Red Bud BGMSAA Traditionals champs

Red Bud wrestlers pose for a photo with their first-place trophy after winning the BGMSAA Traditional championship last Saturday. (Contributed Photo)

Wrestling

-The Red Bud Firebirds put together one of its most complete wrestling performances of the season while claiming the Bartow-Gordon Middle School Athletic Association (BGMSAA) Traditional Championship last Saturday on their home mats.

“I could not be more pleased about the way all of the wrestlers performed at the tournament on Saturday,” said Red Bud coach David Bowers. “They all came to the tournament ready to wrestle, on weight and healthy. The past weekend, the biggest key to success for us was that all the kids felt prepared. They also felt that they had something to prove to themselves after two tough losses in the league duals tournament. All the kids stuck together all day and encouraged one another. No one wanted to let anyone on the team down.”

Out of a tough field of seven teams, individual champions for Red Bud included Misha Arbos at 85 lbs, Nic Haberman at 90 lbs, Cole Hunt at 95 lbs, Rowan Burdick at 125 lbs, Lake Prater at 132 lbs, Jebb Knight at 170 lbs, Draven Peppers at 189 lbs and Jaxx Knight at 215 lbs.

Also making valuable contributions for the Firebirds was Zach McAfee, who contributed a second-place finish in his weight class, Druu Faulk who added a third-place finish and Cole Weaver and Derek Dusseau who each chipped in fourth-place finishes.

Additionally, Haberman and Calhoun’s Isaac Green were voted best match and Hunt was voted Most Outstanding Wrestler from 70-118 lbs.

“We have had a very successful season as a whole this year, finishing with a 23-7 dual record,” said Bowers. “The kids progressed every time we all competed and practiced. Every practice was ended with the question, ‘did I get better today?’ We took every match, win or lose, as ‘that’s not good enough, let’s get better,’ and the kids bought into it. Also, leadership from the kids themselves was key. Jebb and Jaxx Knight, Draven Peppers, Misha Arbos, Nic Haberman, Rowan Burdick, Lake Prater, Cole Hunt, along with others took getting better by improving new wrestlers to heart, and they built each other. I could not be more proud of a group of kids.”

-After snagging second place in last weekend’s BGMSAA Dual Championships, Calhoun’s wrestling secured a third place overall finish in the Traditional bouts.

Basketball

-The Calhoun Lady Jackets picked up a 49-34 home win over the Red Bud Lady Phoenix on Monday evening. The victory pushes the Lady Jackets’ record to 8-1 and allows them to remain closely behind Cartersville (10-1) at the top the BGMSAA girls varsity basketball standings.

Despite the loss, Madison Abernathy netted 13 points and Taylor Dotson tacked on six for Red Bud in that contest.

The Red Bud junior varsity girls snagged a win over the junior varsity Lady Jackets 37-29. Diana Smith led the way with 18 points, with KK Lyles adding six.

-The Lady Phoenix bounce back in a big way on Tuesday by dominating South Central 63-7. Dayleigh Dress scored a game-high 27 points, with Olyvia Hopper tossing in nine.

-Both Lady Phoenix squads collected victories against Adairsville on Wednesday, with the varsity winning 42-34 and junior varsity winning 37-8. All of the positive results places the varsity’s record at 7-4, which is good for third in the standings, and the junior varsity’s record at 8-1, which is good for first place in the junior varsity standings.

-Calhoun’s varsity boys basketball squad topped Red Bud 50-14 on Saturday. The result moves the Jackets record to an impressive 10-1, which moved the team at the top of the boys standings.

-The Phoenix also found redemption in its matchup against South Central on Tuesday, taking down the Chieftains. Tyler Johns finished the contest with a game-high 18 points, with Christian Roberts pitching in 11.

-The Red Bud junior varsity boys team found success against Adairsville on Wednesday, defeating the Tigers 34-26. The team’s offense was primarily shouldered by Brant Bryant, who had 15 points, Ethan Hibberts, who had seven and Jaxon Pate, who finished with five. The win allows the Phoenix to cling to the No. 1 spot in the BGMSAA standings with a record of 8-1.

The varsity Phoenix fell to the Tigers 57-27, but enjoyed strong performances by Roberts and Dustin Fortenberry, who each finished with nine points.