Nakiyah Washington played just 37 combined minutes in a pair of games for Piedmont's women's basketball team over the weekend. But the former Adairsville standout did enough in those 37 minutes to earn her conference's player of the week honor.
In a pair of blowout wins over visiting Wesleyan, Washington managed to compile 42 points, 14 rebounds, 15 steals, four assists and a block.
Friday saw the sophomore forward put together a historic performance. Washington set personal-highs in points (29) and steals (9), while producing a season-best 11 rebounds — with 10 of them remarkably coming on the offensive end. She even set a program record by hitting all 15 of her free throw attempts.
At the pro level, the Minnesota Timberwolves waived Ashton Hagans not long after assigning him to the franchise's G League affiliate. According to Kentucky Sports Radio
, the Cartersville native was let go after being suspended for violating COVID-19 heath and safety protocols at the G League bubble in Orlando, Florida.
Sam Howard (Pittsburgh Pirates; Cartersville) — MLB spring training sites re-open this week with pitchers and catchers reporting. The Pirates are scheduled to play 29 Grapefruit League games in 31 days, including 15 home games at LECOM Park in Bradenton, Florida. Pittsburgh starts the spring training schedule Feb. 28 with a road game against the Orioles in Sarasota.
Ashton Hagans (Cartersville native) — The Minnesota Timberwolves waived Hagans Saturday. The rookie point guard made two appearances this season with the T-Wolves.
Jake Gooch (Central Alabama CC So., Cartersville) — The Trojans only managed to play one game this week and suffered a home loss to Andrew College, 7-2. Gooch, a starter at first base, was 0-for-3 with one walk. Through six games, he is batting .267 with two RBIs. CACC (4-3) was set to play Tuesday at Chattahoochee Valley CC, Friday at Wallace State-Selma and Saturday against Wallace-Selma at home.
Lane Griffith (West Georgia Sr., Adairsville) — The Wolves catcher was 0-for-2 in Friday’s 7-5 loss at Montevallo. UWG (3-3) also split a doubleheader with the Falcons Sunday. West Georgia hosts 23rd-ranked Alabama-Huntsville in a three-game Gulf South Conference series Saturday and Sunday.
Logan Nelson (Truett McConnell Fr., Cass) — Nelson went 1-for-3 as the team’s designated hitter with a walk and one RBI Wednesday as the Bears dropped a 4-3 contest to visiting Cumberland University. TMU (5-2) travels to Lawrenceville Friday to play at Georgia Gwinnett College.
Preston Welchel (Coastal Alabama-Bay Minette CC Fr., Cartersville) — Welchel went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, one RBI, and two runs scored in a doubleheader last Tuesday at Nunez Community College. The Sun Chiefs (4-6) also lost a pair of games to Northwest Florida State CC played at Panama City Beach. Welchel was 0-for-1 in the opener. Coastal hosts John A. Logan CC Wednesday and hosts a four-game series with Wallace State Friday and Saturday.
Cohen Wilbanks (Cleveland State CC Fr., Cartersville) — Wilbanks saw action off the bench and was 0-for-1 at the plate in a 6-2 win Wednesday over the Carson Newman JV. CSCC (7-5) also split a doubleheader Sunday with Vincennes. The Cougars host doubleheaders with Chattanooga State CC Wednesday and Motlow State CC Saturday.
Jacquez Fountain (Albany Tech So., Cass) — Albany Tech finished 3-0 last week, with Fountain leading the team in scoring twice. He scored nine points and added four rebounds in a 75-74 win over Gordon last Tuesday. In a Thursday rematch, Fountain racked up 19 points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and a block to help Albany Tech pull off another one-point victory. He finished with a dozen points, while contributing four rebounds and two steals, in a 75-54 triumph against East Georgia Saturday at home.
Justice Hayes (South Georgia Tech Fr., Cass) — Hayes saw time in two of the Jets’ three games (all wins) this past week, scoring two points in 5 minutes of action.
T.J. Horton (Georgia Highlands Fr., Cartersville) — Horton posted seven points, two rebounds and an assist in each game of a home-and-home sweep of Southern Crescent Tech. In Thursday’s home leg, he also added four steals to his final line.
DiAnthony Heathcock (Columbia International Fr., Woodland) — After recording just one rebound in eight scoreless minutes last Tuesday in a loss against Point, Heathcock bounced back to total 16 points, 10 boards, two steals and a block in victories over Milligan (Saturday) and St. Andrew’s (Monday).
