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.
Club Y and the Northwest Georgia Junior Golf Association teamed up this past week for a two-day, 36-hole tournament at Fields Ferry, and while they didn’t see the number of participants they had hoped for, both organizations still considered it an overall success.
Clara Hulsey, a Sonoraville Middle School student, recently represented the GSGA Northwest District at the 40th annual Georgia State Golf Association Junior Sectional Challenge Match at The Georgia Club in Statham.
The first Annual Northwest Georgia Junior Golf Association’s Championship Tournament sponsored by Club Y will be held on July 30-31 at Field’s Ferry Golf Course. This is a two-day, 36-hole tournament and is open to all junior golfers ages 11–18.