Basketball season has ended for a vast majority of the former Bartow County athletes, but those who are still playing are doing so at high levels.
Some of the best hoopers the area has seen in recent memory are coming off important weeks. Former Cartersville High standout A.J. Mosby started two games and played extensive minutes in all three of his NBA G League games over the previous seven days.
At the collegiate level, Cartersville native Ashton Hagans will compete in the NCAA Division I tournament for No. 2 seed Kentucky. One of his best friends, Jaylon Pugh also will participate in postseason basketball after Furman received an invite to the NIT.
On the diamond, Cass alum Sierrah Gani and Woodland graduate Mason Robinson each continued stellar offensive seasons at the plate.
Sam Howard (Colorado Rockies organization; Cartersville) — Howard worked a successful eighth inning allowing no base runners and struck out two in a 2-1 win over Kansas City last Friday. Howard has a 2.25 ERA in four innings of work this spring in three relief appearances with a WHIP of 1.75. The Rockies are currently 10-12 in Cactus League action.
Connor Justus (L.A. Angels organization; Cartersville) — Justus was 0-for-1 but scored a run last Thursday in a 7-7 tie with the Milwaukee Brewers. Justus entered off the bench to play second base. He also entered defensively at third base and started a double play, but he did not have a plate appearance in Friday’s 2-1 win over Arizona. Saturday, he again entered to play third base and was 0-for-1 at the plate. This spring with the MLB club, the 24-year-old is 5-for-16, slashing .313/.353/.853.
Anthony Seigler (N.Y. Yankees organization; Cartersville) — Sam Dykstra of MiLB.com reported last week that Seigler is dealing with a quad strain and may be held back in extended spring training to start the year. The report also states that he would have likely opened the year at Low-A, but this injury will delay his full-season debut.
Elliott Anderson (Auburn So., Cartersville) — Anderson made three appearances last week for the 12th-ranked Tigers who were 4-0 for the week, including a home, three-game SEC sweep of Tennessee. Anderson worked two innings allowing three hits with six strikeouts Tuesday in a 6-2 win at South Alabama. He then picked up his third win of the year in the series opener with the Vols on Friday. The southpaw entered in the seventh inning with two outs in a scoreless game and walked a batter before the next hitter reached on an error. On the same play, however, the lead runner was cut down trying to advance to third to end the inning. Auburn went ahead in the bottom of the frame with Anderson as the pitcher of record. In Saturday’s win, he retired the final four outs without a run. He allowed a pair of hits and a walk while fanning one. Auburn (18-2, 3-0) has now reeled off 13 straight wins and plays at Alabama-Birmingham Tuesday night prior to a trip to Mississippi State this weekend for a three-game conference series.
Carrington Evans (Augusta R-So., Cartersville) — Evans entered off the bench in four games last week, walking twice and scoring a run in a 6-5 home win over Newberry. He doubled and was hit by a pitch with two RBIs and two runs scored in a 19-10 win over Paine College on Wednesday. In his only plate appearance Friday, the outfielder walked in a 17-6 home conference win over Flagler College while Saturday he entered to play center field and failed to reach in his only at-bat during a 13-1 loss. The Jaguars (13-12, 4-11 Peach Belt Conference) play at Anderson University Wednesday and travel to Dahlonega for a three-game set at University of North Georgia this weekend.
Lane Griffith (West Georgia Jr., Adairsville) — Griffith went 3-for-12 last week in four games with the Wolves. UWG lost to 24th-ranked Columbus State last Wednesday, but it swept a three-game Gulf South Conference series with Alabama-Huntsville over the weekend. Griffith scored three runs, walked twice and drove in a pair of runs across the four games as well. West Georgia (10-15, 7-7) plays at Emmanuel College Wednesday then takes on University of Montevallo in a three-game GSC series this weekend.
