Athletes Beyond Bartow: Beasley gets sack for Falcons; Gollhofer runner-up at Milwaukee Tennis Class


Former Adairsville High School and Clemson University star, Vic Beasley collected the Atlanta Falcons' first sack of the 2016 season Sunday in a road victory over the Oakland Raiders.


Beasley, who failed to record a tackle in the opener with Tampa Bay, finished with a pair of tackles and a sack in Atlanta's 35-28 victory.


Also this past weekend, Cartersville resident Peyton Gollhofer finished as the women's singles runner-up at the Milwaukee Tennis Classic. Her Ball State University team participated in the tournament along with host Marquette, University of Wisconsin, and Boise State.


College football, cross country, volleyball, soccer, and tennis have hit full stride in their Fall 2016 seasons.


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BSZ has the most recent updates for 'Athletes Beyond Bartow' for the week ending Sunday, September 18.




NFL


VIC BEASLEY — Atlanta Falcons (2nd season, LB, Clemson / Adairsville HS) . . . recorded two tackles and was credited with a sack in the Falcons’ 35-28 win over the Raiders at Oakland Coliseum Sunday. After recording just 19 sacks last season for the fewest in the NFL since 2009 and getting none in the opener, the Falcons got their first of the season against Raiders’ QB Derek Carr. Beasley forced Carr out of the pocket and Carr ran out of bounds for no gain, which officially counts as a sack. It was also the first sack allowed by Oakland this season. Atlanta (1-1) plays at New Orleans next Monday night September 26.



COLLEGE FOOTBALL


DeANDRE APPLIN — Georgia Military College (Soph., DB, Adairsville HS) . . . GMC defeated ASA New York, 61-10, on Sunday for their third straight win. Applin, who is averaging just under three tackles per game had a tackle and recovered a fumble. GMC (3-1) plays at unbeaten Community College of DuPage (IL) Saturday afternoon. The Chaparrals are 3-0.


TONY DEAN — Point University (Fr., WR, Cartersville HS) . . . The Skyhawks picked up their first win of the year at home 34-12 win over Virginia University of Lynchburg. Point (1-3) travels to Jacksonville, FL to play Edward Waters College Saturday night.


T.L. FORD II — UNC-Charlotte (Jr., WR, Cartersville HS) . . . made four receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown in a 37-19 home loss to Eastern Michigan. Ford now has 12 catches for 168 yards and two touchdowns. Targeted only once in each of the first three quarters, he had a 28-yard touchdown catch with 9:42 remaining in the fourth quarter. He made three more catches in the final period for 16, 6, and one yard. Charlotte (1-2) plays at Temple in Philadelphia on Saturday.


MILLER FORRISTALL — University of Alabama (Fr., TE, Cartersville HS) . . . has seen action in each game and started once in the Crimson Tide’s first three wins over USC, Western Kentucky, and Ole Miss. Alabama (3-0) entertains Kent State Saturday at noon.


DAKOTA HINES — Kentucky Christian University (Sr., PK/P, Adairsville HS). . . has 28 punts in the Crusaders first three games for a 35.6 yard average and a long punt of 51 yards. Hines is 1-for-2 on PATs through three games, making his only attempt against Reinhardt University. He missed both a PAT and a 44-yard field goal attempt Saturday in a 31-6 loss at Faulkner. Kentucky Christian (0-3) plays at Bethel Saturday.


TIAMON PENNYMON — Eastern Arizona CC (Fr., RB, Cartersville HS) . . . has seen action in two of the Gila Monsters’ first four games. Eastern Arizona (2-2) has wins over Tucson Tech and the El Paso Seminoles with losses at Mesa CC and Arizona Western. EACC has a non-conference home game Saturday against Phoenix Desert.


JAMAR POSEY — Birmingham Southern College (Sr., OL, Woodland HS) . . . saw action in the Panthers 21-16 win at Sewanee. It was BSC’s first win of the year to improve to 1-2. They host Washington (MO) next Saturday.


MARK QUATTLEBAUM — UNC-Charlotte (R-Soph., SL, Cartersville HS) . . . saw playing time in the 49ers’ 37-19 home loss Saturday night. Charlotte (1-2) plays in Philadelphia this week at Temple University.


SHELBY TOWNSEND, JR. — Georgia Southern University (R-Soph., TE, Woodland HS) . . . saw playing time in the Eagles 23-21 victory Saturday night over Louisiana-Monroe. GSU (3-0) travels to Kalamazoo next Saturday night to play Western Michigan.


HIRAM VELEZ — Troy University (Jr., WR, Adairsville HS) . . . made one catch for 12 yards last Saturday night in the Trojans’ 37-31 win at Southern Miss. He now has 3 receptions for 65 yards this season including a 47 yard touchdown. Troy (2-1) hosts New Mexico State this Saturday night at 6pm.


DaKELIN WELLS — Maryville (TN) College (Jr., LB/DB, Cass HS) . . . made three tackles in the Scots’ 43-36 win last Saturday over Emory & Henry. Wells now has nine tackles, one forced fumble, and one pass break up through three games. The Scots (2-1) are off this week and will travel to Fayetteville, NC to take on Methodist University on Saturday, October 1.


