Season ends for Cavaliers It was another successful season for the Callaway Cavaliers, but as far as head coach Dusty Hubbard is concerned, it ended way too soon.
The Cavaliers finished with a stellar 23-9 record, they were second in their region, and they won a playoff series.
Yet the Cavaliers fell short of the goal Hubbard said everyone is striving for, a state championship.
“One team is going to meet that goal,” Hubbard said. “It’s hard to get. You have to be lu...
Doubles teams getting it done In the case of LaGrange High’s doubles teams, two heads are definitely better than one.
The Lady Grangers are playing for a state championship this weekend, and the two doubles teams are a key reason why.
Throughout the regular season, the region tournament and the state tournament, LaGrange’s doubles teams have been close to unbeatable.
In fact during the state tournament, they have been unbeatable, with both teams rolling to 4-0 records.
LaGrange playing for a championship There’s one more mountain to climb.
The LaGrange High girls’ tennis team has conquered every challenger it has faced so far in the Class AAAA state tournament.
The Lady Grangers have beaten Stephens County, Chamblee, Lanier and West Laurens, and their reward is a trip to the state-championship match where they’ll take on Marist.
The match is set to get under way today at 11:30 a.m. at the Clayton County International Park.
It has already b...
Troup rallies to win series WHITE- They had no doubt.
The Troup Tigers were down by a run as they came to the plate for their final at-bat in Game 2 of their playoff series against the Cass Colonels, and their belief in themselves never wavered.
“We had plenty of confidence,” Troup catcher Jonathan Foster said. “We’ve been in this situation before, so we knew how to get pumped up. When (Brandon Butts) had the leadoff double, we knew.”
Sure enough, Butts’ double kick-s...
Troup blanks Cass in Game 1 WHITE - Garrett McClurg made it look easy.
Facing the Cass Colonels on Wednesday in the opening game of a Class AAAA state-playoff series, the Troup High pitcher threw five dominant innings to help his team cruise to a 6-0 victory.
Jacob Ozley pitched the final two innings, and Jonathan Foster led the offensive effort with a home run, his second of the playoffs.
McClurg and Ozley combined for a three-hitter with nine strikeouts.
Troup ready for next round The Troup Tigers have this road routine down pat.
The Tigers (19-11) have played 13 playoff games on the road the past two seasons, and they’ve won 12 of them.
Four of those wins have come this season, including a pair of victories over Cass on Wednesday in the second round of the Class AAAA state playoffs.
Troup will try to keep that road success coming next week when it faces Veterans in a quarterfinal matchup.
That series will begin on ...
Callaway ready for Game 3 They’ve been here before.
In the opening round of the Class AAA state playoffs against Southeast Bulloch, the Callaway Cavaliers survived a Game 3 to keep their season alive.
If the Cavaliers are going to keep playing beyond today, they’ll have to win another Game 3.
Callaway and Dodge County split a doubleheader on Wednesday, setting up today’s third and deciding game.
The game will be played at 4 p.m. in Eastman.
“We feel like we’ve be...
Cavs ready for second-round test It’s not how you start, but how you finish that matters.
In their opening-round playoff series against Southeast Bulloch, the Callaway Cavaliers were beaten 7-0 in the first game.
The Cavaliers shrugged off that loss to win the second game 13-2, and they finished off the series victory with a 5-2 victory on Monday.
That win moves the Cavaliers (22-7) into the second round of the playoffs, and their next opponent will be Dodge County (17-9),...
Game day for Troup On the final weekend of the regular season, the Troup Tigers scored two runs in three games.
They managed to beat Adairsville 1-0, but they lost to the Callaway Cavaliers 3-0 and to the Northside Patriots 2-1.
As the Tigers turned the page to the state playoffs, though, they found their offensive footing, and bats that were ice-cold a few days before were suddenly red-hot.
Facing Eastside in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs,...
Boyd has memorable final meet As he stretched for the finish line, LaGrange High’s Demoton Boyd didn’t know if he’d just wrapped up his high-school career with an amazing win, or if he was going to have to settle for second place.
In the finals of the 200-meter run on Saturday in Jefferson, Boyd and Ryan Clark of Banneker were locked in a dramatic head-to-head showdown.
For the final 50 meters, the two sprinters were side-by-side, and when they crossed the finish line th...
