Spring has officially sprung, with rain causing plenty of postponements and cancellations for Bartow County residents playing college sports.
The basketball courts thankfully stayed nice and dry, allowing plenty of top performances from local standouts at the next level.
Former Cartersville High stars A.J. Mosby and Ryan Davis put up stellar lines, while Excel alum Elijah Robinson had another double-double.
Ryan Davis (Francis Marion Jr., Cartersville)— Davis continued his breakout season with two big games and well-rounded stat lines last week. The first came at Lander on Feb. 7 when Davis scored 16 points in 27 minutes off the bench on 5-of-7 shooting from the field, including converting on both of his 3-point attempts. He added four rebounds, three assists and a steal, and Francis Marion needed all of it in a 71-69 win. On Saturday, Davis registered five rebounds, five assists and four steals to go along with 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from the field in 29 minutes. Francis Marion won the game, 90-54, to improve to 15-7 on the year and 10-7 in the Peach Belt Conference, which is third in the 12-team conference. With just five games to play in the regular season, Davis is third on his team with 10.8 points, first with 2.8 assists and third with 4.6 rebounds per game.
Kimora McClinic (Middle Georgia State Fr., Cartersville)— McClinic scored five points in 20 minutes with four rebounds in a 56-55 home loss to Brenau on Feb. 5. She then had one 2-point field goal in 16 minutes off the bench with five rebounds in a 78-62 home win over Brewton-Parker on Feb. 8
Jana Morning (Berry Fr., Cass)— Morning has started the last eight games and is beginning to hit her stride, especially on the defensive end. In her two games last week, she combined to pile up seven steals. On Friday, in a 62-40 loss at Centre, she also had six points on 2-of-3 shooting from behind the 3-point line to go along with a rebound and an assist. She then scored eight points with three rebounds in Sunday’s 83-65 loss at Sewanee.
A.J. Mosby (Alcorn State Sr., Cartersville)— Mosby had another huge week, scoring a career-high 28 points at Grambling on Monday, and then 22 points in a home overtime win Saturday over Mississippi Valley. Against Grambling, in an 81-72 loss, Mosby had six assists to one turnover, with eight rebounds and two steals. On Saturday, Mosby had seven assists to one turnover with two steals, a block and three rebounds while shooting 5-for-9 from the floor. Mosby leads the SWAC in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.3-1, and is averaging team highs in points (14.3), assists (3.6), steals (1.4), 3-point percentage (40.5) and minutes played (31.2) per game. He also is second on the team with 4.7 rebounds per game. Mosby is eighth in the SWAC in points per game, third in assists per game, fourth in field goal percentage (49.4), 17th in rebounds, sixth in steals per game and third in 3-point percentage. Alcorn State is 8-17 overall and 4-8 in conference play with six games remaining and the team sitting in eighth place.
Greg Murphy (Young Harris Jr., Woodland)— Murphy played five minutes and grabbed two rebounds in a 98-77 home win over North Georgia on Feb. 7. He then played seven minutes and went 2-of-4 from the field for four points with two rebounds and a block in a 70-61 loss at UNC Pembroke.
Jonathan Pritchett (Vermont Tech Fr., Woodland)— In one game last week, Pritchett played 19 minutes off the bench, scoring five points with two steals, a rebound and an assist in a 71-68 road loss at Southern Maine Community College.
Elijah Robinson (Emmanuel Sr., Excel)— Robinson had a double-double Saturday with 10 rebounds and 13 points on 6-of-12 shooting in 25 minutes in a 64-57 road win over Limestone. He added two blocks and an assist. In 11 games, Robinson is second on the team in points (14), rebounds (7.3) and blocks (1.2) per game while shooting 48 percent from the field in 26.8 minutes per game.
Darius Thrower (Truett-McConnell So., Excel)— Thrower scored three points in each of Truett-McConnell’s two games last week, the first in a 75-72 home win over Allen on Feb. 7, and the second in Saturday’s 91-73 road win over Columbia International.
