Power, strength and size are important attributes for athletes to have. Some have them naturally, and some get them through a lot of hard work.
THOMASVILLE — Thomas University’s women’s basketball team dominated the Lady Gyrenes of Ave Maria (Fla.) on Saturday at home in their 73-57 victory.
ATHENS — The 10th-ranked Georgia gymnastics team scored season-highs on all four events in a 196.975-194.225 win over No. 14 Kentucky in front of 9,957 fans Saturday at Stegeman Coliseum.
A special moment occurred in the Sonoraville freshman game vs. North Paulding last Saturday as ninth-grade special needs student Matthew Smith entered the contest just before the half and scored with a jump shot.
Gordon Central’s Nina Fleming admits she doesn’t have a lot of free time like some other high school students. But the multi-sport junior student-athlete wouldn’t have it any other way.
Memorable night of basketball
WALESKA — Former Sonoraville standout Justin Zachary’s 3-pointer in overtime put Reinhardt ahead for good, and Matt Porter’s steal in the closing seconds sealed the victory as the Eagles defeated Tennessee Wesleyan, 107-102, in Appalachian Athletic Conference play Wednesday night.
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The Southern Conference has announced its SoCon Indoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week for the first time in 2015.
ATHENS — Sparked by a 9.95 on vault from Brandie Jay, the No. 7 Georgia Gymdogs defeated Missouri 195.800-195.225 on Friday night in their Southeastern Conference opener in Stegeman Coliseum. The Gymdogs improve to 1-1 (1-0 SEC), while the Tigers fall to 2-1 (0-1 SEC).
ROME — Kayla Beavers calmly drained two free throws with six seconds remaining to help the Lee women’s basketball team defeat rival Shorter University, 53-50 on Thursday evening.
The nickname Big Dawg gets tossed around a good bit in sports, but for Calhoun’s Landon Rice, it fits extremely well.
Warriors win shows big progress
A pair of former Calhoun standouts each competed and made their mark for Samford at the team's indoor season opener at the UAB Invitational at Birmingham Crossplex last Friday and Saturday.
ATHENS — The No. 7 Georgia Gymdogs fell to No. 8 Michigan in their first meet of the season, 196.600-195.600, on Saturday afternoon in front of a sellout crowd of 10,224 at Stegeman Coliseum.
ARLINGTON, Texas — Ohio State can add the newest version of the national championship trophy to a case that already has a bunch of the old ones.
Whether it’s spiking a ball over the net on the volleyball court or sending an opposing player’s shot back where it came from with a block on the basketball court, Sonoraville’s Haley Ponder is sure to be going at it all-out or 100 percent.
Hawks best hope for Atlanta championship
Several former local standouts from Calhoun and Gordon County have taken their game to the college level and are making an impact for their teams this basketball season. Here’s a roundup of how several former locals are doing on the court at their respective schools:
NEW ORLEANS — Cardale Jones came through again at the Sugar Bowl in his second career start and Ezekiel Elliott ran for 230 yards, leading Ohio State to a 42-35 upset of top-ranked Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinal Thursday night.
ORLANDO, Fla. — When Missouri played its best this season, the Tigers stopped the run or ran well themselves. Minnesota found out what happens when the Tigers are successful at both.
PASADENA, Calif. — Marcus Mariota and Oregon turned an avalanche of Florida State mistakes into a mountain of points and the Ducks rolled past the defending national champions 59-20 Thursday to turn the first College Football Playoff semifinal into a Rose Bowl rout.