MALIK WILKINS — Maryville (TN) College (Jr., SS, Cartersville HS) . . . one punt return for eight yards in the Scots’ 43-36 win last Saturday over Emory & Henry. Wilkins also has one tackle. The Scots (2-1) are off this week and will travel to Fayetteville, NC to take on Methodist University on Saturday, October 1.




CROSS COUNTRY


SAVANNAH HARDIN — Young Harris College (Soph., Cass HS) . . . finished 109th and ran fifth for her team in 29:11 at the University of Montevallo 6K Saturday. Young Harris placed 12th as a team. The Mountain Lions’ next meet is Saturday October 1 at the Jacksonville State University Foothills Invitational.


SPENCER FIELDS — Rhodes College (Soph., Darlington School, Kingston resident) . . . In a field that included DI, DII, and DIII squads, and completing in their first 8K of the season, the Lynx finished fourth out of 17 teams. Memphis won the event followed by Central Arkansas and Harding. Austin Peay rounded out the top five. Fields was the top Rhodes finisher, placing fourth as he covered the course in an impressive 25:33. Rhodes returns to the course on October 1st at the Divison III Pre-National Meet in Louisville, Ky.


ROGER HERRERA -- Reinhardt University (Sr., Cartersville HS) — Herrera ran a 32:09 8K Saturday at the University of North Georgia Invitational in Oakwood, finishing 51st and eighth for the Eagles team that finished fifth of ten schools.




VOLLEYBALL


KATIE O'CONNOR — Western Carolina University (Jr., MB, Cartersville HS) . . .eight kills and three blocks in a three set loss September 13 at Winthrop. O’Connor is now second on the team in kills, with 79, and first in blocks with 52. The Catamounts (5-7) play at UNC Asheville Tuesday and host The Citadel in their conference opener Sunday, September 25.


ASHLEY WEST — Andrew College (Fr., OH, Cass HS) saw action for the Lady Tigers in their four set, home win over Huntingdon College September 12. Andrew CC (2-9) plays at Gulf Coast State CC Monday and hosts Lawson State CC Tuesday.




SOCCER


MADISON BENNETT — North Greenville University (Fr., Defender, Woodland HS) . . . saw brief action in a 3-2 loss at Barton College Saturday, but also played 55 minutes in a 2-0 home loss to Lees-McRae September 14. North Greeneville (1-4, 0-3 in Conference Carolinas) plays at Columbia International University Tuesday and will host conference opponent, Limestone College, on Saturday.


MALLARY HEDDEN — Armstrong State University (Jr., Defender, Cass HS). . .started two of three games last week for Armstrong State and played 29, 47, and 49 minutes in wins over Valdosta State (3-0), Tampa (2-0), and at Georgia Southwestern (8-1). The Pirates (4-1, 1-0 Peach Belt Conference) host Francis Marion Wednesday and travel to Young Harris Saturday.


EMILY MOORE — Charleston Southern University (Sr., Defender, Woodland HS). . . saw action in 1-0 loss Friday to Jacksonville State September 16 as well as during a 3-1 loss to Vermont on Sunday. She entered as a defensive replacement in both games played at home. The Lady Bucs (4-4) host UNC Asheville this Saturday.


AMY MORENO — Georgia Military College (Fr., F/MF, Woodland HS). . . saw action as GMC won 2-1 September 16 at Gordon State CC in a GIAC match. GMC (2-5, 1-1 in conference) hosts South Georgia State Wednesday and plays at Andrew College Friday.


CODY WEST — Duquesne University (R-Jr., Defender, Cass HS). . . played all 100 minutes as a defender and took one shot on goal in the Dukes’ 1-0 overtime win September 11 over Canisius. Duquesne (3-2) plays at Cleveland State University Tuesday and will host Robert Morris Friday.





TENNIS


ERIC DUNLAP — Montreat College (Fr., Cass HS) won 8-1 at the number six line singles September 11 as the Cavaliers won their season opener against Johnson University, 9-0. Montreat also defeated LaGrange College and Maryville College during the week to open the fall schedule 3-0. . . at Belmont Abbey Invitational September 23-24.



PEYTON GOLLHOFER — Ball State University (Soph., Laurel Springs Acad., Cartersville resident) finished as the womens singles runner-up Sept. 16-18 at the 2016 Milwaukee Tennis Classic where her Ball State team was competing with Wisconsin, Boise State, and Marquette. She defeated Michelle Linden of Wisconsin 6-3, 6-4 Friday and paired with doubles partner Audrey Berger to win 6-3 Saturday against their Wisconsin opponents. She also defeated Diana Tokar of Marquette, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. Ball State is back in action October 7-9 at the Purdue Invitational.


KYLEE McCAULEY — Point University (Fr., Adairsville HS). . . .the Skyhawks faced Oglethorpe, Millsaps, LaGrange, and Christian Brothers University at the McWilliams Fall Invitational September 16-18. Point plays at Gwinnett Georgia College in the ITA South Regional September 23-25.

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