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Howard “Doc” Ayers’ dream of making sure the resources are there to help community organizations through a fun time out on the links continues onward, along with a tradition he enjoys celebrating in April.

The Cedartown Bulldogs fell just into the right spot to make it into the Class 4A playoffs this season. Securing a third place spot heading into the final two games of the regular season, they got a victory just in time in 5-4A play with the help of solid work on the mound to end the week.

The Rockmart Yellow Jackets needed just one more win in Region 7-AA play to complete a championship run for the 2019 season. They got that and more as they completed a clean sweep of every team in the area with just Dade County left on the schedule as of last week.

The Shorter Hawks are getting a pair of seasoned Rockmart players and South Georgia State University is getting a third after a trio of seniors from the Jackets baseball team signed on the dotted line ahead of a special night for the team.

There isn’t much time left for Polk County’s soccer teams to kick their way into state playoff berths as the seasons for the boys and girls programs begin to wind down in the days to come.

After earning the region title last year and advancing to the Elite 8 round of the state playoffs, the Lady Jackets tennis team has been working to earn the title for a third year in a row.

After finishing as second in the region and ending last year’s season in the state playoffs, the Jackets tennis team has been hard at work to earn a higher title this year.

The Cedartown Bulldogs are still fighting for position to remain near the top of the standings in region play after splitting with LaGrange and capping off the week before rainy weather moved in with a win over Central.

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The LaGrange Grangers walked it off in Monday night’s 7-6 Region 5-4A win over Cedartown. For the Bulldogs, though, this loss did not result due to a lack of opportunities to close the game out.

The Cedartown Bulldogs started off last week with a win, and ended it with an 11-9 record and Friday win over Trion on the road as they headed into more region play to open the week.

Soccer teams in Polk County are still right on the bubble in play around the area as they continue to look toward finishing out the region and heading into the state playoffs, but it’ll be an uphill battle in the days to come for Cedartown and Rockmart’s boys and girls programs.

A hotly-contested Region 7-AA baseball game was broken open in the final inning just enough to allow the Rockmart Yellow Jackets to take a 6-4 win over Pepperell as the hometown team remains at the top of 7-AA play.

The Rockmart High School’s College Wall of Fame will likely continue to grow in coming years with at least six more players who plan to continue their studies and their playing time at the college level starting in Fall 2019.

A lot of good can come out of time off from a regular job. Rockmart High School head coach Biff Parson got to experience firsthand just what happens when going out of town and away from regular duties to serve a higher calling can produce.

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Cedartown baseball picked up their second region win of the week in Friday’s home contest against Sandy Creek. The Patriots were unable to get anything going offensively against Bulldog pitcher Dalton Bowman.

Rockmart seniors Tim Malone and Hunter England are headed off to college in the fall, but they will only be a short drive away when they head to classes later this year.

Nothing went right for the Cedartown Bulldogs in their March 16 match-up at Rockmart. The rivalry game, played on a freezing cold afternoon on the east side of the county, was all Jackets from the beginning.

Despite ample attempts to win the game, Cedartown baseball fell in their home region opener at the start of last week, but bounced back in their second game in the series.

Local youth get to have a lot of fun when they are out and about outside and playing against one another. So was the case during a game last Thursday night in little league play in Cedartown for local players between the Hot Rods and the Braves.

The Cedartown Bulldogs baseball team used early scores and solid defense down the stretch to win Monday’s rivalry game against Rockmart. In the first meeting of 2019 between the Bulldogs and Jackets, Cedartown won 7-2.

A line began out in the parking lot, and wrapped around the front side of Peach State Ford over the weekend as the fans of one hometown hero came out to see him after a big rookie season in the National Football League, and hopes to get an autograph.

Local teams are finding their footing in some cases as the soccer season continues, but others are not having the luck they hoped as both high school programs face another busy week ahead in at home and on the road.

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Cedartown baseball won Wednesday afternoon’s non-region contest at Model by a final score of 10-6, and the Bulldogs’ bats were hot early and often in the victory.

The playing fields, surfaces and facilities students use on a daily basis — either for practice or during home games — can make all the difference in whether Cedartown and Rockmart have winning programs on the rise, or ones that need a lot of help.

The Cedartown and Rockmart tennis teams are keeping busy now that the weather has cleared some (of course, wait around a while in Georgia, that might change a bit.) But last week, Rockmart and Cedartown’s teams both scored big wins as they sought to remain on top for the season. Especially t…

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