Sports year in review: January to March

Published 7:52 pm Wednesday, December 28, 2022

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Jan 15.

LaGrange boys basketball takes down rivals Troup. 

The Grangers poured it on in a 56-41 victory. The game was tied 19-19 at the half, but the Grangers took over in the second half to keep their undefeated region record alive at the time. Garrett Jacobsen scored 10 of his game high 17 points in the second half to lead the charge for the Grangers.

Troup girls beat up on LaGrange. 

The Tigers jumped out to an 18-8 lead and never looked back in a 52-23 rout. Alexcia Murphy dominated like she did all season and scored 10 of her game high 18 points in the first quarter to put the Tigers out on the right foot.

Jan. 28 

Cam Smith comes in clutch for Cavaliers

Cavaliers senior forward Cameron Smith sank two clutch free throws to give Callaway the lead with just four seconds on the clock. It was redemption for Smith, who missed two free throws with 1:21 left to go in the game with a chance to put his team up by three. 

Temple capitalized after the two missed free throws to go up by one with only 12 seconds on the clock. When Smith stepped to the line with the game in the balance, he was only 1-for-6 on free throws. His third free throw of the night sent the crowd into an absolute frenzy.

Jan 29.

It was a special occasion at Hog Heaven on Jan. 29.

The LaGrange boys basketball team that won a state title back in 1977 — the last in LaGrange’ history and the last state title by a basketball team in the county — got a 45th reunion as most of the players we able to get back together for a luncheon and then honored at a boys basketball game during halftime. Four of the players and coaches from that 1977 team have since passed on, so every time they get together feels more and more special as more of the players and staff pass on leaving a vacancy at the table when they reconvene. 

“50 is going to be rock’em sock’em, if I’m living we’re going to do a 50th anniversary,” said Kerry Cofield, a player on the ‘77 team, at the luncheon.

Feb. 2. 

Signing day for the three public high schools for football and baseball.

Callaway had five players sign: DB Cam Smith- University of West Georgia, LB Kier Jackson- Berry College, LB Javian Parks- Shorter University, WR Q Redding- Phenix City Prep, WR Kevin Diaz-Alfaro- Gordon State

LaGrange had 10 players sign: Tyjal Hixson- Fullerton College, Omarion (OJ) Johnson- Fullerton College, Tyreeq Carston- Fullerton College, Isaiah Jordan- Fullerton College, Jason Bishop- LaGrange College, Dontavious (Tae) Snead- New Mexico Military Institute, Tristan Smith- Hutchinson Community College, Montavious (Monta) Martin- University of West Georgia, Thaddeus Dixon Jr.- Savannah State University, and Marquavious (Qua) Thornton- Tuskegee University

Troup had four football players commit: Kullum Irvin- football and wrestling- Huntington University, Naz Easter- football- Georgia State University, Tay Shells- football- Georgia Military College, Jake Lane- football- LaGrange College.

The Tigers also had their first baseball player commit — Brett Haynes (Coastal Alabama Community College) — to play college ball since Tanner Glisson took over as head baseball coach.

Feb 18. And 19th

The Callaway Cavaliers won the girls and boys region 5-AA basketball championships on back-to-back days at home.

The girls claimed their second straight region title under head coach Deyano Martin as the boys. While the girls dominated the final, the boys had to work hard.

DeShun Coleman was the hero all night and sank a free throw with 16 seconds to go to give the Cavaliers the lead before Heard County missed a 3-pointer with four seconds left that would have given the Braves the lead.

Feb. 25. 

The Callaway girls basketball team pulled off a miraculous 12-point comeback late in the game to advance to their second straight elite eight. 

Dodge County took the lead back with under 30 seconds to go and quieted the home crowd. Then, Niakoe Burks carved her way into the paint to hit a game winner with 12 seconds on the clock. Dodge County missed a shot at the buzzer as euphoria overtook the gymnasium.


History for the Callaway soccer programs

Callaway boys and girls soccer programs break their record for wins in a season in the span of a couple of weeks. Mike Petite took over the girls soccer team in the offseason and sparked them to a record breaking season while still keeping a steady hand at the helm of the boys team. 

March 23

Vetsavong game winner

Alora Vetsavong scored a goal with just 28 seconds on the clock to give the Callaway girls soccer team a dramatic last gasp win over Galloway.