Gordon Central head softball coach Maddie Monroe and the Lady Warriors Softball program hosted a youth camp last week for the first time for players from rising first to rising eighth-graders. The camp went from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. each day.
The 12-year-old TYP Outlaws, a local travel baseball team based out of The Yard hitting facility in Calhoun, went to Cooperstown, New York last week to test themselves against some of the best competition in the country, and they came away as champions.
As the summer continued this week, two more high school programs held their annual youth camp as Calhoun High Softball and Sonoraville High Soccer hosted groups of youngsters in hopes of teaching them about their respective games and having fun at the same time.
For four days last week, the Gordon Central High football coaches and several players got a chance to pass their knowledge on to the next generation of Warriors… and have a little fun at the same time.
The Georgia Firebirds have started the travel basketball season with an 18-1 record. The team has been tournament champions four times with the most recent championship coming at the Girls Night out with the STARZ Tournament held at Kell High School in Cobb County on April 29-May 1.
The Calhoun Elks Lodge #1883 held their annual Hoop Shoot Free Throw competition last Sunday at the Calhoun Recreation Department. The event is free to competitors and is open to children ages 8-13. Every participant received a free t-shirt and trophies were awarded to first, second and third place in each age division. There were a total of 26 competitors.
The Calhoun Recreation Department youth football season recently came to an end as champions were crowned in each age division. Grant Walraven, who coaches in the 9-10 division, was also recently honored at the Georgia Recreation and Parks Association conference awards banquet at the NWG Trade Center in Dalton as he received one of the GRPA Volunteer of the Year Awards. In the top picture, Walraven (right) accepts the award from GRPA president Michael Brantley (center) along with Calhoun Rec Director Kim Townsend. Walraven has volunteered for 29 years at the Calhoun Rec Department as a youth football coach. He has been very active in the GRPA District and State football program. During this time his team has advanced to GRPA State football finals each year and has won two GRPA State Football Championships in the 9-10 division.
The Gordon Central Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball teams held a basketball camp last weekend. The camp was open for 1st-8th graders from around the county, and there were two or three even travel from Murray County.
Calhoun Middle sixth-grader Dylan Faulkner recently competed at the AAU Jr. Olympic Games at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va. and came away with some memorable finishes, including setting a new national record.
The Northwest Georgia Aquatics Nitro swimmers excelled at the 2015 Georgia Recreation and Parks Association Summer League “B” State Swim Championships, a sanctioned USA Swimming meet in Tifton recently.
Calhoun played against Tallapoosa and Rome on June 20 in the GRPA District 5 6-Under All-Star Tournament at the Calhoun Recreation Department and won the tournament with a 3-0 victory in the finals to claim the first-place trophy.
The Gordon County 8-under All-Stars traveled to Carrollton and competed in the Dizzy Dean 8-under State Softball Tournament recently and finished as runner-up, falling to Summerville in extra innings by a score of 18-16 in the finals.
Some of the top teams in northwest Georgia descended upon the Calhoun Recreation Department on June 19-22 for the GRPA District 5 Flea Girls’ (8-under) Coach Pitch Tournament, but after the dust settled, the two teams left standing were the ones in their own backyard.
Grindhouse Wrestling School in Calhoun recently competed in the 2015 Georgia Kids State Championships in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome. Team Grindhouse qualified 35 age-group wrestlers for the event and came away with 20 top-four placers. Along with the individual placers, Team Grindhouse also won several age group championships, as well as the overall (all ages) Team State Championship. This was the first time a club outside the Atlanta area has won the Overall Kids State Championship.
Two teams from the Calhoun Recreation Department won Georgia Recreation and Parks Association state championships this past weekend. The top is the girls 7-8 year old team that won the state championship. Team members pictured are: Ryan Rogers (front row, from left), Jenna Brannon, Addy Manley, Maggie Abernathy, Erin Garland, coach Dina Greeson (back row, from left) Allie Duke, Avery Greeson, Ayla Hiles, Kacey Bradley, Kate Watson and coach Pam Abernathy.
The 11-12-year-old All-Star Team from the Calhoun Recreation Department won the Georgia Recreation and Park Association state championship last Saturday at Calhoun High's Phil Reeve Stadium by defeating Crisp County 16-8 in the championship game.
Fields Ferry and the Northwest Georgia Junior Golf Association hosted the second-ever Club Y Junior Golf Tournament for ages 12-18 on June 19. There were 31 players overall. "It went really well," said Tommy Curtis, founder of Northwest Georgia Junior Golf Association. "We played golf the way it was supposed to be played."
The Calhoun High football program has been one of the most consistent in the northwest Georgia area in the past decade-plus as there seems to be talent always coming up through the ranks to replace graduating seniors.
Team Rawlings, sponsored by Proformance Sports Academy in Dalton and composed of several members of the Calhoun High Baseball program has had a successful summer of play. The team came away with another tournament championship trophy as they won this past weekend's 16-U World Series title in Dalton.
Building a consistent high school softball program starts long before players get to the ninth grade. It takes strong instruction and competition in the local recreation department and middle school program.
Several local players helped Team Rawlings, based out of Dalton, to a tournament championship this past weekend at the Cleveland State (Tenn.) Showcase. Team Rawlings beat the Knoxville Heat in the finals, 3-2.
This past weekend the whole team of Grindhouse wrestlers (pictured) qualified to compete in the Georgia Kids State Wrestling Championships. On Saturday, March 1, they will travel to Atlanta and compete for a state title inside the Georgia Dome.