Harrison Osborn (Point So., Cartersville) — Osborn had a rough outing Sunday in a 12-4 loss at Truett-McConnell University. Osborn allowed five runs in the first inning and did not record an out in the second of his seventh start of the year. He finished the day with seven earned runs allowed on nine hits. For the season, Osborn is 3-2 with a 6.55 ERA in 33 innings. The Skyhawks (18-10, 4-5) host NAIA third-ranked Faulkner University Tuesday and travel to Milligan College this weekend for a three-game Appalachian Athletic Conference series.
Mason Robinson (Louisiana Tech Sr., Woodland) — Robinson fared much better than his Bulldog squad this past weekend. Louisiana Tech was swept by Southern Miss in a Conference USA opening series, but it did manage a midweek win Tuesday over Sam Houston State. Robinson finished the week 5-for-15 with two walks, a stolen base and two RBIs in the four games. The Bulldogs (11-8, 0-3) host Mississippi Valley State Tuesday and travel to Middle Tennessee for a three-game conference series this weekend.
Tristin Smith (Young Harris Sr., Adairsville) — Smith went 5-for-16 in five games last week for the Mountain Lions. His production included a double, four RBIs and two runs scored. YHC was 4-1 for the week with a doubleheader sweep at Lee University and two wins in a three-game home Peach Belt Conference series with Francis Marion University. Young Harris (17-8, 6-4) hosts Lee Wednesday before traveling to St. Augustine, Florida, for a three-game PBC series at Flagler College over the weekend.
Tyler Washington (Young Harris Sr., Adairsville) — Washington was 1-for-4 in Saturday’s 10-4 loss to Francis Marion. He then had a pinch-hit appearance, was hit by a pitch and played left field in Sunday’s 14-0 win over the Patriots. Washington also entered as a pinch runner and played the outfield in a 6-3 win in Game 2 of Sunday’s doubleheader with FMU.
A.J. Mosby (Erie Bayhawks, NBA G League; Cartersville) — Mosby saw plenty of action in three games for the Bayhawks this past week, but the Atlanta Hawks affiliate lost all three contests. He started at shooting guard and played 21 minutes Tuesday against Capital City, finishing with six points, three assists and two rebounds. The next day, Mosby saw 33 minutes off the bench against Long Island. He scored eight points with four steals, three rebounds and three assists. On Saturday versus Canton, Mosby started and played 42 minutes, shooting 6-for-12 from the field, including 4-for-7 from deep. He wound up with 16 points, seven rebounds, two steals and an assist. Due to the recent success, Mosby has upped his season averages to 4.7 points, 1.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.9 steals per game. He has seen an average of 16.2 minutes across his 16 games (five starts). Mosby has connected on 42 percent of his field goal attempts, 37.5 percent of his 3-point tries and 83.3 percent of his foul shots.
Elijah Robinson (Villa San Martin, Argentina; Excel Christian) — Robinson struggled coming off the bench in both of Villa San Martin’s games this past week. He finished with four points, six rebounds and two assists in a 103-102 victory over Ameghino on Friday. Two days after, Villa San Martin dropped a 74-64 decision to Barrio Parque. Robinson wound up with two points, five rebounds and an assist in the loss.
Ryan Davis (Francis Marion Sr., Cartersville) — Davis saw his outstanding senior season and Francis Marion career come to an end in the first round of the NCAA Division II Tournament. The Patriots forced overtime against Augusta in a game Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina. However, Francis Marion wound up on the short end of a 77-70 result. Davis capped his collegiate career with 20 points on 9-of-16 shooting, while adding eight rebounds, two assists and two blocks.
Ashton Hagans (Kentucky Fr., Cartersville native) — Kentucky landed a No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Division I Tournament. Hagans and the Wildcats will open the tourney at 7:10 p.m. Thursday against 15th-seeded Abilene Christian in Jacksonville, Florida. Kentucky feel to Tennessee in the semifinals if the SEC tournament after defeating Alabama in the quarterfinals. Hagans had two points, six rebounds and six assists against the Crimson Tide and posted a double-double of 10 points and 12 assists versus the Volunteers.
