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Athletes Beyond Bartow: Seigler shines in Yankees win; Mosby keeps Five in NBL-Canada chase

A.J. Mosby (left) and Anthony Seigler

Former Cartersville High catcher and MLB first-round draft selection Anthony Seigler continued to shine in his role at Spring Training with the New York Yankees. Last Friday the switch hitter drove in the deciding run in a 4-3 win over the Detroit Tigers.

In the National Basketball League of Canada, former Hurricanes' standout A.J. Mosby led the Sudbury Five in scoring in a pair of wins over Flint United. His team has two games this week with the team they are chasing in the standings.

This week's Athletes Beyond Bartow edition also includes updates from the XFL, the NBA-G League, plus college tennis, golf, wrestling, basketball, softball, and baseball on more than three dozen contributors across the country.


ANTHONY SEIGLER — New York Yankees (6th-yr. pro; Cartersville HS) … an invited non-roster catcher in the Yankees’ Spring Training camp, Seigler had a walk and drove in the deciding run with a ninth inning single last Friday as New York edged Detroit, 4-3. On Sunday, he was inserted in the seventh inning and was 0-for-1 as the Yankees and Red Sox played to a 3-3 draw. This week, New York (8-8) has Grapefruit League games with the Twins, Blue Jays twice, Phillies, Pirates, Tigers, and Orioles.


Vic Beasley (44) and the Vipers' defense make a play at the D.C. Defenders.

VIC BEASLEY — Vegas Vipers (9th-yr. pro; Clemson University; Adairsville HS) … made a pair of tackles including one tackle for loss as Vegas fell to 0-4 on the season with a 32-18 loss at the D.C. Defenders Sunday night. The Vipers return home and will seek their first win Saturday night against the Orlando Guardians.


ASHTON HAGANS — Greensboro Swarm (NBA G-League; 3rd yr. pro; Cartersville native, University of Kentucky, Newton HS) … scored four points with seven assists, five rebounds, and two steals in a 116-110 loss at the Rio Grande Valley Vipers last Wednesday. Hagans then scored seven points with five rebounds, five assists, and one steal last Friday in a 125-110 loss at the Austin Spurs. The Swarm (8-18) hosts the Mexico City Capitanes this Wednesday and Thursday before traveling to the Austin Spurs Saturday.

A.J. MOSBY — Sudbury Five (NBL-Canada; 6th-yr. pro; Alcorn State University; Cartersville HS) … in wins last Thursday and Saturday at home over Flint United, Mosby scored 20 points with seven rebounds, two steals, and one assist in the first victory. He followed up that performance by scoring 24 points with eight rebounds, three assists, one blocked shot, and one steal in the second win. The Five (12-4) play at the league-leading London Lightning Wednesday, at the Windsor Express Friday, and return home to host the Lightning Sunday afternoon.


EMILY BUSH — Young Harris College (Fr., Cartersville HS) … in a 7-0 team win Saturday at home against Oglethorpe University Bush paired with Catarina Marcko Ferreira for a 6-1 win at Line 3 doubles and won her Line 2 singles match, 6-0, 6-0. She is now 9-2 in her singles matches this season. The Mountain Lions (6-6) host the University of Texas-Tyler Wednesday afternoon.

EMILY SURCEY — Mississippi State University (So., Cass HS) … lost her Line 6 singles match 6-4, 6-0 as the Bulldogs lost 5-2 at Alabama last Friday and dropped her Line 5 singles match Sunday as MSU lost 6-1 at Auburn. Mississippi State (10-5, 0-4 SEC) plays at Missouri Friday and at Arkansas Sunday afternoon.

