A total of six Heritage High School wrestlers will compete in the Class AAAA state tournament at Macon this upcoming weekend, though only one will be going as a sectional winner.
Chuckie Thurman nabbed the 126-pound title at Woodward Academy on Saturday with a 21-9 major decision against Aundarrius Weems of Luella in the finals.
Head coach Mike Craft also reported that Thurman unofficially broke the national high school record for takedowns in a single season with 561.
The current record is 559.
Jeffery Curtis advanced to the finals at 220, where he lost to defending state champion Chris Henderson on Ridgeland, 3-2.
It was Curtis' second one-point loss to Henderson in the last seven days as the two met in the Area 6-AAAA finals at Gilmer.
Daniel Jernigan was forced to settle for third place at 132, while Ryan Craft (106) and Zaine Burton (195) each placed fourth. Blake Bryant (113) finished seventh.
The opening matches of the state tournament for Class AAAA begin on Thursday.
The state tournament will be held at the Macon Coliseum.
Skeen, Griffin win sectionals for Ringgold
Two Ringgold Tiger wrestlers will head to Macon as sectional champions after winning their weight classes at Bremen on Saturday.
Jeffery Skeen and Griffin Green won individual titles for the
Blue-and-White. Skeen shutout Lovett's Robert Wilkes, 6-0, in the 106-pound final, while Green easily dispatched Lovett's Rogerick White with a 9-1 major decision at 145. They will be joined in Macon by teammates Tanner Stone and Enrique Maravilla. Stone finished third at 113, while Maravilla was third at 285.
Ethan Roher (120) placed fifth and will be a state alternate. Malachi Parker (170) finished sixth.
For LFO, Nathan Williams was the lone state qualifier. Williams placed third at 170, while Dylan Simpson will be an alternate after placing fifth at 220. Kameron Peters (285) was eliminated with two losses in his first two matches.
The Class AAA state tournament will begin on Friday. All state finals start at 3 p.m. on Saturday with opening ceremonies at 2:30.
The Heritage Generals finished the regular season as the No. 3 seed in the Region 6-AAAA standings, but it wasn't earned without a fight.
Having to face scrappy Ridgeland twice in the last week of the regular season – thanks in part to a makeup game from a postponement earlier in the year – the Generals were beaten on the road last Tuesday, but won on Friday. The Generals (18-7 overall, 8-4 region) were scheduled to open the tournament at 6 p.m. on Tuesday against No. 6 seed Gilmer, the same Bobcats who upset the Generals, 54-52, in Ellijay on Jan. 20.
A win over Gilmer would put the Generals in Thursday's semifinals against either LaFayette or Pickens and clinch Heritage a spot in the Class AAAA state tournament.
Ridgeland boys 57, Heritage 52
In a tight game from start to finish, Heritage led by one after the first period and held a slim 27-26 lead at intermission.
Ridgeland would pull even to start the fourth period before going on to claim the victory.
Markeith Montgomery shined brightest for the Panthers with 19 points, followed by nine each from Christian Battle and Markeion Jones. Grayson Moore added eight and Fred Norman put up seven in the win.
Cole Wilcox had 17 points to lead Heritage. Tylon Gaines finished with nine and Blake Bryan added eight.
Heritage boys 76, Ridgeland 62
Several times in the second half Friday night, it looked as if the Panthers were about to take the lead from the Generals.
Heritage however, refused to let it happen.
In a game full of important runs, Heritage's 9-0 spurt late in the third quarter proved to be the decisive one and the Generals picked up the win to claim the tournament's No. 3 seed.
Ridgeland led 30-29 at halftime, but the Generals would use a 12-4 run to forge ahead in the third quarter.
The Panthers would cut the gap down to 43-41 with 2:57 left in the third when the run began. Senior Khari Spearman got things going with a lay-up in transition and junior Joel Martin had four points off the bench to help push the lead back to 11 by the end of the period,
Three fourth-quarter 3-pointers by C.J. Shackleford allowed Ridgeland to hang around, but the Panthers would get no closer than nine points the rest of the night.
Bryan and Gaines both hit threes in the fourth for the Generals and a floater in the lane by Corbee Wilson with just under two minutes remaining would cap it off as Heritage pulled away late.
Bryan had 18 points to lead Heritage, followed by Luke Grant with 14, Wilcox with 13 and Gaines with 12.
Shackleford and Battle each had 14 points for Ridgeland. Norman finished with nine and Moore added
eight in the loss.
Heritage girls 68, Ridgeland 37
The state-ranked Lady Generals had little trouble with the shorthanded Lady Panthers last Tuesday.
Sydney Smith paced Heritage with 14 points, followed by Reagan Armour and Emily Wiley with 13.
