan Cruz (Charlotte Jr., Cartersville HS) — Charlotte began the 2020 season with a 35-20 road loss Saturday at Appalachian State. However, Cruz had a flawless debut. He converted both of his field-goal attempts, including a 49-yarder, and nailed both point-after tries. Cruz even sent all five of his kickoffs for touchbacks. Next up for Charlotte is a Saturday trip to Chapel Hill to face North Carolina. Jordan Ferguson (Middle Tennessee State R-Jr., Cartersville HS) — A Cartersville High graduate, Ferguson missed all of last season with a knee injury. In his return, Ferguson managed six tackles (four solo) in a 42-0 road loss Sept. 5 at Army. MTSU will return to action Saturday, when Troy visits Murfreesboro. JaCorey Johns (Wake Forest R-So., Cartersville HS) — Johns was in on a pair of tackles in the loss to Clemson. Trevor Lawrence (Clemson Jr., Cartersville HS) — Lawrence announced prior to his team’s season-opening win over Wake Forest that this likely would be his final season at Clemson. The presumptive top pick in the 2021 NFL draft then went out and picked apart the Demon Deacons, completing 22 of 28 pass attempts for 351 yards and one touchdown. Lawrence also scored two short rushing touchdowns in the lopsided victory. The Tigers host The Citadel this Saturday. Avery Showell (Georgia Tech R-Jr., Cartersville HS) — Showell wound up with three tackles, including two solo, and one pass breakup in a 16-13 road win Saturday over Florida State. Georgia Tech will face Central Florida Saturday in Atlanta. CROSS COUNTRY Baylee Evans (Troy So., Woodland HS) — Evans placed 15th overall out of 55 runners Friday in the Azalea City Classic in Mobile, Alabama. Despite placing that high, Evans wasn’t even one of her team’s scorers, finishing seventh for the Trojans, who won the event. The Trojans run again September 26 when they host the Doc Anderson Invitational. --- Nicholas Sullivan, The Daily Tribune News
- Adairsville softball falls at Sonoraville; volleyball drops pair at home
Adairsville softball led early, but fell at Sonoraville Monday night 4-1 in a Region 6-AAA contest. The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning before the host Phoenix scored twice in the third inning and added two more insurance runs in the sixth. Sonoraville pitcher Taylor Long struck out 13 and limited Adairsville to only three hits. Adairsville’s Victoria O’Neal was almost as good in the pitching circle. She allowed only four hits, but walked six while striking out nine. McKenzie Pullam, Chloe Souders, and Taylor Rhoades had one hit each for the Tigers. Alyssa Jarrett drove in the Adairsville run. Sonoraville improved to 8-4 overall and 8-1 atop the region standings. Adairsville (10-6, 4-5) plays at Coahulla Creek Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. TIGERS’ VOLLEYBALL DROPS TWO Adairsville volleyball dropped a pair of home matches Monday evening. The Tigers lost a non-region match to East Paulding 25-18 and 27-25 before falling in a Region 6-AAA match to Sonoraville 25-22 and 25-18. In the loss to East Paulding, Annie McCormick finished with six assists, four digs, and one ace. Grace Collins contributed 13 digs and a pair of aces. Autumn Henderson totaled seven kills. Katlynn Burnett had six digs while Kaylee Jordan added four kills and two digs. Against Sonoraville, Jordan finished with five digs, one kill, and one ace. Collins contributed three digs and a pair of aces. Lexie Childers totaled four assists, two digs, and one kill. Adairsville (11-12, 3-5) hosts Dade County and Hiram Thursday at 5 p.m.