Bryce Van Order

BRYCE VAN ORDER — Piedmont University (Jr., Woodland HS) … during a five-match trip to Orlando, Van Order had one doubles win and was 2-1 in his singles matches. He teamed with Kody Dills to win a Line 3 doubles match in an 8-1 win over Immaculata University (Pennsylvania). His singles wins were both at Line 2 winning 6-4, 6-4 in a 5-4 loss to Hampden-Sydney College (Virginia) and 6-3, 6-4 in a 5-4 win over Saint John’s University (Minnesota). His singles loss was 7-5, 6-4 on Line 3 during a 5-3 team loss to Schreiner University (Texas). Piedmont also had a 6-3 win over Trine University (Indiana) during the trip and now has a 6-3 record for the season. The Lions host Oglethorpe University Friday afternoon.


DALTON HENSON — Reinhardt University (Jr., Cartersville HS) … participating as an individual, Henson tied for 21st of 56 players at the Spring Skyhawk Invitational hosted by Point University March 6-7 at Newnan Country Club. Henson fired rounds of 80-74-77. The Eagles travel to Hattiesburg, Mississippi for the Carey Collegiate Monday and Tuesday at Canebrake Country Club.

Chanc Willis finished sixth as an individual and led the Reinhardt Eagles to a team victory at the Point University Spring Invitational in Newnan.

CHANC WILLIS — Reinhardt University (Jr., Cartersville HS) … fired rounds of 71-72-79, placed sixth as an individual, and led the Eagles to a team win at the Point University Spring Skyhawk Invitational last Monday and Tuesday at Newnan Country Club. Reinhardt (+26) finished six shots ahead of Truett-McConnell University and 12 shots ahead of USC-Beaufort in the eight-team tournament. The Eagles travel to Hattiesburg, Mississippi for the Carey Collegiate Monday and Tuesday at Canebrake Country Club.


Caleb Henson

CALEB HENSON — Virginia Tech (Fr., Woodland HS) … after winning the Atlantic Coast Conference championship at 149 pounds, Henson (21-3) was granted the No. 4-seed at the NCAA Championships. He opens the first round Thursday morning against Alec Hagan of Ohio University. The 33-man 149-pound bracket continues through Saturday in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Jaxon Smith

JAXON SMITH — University of Maryland (R-Fr., Woodland HS) … his third-place finish in the Big Ten Conference Championship in the 197-pound division earned Smith an 11-seed at this week’s NCAA Championships in Tulsa, Oklahoma. With a season record of 21-6, he will square off with Michial Foy of the University of Minnesota in the first round Thursday morning. The tournament runs through Saturday.


DiAnthony Heathcock

DiANTHONY HEATHCOCK — Columbia International University (Jr., Woodland HS) … the Rams lost their first-ever NAIA National Tournament appearance last Tuesday falling to No. 1-seed Grace College (Indiana) at Winona Lake 101-72. Heathcock scored 17 points with eight rebounds, one assist, one blocked shot, and one steal as CIU finished the year with an 18-14 record and an Appalachian Athletic Conference tournament championship. Heathcock led the Rams in scoring (15.5 ppg), rebounds (8.5 rpg), blocked shots (27), free throws attempted (106), and field goals made (194).

T.J. HORTON — Georgia Highlands CC (So., Cartersville HS) … playing in the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association championship tournament last week, the Chargers beat Gordon State and Central Georgia Tech but lost to South Georgia State CC in the finals, 76-72. Horton started all three games and totaled 31 points, 16 rebounds, six steals, and five assists in the tournament. The Chargers did not receive an at-large berth to the NJCAA National Championship and finished their season with a 23-10 record.

KEARA McDANIEL — Toccoa Falls College (Fr., Cass HS) … in the Screaming Eagles’ National Christian College Athletic Association D-II National Tournament games in Joplin, Missouri, McDaniel scored two points and had one steal in a 78-50 loss to Arlington Baptist University (Texas). McDaniel also scored two points and had two rebounds in a 59-57 loss to Ozark Christian College. Toccoa Falls finished the season with a 20-10 mark.

