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Collegiate fall sports 'Athletes Beyond Bartow' continue program contributions

Western Carolina junior middle blocker, Katie O'Connor, who played at Cartersville High School, continues to perform as one of the top contributors for the Catamounts.

Meanwhile, five soccer athletes and four cross country runners with local ties continue to contribute to their collegiate programs at a variety of colleges and universities across the country.

EDITORS NOTE: The football 'Athletes Beyond Bartow' feature this week will be published separately.



KATIE O’CONNOR — Western Carolina University (Jr., MB, Cartersville HS) . . . six kills and seven blocks in a five set, home win over Mercer October 14 plus ten kills, a dig, and five blocks in a four set, home loss to East Tennessee State University October 15. O'Connor leads WCU in blocks and is third on the roster in points by kill and total points. The Catamounts (8-13, 3-5 Southern Conference) take to the road for conference matches Friday and Saturday (Oct. 21-22) at Samford and Wofford.


MADISON BENNETT — North Greenville University (Fr., Defender, Woodland HS) . . . (photo left) saw 22 minutes of action in the Crusaders 4-0 loss October 12 at Belmont Abbey and entered for 9 minutes in a 1-0 home loss to Mount Olive October 15. Bennett has seen action in 12 games this season with four starts. North Greenville (2-10-1, 0-8-1 Conference Carolinas) plays at Southern Wesleyan University Saturday, October 22.

MALLARY HEDDEN — Armstrong State University (Jr., Midfielder/Defender, Cass HS) . . . played 40 minutes in the Pirates 4-0 win at Lander University October 12 and 11 minutes in a 1-0 win at Clayton State October 15. ASU (9-1-1, 6-0-1 Peach Belt Conference) is currently tied with University of North Georgia for second in the conference, only two points behind Columbus State. The Pirates play Georgia College Monday (Oct. 17) in a match rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew, then host Flagler College Wednesday and University of West Georgia on Saturday, October 22.

Emily Moore, CSU

EMILY MOORE — Charleston Southern University (Sr., Defender, Woodland HS) . . . (photo right) took a pair of shots, including one shot on goal in a 3-2 loss at Presbyterian College October 12 and was a starter at defender in a 3-1 home loss to High Point Universitiy on October 15. The Buccaneers (6-7, 2-3 Big South Conference) plays conference games at Gardner-Webb on Wednesday, at Winthrop Thursday, and at Longwood on Saturday, October 22.

HALEY PITTMAN — Life University (Fr., F, Adairsville HS) . . . was a starter at forward for the Running Eagles in their 4-1 Mid-South Conference victory at University of Pikeville October 14. With the win, Life (2-9, 1-4 MSC) hosts University of the Cumberlands October 18 and travels to Auburn University at Montgomery on Friday, October 21.

CODY WEST — Duquesne University (R-Jr., Defender, Cass HS) . . . played all 183 minutes as the Dukes lost 5-0 at Fordham University October 12, but edged Virginia Commonwealth University 1-0 in overtime October 15. Duquesne (7-3-3, 2-1-1 Atlantic 10 Conference) hosts conference opponent George Mason Wednesday (October 19) and travels to Philadelphia to take on Saint Joseph’s October 22.


BREE COLE — Jacksonville State University (Fr., Cartersville HS) . . . placed 91st, fourth for her team (26:42), at the Berry Vikings 6K Invitational in Rome last Saturday as the Gamecocks finished sixth of 19 teams. JSU runs next on October 29 at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship in Nashville, TN hosted by Belmont University.

SPENCER FIELDS — Rhodes College (Soph., Darlington School / Kingston resident) . . . (photo left) earned a top 25 finish with a time of 24:15 in the 8K Rowan Inter-Regional Border Battle in Glassboro, NJ last Saturday. The Lynx placed 11th of 43 teams in the championship race. Next for Rhodes is the Southern Athletic Association Championships in Clinton, Mississippi.

SAVANNAH HARDIN — Young Harris College (Soph., Cass HS) . . . ran third for her team (27:38) and 111th overall at the 6K Berry College Invitational Saturday (Oct. 15) at the Clara Bowl Cross Country Course. The Mountain Lions return to action Saturday (Oct. 22) at the Peach Belt Conference Championship in Milledgeville, GA hosted by Georgia College.

ROGER HERRERA — Reinhardt University (Sr., Cartersville HS) . . . finished 52nd overall of 133 runners and seventh for his team as the Eagles placed second of 17 teams at the 8K Hood College XC Open in Frederick, MD. Reinhardt competes next on Saturday (Oct. 22) in Hardeeville, SC at the Sand Shark Invitational hosted by University of South Carolina-Beaufort.


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