What a difference a week makes.Last Thursday, the LaGrange Grangers were headed home from Columbus after losing a 5-4 heart-breaker to Northside in a game where they twice led by two runs.
LaGrange High's soccer teams hit the field one more time before taking some time off for spring break.Facing Douglas County on Thursday at Callaway Stadium, both LaGrange teams fell a bit short.
CARROLLTON – The Troup Tigers put together a big-time seventh-inning rally to pull off a road win over the defending state champions on Thursday.
Coming off Tuesday's disappointing loss to Central-Carroll, the Callaway Cavaliers bounced back in a big way with a 13-3 road win over Rockmart on Tuesday.
They made it interesting, but an eight-run deficit was too much for the LaGrange College Panthers to overcome.
After a disheartening road loss to the Northside Patriots, the LaGrange Grangers were saddled with a 1-3 record in region play, and they were fighting to stay out of last place.
HAMILTON - The LaGrange Grangers weren't going to lose another tough region game on the road.
Bo Halcomb had himself quite a day.
They were three outs away.As the seventh inning of Tuesday's game began, the Callaway Cavaliers had a 3-2 lead over the rival Central-Carroll Lions.
COLUMBUS - It couldn't have started much worse.
They had no trouble finding the net.The Callaway Lady Cavaliers rolled to a 10-0 road win over Pepperell on Tuesday in a Region 5-AAA soccer match.
It's nice to have an ace, and the Callaway Cavaliers, LaGrange Grangers and Troup Tigers each have one.
The Troup Tigers missed the state playoffs a year ago mainly because they had a hard time winning close games.Two of the most excruciating losses came at the hands of the Carrollton Trojans.
It's been a smooth transition for Karsin Spinks.Spinks was a four-year starter at LaGrange High and an all-state softball player, and now that she's in college, she's continuing to get it done.
Tavin Thompson has been wearing out opposing pitchers.Thompson, a Callaway High graduate, is a third baseman for the Darton College baseball team, and he is having a phenomenal season.
It's been quite a run for Dusty Hubbard.Hubbard is in his 10th season as Callaway High's head baseball coach, and the program has enjoyed phenomenal success during the past decade.
The LaGrange Grangers have worn the net out in the past two games.After blanking Carver 10-0 on Friday, LaGrange kept it going on Saturday with an 8-0 drubbing of Griffin in a soccer match that was played at LaGrange Academy.
Olivia Wolfe dazzled on the mound to make sure her coach got a milestone win.
The LaGrange College Panthers put on a pitching clinic.Facing William Peace (N.C.) in a USA South series, the visiting Panthers gave up just one run in three games, and they won all of them to even their conference record at 9-9.
They broke out in a big way.The LaGrange Grangers have had their issues putting runs on the scoreboard this season, but that wasn't a problem on Friday against Northside.
They're rolling now.The Callaway Cavaliers had dropped three of four games when they arrived in Franklin to take on Heard County on March 9.The Cavaliers won 11-5 that day, and they haven't lost since.
The Troup Tigers moved to 2-1 in Region 5-AAAA with a 10-3 road win over Woodward Academy on Friday.The Tigers pounded out 10 hits, and Jarred Helton had a double and four RBIs.
Minho Song's walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning lifted the LaGrange Academy Warriors to a 3-2 victory over visiting Brandon Hall on Friday.
Coming off second first region loss of the season earlier in the week, the Callaway Lady Cavaliers bounced back for a big home win over Rockmart on Thursday.
A lock-down pitching performance from Winston Turner combined with a big offensive effort from Jonathan Foster propelled the Troup Tigers to a 5-0 victory over visiting Woodward Academy on Thursday.
They had the bats working.The Callaway Cavaliers hosted Harris County in a non-region game on Thursday, and they pounded out 10 hits and scored nearly that many runs in a game that was shortened to five innings because of rain.
The LaGrange Grangers came close to pulling off a big region road win on Thursday, but it wasn't meant to be.
It was just a speed bump.That's how LaGrange Academy girls' soccer coach Mike Petite viewed Wednesday's loss to The Heritage School at Callaway Stadium.
The game was up for grabs.In the second round of the state tournament, the LaGrange Grangers found themselves involved in a close game against Heritage, and they needed someone to provide a spark.
Former Troup Tiger Jim Reed had a productive day at the plate, but it wasn't enough to lift the LaGrange College Panthers to a home win over Oglethorpe.
These are good times for the LaGrange College golf team.The Panthers have won their past two tournaments, and this week, they ascended to the third spot in the Golfstat.com Division III national rankings.
When the call came, he was ready.
Troup High's soccer teams made easy work of visiting Kendrick on Tuesday.In the first game, the Lady Tigers got four goals from Emily Schoonover on the way to a 9-1 victory.
The Callaway Cavaliers staged a second-half comeback to capture a critical region soccer victory over visiting Central-Carroll on Tuesday.
A walk-off home run from Matt Clopton sent the Woodward Academy War Eagles to a 4-3 home victory over the Troup Tigers on Tuesday in the Region 5-AAAA opener for both teams.
The season may not have started like he'd hoped it would, but LaGrange Academy baseball coach Brandon Lybrand is feeling good about his team's prospects.
On their way to the final four in 2012, the Troup Tigers dispatched Woodward Academy with relative ease in the first round of the state playoffs.
It's way too early to call it a must-win game.There's little doubt the LaGrange Grangers desperately want to win today's home game against the Shaw Raiders, though.
Four different pitchers tried to slow down Averett's hitters during Monday's USA South baseball game.Unfortunately for the LaGrange College Panthers, none of those pitchers were successful.
The Callaway Cavaliers began their title defense in style.
They made it look easy.
The Troup Tigers have hit the occasional home run.Jonathan Foster has a couple of them, and Tyler Bunn cleared the bases with a grand slam during an 8-0 win over Handley last week.
Chase Seals brought home the gold.Seals, coming off a terrific season for the Troup High wrestling team, captured the top spot in his weight class at the Georgia freshman state meet last weekend in the Georgia Dome.
There were some rough patches along the way, but once Troup's Winston Turner settled into a rhythm, he was untouchable.
They met for the second time in as many days, and unfortunately for the LaGrange Grangers, the result was the same.
David Pelaez found the net twice to help the Troup Tigers upend home-standing Callaway 2-1 on a rainy Thursday night.
The Callaway High golf team, with senior Muhammed Nu-man leading the way, won a head-to-head match against Troup on Thursday.
Coming into Wednesday's home game against the Troup Tigers, East Coweta had given up 11 runs in its first eight games.The Tigers surpassed that total in one game.
Despite a brilliant pitching performance from Tristain Daugherty, the LaGrange Grangers found themselves on the wrong end of a 2-1 final in Wednesday's Region 1-AAAAA opener against Columbus.
It was an inspired first-half effort from the Callaway Lady Cavaliers, who gave up an early goal but fought back to pull even at the break.