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Athletes Beyond Bartow | Beasley, Falcons reach Super Bowl

Vic Beasley, Jr. and the Atlanta Falcons have advanced to the Super Bowl for the second time in franchise history to highlight this week's edition of Athletes Beyond Bartow. This update also includes locals in European pro basketball, college track and field, college swimming, college tennis, and college basketball.



VIC BEASLEY, JR. — Atlanta Falcons (2nd year; Clemson University; Adairsville HS). . . was credited with one pass defended and was part of a Falcons’ defense that kept relentless pressure on Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Atlanta’s 44-21 rout of the Packers Sunday to reach Super Bowl LI. Beasley is one of six members of the NFC Champions to be selected to the 2017 Pro Bowl. Those players will now be replaced in the Pro Bowl due to reaching the Super Bowl February 5. Beasley has two tackles and a pass defended in the playoffs after totaling 39 tackles, 15.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, two passes defended, and a fumble recovery returned for a touchdown during the regular season.


SYDNEY BOYD — Brewton-Parker College (Soph., G, Woodland HS). . . scored three points with a made three-pointer January 19 in a 73-66 win at Brenau (GA). She also saw playing time in a 63-35 home loss to Middle Georgia State. Boyd is averaging just under three rebounds per game and just over five points per game. Brewton-Parker (7-7, 5-5 Southern State Athletic Conference) travels to New Orleans to play Loyola-NO Thursday night and plays at Mobile University Saturday afternoon. Both are SSAC games.


EMMANUEL HOLLOWAY — UU-Korihait, Finnish Pro League (G, Illinois State, Woodland HS). . . scored ten points with eight assists and one rebound in a 93-88 loss to KTP-Basketball January 20. It was the ninth straight loss for Korihait who fell to 4-17 on the season. They play at Lapua Wednesday and at BC Nokia Saturday.

ADRIAN RODGERS — Malbas Oresund, Swedish Pro League (G, Southern University, Cartersville resident). . . scored 10 points and collected six rebounds with one blocked shot in a 99-70 loss to Jamtland in Malmo January 20. Malbas is 1-16 for the season and plays at UMEA Tuesday before hosting Sodertalje Friday. Rodgers leads his team in scoring (15.7 ppg) and steals (1.06 spg).


A.J. MOSBY — Alcorn State University (Jr., G, Cartersville HS). . . scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds with eight assists and a steal in an 82-64 home win January 16 over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. He also scored four points with eight rebounds, three steals, and one assist during a 78-71 win at Alabama State this past Saturday. Mosby is averaging 8.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game. Alcorn State (7-11, 4-3 Southwestern Athletic Conference) plays at Alabama A&M Monday night and hosts Southern University Saturday.

DARIUS THROWER — Truett McConnell University (Fr., G, Excel Christian Academy). . . played five minutes in a 92-64 home win over Fisk University (TN) January 17. The Bears also suffered a narrow 72-68 conference loss last Saturday to Bryan College (TN). TMU (10-11, 5-7 Appalachian Athletic Conference) travels to Columbia International University (SC) Monday night, hosts Allen University (SC) Wednesday and Milligan College (TN) Saturday.

COREY TOBIN — Reinhardt University (Jr., G, Cartersville HS). . . scored 20 points with six rebounds, three assists, and a steal January 18 at Point University in a 123-109 win. He also grabbed eight rebounds with two assists and a steal in a home 80-63 win over Bluefield College (KY) Saturday. In 19 minutes per game, Tobin is averaging 7.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. RU (15-5, 9-4 Appalachian Athletic Conference) host Tennessee Wesleyan Wednesday before traveling to Allen University (SC) Saturday afternoon.

CARROD WATSON — University North Georgia (R-Fr., F/C, Woodland HS). . . saw playing time in all three games last week for the Nighthawks, but UNG lost three times. Watson scored six points Saturday at Georgia Southwestern University with an assist and two rebounds. He scored one point and had one offensive rebound January 18 at home against Clayton State University and grabbed one rebound and blocked one shot at UNC-Pembroke January 16. North Georgia (9-9, 5-4 Peach Belt Conference) travels to University of Montevallo (AL) Saturday and hosts Young Harris College next Monday, January 30.

HAKEEM WINTERS — Point University (Soph., F, Cartersville HS). . . scored seven points with three rebounds, two assists, and one blocked shot in a 123-109 home loss January 18 to Reinhardt University. He added six points, three rebounds, three assists, and a steal in a 97-74 home loss to Appalachian Athletic Conference leading and NAIA No. 2 Union College (KY) Saturday. Point (2-20, 1-12) plays at St. Andrews University (NC) Saturday.


ELISE HART — U.S. Air Force Academy (. . . was on the second place 200-yard medley relay team, finished eighth in the 100-yard backstroke, placed seventh in the 100-yard butterfly, and was a member of the third place 200-yard freestyle relay team as the Falcons lwere edged at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas 156-141 Saturday. Air Force will compete at Denver University this Saturday.


MILES BEARDEN — Kansas State University (Sr., Cartersville resident, Darlington HS). . . placed second in the high jump (6’ - 9.5”) as the Wildcats went 4-0 January 20-21 hosting the DeLoss Dodds Invitational. The KSU men earned dual meet victories over Colorado State, Tulsa, Oklahoma State, and North Texas. Kansas State travels to Albuquerque, NM for the New Mexico Invitational this Saturday.

SPENCER FIELDS — Rhodes College (Soph., Kingston resident, Darlington HS). . . placed 23rd (4:34.92) in the men’s mile run at the Emory Crossplex Invitational January 22 in Birmingham. The Lynx compete next at the DePauw Indoor Invitational in Greencastle, IN February 11.


PEYTON GOLLHOFER — Ball State University (Soph., Cartersville resident, Laurel Springs Academy). . . . lost her No. 2 singles match to nationally 3rd-ranked Sara Daavettila, 6-1, 6-2 as the Cardinals were shutout 7-0 in a match Saturday at 2nd-ranked North Carolina. She also teamed with Rosalinda Calderon in doubles to defeat their University of North Carolina Central opponents, 6-1, in a match Ball State won 7-0. Gollhofer and Calderon also won at No. 3 doubles Sunday as the Cardinals won at UNC-Greensboro 6-1. Ball State (2-1) hosts Dayton University Sunday.


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