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Athletes Beyond Bartow: Washington, Heathcock shine with double-double performances

Nakiyah Washington and DiAnthony Heathcock

The collegiate spring sports season has begun with golf and indoor track and field events already underway. This week's update also includes swimming plus pro and college basketball. Adairsville Lady Tigers product Nakiyah Washington averaged 16 points across three conference games this week for the Piedmont Lions. That stretch included a double-double performance Sunday at home against Huntingdon College. In men's basketball action this week, former Woodland standout DiAnthony Heathcock added to his collection of double-doubles last Wednesday with a 19-point, 16-rebound performance for Columbia International in an overtime win at St. Andrews.


BUCK BRUMLOW - University of Georgia (Fr., Cartersville HS) … helped the 13th-ranked Bulldogs to a fourth place finish last Monday through Wednesday at the Southwestern Invitational played at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, California. Georgia finished behind winner Arizona State, runner-up Pepperdine and Washington. Brumlow, who tied for 27th overall, fired rounds of 70-74-75 and was fourth among the Bulldogs. Georgia returns to action February 13-15 in the Puerto Rico Classic.


GRAYSON BREEDLOVE — Lenoir Rhyne University (Fr., Cartersville HS) … was a member of the 400-yard medley relay team (4:33.59) that finished third; finished fourth in the 100-yard backstroke (1:09.33); and fifth in the 50-yard freestyle (29.77) as the Lady Bears defeated Lees-McRae College Friday. The team also lost a meet with No. 1-ranked Queens University Saturday but those results were not available. Next for LRU is the Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championship Thursday through Sunday.

HARPER POWELL — Florida Tech (Fr., Adairsville HS) … in a 163-97 loss last Friday to Florida Southern, Powell swam a leg on the second place 200-yard freestyle relay team (1:44.75) and finished seventh in three other events: 400-yard medley relay (4:20.30), 50-yard freestyle (25.65), and 100-yard freestyle (1:00.11). The Panthers swim next at the Sunshine State Conference Championship in the Long Center in Clearwater, Florida February 16-20.


ASHTON HAGANS — Raptors 905 (Cartersville native, Newton HS) … the former Kentucky Wildcats’ point guard scored 13 points, dished out nine assists, and grabbed three rebounds last Wednesday in a 123-116 home win over the Motor City Cruise. It’s a busy week for the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors (9-2). They host the Capital City Go-Go Monday night, the Windy City Bulls Tuesday and Thursday nights, and the Delaware Blue Coats Saturday afternoon.


JUSTICE HAYES — South Georgia Tech CC (So., Cass HS) … scored three points with five rebounds and a pair of assists in the Jets’ 99-73 win Wednesday at Andrew College. Hayes then added five points, two rebounds, and two steals in a 95-71 home win Saturday over East Georgia CC. South Georgia Tech (13-9, 5-3) is tied for third in the GCAA standings. The Jets play at South Georgia CC Wednesday night and host South Crescent Tech Saturday afternoon.

DiANTHONY HEATHCOCK — Columbia International University (So., Woodland HS) … added another double-double to his 2021-22 season by scoring 19 points and grabbing 16 rebounds Wednesday night during a 123-117 overtime win at St. Andrews (NC). Heathcock also had one assist and one steal in that victory. On Saturday afternoon, he added 11 points, eight rebounds, one steal, and one assist in an 84-73 loss at Union College (KY). CIU (12-8, 8-7 Appalachian Athletic Conference) plays at Kentucky Christian Monday night, hosts Truett McConnell Thursday night, and travels to Reinhardt Saturday afternoon.

T.J. HORTON — Georgia Highlands College (So., Cartersville HS) … scored 13 points with eight rebounds, two steals, and two assists January 24 in a 62-51 home win over Central Georgia Tech. He then scored three points with three assists, one rebound, and one steal in a 76-71 home victory Saturday over Albany Tech. The Chargers (13-8, 6-1 GCAA) play at Gordon State College Monday night, at Southern Crescent Tech Wednesday evening, and host Andrew College Saturday afternoon.

JAYLON PUGH — Furman University (Sr., Cartersville HS) … scored three points and had one rebound in Saturday’s 80-50 win at Mercer. The Paladins (16-7, 8-2 Southern Conference) have now won four straight and will host The Citadel Wednesday night and UNC-Greensboro Saturday afternoon.

JOSIE SUMMERVILLE — North Park University (Sr., Adairsville HS) … after not playing in last Wednesday’s 55-48 win at Carthage College, Summerville came off the Vikings’ bench Saturday to score two points, grab two rebounds, and block a shot in a 65-58 win at Elmhurst University. NPU (13-5, 6-4 College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin) hosts conference games this week against North Central College Wednesday night and Augustana College (IL) Saturday.

NAKIYAH WASHINGTON — Piedmont College (Jr., Adairsville HS) … averaged 16 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists, one block, and one steal in three conference wins this past week. The Lions beat Brevard College Wednesday night at home and won 78-71 at Maryville College (TN) Saturday. In Sunday’s 76-57 win over Huntingdon College, Washington had a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Piedmont (16-3, 10-1 USA South Conference) currently sits in second place in the West Division. The Lions travel to Brevard Tuesday, host Agnes Scott College Friday, and will entertain Wesleyan University Sunday.


TERRY BERDIN — Reinhardt University (So., Cartersville HS) … was 20th in the 55 meter sprint preliminaries Saturday at the University of the South Tiger Indoor Invitational in Sewanee, Tennessee. The Eagles will participate this Sunday in the Life University Indoor/Outdoor Meet in Marietta.

TREVOR KNOWLES — Albion University (Grad Student, Woodland HS) … placed second in the triple jump with a mark of 45-05.75 (13.86m) and was fifth in the long jump at 22-02.05 (7.08m) Saturday at the Wittenberg Steemer Showcase in Springfield, Ohio. He also placed 27th in the 60 meter dash (7.53). Next for the Britons is the Concordia Invitational in Ypsilanti, Michigan Friday.


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