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Together, Brandon Bridges and Nehemiah Jones helped the Callaway High basketball team win a region championship last season.
The two soon-to-be high-school graduates are hoping to enjoy that same kind of success when they head off to play college basketball.
During a ceremony on Thursday at Callaway High with friends, family members and coaches looking on, Bridges and J...
Callaway golfer signs with Point Patrick Strickland enjoyed a lot of special moments at Callaway High on the golf course, and on the basketball court.
He was a part of a basketball team that won a region championship last season, and he helped the golf team run off three straight region titles.
Strickland has decided to pursue one of those sports on the collegiate level, and he has chosen golf.
On Thursday during a ceremony at Callaway High, Strickland signed a letter of i...
Small ball suits Tigers just fine For the Troup Tigers, small ball equals winning ball.
The Tigers, who have made it to the Class AAAA state semifinals where they’ll take on Redan on Monday, are getting it done in large part because of their ability to score runs in a lot of different ways.
While some teams sit back and wait on the big hit, the Tigers are all about putting pressure on the defense.
They do it with the bunt, they do it with stolen bases, they do it with aggre...
Grangers wrapping up spring practice When the LaGrange Grangers open their season this fall, senior quarterback Zach Giddens will be under center.
As the Grangers put the finishing touches on their two-week spring-practice period, though, Giddens has yet to take a snap as he recovers from an injury suffered during baseball season.
Giddens will be good to go in a few weeks, but he has just been a spectator during spring practice, which wraps up Friday at Granger Park.
Grant jumps to sixth-place finish LaGrange High’s Breanna Grant had been to the state track and field meet in previous years, but this year was different.
“I’ve been to state before, but I’ve never participated,” Grant said. “I’ve just watched.”
This year, Grant finally got the chance to take in the state meet in a first-hand way after qualifying for the state finals in the triple jump.
“Being in it is a whole different feeling,” Grant said.
Grant handled the pressure just...
Bearden shines at state meet She wasn’t going to hold anything back, not in her final race of the year.
As LaGrange High’s Sarah Bearden lined up at the starting gate in the 3,200-meter run at the state track and field meet last weekend in Albany, she had one goal in mind, and that was to run with the lead pack and stay there.
“I knew what could happen if I decided to go with the fast girls,” Bearden said. “I had a choice. I wanted to go with the fast girls. I decided, ...
Game time set for Troup series The game time is set.
The Troup Tigers (21-11) and Redan Raiders (26-6) will mix it up on Monday in the semifinals of the Class AAAA state playoffs, and the teams will play a doubleheader in Stone Mountain
First pitch on Monday is set for 2 p.m., and the second game will begin about 30 minutes after the completion of the first game.
If needed, a third and deciding game would be played on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Troup and Redan have both marched ...
Pitching leads the way for Troup KATHLEEN - Troup baseball coach Craig Garner wasn’t sure what role pitcher Jacob Ozley would play during Tuesday’s state-playoff doubleheader against Veterans.
Garner knew Ozley was going to pitch, he just didn’t know if he’d do it as a starter, or a relief pitcher.
After consulting with Ozley, Garner decided to use the left-hander out of the bullpen, and that decision paid big-time dividends.
Ozley ended up pitching five innings in the two...
Troup finds a way in Game 1 KATHLEEN - They found a way.
The Troup Tigers managed just three hits in the first game of Tuesday’s state-playoff doubleheader against Veterans High, but they were still able to put four runs on the board en route to a 4-1 victory.
Garrett McClurg added to his impressive playoff resume by pitching into the sixth inning to get the win, and Jacob Ozley got the final six outs to record the first of two saves on the day.
Troup did most of its ...
Tigers earn spot in semifinals KATHLEEN - They’re back.
The Troup Tigers swept past Veterans High in a quarterfinal series on Wednesday to earn an invitation to the state semifinals for the second straight season.
Troup (21-11) won both games of Wednesday’s doubleheader by the same 4-1 score to improve to 6-0 in the playoffs this season, with all of those wins coming on the road.
Redan, which beat Locust Grove in the quarterfinals, will host Troup on Monday in one of two...
