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Athletes Beyond Bartow: Weekly performance update of local pro and collegiate athletes


This week's review of performances by former Cartersville and Bartow County athletes at the pro and college level across the country.



ASHTON HAGANS — Raptors 905, NBA G League; Cartersville native; Newton HS) … Hagans started and played 32 minutes in a 125-118 road loss Sunday at the Maine Celtics. He posted 15 points, six assists, four steals and three rebounds in the defeat.


BRAXTON BENHAM — Berry College (Fr., Cass HS) … saw nine minutes of action in Berry's opening-round game in the NCAA Division-III tournament. He finished with two points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal in a 91-79 season-ending loss to Wabash last Friday in Atlanta.

Justice Hayes

JUSTICE HAYES — South Georgia Tech (So., Cass HS) … Hayes and the Jets survived an overtime thriller with Georgia Highlands to win the Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association tournament title. He scored just one total point in the semifinals (78-70 win last Friday over South Georgia at home) and finals (87-84 OT victory Saturday at GHC), but it was a big point. With 31 seconds to go in regulation during the championship, Hayes hit the second of two free throws to give South Georgia Tech a 79-74 lead. It proved vital, as the Chargers scored five points in 11 seconds to send the game to an extra session before the Jets emerged victorious. South Georgia Tech will face South Plains College in the first round of the NJCAA national championship at 11 a.m. Eastern March 15 in Hutchinson, Kansas.

T.J. HORTON — Georgia Highlands College (Fr., Cartersville HS) … saw time but didn't record any counting stats in the championship game setback. He did manage to post four points and three rebounds in an 85-77 semifinal victory over Albany Tech last Friday at home.


HOUSTON MEDLOCK — Piedmont College (Sr., Adairsville HS) … won both sets of his Line 5 singles match by identical 6-2 final scores but fell 8-6 in Line 1 doubles action during a 6-3 team win over Pfeiffer Sunday at home.

Emily Surcey

EMILY SURCEY — Arkansas State University (Fr., Cass HS) … did all she could to try to carry Arkansas State to victory in a Sun Belt Conference matchup against Texas State last Friday at home. The former Colonels star produced the Red Wolves' lone singles win — a breezy 6-2, 6-1 match on Line 3. She also teamed with Rebecca Brody for a 6-2 Line 3 doubles triumph. Arkansas State also won on Line 1 doubles to secure the team point, but it wasn't enough in a 5-2 defeat.

BRYCE VAN ORDER — Piedmont College (So., Woodland HS) … rallied for a 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 win on Line 2 singles in the victory over Pfeiffer.


BILL ARCHER — University of Montevallo (Fr., Cartersville HS) … In opening up his outdoor track and field season, Archer placed 19th in the 5000-meter run during the Icebreaker Duals this past Saturday at Berry.


BELLA CARNES — Georgia College (So., Woodland HS) … made a start in right field and had a sacrifice hit in the Bobcats’ 10-1 loss Saturday at Lander University. Georgia College dropped all three Peach Belt Conference games over the weekend series and slipped to 8-13 on the season. The Bobcats host Young Harris Friday and Saturday in another three game conference series.

MORGAN COOPER — Columbus State University (Fr., Woodland HS) … appeared as a pinch hitter Sunday in the Cougars’ only loss during a three-game Peach Belt Conference series at home against 9th-ranked North Georgia. CSU (9-9, 2-1) plays Mississippi College Wednesday in Mobile before traveling to St. Augustine for a three-game conference series with Flagler College Saturday and Sunday.

SADYE JOHNSON — University of North Georgia (Fr., Adairsville HS) … started the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Columbus State going 0-for-1 with two walks at the plate. UNG (15-8, 1-2) hosts a doubleheader with Alabama-Huntsville Wednesday and entertains a three-game Peach Belt Conference series with Augusta University Friday and Saturday.

Hannah Todd

HANNAH TODD — University of Houston (Grad Student, Cartersville HS) … made pitching appearances in four of five Cougars’ games this past weekend as Houston went 3-2 at the Boyd Gaming Classic in Las Vegas. In a start Friday, Todd allowed only one, unearned run on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts but received no decision. The Cougars went on, however, to knock off 7th-ranked Washington 5-4. The right-hander retired the only batter she faced Saturday in the final inning of an 11-7 win over New Mexico State and worked a scoreless inning of relief in a 10-4 loss to Washington. Sunday, Todd again did not allow an earned run in a 2-2/3 innings start. She allowed three unearned runs on three hits and two walks during a 5-0 loss to UNLV. Houston (9-11) hosts a doubleheader Friday with Boise State and a three-game series Friday and Saturday with Northwestern State.

