High School Sports

Trevor Burdick and John Knight have a long-standing brotherhood. Not only have the two wrestled together at Sonoraville High School, but also are taking their talents to the next level together.

The Sonoraville Phoenix concluded their spring practices with a scrimmage against the Coosa Eagles Friday at Sonoraville High School. Head coach Denver Pate said his team played with both effort and intensity

Gordon Central’s first spring under new head coach TJ Hamilton culminated with the spring scrimmages Friday at Ratner Stadium. Adairsville and LaFayette also participated in the scrimmage as each squad competed against one another.

Grant Hegwood is officially a Shorter University Hawk. The Sonoraville senior committed to the Rome-area school on Thursday at Sonoraville High School.

Karimar Ramos will be heading to Whitfield County to continue her soccer career. Ramos signed with Dalton State College on Wednesday afternoon in the Calhoun High School media center.

Dalton High School’s Tyler Hunt is off to the U.S. Naval Academy in July. The senior wrestler from Sugar Valley is off to Maryland in July to begin his career as a Midshipman.

Calhoun football has turned the page to a new chapter in its historic epoch. In the three months since longtime head coach Hal Lamb’s decision to retire, Calhoun High School is full steam ahead with a new man at the helm: Clay Stephenson.

Chip Henderson’s 25th year at the helm of Yellow Jacket Baseball has ended on a sour note. On Thursday, the Pace Academy Knights swept the Calhoun Yellow Jackets in the second round of the GHSA Class AAA state baseball playoffs.

Fueled by a three-goal burst in less than five minutes, the Lovett Lady Lions shut out the Calhoun Lady Jackets by the score of 6-0 Wednesday at Calhoun High School. The loss eliminates the Lady Jackets from the state playoffs.

The calendar turning from April to May has not been kind to Gordon County varsity soccer as the Calhoun boys and Gordon Central girls both fell at the respective No. 1 seeds in the second round of the GHSA soccer state playoffs.

As the weather heats up, the same can be said for the competition in the GHSA state playoffs. The postseason moves to round two for soccer and baseball. Calhoun boys and girls soccer, Gordon Central boys and girls soccer and Calhoun Baseball are all in action this week. The following is a br…

Thursday night marked a historic accolade in the history of Gordon Central girls soccer. In a shortened first-round playoff game, the Gordon Central Lady Warriors shut out Therrell 7-0 on Thursday. The victory is the first Lady Warriors playoff win in the program’s history.

In front of a mass of away supporters, the Gordon Central Warriors cruised to an 11-1 win over the South Atlanta Hornets in the first round of the GHSA Class AA boys soccer state playoffs. The road win sends Gordon Central on to the second round, as the team now prepares to host Region 8’s N…

The Calhoun Yellow Jackets are on to the second round of the playoffs after a series sweep of Greater Atlanta Christian. Calhoun took game one by the score of 8-6, then followed it up with a 3-1 victory to close the first-round series.

The first 95 minutes could not solve Calhoun’s round one playoff game versus the Dawson County Tigers. In a shootout, the Yellow Jackets prevailed with four goals and officially won the game by the score of 1-0.

This week marks the beginning of the GHSA state playoffs as Gordon County’s high school teams begin their quests for state titles. The following is a breakdown of the playoff games taking place this week. They are ordered by date.

Spring is in the air. The weather is warming up, the pollen is aggravating our allergies (again), and spring football practice has arrived for one of Gordon County’s high schools.

On Thursday, Calhoun soccer honored its senior class for both the boys and girls teams. A ceremony was held on the field in between the girls and boys games versus the Adairsville Tigers.

On Wednesday, Sonoraville High School honored its seniors on the boys and girls soccer teams at senior night against Haralson County. Both squads came away with victories, capping off the boys’ season and sending the girls into the state playoffs with added momentum.

This week in high school athletics marks the end of the regular season. With the GHSA state playoffs set to begin next week, let’s break down where respective teams fall and what needs to happen for those on the outside looking in.

In the second baseball edition of the 53 Frenzy, the Calhoun Yellow Jackets broke out the bats in an 18-4 victory over Sonoraville on Tuesday. The five-inning contest was a stark difference from the 6-5 Yellow Jackets walk off at Calhoun High School back on March 27.

On Monday, Gordon Central golf captured a region victory over Model by a score of 161 to 193 at the Stonebridge Golf Course.

Calhoun High School boys’ swimming head coach Mike Beeler has been named the Georgia High School Association’s coach of the year for the boys’ 1-3A group. The selection was announced on March 9 at Kennesaw Mountain High School.

Mari Morales has made her decision. She will be running about 20 miles to the north at Dalton State College. The senior officially put pen to paper at a ceremony in the Calhoun High School Media Center on Thursday, surrounded by friends and family.

Don’t look now, but Sonoraville High School’s fishing team means business.

On Wednesday afternoon, Sonoraville wrestling head coach Randy Steward was designated Georgia’s 2019 Head Coach of the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.

The Warriors fell to Coosa 3-2 in the regional third-place match in Rome on Monday. Gordon Central will be the fourth seed entering the GHSA Class AA state playoffs next week.

In an inning-shortened game, the Calhoun Yellow Jackets took apart the Adairsville Tigers, 10-0, Friday. The victory moved the Jackets to 16-4 overall and 9-2 in the region.

Sonoraville knocked off Murray County 6-3 on Tuesday at Sonoraville High School. With the victory, the Phoenix improve to 10-9 overall and 5-4 in the region. 

It’s spring break here in Gordon County, but despite the week-long vacation for schools, Calhoun, Sonoraville and Gordon Central varsity soccer rolls on toward an exciting end of the regular season.

Sonoraville knocked off Murray County 6-3 on Tuesday at Sonoraville High School. With the victory, the Phoenix improve to 10-9 overall and 5-4 in the region.

On Thursday, Gordon Central High School hosted a varsity track and field meet. The three schools participating were Calhoun, Sonoraville and Gordon Central. Final team scores are posted below.

In a strikeouts-galore contest featuring a combined 26 Ks, the Ringgold Tigers knocked off the Calhoun Yellow Jackets in regional play 6-2 on Tuesday. The win solidifies Ringgold’s grasp on Region 6-AAA with an undefeated record of 9-0 while Calhoun remains in second place at 7-2.

In a wild, chippy, closely-contested game, the Gordon Central Warriors knocked off the Model Blue Devils, 2-0, in the boy’s match Friday.

On Thursday, the Calhoun boys’ and girls’ soccer teams came away with victories at North Murray High School. The boys earned a shutout 5-0 and the girls won 5-2.

The Sonoraville-Calhoun rivalry have its share of classic moments, and Wednesday’s baseball edition of the regional clash delivered another such memory.