Jana Morning (Berry Sr., Cass) — Morning posted 40 combined points in a weekend split at Centre College. In a heartbreaking 55-53 loss Saturday, she recorded 15 points, six rebounds, five steals and two assists. The next day, the former Cass star racked up 25 points and pulled down six more boards in a 63-52 win. Morning played all 40 minutes in both games.
Jaylon Pugh (Furman Jr., Cartersville) — Pugh finished with six points apiece in the Paladins’ two games last week. He also totaled three rebounds, three steals and two assists in 26 total minutes. Furman fell last Wednesday at UNC-Greensboro but bounced back to beat Western Carolina Saturday at home.
Josie Summerville (North Park Jr., Adairsville) — Summerville totaled two points in a pair of losses for North Park. She had those two points, along with 11 rebounds and two blocks, in a 71-66 loss last Tuesday to Wheaton. Summerville then finished scoreless with three rebounds and a steal in a 55-48 setback Saturday against Illinois Wesleyan.
Alexis Ware (Piedmont So., Cass) — Ware totaled four points, nine rebounds and three assists in Piedmont’s dominant sweep of Wesleyan in USA South action Friday (104-36) and Saturday (78-33) at home.
Nakiyah Washington (Piedmont So., Adairsville) — In a career-best performance, Washington set a school record by going 15-for-15 from the foul line in Friday’s blowout win over Wesleyan. In just 23 minutes of action, she scored a career-high 29 points (7-for-11 from the field). Washington almost had a triple-double, finishing with a season-high 11 rebounds (11 of which were offensive) and a career-best nine steals. For good measure, she added four assists and a block. Playing the following day, Washington only saw 14 minutes. Even still, the standout forward managed to rack up 13 points on 6-of-11 shooting, six steals and three boards. Unsurprisingly, Washington earned the conference’s player of the week honor.
Terry Berdin (Reinhardt Jr., Cartersville) — Berdin totaled 6 total yards on two carries and in a 34-10 win against Faulkner in Reinhardt’s home opener Saturday in Waleska.
Bryce Burgess (Reinhardt Jr., Adairsville) — Burgess scored a 7-yard touchdown on his lone touch in Saturday’s victory, which improved the Eagles to 2-0. Burgess’ score increased Reinhardt’s lead to 27-0 late in the first half.
Matthew Surrett (Olivet Nazarene Fr., Cartersville) — Surrett earned the start at center in his first collegiate game, as Olivet Nazarene destroyed Missouri Baptist by a 62-3 final score Saturday in St. Louis. The Tigers racked up 521 offensive yards, with 337 coming on the ground.
Bryce Wilkins (Reinhardt Jr., Cartersville) — Wilkins contributed along the offensive front for a Reinhardt offense that gained 211 of its 313 yards on the ground Saturday.
Russell Shealy (Syracuse R-So., Cartersville native) — Starting in goal for the Orange, Shealy helped lead his team to a 2-1 victory over Hofstra in the spring opener for Syracuse Friday in Albany, New York.
Houston Medlock (Piedmont Jr., Adairsville) — Medlock fell on Line 1 singles (6-1, 6-0) and Line 2 doubles (6-1) in a 6-1 loss to Southern Wesleyan last Tuesday in Central, South Carolina.
Ashley Popham (Mercer Fr., Cartersville) — Popham suffered a 6-0, 6-1 loss on Line 6 singles and a 6-0 defeat on Line 3 doubles, as Mercer fell 5-2 last Wednesday at Alabama-Birmingham.
Bryce VanOrder (Piedmont Fr., Woodland) — VanOrder dropped a 6-0, 6-1 decision on Line 2 singles in Piedmont’s road loss last week.
TRACK AND FIELD
Stephen Smith (Kennesaw State So., Cass) — Clearing 4.40 meters, Smith came in fourth in the pole vault Saturday at the Samford Bulldog Open.
McKenna Trapheagen (Georgia Tech Fr., Woodland) — Trapheagen took part in the 1-mile run — placing 35th in 5 minutes, 13.51 seconds — at the Music City Challenge Friday in Nashville.
Kyle Gollhofer (Northern Iowa R-Fr., Woodland) — Gollhofer dominated his extra match at 125 pounds against Iowa State, earning a 12-3 major decision Sunday in Ames, Iowa.
Logan Sims (Life, Woodland) — Sims placed second in the 141-pound division, during the Life U Round Robin Saturday in Marietta. Following a first-round bye, Sims picked up an 11-5 win in the quarterfinals before pinning teammate Marcus Abreu in the semis. Sims, though, ultimately fell in the finals to another Life grappler, Tyree Johnson, by an 8-4 score.
— Charles Wilson of Bartow Sports Zone contributed to this report.