ALEXA VARNER — Shorter University (So., Adairsville HS) … made a start at second base Saturday in a 2-1 extra inning home loss to West Alabama. Varner was 0-for-3 at the plate but had four assists and a putout defensively. Shorter lost all three games in the weekend conference series. The Hawks (4-17, 1-8 Gulf South Conference) plays a three game conference series at West Georgia Friday and Saturday.


JAKE GOOCH — Central Alabama CC (So., Cartersville HS) … went 4-for-7 with a solo home run and four RBIs in a doubleheader last Thursday at Lurleen B. Wallace CC. The Trojans (8-9) have a home-and-home, four-game series with Shelton State Thursday and Saturday.

LOGAN MARTIN — Sewanee - University of the South (Jr., Cartersville HS) … made a seven inning start Saturday but did not receive a decision as the Tigers fell 4-3 at Birmingham-Southern College. Martin gave up three earned runs on seven hits, two walks (one intentional), and one hit batsman. He struck out nine of the 30 batters he faced. Sewanee (2-8) lost all three games in the series at 3rd-ranked Birmingham-Southern. The Tigers are scheduled to play six games Thursday through the following Tuesday at the Snowbird Baseball Classic in Port Charlotte, Florida.

MASON McBEE — Coastal Alabama - South CC (Fr., Cartersville HS) … earned a save last Friday by retiring the final five outs of a 7-6 win at Wallace State-Hanceville CC. McBee allowed three hits in the scoreless appearance and struck out one facing ten batters. The Sun Chiefs (7-9-1) have a four-game, home-and-home series with Wallace State-Dothan Thursday and Saturday.

SCOTTY SMITH — Covenant College (Fr., Woodland HS) … the right hand pitcher was inserted in the seventh inning Friday of an eventual 8-4 loss to Ferrum College (Virginia) in a game played at the Tennessee Smokies Stadium in Kodak, Tennessee. Smith entered with his team trailing 7-1 and retired the final five outs. He walked one and yielded one unearned run. The Scots (5-6) travel to Bob Jones University (South Carolina) for a three-game series Friday and Saturday.

STEVEN SPELL — Young Harris College (Jr., Cass HS) … starting at third base, Spell was 2-for-8 at the plate as the Mountain Lions completed a three-game conference series sweep at Georgia College. He had a double, three walks, and scored two runs during the series. Young Harris (13-5, 3-0 Peach Belt Conference) hosts Carson-Newman Tuesday and returns to conference play Saturday and Sunday in a three-game series at Augusta University.

PRESTON WELCHEL — Coastal Alabama-South CC (So., Cartersville HS) … went 2-for-16 with a double and one RBI in a four-game series last Friday and Saturday at Wallace State-Hanceville CC. The Sun Chiefs (7-9-1) have a four-game, home-and-home series with Wallace State-Dothan CC Thursday and Saturday.

Davis Williams

DAVIS WILLIAMS — Birmingham-Southern College (Fr., Cartersville HS) … picked up his second pitching win of the season Saturday with a three-inning relief appearance and a 4-3 win over visiting Sewanee-University of the South. Williams retired the final nine outs allowing no runs on just one hit and one walk. Sunday, he closed out the ninth inning allowing a pair of unearned runs on two hits with two strikeouts in a game the Panthers won 12-10. 7th-ranked BSC (10-2, 3-0 Southern Athletic Association) host Emory University Tuesday and have a three-game series at Rhodes College in Memphis Friday and Saturday.

JORDAN WILKIE — Augusta University (Jr., Cartersville HS) … went 1-for-8 with a walk and a sacrifice in three losses during a Peach Belt Conference series at Flagler College last weekend. Augusta (6-10, 0-3) hosts The College of Saint Rose (New York) Tuesday before Young Harris College visits for a three-game conference series Saturday and Sunday.

ZACH WILSON — Penn State-Greater Allegheny CC (So., Woodland HS) … made an eighth inning pinch hitting appearance and was inserted defensively at first base Saturday during a 10-8 loss to CC of Allegheny County. PSUGA (1-3) will play six games Tuesday through Saturday at the Myrtle Beach Classic.

~~ Nicholas Sullivan of The Daily Tribune News contributed to this report.


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