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Athletes Beyond Bartow: Shealy, Syracuse reach NCAA College Cup; Hagans records triple-double


Cartersville resident and Syracuse goalkeeper, Russell Shealy, has helped the Orange to a berth in the NCAA College Cup this weekend. The national final four will be in Cary, North Carolina.

ESPNU will provide live coverage of all three games at the Men's College Cup on Friday and Monday, December 12 at WakeMed Soccer Park.

In NFL action Jacksonville Jaguars’ and former Cartersville High quarterback Trevor Lawrence suffered a scary hit Sunday in a loss to the Detroit Lions. He returned in the second half, however, to throw a touchdown pass.

In the NBA’s G-League, Cartersville native Ashton Hagans recorded a triple-double last Monday in the Greensboro Swarm’s blowout win at the Westchester Knicks and former Cass standout, Braxton Benham, has helped lead Berry College to an undefeated start.


Trevor Lawrence, Jacksonville Jaguars

TREVOR LAWRENCE — Jacksonville Jaguars (NFL, 2nd-yr. pro; Clemson; Cartersville HS) … took a scary hit on the final play of the first half Sunday against the Detroit Lions and stayed down for a while before making his way off the field under his own power. He returned in the third quarter and finished the game 17-for-31 passing for 179 yards. He had one touchdown pass — a 3-yarder to tight end Evan Engram — with 2:54 remaining in the third period. The touchdown pass narrowed the Lions’ lead to 30-14 at the time. The 23-year-old signal-caller also had four rushes for 32 yards in the loss. Jacksonville (4-8) plays at the Tennessee Titans this Sunday.


Russell Shealy, Syracuse University

RUSSELL SHEALY — Syracuse University (R-Sr., Cartersville resident; Darlington HS) …was the goalkeeper of record Saturday facing six shots and improving his record in net to 16-2-4 this season as the Orange advanced to the 2022 NCAA College Cup Final Four with a 2-1 win over visiting Vermont. Syracuse (17-2-4), the highest-seeded team remaining, meets Creighton Friday night at 6 p.m. in the national semifinals in Cary, North Carolina.


Ashton Hagans, Greensboro Swarm

ASHTON HAGANS — Greensboro Swarm (NBA G-League, 3rd-year pro; Cartersville native; Newton HS; Kentucky) … compiled a triple-double last Monday night in the Swarm’s 130-87 win at the Westchester Knicks. Hagans had 15 points, 10 rebounds, and 22 assists in the victory. The Cartersville native scored 13 points, had 10 assists, collected seven rebounds, and made one steal in a 123-120 home win Friday over the Maine Celtics. Earlier in the week, Hagans scored 30 points with seven rebounds, five assists, and four steals in a loss Tuesday at the Westchester Knicks. Greensboro is 4-8 and in last place in the East Division of the NBA G-League’s Showcase Cup standings.


Braxton Benham, Berry College

BRAXTON BENHAM — Berry College (So., Cass HS) … scored 19 points with seven rebounds, four steals, and two assists in a 78-62 win at home last Saturday over Oglethorpe. He also knocked down 11 points with seven rebounds, five steals, and two assists in a 72-65 win last Tuesday at Maryville (Tennessee). The D-III Vikings (8-0, 1-0 Southern Athletic Association) will play an exhibition Wednesday, December 14 at D-II University of West Alabama.

CLAIRE DAVIS — Palm Beach Atlantic University (Fr., Cass HS) … coming off the Sailfish bench, Davis scored 14 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and made two steals in a 65-59 win last Wednesday at home against Rollins. She then had one steal and one rebound in limited minutes in a 70-62 win last Saturday at Saint Leo. Palm Beach Atlantic (4-2, 2-1 Sunshine State Conference) plays an exhibition Thursday night at D-I Florida Gulf Coast and will return to D-II and conference action Saturday afternoon at home against Nova Southeastern.

DiANTHONY HEATHCOCK — Columbia International University (Jr., Woodland HS) … scored six points, collected five rebounds, and added one assist in a 93-59 exhibition loss last Wednesday at D-I USC-Upstate. He then had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds in an 83-77 overtime loss at Reinhardt last Saturday. The Rams (4-5, 3-3 Appalachian Athletic Conference) host 19th-ranked Union College (Kentucky) Wednesday night and will entertain Kentucky Christian University Saturday afternoon.

HALEY JOHNSON —Central Georgia Tech CC (Fr., Cass HS) … did not score but had two rebounds in the Titans’ 64-60 win last Saturday over visiting Andrew College. CGTCC (3-5, 1-3 Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association) travels to Georgia Highlands Wednesday, plays at Brenau University JV Saturday, and at Middle Georgia Prep Sunday.

KEARA McDANIEL — Toccoa Falls College (Fr., Cass HS) … scored five points and had one rebound in a 67-46 win at Trinity Baptist last Thursday. She also scored three points with three rebounds, one steal, and six assists last Tuesday in a 94-30 home win over Wesleyan College.

JAYLON PUGH — Lander University (Grad student, Cartersville HS) … made a start and scored six points with four rebounds, three assists, and two steals last Thursday in a 105-42 win over visiting Morris College (South Carolina). The Bearcats (6-1) host Fayetteville State Saturday afternoon.

ABIGAIL TAYLOR — Centre College (Fr., Woodland HS) … in abbreviated playing time, she had one rebound and one assist in an 80-49 home win last Saturday afternoon over Sewanee. The Colonels (4-3, 1-0 Southern Athletic Association) host Greenville University on December 12.

JORDAN THOMPSON — Southwestern Iowa CC (So., Woodland HS) … scored 14 points and had one rebound, one assist, and one steal in a 69-52 home loss last Wednesday to Southeast CC. The Spartans (1-4) host Iowa Western CC Wednesday and travels to North Iowa Area CC Saturday.

LONDAISHA SMITH — Alderson Broaddus University (So., Cass HS) … scored four points, gathered three rebounds, and had one assist and one steal last Wednesday in a 68-57 home win over Concord University. She then scored nine points and had six rebounds, one steal, and one assist in a 126-68 loss at Glenville State. The Battlers (2-6, 1-3 Mountain East Conference) travel to West Virginia Wesleyan Wednesday and will host Davis & Elkins College Saturday.

NAKIYAH WASHINGTON — Piedmont University (Sr., Adairsville HS) … led the Lions with 25 points, collected nine rebounds, and added two steals Sunday afternoon in a 79-78 home loss to 11th-ranked Tufts University. Piedmont (4-3) travels to Jackson, Mississippi December 13 for a Collegiate Conference of the South matchup at Belhaven University.


Bryce Kresho, Franklin & Morris College

BRYCE KRESHO — Franklin & Marshall College (Fr., Cass HS) … went 3-2 in the 141-pound division of the George Mason Patriot Open Sunday. The Diplomats return to the mats Wednesday at Ursinus College (Pennsylvania).

QUESTAPHA LEWIS — Midway University (So., Woodland HS) … lost two bouts at 133-pounds as the Eagles defeated West Virginia Tech and lost to Cumberland University last Saturday. He also picked up a win by forfeit as Midway defeated the University of Pikeville. The Eagles will face five different teams Sunday at the NAIA Challenge Duals in Columbia, Kentucky.

JABRIL WILLIAMS — Midway University (So., Cartersville HS) … lost his bout at 174-pounds as the Eagles defeated West Virginia Tech last Saturday. Midway also split matches with Cumberland and the University of Pikeville. Midway will face five different teams Sunday at the NAIA Challenge Duals in Columbia, Kentucky.

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