Jaylon Pugh

JAYLON PUGH — Lander University (Grad Student, Cartersville HS) … scored three points and had a pair of rebounds in the Bearcats’ 76-63 loss to Lincoln Memorial University in the opening round of the NCAA D-II National Tournament at Augusta University. Lander finished the season with a 22-10 mark. Pugh, who began his career at Furman University, appeared in 32 games this season making eight starts. He averaged 7.2 points and 2.5 rebounds with 43 assists and 19 steals.


LAINEY BAKER — Samford University (Fr., Woodland HS) … made a two-inning appearance Saturday facing a dozen batters in a 10-1 loss to Western Michigan at the Jacksonville State Invitational. Baker gave up three runs (only one earned) on four hits. Samford (8-15) also had wins over the Broncos and the host Gamecocks on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Sunday’s finale with JSU was canceled. The Bulldogs (8-15) host Alabama State Tuesday prior to heading to Oxford, Mississippi for the Ole Miss Rebels Tournament Thursday through Saturday.

COLBI BALLARD — Shorter University (Sr., Cartersville HS) … made an appearance as a pinch hitter in the first game of the Hawks’ three-game series over the weekend at the University of Montevallo. Shorter (4-21, 1-11 Gulf South Conference) hosts Georgia Southwestern State in a doubleheader Tuesday and Alabama-Huntsville in a three-game GSC series Friday and Saturday.

Ansley Evans

ANSLEY EVANS — Reinhardt University (So., Woodland HS) … starting at third base, Evans went 7-for-13 at the plate with a pair of doubles, six runs scored, and five RBIs in the Eagles’ two losses at Coastal Georgia College and two home wins over Montreat College (North Carolina). She also had one stolen base. Reinhardt (11-5, 6-0 Appalachian Athletic Conference) hosts Union College (Kentucky) in a conference doubleheader Friday and entertains a non-league twin bill with Georgia Gwinnett College on Saturday.

SADYE JOHNSON — University of North Georgia (So., Adairsville HS) … the Nighthawks’ catcher started both games of a doubleheader last Tuesday at home against Christian Brothers University. She was 1-for-5 at the plate including one walk while scoring five runs with one RBI in a pair of wins. UNG also had a win over Barry University last Monday. The Nighthawks (24-1, 6-0 Peach Belt Conference) are ranked No. 2 in the nation and will travel to Augusta University for a three-game PBC series Monday and Tuesday before hosting conference foe Georgia Southwestern State in a three-game series Saturday and Sunday.

Eryn Lee

ERYN LEE — Reinhardt University (Fr., Cass HS) … raising her season batting average over the .400-mark, Lee had seven hits in 15 official at-bats last week including a double and two RBIs as the Eagles lost twice at Coastal Georgia College, and won twice at home over Montreat College (North Carolina). She also walked four times and scored three runs. The Eagles (11-5, 6-0 AAC) host a conference doubleheader Friday with Union College (Kentucky) and visit Georgia Gwinnett College Saturday for two games.

RACHAEL LEE — Gulf Coast State CC (Fr., Cass HS) … saw action in three games and started twice as the Commodores swept doubleheaders with Lurleen B. Wallace CC and Coastal Alabama-Brewton CC at home. Lee was 2-for-4 with two walks, one run scored, and three RBIs. Gulf Coast State (18-9) plays at LB Wallace Friday.

LAUREN McELHANEY — University of West Georgia (Jr., Cartersville HS) … started the first game of a three-game weekend series with 11th-ranked Valdosta State and went 0-for-3 in the 1-0 loss. The Wolves finished the week 1-4 after being swept by VSU. West Georgia split a doubleheader with Auburn-Montgomery last Wednesday. UWG (4-19, 1-11) plays a doubleheader at Young Harris College Wednesday.

ALEXA VARNER — Shorter University (Jr., Adairsville HS) … made a pair of pinch-runner appearances for the Hawks who dropped all three games over the weekend at the University of Montevallo. Shorter (4-21, 1-11 Gulf South Conference) plays Georgia Southwestern and Alabama-Huntsville at home this week.