Corey Tobin (Reinhardt Sr., Cartersville)— Tobin had a rough shooting night in a loss against Tennessee Wesleyan Feb. 7, scoring just five points, but adding 10 rebounds and two assists. His shooting then bounced back in Saturday’s 92-83 home win over St. Andrews, scoring 18 points. He also threatened a triple-double with eight assists and seven rebounds. Reinhardt is fifth in the Appalachian Athletic Conference with a 10-8 conference record and two games remaining. Tobin is third on the team in scoring, averaging 11.8 points per game. He also is putting up 5.9 rebounds and 2.3 assists per outing.
Carrod Watson (North Georgia So., Woodland)— North Georgia dropped three games last week by at least 22 points. Watson could do little to help, but did have a strong performance in one of the losses. He scored 10 points in just nine minutes on Feb. 7 against Young Harris, adding a rebound and a block. On Saturday, he scored three points in 12 minutes with three rebounds and an assist, and added a rebound and a block Sunday against UNC Pembroke.
Rudy Winters (Columbus State Sr., Excel)— Winters scored nine points with three rebounds in a 95-78 home loss to Georgia Southwestern on Feb. 7. He then scored 15 points and had 11 rebounds in just 16 minutes, while getting up 15 field goal attempts, in an 86-76 road loss at Lander on Saturday. For the season, Winters is averaging 12.4 points and 4.7 rebounds in 25.2 minutes per game. Columbus State currently sits in 10th in the 12-team Peach Belt Conference with a 6-11 record, but is just four games back of third place with five games left to play in the regular season.
Grayson Bagwell (LaGrange College Fr., Woodland)— Bagwell struck out one and walked one in a one-inning relief appearance last Tuesday as the D-III 10th-ranked Panthers blanked visiting Emory, 8-0. LaGrange (5-2) hosts Berry Tuesday before traveling to Jackson, Mississippi, to play in the Millsaps College Tournament, Friday through Sunday.
Bailey Campbell (Young Harris Fr., Cass)— Campbell made his first college hit memorable with a solo shot to right field that gave the Mountain Lions a 3-1 lead in the third inning of a 5-4 win last week over visiting Shorter. Young Harris (2-4) plays at Lee University Tuesday and will host Lander University this weekend in a three-game series to open Peach Belt Conference play.
Noah Daniel (Reinhardt Fr., Cartersville)— Daniel made a sixth-inning, pinch-hit appearance Friday but popped out in foul territory in the Eagles’ 8-5 win over visiting Saint Francis (Indiana). Reinhardt (2-3) hosts Faulkner University (Alabama) Wednesday and a three-game series with Huntington University (Indiana) this weekend.
Brandon Etheridge (Limestone College Sr., Cass)— Etheridge, the Saints’ everyday center fielder, made a one-inning relief appearance Friday at home in an 11-10 loss to Merrimack College. He was also 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the game. In the first game of the doubleheader, Etheridge was 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored, raising his season batting average to .353 through six games. Limestone (4-2) hosts Mars Hill Tuesday, plays at Lenoir-Rhyne Wednesday, and will host the Limestone Classic Friday through Sunday with doubleheaders against Gannon University and LIU Post.
Lane Griffith (West Georgia Jr., Adairsville)— Griffith started behind the plate Friday in the second game of a doubleheader with West Alabama that was a 4-1 win for the Wolves and completed a three-game series sweep. Griffith walked once and came around to score. He was also hit by a pitch. West Georgia (7-0) plays at Georgia College Wednesday before hosting a three-game series with Albany State over the weekend.
Harrison Osborn (Point University Fr., Cartersville)— Osborn recorded the final two outs on the mound Friday for the Skyhawks in a 4-1 loss to visiting Talladega (Alabama). Osborn allowed a hit, a pair of inherited runners to score and hit one batter in his appearance. Point (1-4) hosts a doubleheader with Clark Atlanta University Tuesday and a three-game series with Toccoa Falls College Friday and Saturday.
