College Sports

Angelle “Sister” Thornton grew up with a tennis racket in her right hand. Well, almost. Her prowess on the court has landed her a spot on the 2020-2021 Berry College tennis team.

With the exception of football, varsity sports programs across northwest Georgia wrapped up their first full week of competition. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has complicated the return to the classroom and the field/court, with concern over a worsening spread.

Shorter Women’s Basketball head coach Jared Hughes announced 11 new athletes to the program, one of the largest collegiate recruiting classes across the country. This is the first full class entering Shorter under Hughes’ leadership.

The Shorter track and field program will now move its meets from Barron Stadium to Darlington School. The Hawks will make the 2.5-mile journey south for the coming track and field season.

The Gulf South Conference announced Thursday it will delay the start of intercollegiate fall competition to either the last week of September or the first week of October.

Georgia Highlands College alumnus Bryson Horne recently received a phone call that resulted in reaching a long-time goal: an offer to sign with the Atlanta Braves as an undrafted free agent.

While the high school basketball season officially came to an end this past weekend, a local group is once again providing a stage for senior players to take the floor one last time in their team’s uniform.

With so many of the Atlantic Coast Conference women’s tennis teams being ranked among the nation’s best this year, it will be interesting to see how many get at-large bids to the NCAA tournament after cannibalizing each other during the regular season.

The latest NCAA men’s tennis rankings have Southern California on top of the heap, followed by the Tar Heels of North Carolina. Four other ACC schools are in the Top 25 poll as of Feb. 27.

The University of North Carolina women’s tennis team brought home their fourth Intercollegiate Tennis Association Indoor championship last week. The Lady Tar Heels dominated previously unbeaten UCLA 4-0 to win the championship match in Chicago.

Back at home after a three-game road trip, the Shorter women’s basketball team was overwhelmed on its home court Thursday against Gulf South Conference foe Auburn University Montgomery.

While Atlantic Coast Conference men’s tennis teams have won five national championships in the last decade, it’s the women who are leading the way in the conference this year.

More Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association honors piled up for Georgia Highlands basketball after the men’s and women’s squads picked up conference wins against East Georgia State College.

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