Brylee Dunn led Ridgeland with 12 points, while Amaya Harrington added nine. The Lady Panthers were without senior standout Sarah Meadows, who missed the game with a knee injury.
Heritage girls 90, Ridgeland 46
The Lady Panthers hung with the Navy-and-Red nearly point-for-point for the first 14 minutes of the game and Ridgeland missed a chance to take the lead with just over three minutes left in the first half.
But the home team would need less than a minute to reel off an 8-1 run and they followed that up with eight unanswered points in the final two minutes of the half to turn a 27-26 nail-biter into a 43-27 cushion at the break.
Heritage would open the second half on an 11-2 run and never looked back as they took control for good. A 3-pointer by senior Alexys Bolden with 3:50 left in the third pushed the Lady Generals' lead to 30 and they would add to it in the final period.
Smith had 24 points in the win, followed by Shayla Ludy and Ansley Bice with 15 each. Heritage ended the night with 13 3-pointers.
Dunn had 20 points to lead Ridgeland. Haley Sandridge added eight and Hailey Bryant finished with five.
Heritage (23-2, 11-1) finished in a tie for first place with Northwest Whitfield in the final Region 6-AAAA standings, but lost a coin flip with the Lady Bruins that gave Northwest the top overall seed in the tournament, a bye to the semifinals and an automatic state berth.
The Lady Generals were scheduled to open the tournament at Southeast Whitfield at 7:30 p.m. on Monday against LaFayette. A win would put them into the state tournament and into the semifinals on Thursday.
Heritage senior Pierce Lively took fifth in the finals of the GHSA Class 1A-5A Boys' 100-yard breaststroke event on Saturday at the McAuley Aquatic Center on the campus of Georgia Tech.
Lively finished tied for fourth in the preliminaries on Friday, clocking in at 58.61 seconds. He swam a 58.51 in Saturday's finals.
Lively also placed 18th overall in the 100 butterfly with a time of 54.24.
He earned 21 total points, which put Heritage 37th overall in the boys' final swimming and diving team standings.
On the girls' side, Hannah Smith finished 20th in the 100 freestyle finals with a time of 55.73. She also placed 20th in the 50 freestyle, clocking in at 25.52.
Smith, along with Lexi Easley, Reagan Wingrove and Rylee O'Donnell, were 19th in the 200 medley relay finals with a time of 2:00.84.
Smith, Easley, Wingrove and Saulye Nichols placed 22nd in the 200 freestyle relay prelims on Friday, finishing in 1:46.31. However, their time was not enough to get into the top 20 and make Saturday's finals.
The Lady Generals finished with six team points and ended up 46th in the standings.
St. Pius X won the Boys' 1A-5A title with 340 points, beating out Westminster (283), Chamblee (233), Calhoun (223.5) and Lovett (172) for the state championship.
Marist won the Girls' 1A-5A state crown with 219 points, edging out Chamblee (210) and Starr's Mill (208.5). Wesleyan (198) and Columbus (181.5) rounded out the top five.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football team released its 2017 schedule today. Five of the 11 contests are at Finley Stadium this fall.
UTC opens with the previously announced non-conference matchup against Jacksonville State in Montgomery, Ala., on Saturday, Aug. 26. The 7 p.m. (Eastern) kickoff is the only college football game on the week before the opening of the season. It will be nationally televised on ESPN.
After a week off, the Mocs visit LSU on Sept. 9. That is the Tigers' first home game under new head coach Ed Orgeron.
The home schedule starts the following week with a visit from non-conference, instate rival UT Martin
with a 6 p.m. kickoff. Other homes games are against Western Carolina (6 p.m.) on Sept. 30, Homecoming against Furman (4 p.m.) on Oct. 7, Military Appreciation Day against The Citadel (2 p.m.) on Oct. 21 and Senior Day against ETSU on Nov. 18 (2 p.m.).
No game times have been set for other away games at VMI (Sept. 23), Mercer (Oct. 14), Samford (Oct. 28) and Wofford (Nov. 4).
Check back to GoMocs.com for information on season ticket sales and renewals.
SUPER BOWL TRIVIA
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers picked off Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon five times in a 48-21 victory in Super Bowl XXXVII. Three of the picks were returned for touchdowns.
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga junior Bryce Carr is the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Month for January 2017. Carr went 10-3 in the month, including a third-place finish at the prestigious Southern Scuffle.
Carr, a redshirt junior from Dublin, Georgia, knocked off two ranked opponents and moved into the top 20 nationally.
Half of his 10 wins in the month resulted in bonus points, as Carr earned four major decisions and a fall.
He is ranked 19th nationally at 184 pounds.