Troup pitching standout is well-rested Jacob Ozley has had an extraordinary season for the Troup Tigers. Through the regular season and two playoff series, the left-handed Ozley has a 6-2 record and a microscopic earned run average of 1.04. Yet through four playoff games, Ozley has only pitched four innings. Garrett McClurg and Jarred Adams have been Troup’s two starting pitchers in the playoffs, and Ozley has been the first guy out of the bullpen. If Troup had gone to a Game 3...
Tigers look to take another step The Troup Tigers don’t shy away from championship talk, and head coach Craig Garner has no problem with that.
The Tigers aren’t overlooking anyone in the state playoffs, but the players believe they have what it takes to win it all, and they won’t hesitate to say it.
“On our best days, I honestly think we’re unstoppable,” Troup senior catcher Cody Doughman said. “We can make it to the state championship. I really think so.”
Garner said he e...
LaGrange athletes shine at state LaGrange High’s Sarah Bearden looked right at home on the state’s biggest stage.
The junior distance runner secured a pair of fourth-place finishes at the state track and field meet in Albany.
Bearden took fourth place in the 1,600-meter run, and she matched that result in the 3,200-meter run.
LaGrange’s Breanna Grant also returned home with a medal after finishing sixth in the triple jump.
Bearden’s performance capped a tremendous 2012-20...
LaGrange falls in state finals JONESBORO - They finally met their match.
Facing Marist in the Class AAAA state-championship tennis match on Saturday, the LaGrange Lady Grangers lost 3-0, putting an end to a magnificent season.
LaGrange finished with a 21-4 record that included a region championship and four victories in the state tournament.
LaGrange beat West Laurens 3-2 to earn its invitation to the state finals, and it took on a strong Marist team at the Clayton Count...
Troup's Buckner signs with CVCC When Lakeithin Buckner got hot, there wasn’t much an opposing defense could do.
The Troup High shooting guard had the ability to score points in bunches, and it’s something he did often over the years.
During a game against LaGrange last season, Buckner scored 32 points, including 21 points in the second half, and he had 10 straight points during one stretch.
After the game, which the Grangers won, LaGrange coach Mike Pauley marveled at Buc...
LaGrange players sign Kwame Brown is ready for the next step.
After a banner stint as a basketball player at LaGrange High, Brown is taking his talent to Mississippi where he’ll join the team at Meridian Community College.
Brown took a visit last week, he was offered an athletic scholarship by the coach, and he made it official on Friday when he signed a letter of intent during a ceremony at LaGrange High.
Two of Brown’s teammates, Demarcus Turnbough and Rudra K...
Wildcat wins state titles Dawson Street Christian School’s Shaquille Tiggs closed out an extraordinary high-school athletic career with a bang.
Competing in the GISA Class A state track meet in Albany, Tiggs walked away with three first-place medals, and he finished as the high-point earner in his classification.
Tiggs pulled off the double in the two sprinting events, capturing first place in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.
Tiggs also won the long jump.
Season ends for Cavaliers It was another successful season for the Callaway Cavaliers, but as far as head coach Dusty Hubbard is concerned, it ended way too soon.
The Cavaliers finished with a stellar 23-9 record, they were second in their region, and they won a playoff series.
Yet the Cavaliers fell short of the goal Hubbard said everyone is striving for, a state championship.
“One team is going to meet that goal,” Hubbard said. “It’s hard to get. You have to be lu...
Doubles teams getting it done In the case of LaGrange High’s doubles teams, two heads are definitely better than one.
The Lady Grangers are playing for a state championship this weekend, and the two doubles teams are a key reason why.
Throughout the regular season, the region tournament and the state tournament, LaGrange’s doubles teams have been close to unbeatable.
In fact during the state tournament, they have been unbeatable, with both teams rolling to 4-0 records.
LaGrange playing for a championship There’s one more mountain to climb.
The LaGrange High girls’ tennis team has conquered every challenger it has faced so far in the Class AAAA state tournament.
The Lady Grangers have beaten Stephens County, Chamblee, Lanier and West Laurens, and their reward is a trip to the state-championship match where they’ll take on Marist.
The match is set to get under way today at 11:30 a.m. at the Clayton County International Park.
It has already b...