Despite a few hurdles along the way, the Calhoun Lady Jackets continued their strong start to the season on Saturday as they once again were the last team standing to take home a tournament title.

Calhoun won the Rally on the Ridge Tournament at Fannin County High on Saturday after a long day of volleyball and also overcame illness and missing players to accomplish the feat. It is their second tournament title in as many weeks as they won the At The Rock Tournament the previous Saturday at Rockmart High.

The Lady Jackets (15-1) started the day with a setback on Saturday, falling to host Fannin County in two sets (25-19, 25-21) for their first loss of the season, but they used that as fuel to bounce back and go unscathed the rest of the day. They defeated Dawson County in two sets (25-23, 25-13), Rabun County in three sets (18-25, 25-6, 15-9) and Lumpkin County in two sets (25-18, 25-20) to close out pool play. They then defeated Lumpkin County again in the semifinals in two sets (25-11, 25-13) and got their revenge over Fannin County with a two-set (25-8, 25-17) victory to claim the tournament title.

In the stats column for Calhoun on the day were Ashlyn Brzozoski with 88 digs, nine aces and two kills, Calli Edens with 15 digs, two aces and one kill, Anna George with 51 kills, seven blocks, six aces and two digs, Anna Hoblitzell with 31 digs, six aces, six kills and one block, Erin Kelly with four kills, three aces, three digs and one block, Emma Ledford with 29 digs, four aces and three kills, Nena Marcus with 20 kills, six aces, five blocks and two digs, Erin Paul with 14 digs, Emma Kate Smith with 42 digs, seven aces and four kills and Sophie Stewart with 13 kills, seven aces and three digs.

The Jackets play their first home matches on Tuesday when they host Model and Coahulla Creek starting at 5 p.m. They will be back at home on Thursday to host Pepperell and Ringgold for a tri-match starting at 5 p.m.

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SOFTBALL

Calhoun 11, LFO 0

The Lady Jackets’ bats came to life in a big way on Thursday as they put up a big number on the scoreboard for a dominant region road win.

Calhoun (6-2, 4-2 in 6-AAA) led 1-0 after two innings but really broke the game open with a six-run third and then put on the finishing touches with a four-run sixth to force the mercy rule. Leading the way at the plate was Audrey Wilbanks, Carlie Henderson and Malysha Winston who all had three hits. Among their hits, Wilbanks had a double, an RBI and two runs scored, Henderson had two RBIs and two runs scored and Winston had an RBI and a run scored.

Also contributing at the plate was Erin Barnes with two hits and an RBI, Lyndi Rae Davis and Lona Sims with a hit and two RBIs apiece and Jordan Blair and Espee Reyes with a hit and an RBI apiece.

Maggie McBrayer had a great night in the circle as well for the Lady Jackets as she tossed a one-hit shutout and struck out seven in six innings of work to earn the win.

The Lady Jackets are back at home on Monday to host North Murray at 5:30 p.m. and on the road at Murray County on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

Sonoraville splits at Buccaneer Bash

The Lady Phoenix opened the day with a tough loss for their first of the season on Saturday at the Allatoona Buccaneer Bash at Kennesaw Mountain High, but they bounced back to get a shutout win in their next game.

Sonoraville (10-1) dropped a 3-2 decision to Alexander in their first game of the day in 10 innings. Kristen Davis took the tough-luck loss after tossing 9 2-3 innings and gave up three runs (all unearned) on eight hits while striking out six. At the plate, Sandra Beth Pritchett had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs, Griffin Holden and Shayna Dutton each had two hits and Karley Thomas added a hit and a run scored.

The Lady Phoenix didn’t stay down long as they got back in the win column later in the afternoon with a 2-0 victory over Cartersville. Taylor Long got the nod in the circle and went the distance, tossing six innings of shutout ball, allowing only one hit and striking out 12 to earn the win.

Offensively in the win, Thomas had a hit, an RBI, a run scored and a stolen base to lead the way. Katie Williams added a hit, two stolen bases and a run scored, and Grace Crocker, Davis, Long and Pritchett all contributed a hit apiece.

Sonoraville is on the road on Tuesday at Ringgold at 5:30 p.m. as they try to remain unbeaten in Region 6-AAA play.

Chattooga 9, Gordon Central 1

The Lady Warriors fell behind early on Thursday and couldn’t catch up as they dropped a region contest at home.

Gordon Central (5-7, 1-4 in 7-AA) cut Chattooga’s lead to 2-1 in the first inning, but the Lady Indians added one in the second, two in the third and four in the fourth to put the game away.

Morgan Frank led the Lady Warriors’ offense with a hit and an RBI, and Javan Vineyard added a double and a run scored. Jada Jaco, Cheyenne Temple and Cara Crump also had a hit apiece.

Gordon Central is on the road at Armuchee on Tuesday for another 7-AA matchup at 5 p.m.

CROSS COUNTRY

Calhoun, Gordon Central runs at Ridge Ferry Invitational

Calhoun and Gordon Central traveled to Rome on Saturday morning to compete in the Ridge Ferry Invitational against a large and talented field.

The Lady Jackets were the top finishing team as they took fifth in the girls race with a score of 181 thanks to some strong individual performances. Ashley Hartness led the way with a 12th-place finish (20:13.34), and teammate Mari Morales wasn’t far behind in 22nd (21:15.22). Rounding out the team score for Calhoun was Anna Gibson (32nd, 21:57.74), Ashley Jaramillo (51st, 23:09.54) and Teresa Nguyen (69th, 23:55.97).

The Calhoun boys finished sixth in the team standings with a score of 207. Felipe Barrios had a very strong day, finishing ninth overall with a time of 17:03.33. Angel Santiago was 37th with an 18:19.98, and Jonathan Santana took 45th with an 18:31.72. Completing the team score for the Jackets was Nestor Hernandez (59th, 18:45.63) and Mario Marroquin (64th, 18:51.84).

The Gordon Central girls were 21st in the team standings. They were led by Jasmine Velasco who finished 64th with a time of 23:38.06. Taylor Evans also finishes 109th with a 24:49.95.

Gordon Central will be back in action on Saturday when they compete in the Run at the Rock at Woodland High School at 8 a.m. Calhoun’s next meet is the first North Georgia Cross Country League meet at Edwards Park in Dalton on Sept. 6, and they will then compete in the Carrollton Orthopedic Invitational on Sept. 8.