Huge state meet for Coggins He was biding his time.
LaGrange High’s Andrew Coggins was competing in the finals of the 800-meter run at the state track meet on Saturday in Jefferson, and for the first of two laps of the race, he was in the middle of the pack.
That was by design, as Coggins figured he’d be able to race to the front of the pack on the second lap and hold off the field.
“I sort of developed a strategy of running with the pack the first lap, and then the l...
Bowie takes fifth at state Sam Bowie’s state meet got off to a disappointing start.
Competing in the 1,600-meter run on Thursday, the LaGrange High freshman got caught in the pack, and he was unable to break out on the way to a 10th-place finish in the 16-person field.
Bowie crossed the finish line more than 10 seconds behind the race winner.
“I got boxed in,” Bowie said. “I didn’t have a great race.”
Fortunately for Bowie, he still had one more race to run, and he ...
LaGrange netters earn shot at title The countdown to a championship is at one.
The LaGrange High girls’ tennis team, after handling West Laurens on Monday, is now just one victory away from winning a state championship.
LaGrange (21-3) will face either Marist or Dalton in the Class AAAA state-championship match on Saturday at the Clayton County International Park.
After winning their first three state matches at home, the Lady Grangers were on the road on Monday in Dublin, bu...
Callaway wins Game 3 With Nick O’Berry making a big-time splash in his return to the starting rotation, the Callaway Cavaliers are headed to the second round of the state playoffs.
O’Berry, the left-handed throwing junior, hadn’t started a game in more than two weeks while he rested an injured shoulder.
At the time, Callaway head coach Dusty Hubbard wasn’t sure if O’Berry would pitch again this season.
O’Berry pitched one inning in a game Friday night, though, ...
Reese saves best for last Skeet Reese saved the best for last.
Needing to come through with a big sack of fish to climb to the top of the leaderboard in the West Point Lake Battle, Reese made it happen in a big way.
The California native brought in five bass weighing more than 15 pounds on Sunday at Pyne Road Park, and that was enough to give him the top spot in the Bassmaster Elite Series event.
The tournament started on Thursday with 100 fishermen, and by Sunday, ...
Big day for LaGrange track team It was a wet, windy, cool and basically awful weekend in Jefferson, but the conditions didn’t bother LaGrange’s Demoton Boyd and Andrew Coggins.
In fact, the two Granger runners thrived in the nasty conditions.
Boyd and Coggins each brought home a first-place trophy from the state track and field meet, and their performances helped the Grangers finish second in Class AAAA behind Marist.
“It was about 50 degrees, a 15 m.p.h. win, and I bet i...
Cavaliers set for Game 3 After dropping Game 1 of their Class AAA playoff series against Southeast Bulloch on Friday, the Callaway Cavaliers came charging back in the second game to keep their season alive.
Now the Cavaliers will try to finish off the series victory when they host Southeast Bulloch at 2:30 p.m. today.
The game was originally going to be played Saturday, but it was rained out, pushing it back to today.
Southeast Bulloch opened the series with a 7-0 ...
Tournament is halfway home It’s anybody’s ballgame.
After two days of the West Point Lake Battle, a field that began with 100 of the world’s best bass fishermen has been whittled down to 50, and any of those men still has a realistic shot at finishing first and claiming the $100,000 prize.
Aaron Martens leads the field through two days with a combined weight of 24 pounds, 14 ounces, and the man in 50th place, Kelly Jordon, is just 10 pounds behind.
The remaining comp...
Troup sweeps doubleheader COVINGTON - The Troup Tigers are a team built on strong pitching, but in the opening round of the state playoffs, it was the offense stealing the show.
With Jonathan Foster and Dalton Hadley combining for three home runs, the Tigers rolled to a series sweep of Eastside in a first-round Class AAAA series.
Foster hit a grand slam in Game 1 that helped the Tigers erase a deficit, and he finished with a whopping nine RBIs in the two games.
Callaway forces Game 3 The Callaway Cavaliers bounced back from a Game 1 loss to thump Southeast Bulloch 13-2 in the second game of their state-playoff series.
The teams are scheduled to play a decisive third game at noon today.
The location of the game has been changed from Callaway to Troup High.
The Cavaliers were hoping to take control of the series with a win in Game 1, and they figured to be in good shape with their ace Kane Keith on the mound, but they wer...