CURT BONNER — LaGrange College (Fr., Cartersville HS) … the Panthers’ catcher started all three games as 3rd-ranked LaGrange went 2-1 at the USA Stadium Complex in Millington, Tennessee. Bonner was 3-for-11 at the plate, scored one run, and drove in three. The Panthers lost to Centenary (Louisiana) but beat Westfield State (Massachusetts) and the University of Chicago. LaGrange (10-5, 1-0 USA South Athletic Conference) plays at Oglethorpe University Tuesday night before visiting Berea College (Kentucky) Saturday and Sunday for a three-game conference series.

Kenny Jinks

KENNY JINKS — Wheeling University (Sr., Woodland HS) … picked up his second pitching win of the season Saturday by working 5-⅔ innings. He allowed four runs (three earned) on ten hits and one walk while fanning five as the Cardinals won at Salem University (West Virginia) 7-4. His first win was at Mid-Atlantic Christian University on March 5. In that start, the lefty went six innings allowing just one earned run on five hits, four walks, and a pair of hit batsmen. He struck out 12 in a 6-2 victory. Wheeling (9-4) begins Mountain East Conference play this weekend with a doubleheader at the University of Charleston (West Virginia) Saturday and a twin bill at West Virginia State University on Sunday.

BRYCEN JONES — University of West Georgia (Sr., Cartersville HS) … worked a scoreless seventh inning last Tuesday in the Wolves’ 12-1 win over Tuskegee University. He struck out two and did not allow a hit although he hit one batter. 15th-ranked West Georgia (16-4, 9-3 Gulf South Conference) hosts Georgia Southwestern Tuesday prior to a weekend series with Emory & Henry College (Virginia) Saturday and Sunday.

COLT McKIBBEN — Lee University (Fr., Cartersville HS) … tossed two innings of relief last Saturday allowing one earned run on one hit and one hit batsman. He struck out one as the Flames beat visiting Frostburg State (Maryland) 12-4. Lee (13-10, 5-4 Gulf South Conference) visits Carson-Newman University Tuesday and plays a three-game GSC series Friday and Saturday at the University of West Alabama.

SAM MELTON — Rockingham CC (Fr., Cartersville HS) … started all four games for the Eagles, one at second base and three at third base. Rockingham split a home doubleheader last Tuesday with Ferrum College (Virginia) JV and lost both games of a twin bill Saturday at home against Caldwell Tech. Melton was 1-for-10 at the plate with a walk, one run scored, and one RBI. The Eagles (6-16, 2-3 NJCAA Region 10 D-III) host Camp CC for a three-game region series Saturday and Sunday.

GUNNER MILLSAP — Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (Fr., Cartersville HS) … struck out two of the three batters he faced and tossed a scoreless seventh inning last Friday in a 14-0 loss at Missouri State. The Cougars (10-4) went 2-2 for the week with a home win over SIU-Carbondale and one win in their series at Missouri State. SIU-E hosts Fontbonne University (Missouri) Tuesday and University of Illinois-Chicago for a three-game series Friday through Sunday.

Drew Rothschild

DREW ROTHSCHILD — Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (Fr., Cartersville HS) … raised his season batting average to .400 by going 8-for-12 in four games last week. He had one double, two walks, scored five runs, and drove in six. Rothschild also stole two bases as the Stallions split games with Florida State-Jacksonville CC and beat Jackson CC twice. ABAC (9-16) visits Wallace CC-Dothan Monday for a doubleheader then hosts Thomas University JV for two games Wednesday.

SCOTTY SMITH — Covenant College (So., Woodland HS) … entered in the second inning in relief and finished the final 7-⅓ innings last Saturday in a 10-8 loss to Calvin University. Smith was inserted with the Scots trailing 7-3. He allowed two runs on two hits, two walks, and one hit batsman. Covenant salvaged the final game of a three-game series with the Knights Saturday afternoon. The Scots host Berry College Tuesday afternoon and begin Collegiate Conference of the South games Friday and Saturday hosting Huntingdon College.

