Collegiate updates for local athletes in basketball, wrestling, track and field, swimming, and tenni

College athletes from the Cartersville and Bartow County area continue to make important contributions to their respective athletic programs across the Southeastern United States in swimming, tennis, track and field, wrestling, and basketball.

Bartow Sports Zone maintains a roster of all the local collegiate and professional athletes on the 'Athletes Beyond Bartow' page of this web site.

Below, are updates for current in-season sports.


ELISE HART — Air Force Academy (Soph., Cartersville HS) . . . was third in the 100 yard backstroke, placed sixth in the 50 yard freestyle, fourth in the 100 yard freestyle, and was part of the third place Air Force A team in the 200 yard medley relay as the Falcons lost at Colorado State Jan. 30. . . competed against Harvard and UNLV in Las Vegas Jan. 23 as part of Air Force’s A team in the 200-yard medley relay and swam the third leg. Air Force placed third in the event. Hart also placed fifth in the 100-yard backstroke, seventh in the 50-yard freestyle, and seventh in the 100-yard butterfly. The Falcons compete next at the Mountain West Conference Championships Feb. 17-21 in College Station, TX.

MATTHEW SINIARD — Berry College (Sr., Cartersville HS) . . . was a member of the fourth place 800-yard freestyle relay team; member of the fifth place Berry ‘B’ 200-yard freestyle relay team; member of the sixth place Berry ‘B’ 200-yard medley relay; and placed eighth, individually, in the 200-yard freestyle as the Vikings placed third as a team hosting Birmingham Southern and Savannah College of Art & Design Jan. 22-23. Berry will compete next in the Southern Athletic Association Championships Feb. 10-13 in Birmingham, AL.


PEYTON GOLLHOFER — Ball State University (Cartersville, GA; Laurel Springs Academy) . . . paired up with teammate Audrey Berger at No. 2 doubles to win 6-0 as the Cardinals took an early lead over Butler (0-5). Gollhofer also took a singles victory in the match as the team evened its early season record at 1-1. Ball State hosts Detroit-Mercy and Valparaiso on Saturday, Feb. 6.


MILES BEARDEN — Kansas State University (Jr., Cartersville, GA; Darlington School) . . . finished fourth of 14 competitors Sat., Jan. 30 at the New Mexico Invitational high jump competition with a height of 2.15 meters. The Wildcats finished third as a team behind Nebraska and Texas Tech. . . also took third place out of 11 competitors in the high jump with a height of 2.15 meters Jan. 23 at the DeLoss Dodds Invitational.

SPENCER FIELDS — Rhodes College (Fr., Cartersville, GA; Darlington School . . . placed 14th of 47 competitors in the mile run at the Emory University Crossplex Invitational in Birmingham Jan. 23 with a time of 4:33.50. Rhodes is scheduled for the Depauw Indoor Invitational in Greencastle, Indiana Feb. 13.

ANNA HIGHTOWER — Georgia Tech (Fr., Cartersville HS) . . . pole vaulter placed 15th at the Vanderbilt Invitational Jan. 29-30 in Nashville with a vault of 3.49 meters . . . . competed in the 2016 Conference Clash in Birmingham, Alabama Jan. 22-23. and placed ninth out of 16 pole vaulters with a height of 11 feet, 10 inches. Next for Georgia Tech is the Virginia Tech Elite Meet in Blacksburg, VA Feb. 5-6.

BLAKE PERRY — Jacksonville State University (Soph., Cartersville HS) . . . placed fourth in the triple jump with a distance of 11.46 meters and 10th in the 55-meter hurdles at the Arkansas State Invitational in Jonesboro, Arkansas Jan. 22-23. The Gamecocks will participate in the Southern Illinois Invitational in Carbondale, IL Feb. 5-6.

SAMANTHA PATTERSON — Jacksonville State University (Soph., Cartersville HS) . . . placed 10th in the pole vault with a height of 3.5 meters at the Arkansas State Invitational in Jonesboro, Arkansas Jan. 22-23. JSU’s next meet is the SIU Invitational in Carbondale, IL Feb. 5-6.


