Catoosa County Sports

An excellent 8-3 season came to an end for the Heritage Generals on Friday night as St. Pius X rolled into Boynton and pulled away in the second half for a 42-14 victory in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs.

The Heritage Generals made the drive to Jasper on Thursday to take on the Pickens Dragons and the Denmark Danes from Forsyth County in a tri-match.

The Chattanooga Valley and Rossville Middle School wrestling teams lost to Dade County Tuesday night in Flintstone, but the host Eagles would salvage the night with a win over the Bulldogs in the final match.

Just one week after finding out the new classifications for all of the schools in the GHSA, the state's high school governing body rolled out their new region alignments on Tuesday afternoon.

The Ringgold Lady Tigers trailed by one point after the first quarter on Tuesday night, but outscored rival Lakeview 11-2 in the second quarter and added to their lead in the third as they improved to 2-0 with a 34-21 road victory in a non-league game.

A huge crowd filled the gymnasium at Saddle Ridge Middle School on Friday afternoon has the Mat Mustangs took on visiting Heritage in a much-anticipated early-season dual match.

Kale Davis crossed the finish line in 19:15 as the Ringgold Tigers placed 21st overall in the Class 3A boys' state cross country championships in Carrollton on Saturday.

The North Murray Mountaineers scored 17 points in the final 3:04 of the first half and tacked on one more touchdown in each of the final two quarters to pick up a 31-0 victory at LFO on Friday night.

Ask anyone that follows the sport of softball and that has lived in this part of the state for the last 40 or 50 years and they will all tell the same story of how northwest Georgia used to dominate slowpitch softball on the high school scene.

The Ringgold Lady Tigers are not the first team to ever fight back out of the elimination bracket to win a state championship.

Gordon Lee played in the state volleyball Final Four for the first time just 12 months ago, while it has been nearly 20 years since LaFayette advanced to the state semifinals.

The Ringgold Tigers found themselves in an 8-8 battle at halftime against Haralson County on Friday night, but the Rebels' ground game would be too much in the second half as the visitors from Tallapoosa pulled away for a 28-8 victory on rain-soaked Don Patterson Field.

The LFO Warriors picked up a big road victory at Sonoraville on Friday night as they hung on for a 27-26 win. The victory denied the Phoenix a playoff berth, while also keeping their own state playoff hopes alive.

The Ringgold Lady Tigers rebounded nicely from Thursday night's upset loss by hammering Lumpkin County, 10-1, in an elimination game in the Class 3A state tournament in Columbus on Friday.

The Heritage Generals got six very strong innings from ace pitcher Rachel Gibson as they opened defense of their Class 4A state title with an 8-0 victory over LaGrange Thursday in Columbus.

Another outstanding season for the Ringgold Lady Tigers volleyball team came to an end on Tuesday night with a straight-sets loss to powerhouse Pace Academy in the second round of the GHSA Class 3A state tournament.

Heritage Junior Allison Craft, last year's Region 6-AAAA individual cross country champion, was attempting to defend her title on Tuesday, but had to settle for third place at the region championship meet in Jasper.

The Georgia High School Association live streamed its universal coin flip to determine possible home-court advantage for the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds of the state volleyball tournaments on Monday. Teams in the upper half of the brackets won the coin flip.

After bowing out of the state playoffs early last season as a No. 1 seed, the Ringgold Lady Tigers were bound and determined not to let it happen again.

If there were any teams headed to the Class 4A state tournament in Columbus this year hoping that a senior-less Heritage Generals team wouldn't have what it took to defend their state championship, Tuesday night served as something of a rude awakening.

There were two big prizes on the table for the top-seeded Ringgold Lady Tigers as they began play in the Region 6-AAA volleyball tournament at Murray County High School on Saturday.

A missed extra point in the final minute of the game proved to be the margin of victory for the Heritage Generals on Friday night as they scored an important 21-20 victory over visiting Pickens on Homecoming at Jeff Sims Field.

With less than two weeks to go before the region championships, cross country teams in Catoosa and Walker County battled teams from all over northwest Georgia and southeast Tennessee at the Fast Break Challenge, hosted by Heritage High School, on Thursday.

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