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Athletes Beyond Bartow: Locals make key contributions with collegiate Fall sports teams

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Local athletes continued to make important contributions with their respective collegiate programs this past week in swimming, golf, soccer, volleyball and cross country.

NOTE: This past week's football edition of 'Athletes Beyond Bartow' will be published separately.



Casey Bolan, Reinhardt University cross country

CASEY BOLAN — Reinhardt University (Fr., Woodland HS). . . finished 75th as an individual and fifth for the Lady Eagles as Reinhardt placed 8th in the Division II, III, NAIA Division of the Berry College Cross Country 6K Invitational this past Saturday in Rome. Reinhardt runs next Saturday in Beaufort, SC at the Sand Shark Invitational.

SPENCER FIELDS — Rhodes College (Jr., Kingston, GA, Darlington HS). . . placed 18th in 25:21 and was second for his team as the Lynx finished fourth at the Inter-Regional Border Battle hosted by Rowan in Mullica Hill, NJ this past Saturday. Haverford won the Division III team title in the 8K event. Rhodes runs next in the Southern Athletic Association conference championship October 28 at Nash Farm Battlefield in Hampton, GA.


ELISE HART — US Air Force Academy (Sr., Cartersville HS). . . swam the butterfly leg for the first place 200-yard medley relay team (1:45.78); finished second (58:45) in the 100-yard backstroke; placed sixth in the 100-yard butterfly (1:02.39); and was the final leg of the third place 400-yard freestyle team #2 for USAFA as the Falcons defeated Nebraska-Omaha but lost to New Mexico this past Saturday at home. Air Force hosts Colorado School of Mines and Colorado Mesa this Saturday afternoon.


MADISON BENNETT — North Greenville University (Soph., Def., Woodland HS). . . played 27 minutes last Tuesday and seven minutes this past Saturday as a reserve. The Crusaders lost to Belmont Abbey College 2-1 at home and 2-0 at Chowan University. NGU (6-5-3, 4-3-1 Conference Carolinas) plays at Milligan College Wednesday and hosts Barton College Saturday.

Katelynn Harbeke, Life University soccer

KATELYNN HARBEKE — Life University (Jr., MF, Cass HS). . . two of her three shots were on-goal and she assisted on the Eagles’ goal in a 4-1 home loss to conference-foe Campbellsville University (KY) this past Saturday night. Life (4-8, 1-3 Mid-South Conference) entertains Lindsey Wilson Tuesday night and plays at Georgetown (KY) Friday night.

KATIE LAWHORN — Life University (Fr., MF, Adairsville HS). . . played 15 minutes in the Eagles’ 4-1 loss at home Saturday night to Campbellsville (KY). Life (4-8, 1-3 Mid-South Conference) hosts Lindsey Wilson Tuesday night and plays at Georgetown (KY) Friday night.

CODY WEST — Duquesne University (R-Sr., Def., Cass HS). . . played all 90 minutes in a 3-0 loss at Davidson College last Wednesday. The Dukes (3-9-1, 1-3-0) host St. Bonaventure Wednesday and travel to George Washington University Saturday for Atlantic 10 Conference matches.


Peyton Gollhofer, Ball State tennis

PEYTON GOLLHOFER — Ball State University (Jr., Cartersville, GA, Laurel Springs Academy). . . defeated Kristina Lagoda of Eastern Kentucky 7-6, 0-6, 7-5 in the opening round, but lost 0-6, 3-6 to Purdue’s Alex Sabe in the round of 32 singles at the ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships in Murfreesboro, TN this past weekend. She also teamed with Julia Sbircea in doubles. They lost in the opening round to a team from Purdue. In a singles consolation match, Gollhofer defeated Drew Hawkins of Belmont 3-6, 6-1, 10-8. She and Sbercia defeated a team from UT-Martin in doubles, 8-7. The Cardinals will conclude the Fall portion of their 2017-18 schedule November 3-5 at the Louisville Hidden Dual.


LINDSEY BONNER — York College (PA) (Freshman, Cartersville HS). . . finished 14th individually and was third for her team in the one-day, five-team Stevenson Fall Invitational last Thursday. Stevenson won the tournament by 32 shots over York. McDaniel was third, followed by Mary Washington and Southern Virginia. The next tournament for York is October 23-24 in the Goucher College Invitational in Phoenix, MD.


KATIE O’CONNOR — Western Carolina University (Sr., MB, Cartersville HS). . . had seven kills, one dig, and five blocks in a four-set win this past Saturday over The Citadel at home. She also had nine kills, one dig, and a pair of block assists in a three-set home loss last Wednesday to UNC-Greensboro. WCU (7-14, 2-6 Southern Conference) hosts Chattanooga Thursday night and East Tennessee State Saturday afternoon in a pair of conference matches.

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