Jaylon Pugh (Furman Fr., Cartersville) — Pugh and Co. received a No. 3 seed for the 32-team National Invitation Tournament after losing in the semifinals of the Southern Conference tournament. Pugh didn't see the floor in neither a quarterfinal win over Mercer not a semifinal loss to UNC-Greensboro. The Paladins, who finished the regular season at 25-7, will host sixth-seeded Wichita State in the first round at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Lindsey Bonner (York So., Cartersville) — Bonner finished in a tie for 15th individually at the adidas Intercollegiate tournament last Monday and Tuesday in Dataw, South Carolina. Bonner carded a first-round 90 and a second-round 86 in helping York place second as a team — just five strokes back of Indiana Tech.
Sarah Fox (Agnes Scott Fr., Cass) — Fox finished 2-for-13 this past week as the Scotties struggled on offense as a team. Fox scored a pair of runs and walked three times with a stolen base. Agnes Scott lost eight games, falling in doubleheaders at Birmingham Southern, at Pfeiffer, at home to West Georgia Tech and at Salem College. The Scotties (2-14) play at Piedmont College Wednesday before hosting Brevard College and Maryville (Tennessee) College over the weekend.
Sierrah Gani (Georgia Highlands So., Cass) — Gani went 4-for-5 with a double and a walk in a doubleheader at Andrew College Saturday driving in six runs and scoring three. She then went 2-for-5 with one RBI as the Chargers split a conference doubleheader at ABAC. GHC (12-12, 5-5 Georgia Collegiate Athletic Association) has a conference doubleheader at West Georgia Tech Saturday.
Paris Poston (Columbus State Fr., Cartersville) — Poston was 3-for-13 last week with a walk, two doubles and two RBI as the Cougars won three of four road conference games. CSU swept Peach Belt foe USC-Aiken Friday and split at Lander University on Sunday. Poston is hitting .253 with a slugging percentage of .387 and an OPS of .716 through 26 appearances this season with 75 at-bats. Columbus State (20-9, 3-1) hosts Emmanuel College Wednesday before traveling to Augusta University for a PBC doubleheader Sunday.
Hannah Todd (Kansas So., Cartersville) — Todd made a pair of one-inning appearances Friday and Saturday against Tulsa. She gave up three earned runs on three hits and a walk Friday with one strikeout. Saturday, Todd worked a shutout frame with a walk and two strikeouts. The Jayhawks were 2-2 for the weekend against Tulsa and Nebraska in the Rock Chalk Challenge. Kansas (7-19) has a final week of tuneups before beginning Big 12 Conference play. They hosted Omaha Monday, travel to Wichita State Wednesday and entertain University of Green Bay Friday and Saturday.
Annalyn Yantis (Samford Sr., Cartersville) — Yantis started but received no decision in three innings of work during a 6-5 win last Monday over Northern Iowa. Yantis also started and worked two innings in a 15-2 loss at Ole Miss last Friday. She gave up six earned runs on six hits and hit two batters. Samford (9-21) hosts Tennessee Tech Tuesday before opening Southern Conference play this weekend with a three-game series at UNC-Greensboro.
Peyton Gollhofer (Ball State Sr., Cartersville native) — Gollhofer returned to her dominant self in Saturday’s match against Wright State. In singles play, she rallied from a 6-4 defeat in the opening set to win the next two sets 6-2 and 6-4, respectively. The doubles match couldn’t have been more different, as Gollhofer and Isabelle Dohanics cruised to a 6-0 win.
TRACK AND FIELD
Spencer Fields (Rhodes Sr., Kingston native) — Fields placed fifth in the men’s 5000-meter run at the Rhodes College Track and Field Invitational over the weekend in Memphis, Tennessee.
— Charles Wilson of Bartow Sports Zone contributed to this report.