STEVEN SPELL — Young Harris College (Sr., Cass HS) … in the Mountain Lions’ four games last week — one at Alabama-Huntsville and three at home against Georgia Southwestern — Spell was 4-for-16 at the plate with one home run, three doubles, five runs scored, and three RBIs. YHC won at UAH and took two of three against the Hurricanes. Young Harris (16-7, 8-4 Peach Belt Conference) will host Lane College Wednesday before heading to St. Augustine to play a three-game PBC series at Flagler College.

Devin Warner

DEVIN WARNER — Georgia Gwinnett College (Jr., Cartersville HS) … started all six games for the Grizzlies last week as they went 6-0 with two wins each over Madonna University (Michigan), Fisher College (Massachusetts), and Iowa Wesleyan. Warner was 6-for-19 in those games with a pair of homers, two walks, one hit by pitch, six runs scored, and seven RBIs. He also stole two bases. The NAIA 5th-ranked Grizzlies (23-2, 4-0 Continental Athletic Conference) extended their current winning streak to 17 games. GGC plays at Middle Georgia State Tuesday and hosts 2nd-ranked Tennessee Wesleyan and 8th-ranked Mobile University Friday and Saturday for two games each.

PRESTON WELCHEL — Tennessee Wesleyan University (So., Cartersville HS) … made three starts and appeared in five of six games for the Bulldogs last week as they beat Texas A&M-Texarkana in Shreveport and dropped two games to 4th-ranked LSU-Shreveport. TWU also swept three home games against Kentucky Christian University over the weekend. Welchel was 0-for-8 in plate appearances during the week. The NAIA 2nd-ranked Bulldogs (20-3, 12-0 Appalachian Athletic Conference) host Bryan College Wednesday and play a three-game series at 5th-ranked Georgia Gwinnett College Friday and Saturday.

COHEN WILBANKS — Georgia Gwinnett College (Jr., Cartersville HS) … made three starts and appeared in five games last week as the Grizzlies went 6-0. Wilbanks went 4-for-8 at the plate with a double, one sac bunt, one walk, one hit by pitch, and three RBIs. Georgia Gwinnett (23-2, 4-0 CAC) is ranked No. 5 in the NAIA and plays at Middle Georgia State Tuesday before hosting 2nd-ranked Tennessee Wesleyan and 8th-ranked Mobile University Friday and Saturday for two games each.

DAVIS WILLIAMS — Birmingham-Southern College (So., Cartersville HS) … made a three-inning, no-decision start last Friday in a game the Panthers came from behind to win 12-8. Williams yielded eight runs (only one earned) on eight hits with no walks and one strikeout. The Panthers went 4-0 for the week and pushed their current winning streak to 15 games. BSC (17-1, 3-0 Southern Athletic Association) will host Piedmont University Wednesday and play a three-game conference series at Berry College Friday and Saturday.

JORDAN WILKIE — Augusta University (Sr., Cartersville HS) … went 6-for-17 at the plate as the Jaguars enjoyed a 4-0 week with two home wins over The College of Saint Rose (New York) and a pair of wins at Claflin University (South Carolina). Wilkie’s week included one double, two hit by pitch, and five runs scored with four RBIs. Augusta (9-10, 5-6 Peach Belt Conference) wraps up a conference series at Claflin Monday, hosts Coker University Wednesday, and makes the short trip to Milledgeville Friday through Sunday for a three-game PBC series with Georgia College.

ZACH WILSON — Penn State University - Greater Allegheny (Jr., Woodland HS) … started four games and appeared in five of seven games last week as PSUGA went 4-3. The losses were to Bryant & Stratton (Ohio), Penn State-Schuylkill, and Penn State-Hazleton. The wins were over St. Clair CC twice, Bryant & Stratton, and Nassau CC. Wilson was 1-for-8 with three walks, two runs scored, and two RBIs. PSU-Greater Allegheny plays at Butler County CC Wednesday and hosts a three-game series with Miami University-Hamilton (Ohio) Saturday and Sunday.


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