Walker County Sports

There is a sign close to the scoreboard at Bowers and Painter Field touting all of Ridgeland's football postseason achievements in the 30-plus years that the school has fielded a team.

One of the top fastpitch softball pitchers to ever come through the program at LaFayette High School is ready to test herself at the next level.

Citing a love for the school, multi-time Gordon Lee state champion Gracie O'Neal officially became a Georgia Bulldog this past Wednesday after signing her letter of intent with the SEC school.

Riley Grant had already been seriously considering attending the University of North Georgia in Dahlonega when his LaFayette High School golf team made the drive to the northeast Georgia mountains for a tournament there back in March.

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.

The Oakwood Christian Eagles evened their record to 1-1 overall with a come-from-behind 69-66 victory at Mountain View Christian on Tuesday.

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.

Citing a love for the school, multi-time Gordon Lee state champion Gracie O'Neal officially announced that she was committing to the University of Georgia on Tuesday 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 sport of volleyball has always been strong in the northwest corner of the state and more proof of that was offered up on Tuesday as a pair of Walker County teams played in the GHSA Final Four in their respective classifications.

The Gordon Lee Trojans scored on their first two possessions of the second half and used a clock-chewing drive in the fourth quarter to help seal a 14-9 victory over Mt. Zion-Carroll Monday night in Chickamauga.

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.

After a 9-3 loss to Oconee County in the winners' bracket semifinals on Friday morning, the LaFayette Lady Ramblers saw their season come to a close with a 4-1 loss to Northside-Columbus in an elimination game Friday night in Columbus.

The Ridgeland Panthers came into the 2019 season hoping to take care of some unfinished business and make their way back to the top of Region 6-AAAA.

The most decorated runner in Gordon Lee High School and Walker County prep history added to her collection on Thursday as Lady Trojan senior Gracie O'Neal racked up her third consecutive region cross country title at the Darlington School in Rome.

After getting a scare from Trion in its opening game of the Class 1A Public School state quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon, Gordon Lee had a much easier time with another Region 6 member on Thursday night.

The LaFayette Lady Ramblers won their opening game in Columbus a year ago and they equaled that feat again on Thursday night with a 7-2 victory over Central-Carroll in the opening round of the Class 4A state quarterfinals.

There were a few hearts in the throats of the Gordon Lee faithful in Columbus early on Thursday as their team fell behind 3-1 to second-ranked Trion after four-and-a-half innings of their opening game at the Elite Eight in Columbus.

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.

The Gordon Lee Lady Trojans, ranked No. 2 in the latest Class A/AA Public School state poll, weren't supposed to have any trouble in their first two matches of the state playoffs.

The LaFayette Lady Ramblers won a school-record 45 matches in the regular season and they added to that total on Saturday with a straight-sets victory over visiting North Oconee in the first round of the Class 4A state tournament.

The Ridgeland Lady Panthers made the drive to Atlanta on Saturday to test their skills against the No. 1-ranked team in Class 4A and, despite a valiant effort, saw their season end with a loss.

The Oakwood Christian Lady Eagles' first appearance in the Georgia Association of Private and Parochial Schools Division I-A state volleyball tournament ended with a loss in the quarterfinals Saturday morning at Dominion Christian in Marietta.

It's become a tradition at Gordon Lee and it's one that continued on Wednesday as the Lady Trojans punched yet another ticket to Columbus by blowing past visiting Telfair County in two straight games.

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