A cheerleader since she was six years old, Courtney Blair wasn't ready to give up the sport she loves.
Walker County sports
The Ringgold Tigers capped off the regular season with their fifth win in a row after a 13-0 blanking over the Bremen Blue Devils on Friday. The Tigers will head to the state playoffs having won 13 of their last 14 overall.
The Ringgold Lady Tigers got a goal from Mia Clark as they lost a Region 6-AAA first-round playoff game 7-1 against the Adairsville Lady Tigers at home on Friday.
Gavin Noble shot a 35 on Thursday—including a 15-foot birdie on his last hole—helping the Ringgold High School boys' golf team score 175 in nine holes at Windstone.
A tough season came to an end for the Ridgeland Panthers at home on Thursday night as they lost a doubleheader Region 6-AAAA champion Northwest Whitfield, who swept the three-game series.
Kennesaw State outfielder and former Heritage Lady General Olivia Tamewitz was named as one of 25 finalists for the Schutt Sports / NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year Award, it was announced by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) on Thursday, April 20.
For the third straight year, the Ringgold Tigers clinched the Region 6-AAA title and at the very least one state playoff series at home after a 9-0 shutout over Murray County on Thursday. The win gave Ringgold a second victory over the Indians this year.
The Heritage Middle School Generals scored five runs in the top of the first inning at Dalton on Thursday and overcame five errors and a seventh-inning rally by the Cougars to win, 7-5, in a non-league game.
The final dress rehearsal before the start of the NGAC track championships next week was held Thursday night in Chickamauga during the annual Gordon Lee Invitational.
After a split in a dramatic doubleheader on Wednesday, the Gordon Lee Trojans traveled to Alpharetta on Thursday to face King’s Ridge Christian in the third and all-important final game to determine the 2017 Region 6-A champion.
The Heritage Lady Generals got four goals from Anna Boley and a hat trick from Brianna Smotherman as they put a bow on Senior Night with a 10-0 win over county neighbor Ringgold.
The Heritage Generals wrapped up the No. 2 seed and at least one state playoff series at home after a 12-0 shutout at LaFayette on Thursday. The win gave Heritage a sweep of the three-game series and spoiled Senior Night for the Ramblers on the final night of the regular season.
Justin Hickman carded a 73 and Tucker Windham added a 76 to help lead the Gordon Lee Trojans to a three-shot victory in the Heritage boys' Five-Star Invitational at Nob North Golf Course on Thursday.
The LaFayette Lady Ramblers finished the 2017 season with their biggest offensive output of the year in a 12-2 win at Chattooga on Thursday.
Gordon Lee scored seven runs in the top of the very first inning, staked themselves to a 9-1 lead after the top of the fourth, then held on for dear life to finally put away King's Ridge Christian in the third and deciding game for the Region 6-A championship.
A handful of athletes from Ringgold and LFO High Schools' track teams will head to Atlanta's Pace Academy on Saturday, April 29 for the Class AAA state sectionals after qualifying at the Region 6-AAA meet in Calhoun on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Ridgeland Panthers football program added another name to its ever-growing list of college signees on Wednesday when senior Jermiah Conyers signed on to continue his playing career at Dodge City Community College in Kansas.
One day after the LaFayette boys' tennis team was ousted from the Class AAAA state tournament, the Lady Ramblers suffered a similar fate at home on Wednesday as Oconee County, the No. 3 seed from Region 8, swept the singles matches and moved on with a 3-0 victory.
The Gordon Lee Trojans and King's Ridge Christian Tigers will meet in Alpharetta on Thursday for the deciding game of their three-game series to determine the Region 6-A champion.
The LaFayette Ramblers' stint in the Class AAAA state tennis tournament turned out to be a short one as the Orange-and-Black were handled by Region 8 runner-up Jefferson, 5-0, during a match in Jefferson on Tuesday.
Needing a sweep of their final three games to have even a remote chance at an outright Region 6-AAAA title, the Heritage Generals took care of business on Tuesday with a 6-0 shutout victory at LaFayette.
The Ridgeland Panthers led Northwest Whitfield, 3-2, headed into the bottom of the fifth inning on Tuesday, but gave up three runs in the frame and saw their state playoff hopes take a big hit with a 5-3 loss to the 6-AAAA frontrunners.
The Region 6-AAA track championships will conclude at Calhoun High School on Wednesday and the Catoosa County contingent of LFO and Ringgold have a lot of catching up to do.
Even though circumstances looked bleak for much of the game, the Ringgold Lady Tigers found a way to pull out a 3-2 overtime win over the North Murray Lady Mountaineers on Tuesday.
There was a time in the not-so-distant past when the Ridgeland Panthers struggled to score points at the region track championships.
The next-to-highest spot on the podium isn't a bad view, but it was a view that the Heritage Lady Generals wanted no part of this time around.
Dribbling in an effort to matriculate the ball down the field in the world’s most popular game, Jayce Yunyong was doing his job to the best of his ability, helping his Lakeview Middle School soccer team advance the possession in scoring territory in his very first year of playing middle scho…