GERRY VASSIL — Belmont Abbey College (Jr., Cartersville HS) . . . the Crusaders competed in the Super Region II duals Jan. 29-30 in Hartsville, SC, losing to 14th-ranked Findlay 29-12, 13th-ranked Tiffin, 28-18, and Kutztown, 25-15. Vassil wrestled in each dual and lost at 184-pounds . . . . competed in a pair of dual meets Jan. 19. Belmont Abbey defeated Anderson by a score of 43-9 and lost to Davidson by a score of 23-12. Vassil lost both of his matches in the 184-pound weight class. The Crusaders return to the mat Feb. 4 hosting King College and Greensboro College.

MONTAVIOUS TURNER — Life University (Fr., Cass HS) . . . lost his match in the 149-pound weight class, but the Runnin’ Eagles won 36-10 at Brewton-Parker Jan. 27 to improve to 13-3 on the season. Life returns to action Feb. 6 at Cumberland (TN) University and will compete at the Mid-South Conference Tournament Feb. 20.

JACOB MAY — Brewton-Parker College (So., Woodland HS) . . . lost his match at 141-pounds as the Barons lost at home to Life University 36-10 on Jan. 27. BPC travels to Lakeland, FL to wrestle against Southeastern University Feb. 6.

EVAN COLE — Cumberland University (So., Cartersville HS) . . . wrestling at 149-pounds, went 0-2 at the Cumberland Open Jan. 30 and lost a 2-0 decision in a 21-12 dual match loss to 6th-ranked Campbellsville University Jan. 29. The Bulldogs are back in action Sat., Feb. 13 at St. Catharine College and the NAIA East Region Qualifier Sat., Feb. 20.


SYDNEY BOYD — Brewton-Parker College (G, Freshman, Woodland HS) . . . scored three points and grabbed a rebound in a 72-47 loss at Brenau Saturday (Jan. 30). . . scored five points with a pair of rebounds and a steal in a 59-50 loss Jan. 28 at Middle Georgia College. . . the Lady Barons (4-18 overall, 0-12 in the Southern States Athletic Conference) also lost at home to Faulkner Jan. 23. BPC plays at Coastal Georgia Feb. 6.

MARISSA DUBOSE — Gadsden State CC (F/C, Sophomore, Woodland HS) . . . has played in 18 games and started once for the 8-11 Cardinal. She is averaging 2.7 rebounds per game and 1.7 points per game. Dubose scored seven points and collected seven rebounds during a loss at Shelton State CC Jan. 28. She also grabbed seven rebounds with a blocked shot and a steal during an 89-80 win over Snead State CC Jan. 25. GSCC plays at Southern Union State CC Feb. 1 and will host Wallace State CC Feb. 4.

ASHLEY HUSKINS — Univ. of the Cumberlands (G/F, Freshman, Cass HS) . . . has appeared in 15 of 17 games for the Lady Patriots averaging 3.5 rebounds and 3.6 points per game in an average of 14.4 minutes. She scored eight points, grabbed six rebounds, and had one blocked shot Jan. 28 in an 86-48 win over Berea (KY) College that snapped a five-game loss streak. Huskins played 29 minutes in a one-point loss to 21st-ranked Shawnee (OH) State Jan. 21, 59-58. She scored five points, collected seven rebounds, with a steal and an assist. University of the Cumberlands is 8-9 overall and 0-6 in the Mid-South Conference. They host Georgetown College (KY) Feb. 1 and travel to Shawnee State Feb. 4.

KAELYN IRBY — Gadsden State CC (G, Sophomore, Cartersville HS) . . . has started all 18 games for the Cardinal and is averaging better than 12 points, four rebounds, and three assists per game. She scored 11 points with five rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot in a 97-63 loss at Shelton State CC Jan. 28 and scored 16 points with six rebounds, two assists, and four steals in an 89-80 home win over Snead State CC Jan. 25. GSCC is 8-11 overall and 3-1 in conference play. The Cardinal play at Southern Union State CC Feb. 1 and host Wallace State CC Feb. 4.

MAYA JONES — Gadsden State CC (F, Sophomore, Cartersville HS) . . . has appeared in 15 games for Gadsden State averaging 0.7 points and 0.7 rebounds per game. Grabbed a pair of rebounds in a Jan. 28 loss at Shelton State CC. The Cardinal play at Southern Union State CC Feb. 1 and host Wallace State CC Feb. 4.