Sam Seaman (Gordon State CC Fr., Adairsville)— Seaman started at second base last Monday in a 3-1 loss to visiting LaGrange College JV. He went 0-for-3 at the plate but recorded an assist and a putout in the field in two defensive chances. The Highlanders (3-4) play at LaGrange College JV Wednesday and will play four games Thursday through Saturday in Marianna, Florida, against Chipola CC (doubleheader), Wallace State CC, and Columbia State CC.
Tyler Washington (Young Harris Sr., Adairsville)— Washington started all three games but went hitless as the Mountain Lions won two of three against visiting Shorter University Thursday and Friday. YHC (2-4) plays at Lee University Tuesday and will host Lander University this weekend in a three-game series to open Peach Belt Conference play.
Maggie Ashmore (Augusta Sr., Kingston resident)— Ashmore shot an opening-round 81 Sunday at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic on the Ocean Course at Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande. The round was third-best for the Jaguars who are 8th of 11 teams in the tournament that continues through Tuesday. Fourth-ranked Arkansas was the first-round leader, eight shots ahead of Kent State and 12 ahead of Iowa State.
Hannah Mae Deems (Mercer Sr., Taylorsville resident)—Deems shot a 1-under-par 71 Saturday to tie for 7th individually in the 37-player Reynolds Lake Oconee Great Waters Individual Collegiate. The Bears tee it up next at the Miami Hurricane Invitational March 5-7.
Kailah Rain (Embry-Riddle University Sr., Cartersville)— Rain went 2-for-10 with one RBI on a sacrifice fly as the Eagles defeated West Alabama, but lost to University of North Georgia and Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Despite the stretch, Rain is batting .375 as the starting right fielder hitting in the two-hole of the order. ERU (3-2) starts Sunshine State Conference play this Friday and Saturday with a three-game series in St. Petersburg, Florida, against Eckerd College.
Taylor Waits (Brewton-Parker College Soph., Cartersville) Waits went 2-for-3, scored a run, and drove in one in a 7-6 loss at Truett-McConnell last Tuesday. It was Waits’ first start in two appearances. The Lady Barons (1-3) travel to Coastal Georgia College Thursday for a doubleheader.
Annalyn Yantis (Samford Jr., Cartersville)— Yantis worked 10 2/3 innings across four games for the Bulldogs last Thursday through Saturday in team losses to Illinois-Chicago, Evansville, Eastern Illinois, and the hosts, Louisiana-Lafayette. Yantis is 0-2 with a 7.88 ERA and eight strikeouts. Samford (0-4) plays at Jacksonville State Wednesday before traveling to the University of Georgia for the Red and Black Tournament Friday through Sunday where they will play Georgia twice, Wintrop twice, and Evansville once.
Peyton Gollhofer (Ball State Jr., Cartersville resident)— Gollhofer won a three-set thriller Saturday over Jalena Vujanic at Line 2 singles and paired with Lilya Hadab for a 6-4 win at Line 2 doubles as the Cardinals defeated visiting Valparaiso, 6-1. BSU (4-2) hosts Illinois-Chicago Friday and Western Kentucky Sunday.
TRACK AND FIELD
Anna Hightower (Georgia Tech Jr., Cartersville) — Hightower competed Saturday in the Clemson Tiger Paw Invitational but failed to clear 11 feet, 11.75 inches in her initial attempts. The Yellow Jackets return to Clemson for the ACC Indoor Championships February 22-24.
Samantha Patterson (Jacksonville State Sr., Woodland)— Patterson won the College-Platinum division of the Dunamis Super Meet Thursday at LakePoint with a best jump of 10 feet, 11.75 inches. Next for JSU is the Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Championships February 23-24 in Charleston, Illinois.
Evan Cole (Cumberland Sr., Cartersville)— Cole won his lone match last week, a 10-2 major decision in the 149-pound weight class over Brewton-Parker’s Benghali Touray on Friday. Cumberland won the dual 28-17 to improve to 3-9 on the year and 1-5 in the Mid-South Conference. Cole is now 5-9 on the year.